I had similar concerns about Carol (Kathleen Rose Perkins) and Merc (John Pankow), who delivered the same type of bits in both episodes one and two. A scene in episode three gave them each depth. Carol had always been Merc's yes-man in those first couple of shows, but while alone in her office, she suddenly showed him who is in charge, but of their professional and sexual relationships. It was a small scene, but a twist I didn't see coming. I have to say, it made them both seem much more interesting. I had been assuming that there must be real talent behind Merc's bluster. Now, I'm thinking maybe not. Maybe it's all Carol.
Sean and Beverly have fleshed out nicely. I honestly was starting to question their legitimacy as a married couple. They have been shown fighting so much more than showing affection for one another. Their bedroom scene at the beginning of the third show was needed, to demonstrate their ongoing mutual attraction. They are both struggling with this new world they've entered, Beverly having more trouble with it than Sean, so of course they'd take it out on each other a little bit. Sean, in particular, has mixed motivations in L.A., so I'm very curious as to how he will play out. But they also have real love.
I definitely misjudged the show by its pilot, which I still maintain was not a very good one. Three episodes in, I will not say the same for the series. It's wickedly funny, has tight writing and acting, and real talent that know how to handle themselves and their craft. I am a fan. I hope you will soon be, too.
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