Looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my family this week, and that being said, we need to talk a little about Speechless last week:
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Maya decides to make a game out of the family's annoying quirks. Each takes a family member (while Ray abstains, cooking with Kenneth in the kitchen to avoid family drama) and they are awarded points whenever their family member does the annoying thing they hate most. It turns out that Billy (a dentist) is struggling financially, and the heavy-handed "lesson" of the episode is that "everyone struggles."
JJ was not really in the episode much, except to be danced for by Grandma. He pretends he likes it this year, so that he can get more points in the family game. But truth time? All I could think of was a member of the disabled community who recently shared they were the unwilling recipient of a lap dance, and the whole thing got treated as a joke, even when they reported it. I think this walks a dangerous line.
In the end, in order to recoup money he has lost, Billy trots JJ out for one of his commercials as honest to God inspiration porn. So that Billy's audience can see that he is "real" and has a "real disabled nephew."
So, yeah, not the best episode for me. But I am glad to be back!
What did you think of Speechless last week? Let me know in the comments?