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Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

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  • This show has got to figure out how to fold in its flashbacks better. What was the point of flashing back to one period in 2010 only to flash back 3 months earlier than that? Sad moving truck stares didn’t really tell us anything.
  • Speaking of those flashbacks: Can we get at least one that doesn’t end in the worst kind of betrayal and tears? Clearly, Ginny has had some struggles in the past, but this is getting downright Dickensian.
  • And lastly, I spent way too much of that flashback trying to figure out what stage of Ginny’s life it was. They had Kylie Bunbury playing her, but she seemed to be in high school, since there was a reference to her getting a college scholarship. But they’ve used a different actress to play teenage Ginny in the past.
  • Kevin Connolly’s description of Oscar’s past was the most expositiony 30 seconds of exposition that ever expositioned. All it needed was him throwing in some information about Oscar’s current personal life. Also, Bob Balaban deserved more of a sendoff than that.
  • Speaking of Oscar, Pitch remains impressively committed to showing the constant microaggressions he experiences in a business dominated by white men.
  • Amelia is officially way more of an adult than Mike. She tells Ginny about their relationship first, and she tells her in person. Mike’s a wimp.
  • This is the first time we’ve seen Ginny’s dad be anything other than completely baseball-focused and harsh, and then it immediately led to his death. Maybe there’s some middle ground in there?
  • Bold move to trade away Tommy. Obviously, Blip, Mike, and Ginny are staying, and Tommy leaving was about the only surprise move left. And right after Ginny was real rude to his kid, too.
  • If we don’t get to see Eliot’s band perform ASAP, this is an unjust world. Also…would Ginny really have his phone number? Their brief interaction suggests how out of touch she is with the ordinary world of 20somethings, though.
  • Amelia’s point about Ginny’s influence isn’t necessarily wrong, but she tries to wield it too late and with way too little confidence. Is there going to be fallout from her showdown with Oscar?
  • Disheartened Grandfathered fans should just assume that Josh Peck is playing the same character here, but with some new career choices.

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