Saturday, December 1, 2018

REVIEW: 'F Is For Family' - Construction Begins at the Murphy House for the New Baby Room in 'Mr. Murphy's Wild Ride'

Netflix's F Is For Family - Episode 3.04 "Mr. Murphy's Wild Ride"

As the guys start work on the baby's room, Chet takes Frank on an unforgettable outing to the Air Force base. A jealous Philip lashes out at Bill.

In 2018, it makes no sense to provide full-length reviews of each individual episode for shows released all at once on the streaming services. Sure, there are some shows out there that value the power of the episode. They do make a point in differentiating each episode to ensure it's not just one big slog to the finish. However, the ability to watch the entire season at one's own viewing pace has largely changed the way we consume and discuss these shows. So, some brief summary thoughts are really all that's actually necessary with these seasons. As such, here are my latest thoughts on the next episode of Netflix's F Is For Family.

"Mr. Murphy's Wild Ride" was written by Michael Price and directed by Sylvain Lavoie

Is the entire Murphy house about to come crumbling down because of Frank's obsessive belief in Chet's heroism? That's the fear that is just now starting to creep into the narrative. Work has only just begun on the new baby room that Chet has convinced Frank that he needs to build onto the house. It's him throwing even more money into this house which he believes he overpaid for because Sue wanted it so much. Of course, he is only complaining about that for a little while before Sue walks into the room. Meanwhile, his friends from the neighborhood wonder if he needs to get approval from the city for this expansion in the first place. That would be the sensible thing to do. They note that the wall they are tearing out is load bearing. That could put the entire structure in danger - with the entire Murphy family still living in the house. As such, this could become disastrous in so many ways. It would only be added stress for each of their lives. However, Chet persuades Frank that none of that is necessary because no one from the city will ever see the expansion because it's to the back of the house. That's so profoundly silly. And yet, it's the choice that Frank agrees with. He doesn't know the basics of construction. This isn't his job. When he goes out to buy wood, he's just looking for the cheapest deal. He doesn't care that the wood has been damaged and warped. That means that there isn't any work that gets done today. There is only a hole in the house. Kevin can walk in and out without having to open a door at all. This is a horrible way for him to celebrate his 15th birthday. He wanted to be honored by his family. They don't care at all. That just pushes him down a darker path because his new friends from summer school are peer pressuring him into even more criminal acts. But again, Frank isn't leading by example for his children. He's not working on this project. Nor is anyone else. So, Kevin believes he doesn't have to waste his birthday being the only one actually doing something for the new baby room. Instead, Frank is given the opportunity of a lifetime. He is able to achieve his dream here. He actually flies in a plane. This is a goal that he has been working towards for a long time now. Chet is able to make it happen so easily too. He has a ton of respect on the Air Force base. Sure, his interactions further prove just how demeaning and horrible he is as a person. For all of his faults, Frank would never cheat on Sue. He still feels lucky to be married to her. He appreciates their marriage so much even though she and the kids infuriate him so much. That stands in sharp contrast to Chet. He has no problem flirting with a waitress at the bar in the hopes of having sex with her. In fact, Frank somewhat coming him out for that behavior puts some significant tension in their friendship. So far, Frank has admired everything about Chet. He achieved the life that Frank always wanted. And now, it's becoming clear that Chet's life is just as destructive. He may not be a worthy role model. He's the type of guy who freaks out his passenger on the jet to the point of Frank vomiting. That's so disgusting and tragic. It means that Frank doesn't get to celebrate this as a happy memory. Instead, it further proves just how far Chet will go to have a good time. It just has the potential to come at a significant cost. Frank just listening to him could have grand consequences for his entire family as well if this construction project doesn't go according to plan.