Thursday, August 26, 2021

REVIEW: 'The Other Two' - Brooke and Cary Try Their Best to Connect With Fans of Pat's Show in 'Pat Connects With Her Fans'

HBO Max's The Other Two - Episode 2.02 "Pat Connects With Her Fans"

Brooke helps Pat connect with her fans, while Cary and his new boyfriend Jess show a young gay man and his daddy around New York City.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Comedy Central's The Other Two.

"Pat Connects With Her Fans" was written by Chris Kelly & Sarah Schneider and directed by Chris Kelly

Pat's show is appealing to a certain demographic. Brooke is cynical about the whole endeavor. However, she too acknowledges her mother's ability to connect with people and make them feel good. Of course, this episode reveals just how dysfunctional this show can be. The guests invited on are often people Pat meets and mistakes for celebrities. She believes she has booked Mayim Bialik and Mandy Moore on her show after running into them in real life. That certainly gives Pat a lot of control over the booking process. But it's also just a fun recurring joke here. Plus, actual celebrities are booked as well. Debi Mazar is seen in a cooking segment essentially doing the exact same recipe she showcased on Rachael Ray's show a couple years ago. That was a special moment for Pat. It brought an uplifting joy to her life during a turbulent time. Being in the studio audience was enough of a personal connection for her. She didn't then have to meet the host. It's exhausting when she tries to meet her fans after a long day of taping. In fact, this can be a grueling schedule for Pat. When one day ends, she only gets a few seconds before the next day has to start. That comes from Brooke's inexperience as a manager. She wants to create a special moment for one particular fan. She does so initially out of pity. But she then acknowledges the joy and triumph that comes from this moment. Plus, her mom is amazing. She offers so much of herself to others. She is happy to do so even if it comes at a personal expense to her. Brooke is right to be cynical in several moments. She knows right away that a gay couple is scamming the show in order to receive thousands of dollars. She has that clarity. It never dawns on anyone else though. Nor is it something Brooke brings to the attention of anyone involved. Instead, she is caught up in her own world trying to help her mom connect with her fans. That's the more pressing issue at the moment. It's a journey for her. It's one that is still rewarding. Sure, the same mistakes are made over and over again. It doesn't come across as detrimental to the show. People still pack into the studio audience to spend this time with Pat. It's certainly amusing for the audience. Meanwhile, Cary and Jess' attempts to bring a gay son and his conservative father together mostly highlight the insecurities they feel in their own relationships. Again, Jess is mostly just along for the ride. However, he too is encouraging of what Cary hopes to achieve through all of this. They relate on a deep level. Their interests vary though. Cary does have fun at a gay club. Jess thinks he's joking when he makes that declaration. They both assume that the "straight son" is actually gay and not lying about his relation to the other people. In fact, Cary and Jess never truly question the nature of this relationship they are trying to guide through the city. These guys from Kansas don't want to be spending time with them. It's simply necessary to keep up the ruse. They fear losing the money if they are exposed. In the end, it's all about Cary sharing his own disappointment in having a father who was never accepting of him. He died before he could make any progress. That story has already been so pronounced. It helped propel Pat into stardom. For Cary, it's still personal because it was ultimately seen as a betrayal. His father never truly accepted him. The rest of the family loves Cary. They have become a part of his daily life in New York City. They are proud of that. They are happy he is in love. That's never an experience he gets to have with his father. Expressing that here offers him some personal clarity. It's also twisted because the person he is projecting these feelings onto is operating under false pretenses. Cary never saw that. And so, he's mostly confused. But again, he's still stable in his relationship. Letting these feelings out brings clarity even if it doesn't dramatically change his life in the process. It's not as dramatic as a hairstyle change for Chase - which is a much bigger deal than Cary expected at first.