Tuesday, May 11, 2010

AA eh?

spoiler alert: this post makes reference to the May 10 episode on CBC

Well, it's nice to see Blanche taking an interest in Peter's rehabilitation. And it's truly heartening to see a woman of her advanced years making the effort to attend an open meeting so she can personally support young Peter as he struggles with the demon alcohol. So let's recap: an opinionated, outspoken caustic pensioner among a group of fragile, troubled souls with an addiction problem and a desperate need for positive reinforcement.

What could possibly go wrong?

It turns out that Blanche has a few choice words for all and sundry at the local AA meeting. She tells one poor fella that he's boring and should stop his self indulgent whinging, complains about another person's bad breath and labels the whole meeting a colossal snorefest. And Blanche isn't the only Barlow to turn in a stellar performance. Ken is there making sure that everyone knows he's supporting his son and, in the process, is at his self-righteous best. Meanwhile, Deirdre is sniping like a pro and making cynical remarks about Ken's past sins.

To summarize: all the Barlow family dysfunction is on display to the bewildered alcoholics at the meeting.

It's enough to drive a person to drink.

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