I was laughing SECONDS into this episode! This week, JJ & Kenneth continued to work on forming a great friendship. Since JJ decided he wanted to start pursuing the ladies (he is a 16 year-old boy after all), Kenneth decided that the young man needed a new look. As a result of trying to mack on cheerleaders with his newfound confidence, though, JJ missed his physical therapy appointment. This caused Maya to lose some trust in Kenneth, since of course her son could not have come up with the idea to watch cheerleaders on his own (can you feel the eye roll?). However, seeing as how Maya & Kenneth got off to a rocky start last week, her trepidation is not completely unfounded.
On the other side of the family, Ray continued his pursuit of Jillian (Lukita Maxwell), but was hampered because of JJ’s physical therapist’s words ringing in his ears. At the same time, Dylan wanted to prank the neighbors to announce the DiMeo’s presence in the neighborhood, but dad Jimmy tried to explain to her that it’s more about showing the neighbors that the family are “idiots”, not “jerks”.
I was also glad to see Dylan featured more in this episode, as her demeanor is pretty awesome as the snarky little sister. The way she relates to Jimmy is quite the refreshing departure from the sweet-natured young daughter & her doting dad that we’ve seen in other shows.
I’m also glad that Ray is finding a way to talk to Jillian, and that there was more of a focus on him in this episode. He’s got a neat story brewing, I think, and I hope to see more of it. That being said, I can’t quite tell if he’s supposed to come off as infatuated, or lovesick. However, it may be a bit early to make that determination.
The break-down: As far as JJ’s learning about relating to girls, I feel like this portion could have been developed a bit more in this episode, but since it’s still really early in the story, I’ll let it slide. I’m enjoying the dynamic between Kenneth, JJ, and Maya. It really makes me smile to see a person with a disability ACTUALLY portrayed as someone with wants, needs, and a great (albeit sneaky) personality.
All in all, I liked this episode almost as much as the first one. There weren’t as many laughs, but they still delivered on the quality of the humor. Also, the little nods to JJ’s maturation were clever (“Is that a chest hair? We’ve gotta show that off!”). Maybe Maya will come to realize that her son is growing up, and that will help heal the “I hate The Bachelor” rift that seemed to open a bit between her & JJ.
As I said last week, I love this show, and I’m looking forward to seeing more DiMeo shenanigans.
4 out of 5 prank pizzas