Tonight’s episode of Please Like Me was the best so far. The earlier exposition issues have evaporated to leave a solid core of characters, each getting some good moments tonight. Any scene involving Josh was great. The endearing enthusiasm that characterises his live shows came across in the episode tonight; he had been a little muted in earlier episodes.
I’m surprised that the actor playing Tom, Thomas Ward, hasn’t been in anything of note beforehand, as he has a relaxed charm and assured comic timing. His indecision over how to balance his fledgling romance with Claire and Neve’s pregnancy gave the show a dramatic undercurrent to anchor a pretty lightweight plot. Aunty Peg is my favourite character, though, with just the right balance between bitterness and sweetness.
There were the occasional false notes. I was glad to see the show open with Josh breaking up with Geoffrey, an uninteresting character played by a mediocre actor, so while it made sense to see him at the end of the episode, I wasn’t happy about it. Mae (Josh dad’s partner), meanwhile, feels like a stereotypical shrill wife/girlfriend character with stereotypically picky Asian parents, and her brief scene fell completely flat for me.