I thought this episode was good, but I do not think that it fit very well. I thought that the others already knew about Parker, and anyways I thought it was stupid that Lily felt she could not tell them about her. It does however help us see and understand that she is looking for a friend right now, and not a boyfriend.
The episode wasn't perfect, but I thought it one of the series' better ones.
The writers did a good job of underscoring how things can never be the same between Ray and
Lily now that he has revealed his feelings for her. In fact, though Ray forgave Lily for her
misdeeds at the end of the episode, the scene where Parker bails Lily out when she forgets to
bring a tampon to school hinted that Lily's bond with Parker as not only friends, but as
"sisters," has more potential than her now-tainted platonic relationship with Ray. They also seem to be a lot more spontaneous and chummy than Lily and Ray ever were during the show, e.g. the Ed and Ted kisses, the physical gestures and the constant outings.
I thought we got a hint of trouble in Lily/Parker country, however, when Parker asked Lily if she viewed her as "weird." She seemed genuinely hurt when Lily answered yes, and I thought that Lily's quick salve on the wound, "Well, I'm weird, too," didn't quite satisfy Parker inwardly. She was asking for Lily's relative viewpoint, not society's, and she got the wrong answer.
While this episode didn't feature Travis and Ray fighting tooth-and-nail for Lily's affection as
the last couple have, I thought that the tampon scene showed, if quite subtly, that they both
still are competing for her. When she was rummaging around in her purse, and Ray asked her
if she was looking for a pen and pencil, Travis was quick to add his query, almost awkwardly,
asking her if she was searching for inner peace, as if he felt he needed to offer an alternative
to Ray at even the smallest turn.
As for Ray's feelings, the episode genuinely made me feel sorry for Ray. She's decided to reject Ray (and Travis), at least temporarily, and I think we've all been in a situation where your relationship with a significant other or simply a friend cools down, and you start getting the constant, "maybe later," "maybe tomorrow," "get back to you later" schlock. You could tell the hesitant, "I don't know, Ray," line when they both leave RFR for the night was especially less than genuine, and the tone of her voice also showed how uncomfortable Lily was lying to Ray, a friend of many years. It makes one feel especially badly for Ray that he's carried a torch for Lily all these years, and on a whim, she's simply decided that Ray's not her type.
I thought Ed and Ted were in their usual form, though I didn't quite understand why Travis and
Robbie were so reluctant to let them be occasional correspondents when they allowed them to be ones previously, in the episode where RFR resorts to advertising to fix their technical woes. I think it was just adding to the moral of the night's episode, that lying may be easier than hurting someone, but it's not a solution to the problem of having to reject someone.
I thought that it was a little lame that they didn't show Waller chasing Ed and Ted, which was
obviously because they didn't want to bother bringing McEwan in for a two-second cameo. It
would have been somewhat funnier if they had featured him, however.
I thought the end of the episode, where Lily has a delayed realization that Ray and Parker think
she's a terrible "fake-dubber," was particularly clever. I especially like how they cut right to the credits from Lily's puzzled look. It was Lily getting some kind of just desserts after all the pain she caused during the episode, not only to Ray, but to Parker, by making her lie to Ray for her. If only for one brief moment, she ended up the odd-woman-out in the Ray/Parker situation, and Ray and Parker shared a small bond.
At any rate, I genuinely enjoyed the episode. I think the writers and directors really display true genius, and the superb cast helps facilitate that. Some people prefer the episodes of Season One, where the series was much less like a soap opera. However, a series cannot
remain stagnant and one-dimensional. It has to evolve, and I think that's what it's doing. RFR
may have been created by the same people as Pete and Pete, but RFR isn't the same program, and can't be as non-linear and obscure as its predecessor. It's a different kind of show, and I for one, can't wait for next week's episode.
"what is a lie? ‘ Tis but the truth in masquerade." -Lord Byron
The truth is Lily lies to Ray. Parker lies to Ray for Lily. Robbie and Travis lie to Ed and Ted, who later decide to lie to RFR, specifically Question Mark and Smog. All the lies are told to avoid hurt feelings, to protect good people from the painful truth. Honesty might be the best policy, but four of the six liars emerge relatively unscathed this episode.
Though, it was a close call for Robbie and Travis, whose lying didn't stop Ed and Ted from joining RFR. It was never clear why the techies weren't wanted as official correspondents, but the two DJs created impossible tasks that the pair had to complete to join. Ed and Ted's trials and successes led to funny lines, "run, Ted, run," and a terrific scene.
It was reminiscent of old spy shows. Robbie was hiding his face behind a tabloid newspaper he was supposedly reading while Travis tried to look cool and calm by leaning against a wall in front of Mickey's at night. When Ed and Ted walked past, Robbie lowered the paper to share a quick, uncertain look with Travis. Then the RFR founders nervously checked for onlookers while they approached the black-haired pair. They cryptically mentioned that Ed and Ted became part of RFR, perhaps as a way to confess their secret radio identities. But Ed and Ted responded that they would be working for the dog channel instead. When asked how they'll break the news to RFR, Ed said they'd lie to avoid hurt feelings, of course. The outcome supports Travis' belief that "the end justifies the means".
The results of Lily's lies support what mommas usually say: nobody likes a liar. In her case, Ray hated that she lied to him. She may have only done it because he honestly would have hated to learn that he was a better friend before he openly tried to date her. He wouldn't have wanted to know that she liked being with Parker because Parker is a sort of female version of the old Ray. In fact, he didn't seem to like it when Robbie told him that truth. But Lily and Ray decided to dare to trust each other not to lie, and to recover the friendship they once had. While Parker and Ray will become better friends since he understood she was only lying to protect a friend, and Ray would have done the same.
This was a very entertaining episode and next week's looks even better. And that's no lie.
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