Annie Murphy in Kevin Can F *** K Himself

Annie Murphy in Kevin can F *** K himself
Photo: Jojo Whilden / AMC

Two different but interconnected shows exist within Kevin can fuck himself. One is a familiar, brightly-lit sitcom, while the other is a more serious take on the classic trope of the smart, beautiful sitcom wife engulfed in her rude husband’s temper tantrums. This character has been around since the sitcom genre began on television, from Mary Kay and Johnny, over the years up to According to Jim, The Drew Carey Show, and The king of queens, which starred Kevin James and Leah Remini. however, Kevin can fuck himself is more directly inspired by James’ 2016 sitcom, Kevin can wait, which undergoes careful scrutiny after his character’s wife Donna (Erinn Hayes) was killed offscreen between seasons one and two without any explanation. It turns out that the beautiful and intelligent bride is also often superfluous. Many sitcoms invite us into the world of a mostly petulant man-child, programming us to laugh at his misogynistic jokes with a loud laugh track. Kevin can fuck himself wants to shake up this formula by Allison McRoberts (Annie murphy).

Allison is a dreamer. After spending 10 years living in a dilapidated house in Worcester, Massachusetts, she still hopes to escape a domestic life that has crushed her individuality, essentially mothering her upset husband Kevin McRoberts (Eric Petersen). At one point, their doofus neighbor and Kevin’s best friend, Neil (Alex Bonifer), even jokingly calls her “Mom,” while making her the butt of his bad jokes. In the first episode of the two-part premiere, “Living the dream” (B +), Allison starts off by saying “I’ve been thinking…”, only to make everyone in the room – Kevin, her father Pete (Brian Howe), Neil and his sister Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden) – moan. Allison? Thought? Ugh. Her suggestion to celebrate their birthday with an adult dinner rather than Kevin’s annual birthday party is quickly dismissed, and she walks out of the room just as she walks in: without anyone caring.

But as she leaves, there is a stark change in tone. The multi-camera living room blends into a dimly lit, single-camera kitchen. Say hello to Allison’s world. The episode establishes that his anxious reality is humorless and bleak. Allison is focused on demonstrating the best thing to do for a fresh start, including buying a nicer home. She has a brochure for Amherst’s posh doors on her refrigerator; she stands in front of their real estate office to watch the ads while munching on Dunkin ‘munchkins (how would the show remind us that it’s set in MA?); she confidently declares to Kevin that they are moving and arranges to meet them with a loan officer. Her joy is short-lived because at the end of the night, Patty reveals that Kevin lost all of his savings years ago but never told Allison. It’s a breaking point for her, and it’s also when we collectively agree with the title of the series. But not Allison, who turns her frustration into murderous rage. In a vision, she gets a glimpse of the relief she will feel if she stabs Kevin and decides to kill him.

It’s an intense fantasy. Allison might as well put her things away and get a divorce. She doesn’t like her husband, her city, or her job in a liquor store. She doesn’t seem to have any real friends and while she reunites with her ex, Sam (Richard Lee), he is married. But like Murphy said The AV Club, “The decision is symbolic of how her death is the only way out, is how she obtains her freedom and the ability to continue living.” Allison even explains it briefly in episode two of the premiere, “New Tips (B).She tells her idea to the librarian, masking it as the premise of a romance novel. “Why wouldn’t she go? Asks the librarian. The way Murphy tilts his head and repeats “Leave?” », Partly confusion and partly wonder, as if it was a new concept, is an excellent performance of the line. Next, Allison expands on her response, reminding us that she only has $ 194 to her name with nowhere to go. She is also sure that Kevin will find her and bring her back to his world, just like he does every day. If she wants to live her fictionalized dream of reading Ulysses peacefully by the river, killing him is the only way.

Initially, she has no plan to carry out her mission, but comes across the idea of ​​an overdose, which, according to a police officer, is increasingly common in their town. So, in “New Tricks”, she goes in search of pills. His ploy of using a doctor’s visit to get prescriptions backfires when the right doctor suggests therapy instead, which is another rational approach to Allison’s obvious sadness. Notable is the show’s attempts to deconstruct the sitcom’s woman, but at the same time, by not fully addressing her sanity, she is heading into dangerous territory. Allison’s pent-up rage and her actions make for an interesting character study, but Kevin can fuck himself also wants to be breaking Bad and Claws, and there aren’t many genres that a dramatic comedy can tackle.

Allison searches for illegal means of obtaining pills, including approaching the mechanic with whom she took cocaine in “Living The Dream”. In her attempt to finally go to therapy, she discovers that Patty is secretly selling pills from her living room. The closing plan of each of them one-on-one realizing what they’re each to do sets up a pretty intriguing cliffhanger. Allison and Patty are two disparate women, but the former clearly needs an emotional anchor. Their bond seems frayed, but an unexpected friendship just might help Allison open her eyes to possibilities other than becoming a criminal, even if her outrage is justified. The Crime Angle helps move the story forward, but it’s not a strong hook if Allison doesn’t see and put her own worth first. Hopefully, this is the journey the next six episodes take us on.

Stray observations

  • These summaries will follow Kevin can fuck himselfairs on AMC, but the show also airs early episodes on AMC +.
  • Let’s start with the obvious: the accents! Are they… really good? Yeah, I think they are, but I’m not from Massachusetts, so don’t quote me on that.
  • Annie Murphy is a treasure, and it’s fun to watch her flex her muscles outside of Schitt Creek‘s Alexis Rose, but Mary Hollis Inboden as Patty is the real find here. I can’t wait to see his role expand.
  • Plus, Murphy has a knack for picking shows with swear words in the title. Insert the Lucille Bluth GIF saying “good for her”.
  • What was the creepiest, scariest joke Kevin made in those two episodes? Is it “You are a 35 year old woman and I am a 35 year old boy… I have just reached my peak and [long pause] so are you “or” Blood doesn’t mean you get cranky, you’ve used that excuse already this month. ”
  • Speaking of Kevin – because you’ve rechecked the show’s name – kudos to Eric Petersen for a performance that really makes me want to slap him if not brutally stab him with a piece of broken glass.
  • Flashback episodes don’t always work and are rarely needed, but this story could actually use one to explain exactly how Allison ended up with Kevin and why she isn’t with Sam anymore.

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