A.P. Bio “Rosemary’s Boyfriend” Review


A.P. BIO — “Rosemary’s Boyfriend” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Michael Gross as Brandon, Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

This week was surprising for the fact that the name Rosemary could have referenced to a lot of people, though Jack’s dead mom was not the first thing that comes to mind. I was caught off guard by Jack in the moment of being incensed when his dead mom’s former lover shows up and suggests they celebrate her birthday. You wouldn’t think he could care that much about someone else, though of course it would have to be his mother. Each week you look forward to something new for Jack aside from worrying about just himself. This proved that they can shake things up when it matters most. Where this conniving plan of Jack’s takes him was not at all what you would have had in mind either. He has done some questionable things to get what he wants, but here he was pushing it a bit. I think I loved it more how this plan backfired for him.

His state of mind by the end of this episode was brilliant for his actions in the moment of losing himself. Sometimes the best that we get out of Jack is when he snaps.

Jack’s interaction with the class this time around was interesting for their forced baby project. This paternal mindset that they had been thrown into was convenient when this is the first time that they have been able to keep up with Jack’s shenanigans. Even better when they have more of an open opportunity to analyze Jack without too much backlash. The torture of taking care of these robot babies was entertaining for the fact that the experience varies from student to student. I feel like I was lucky that this was never me in school, but to see others dealing with it makes the feeling so much stronger. There were some students in their element, with others who spiraled out of control as you would predict they would based on their known personalities. What brought the whole experience together was the reveal in why taking care of these robot babies was torture. Something seemed off pretty quick about the project and it was all about the execution which they did nail.

A.P. BIO — “Rosemary’s Boyfriend” Episode 110 — Pictured: Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

I must say that Stef got herself in quite the pickle this week. Those three tend to get themselves into some sticky situations, but this scraped the top in awkwardness. Stef’s kindness toward the janitor sending the wrong signals at the same time was right up her alley, though not for the way she got Mary tangled up in this mess. I enjoyed how something so simple blew up into a situation so much more complicated than it needed to be. Some weeks you want to see something a bit more genuine from them, but other times there is no harm in indulging these women in the troubles they can get themselves into, and how they take the same kind of extremes as Jack to get themselves out.

As I said above, this was another episode where the break from trying to destroy Miles was refreshing. There are only so many times you can dig into that well before it runs dry. Fortunately they realize the potential for a guy like Jack to weekly be able to do more harm to others and himself.

A.P. Bio “Rosemary’s Boyfriend” was fun for the very different plot in contrast to the few weeks prior. If there isn’t going to be a linear plot for this show, then it does benefit most to keep getting creative. A lot of things have been done to death in shows dealing with schools, but A.P. Bio so far is proving that there is always a new way of doing things when you put more focus on the characters and what makes them unique to this environment.

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