Kidding season 2, episode 4 recap – “I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like”

February 17, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like” is a story of drug-fuelled male bonding and complicated divorce proceedings in an episode that makes and breaks unlikely alliances in its own odd way.

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3.5

Summary

“I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like” is a story of drug-fuelled male bonding and complicated divorce proceedings in an episode that makes and breaks unlikely alliances in its own odd way.

This recap of Kidding Season 2, Episode 4, “I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


It’s often easy to forget given how closely the character is based on a figure so intimately tied to American popular culture that Jeff Pickles (Jim Carrey) isn’t just a national treasure – he’s a global institution. And that point is capably put across in the cold open of Kidding Season 2, Episode 3, “I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like”, with Jeff’s voice-double Josip (Johnny Kostrey) growing up with Mr. Pickles as his only source of consistency and normality is a war-torn world of chaos and strife. The persistent gag of Josip’s ill-fitting voice sounding exactly like Jeff’s is funny, granted, but it’s also a reminder for Jeff of his impact on the world; that what he thinks, says, and does matters to people, and that people in turn matter to him.

And Jeff needs people – he connects through puppets and dolls because he’s basically incapable of frank conversation with another human, not to mention that most humans are incapable of giving him that anyway since he’s, you know, Jeff Pickles. When he retreated into his imagination during his liver transplant surgery, he was able to say everything he wanted to say to Peter (Justin Kirk) and ever since has been looking for a way to do it again which doesn’t involve chemically-assisted make-believe. In Kidding Season 2, Episode 4, he finds it, and it’s unsurprisingly drugs.

Not hard drugs, you understand, just medical marijuana, which in itself is a major stretch for the teetotal Jeff, who has to drink it in tea form since he can’t bring himself to smoke. A neat detail of “I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like” which is left to float around in the margins is that so much of Jeff’s on-screen personality is fundamentally incompatible with his recovery; he can’t be the all-singing, all-dancing avatar of altruism and also be a healthy, functional adult. The script here lets Jeff off lightly; his hitting Peter with his car is never really brought up during their bonding sessions save for the odd straight-faced gag, and his trip is a kind, smooth one. But there’s an odd pleasure in these two bonding over their shared erectile dysfunction that I can’t say for certain is a consequence of seeing Jeff bond with Peter or seeing Jeff bond with anyone who isn’t made of felt.

Jeff and Peter – and some brief, brilliant moments for a thoroughly fed-up Jill (Judy Greer) – take up much of the episode, but time is spared for Deirdre (Catherine Keener) and her divorce, which is always welcome since she was somewhat neglected by the first season. Given plenty to do in “I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like”, she has to accept a sham award for charity despite having used philanthropy as a cover-up for lining her own pockets, and run through a gamut of emotions during her divorce meeting with Scott (Bernard White), especially once she learns that she had ownership of several of the TV show’s puppets – which she now has to split with her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

Still, Deirdre is able to play hardball and get Jeff’s show back on the air, only with the caveat that half its assets are now in the control of a man who has suddenly revealed himself to be incredibly vindictive. Kidding Season 2, Episode 4 is, in many ways, an embodiment of what Kidding has always been about; a positive development tempered by a negative one, and the decision of those involved whether to see the silver lining or the rain cloud it’s obscuring. Josip might be willing to make Jeff’s hardest calls for him, but he’s only a voice on the other end of a telephone – and he’s miles away. Who will Jeff turn to at home? And will he need medical marijuana to do it?


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