“Double Date” still isn’t that funny, but it’s more charming than the premiere episode and has a vibe that’s kind of hard to dislike.
This recap of Call Me Kat season 1, episode 2, “Double Date”, contains spoilers.
Call Me Kat episode 2, “Double Date”, isn’t that kind of double date. But that only seems right for Kat, for whom dating doesn’t exactly come naturally. Her version of a double date is booking two evenings with different men, neither of which are actually dates, and still managing to ruin both of them anyway.
This show still, for the most part, isn’t funny. But I was certainly a bit better disposed towards this second episode since it managed to find a bit more comforting charm, the supporting players are beginning to bed in a little, and there wasn’t quite as much annoying straight-to-camera narration – although admittedly there was a fair bit. Is a sitcom’s only mandate to funny? Can you rightly consider one any kind of success if it isn’t? I don’t know, honestly, but Call Me Kat occupies a weird space.
Anyway, the hook in Call Me Kat episode 2, “Double Date”, is that Kat is set up on a blind date with horse track announcer Brandon, courtesy of her mother, but would rather spend her evening singing karaoke with Max, especially when the performance goes well and she thinks, naively, that he left Paris to find love. No such luck, though. After blowing off Brandon to stay at the bar, Kat has to play along when Max opens up to her about his ex, Brigitte (whom Kat has taken to imagining being smugly present all the time), and how he’s determined to win her back. Oops.
The next day, when Kat tries to patch things up with Brandon, he reveals that he was never looking for a date in the first place – he’s married and just wanted advice on starting a business. Quite a blow, then, but apparently not an indictment of Sheila’s matchmaking abilities, since Kat agrees to go on another of her ill-advised “dates”, this time with a Zamboni driver. Fair enough.
There’s enough sexual chemistry in the B-plot to make up for all this, though. There, Randi has several run-ins with a lawyer named Daniel who seems like a regular run-of-the-mill cheapskate who refuses to tip. But as it turns out he’s a lawyer with a specific reason for not tipping, and he’s also played by Lamorne Morris, so he has off-the-charts charisma and immediately charms Randi into leaving her number on his table. A potential romance?
As much as Call Me Kat season 1, episode 2 didn’t exactly have me laughing, it definitely put a smile on my face. There’s probably something to be said for that, even if it isn’t very much.