Call Me Kat season 1, episode 3 recap – what happened in “Vacation”? a change of scenery

January 15, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Weekly TV
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Summary

Kat impersonates a suave bourbon taster in “Vacation”, while technical hiccups leave the cat cafe with problems.

3

Summary

Kat impersonates a suave bourbon taster in “Vacation”, while technical hiccups leave the cat cafe with problems.

This recap of Call Me Kat season 1, episode 3, “Vacation”, contains spoilers.


It seems that with each episode of Call Me Kat, Kat herself gets a bit more relatable. In “Vacation” she doesn’t actually go on vacation, since her planned trip to Puerto Rico with Tara is canceled at the last minute (she’s right, people with kids are flaky – and I say that as someone with two of them). But she does stay at a local hotel, where she impersonates someone else in order to get free crab legs and some peace and quiet.

Of course, Kat’s alter-ego, Renee, isn’t just there for the crab legs – she’s a whiskey connoisseur, so Kat has to pretend she knows a single thing about bourbon other than how to drink it. In all honesty, I appreciated Call Me Kat episode 3 making fun of alcohol tasting with an eager crowd with their little notebooks all declaring Kat – sorry, Renee – a genius for just reeling off random things that the liquid supposedly tastes like. I’d have probably necked all the samples as well.

Predictably, Max turns up at the hotel just as Kat is several drinks in, leading to further closeness between them, but no romance whatsoever. Kat pining after a man who clearly isn’t reciprocating her affections will probably make or break the show, depending on what direction it goes with the idea.

With Kat away, Randi and Phil get some great opportunities for patter back at the café, and I can say with a reasonable degree of confidence that I’d prefer a spin-off all about them to what we have here. But the smartest move Call Me Kat season 1, episode 3 makes is humanizing Sheila a little, making her less of a thin stereotype and cracking a window into the interiority of a mother raising a girl.

Sheila’s candor is obviously bookended with gags, and the same format is replicated when Kat and Max have a sweet moment on the roof. The show’s pretty good at not making the gags ceaseless but not letting the drama become maudlin either. It’s a good blend and gives the cast different things to do. Thankfully, they’re all capable of shouldering the load.

If it only it were funnier.

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