Time only seems to have made things more complicated for the gang in “A Perfect Couple”, and there still isn’t a healthy relationship anywhere in sight.
This Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 3 recap for the episode titled “A Perfect Couple” contains spoilers.
The title of Bridge and Tunnel episode 3, “A Perfect Couple”, is a joke — there’s no such thing, or at least there isn’t among this group, all of whom seem to be as worryingly self-destructive as each other. But with its hang-out vibe and snappy dialogue, it’s just a lot of fun to watch it all unfold, even if it doesn’t seem to be actually going anywhere anytime soon.
Stacey and Mikey, for instance, are still largely where we left them in the previous episode — laying in bed and getting high. Stacey is still living with her boyfriend in the city during the week and coming back for the weekend, and both seem relatively content with that setup, but are they, really? Mikey, at least, has other things to worry about. He’s totally disillusioned with his career in accountancy and has nothing he’s truly passionate about like everyone else in the group seems to have. It just so happens that the diner he frequents for coffee is the one that Tammy works at, though, which at least gives him a sympathetic ear, and perhaps a little more, if Tammy has any say in the matter.
This is a problem for Stacey. As she explains to Jill, she’s feeling herself wanting more from their relationship and is worried about his friendship with Tammy, especially given her longstanding crush, but she seems totally unable to say any of this to Mikey. She confronts him about going to the diner all the time and he rightly insists that she doesn’t have the right to tell him who he can and can’t go near, especially with a boyfriend back in the city. When, at the very end of Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 3, she storms off from the bar and calls their relationship off, you can tell she’s just utterly unable to confront her own feelings. She also leaves Mikey behind with Tammy, so… you know. Wonder what happens there.
We get almost no Pags in “A Perfect Couple”, and Tammy mainly exists to move the Mikey/Stacey story along, though she does remind Jill how lucky she is to have a guy who loves her as Mikey does, and that she’s silly to push him away when she clearly loves him too. Jill, too, gets little to do, mostly hiding out at home because she can’t face having her accent ridiculed at work. That leaves Jimmy.
Jimmy is moping a lot in Bridge and Tunnel episode 3, as is to be expected, but what’s most interesting is his relationship with his father, Artie. At first glance, Artie is just a stereotypical macho Long Island painter-and-decorator dad, but he’s surprisingly in-tune with his emotions and has an obvious passion for photography like Jimmy does. His frankness in “A Perfect Couple” about how much he’ll miss his son when he leaves is refreshing, and him putting Jimmy onto his favorite photographer, and thus a new style of photography, leads Jimmy into taking snapshots of his friends in naturalistic settings around their working-class hometown. It’s a coping mechanism, obviously, a way to preserve the life he’s leaving behind, but it also helps to round out Jimmy and Artie’s relationship, their shared passions, and eye for beauty, especially in ordinary surroundings. The show has been building since the premiere to Jimmy leaving for Alaska, but I feel the same way as Artie does — it’ll be sad to see him go and bring this charmingly low-key story to an end.