Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 4 recap – “Just Friends”

February 20, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Epix, Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

“Just Friends” focuses on the romantic travails of all the main characters, and it’s difficult to see how this isn’t going to end in tears for all of them.

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3.5

Summary

“Just Friends” focuses on the romantic travails of all the main characters, and it’s difficult to see how this isn’t going to end in tears for all of them.

This recap of Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 4, “Just Friends”, contains spoilers.


A little bit of time seems to have elapsed since the previous episode, but nobody seems much happier in Bridge and Tunnel episode 4. Mikey is still whining about his accountancy career to Tammy at the diner, which it becomes obvious rather quickly is just a ruse to spend more time with Tammy. She’s more interested in him pursuing his artistic ambitions — he used to draw comic books in the very same diner — and he’s more interested in her; it hardly seems like a recipe for romantic success. Nevertheless, they plan to hang out the next night, even though Mikey can’t use the car and doesn’t have the money to pay any cover charges. Tammy is willing to pony up the dough, but that’s just excitement talking. There’s a man’s pride at stake here. (Also, do we really get the sense that Mikey cares about his career beyond it giving him enough money to wine and dine women? Worth a thought.)

Things aren’t much better for Jill and Jimmy. We’re closer than ever to the latter leaving for Alaska, and they clearly haven’t been speaking or seeing one another, but when Jill calls to inform Jimmy that her friend, Juliana (Ella Ma), wants to go on a date with Pags, all the feelings come rushing back. When she calls again to explain that Juliana would like her to chaperone, and he offers to make it a double date so things are less awkward, he takes Jill’s insistence that they’re “just friends” as a miracle sent straight from God. He’s back in business.

It’s nice to see Pags get some attention in Bridge and Tunnel season 1, episode 4, even if he has to negotiate with his sister, Lizzie (Barrett Wilbert Weed), and Jimmy’s hilarious sister Genie (Erica Hernandez), just to use the car. For the first time, his romantic options seem better than everyone else’s, especially Mikey’s, since his date with Tammy is ruined when she fixates on telling Stacey what they’re up to. She doesn’t, but she also suggests they just remain friends. It’s obvious she’s denying her feelings, but Mikey also won’t come out and say how he really feels about her either, so they both just politely agree. It seems like a waste, especially for Stacey, who isn’t seen in “Just Friends” but whose presence is felt nonetheless.

But things go well for Pags, at least. Juliana, a music journalist, seems like a good match for him, especially since he wants to be a music lawyer, provided he gets into Brooklyn Law, which he still hasn’t received confirmation of. But she thinks he’s cute! And she’s also relieved that he’s into The Clash rather than The Sticks, even though he’s lying about it. Needs must, especially for a guy like Pags. Somewhat less surprising is that things also go rather too well for Jill and Jimmy. After reiterating the “just friends” idea one more time, she kisses him regardless, and he says that he’s cool with her having her freedom when he leaves as long as he gets to see her more before he goes. He’s lying, isn’t he, folks? Is this all going to end in tears?

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