Call Me Kat returns in “Call Me Kerfuffled”, and while it hardly feels like a brand new show, there’s some potential in its new story direction.
This recap of the Call Me Kat season 2 premiere, “Call Me Kerfuffled”, contains spoilers.
Did Call Me Kat seem like the kind of show that warranted a second season? Possibly. The sitcom was popular enough, and it was a good excuse for Mayim Bialik to get out from under the shadow of Amy Farrah Fowler, her character from The Big Bang Theory. It also had a decent if overly familiar premise: A frumpy cat lady – literally, in this case, since Fowler plays Kat, who runs a cat café – gets back in touch with her handsome high-school bestie and deludes herself into believing that they might have a future together. It was only towards the end of the season that Max decided that they might – just as Amy had finally settled down with someone else. Typical!
Call Me Kat season 2 premiere recap
So, there’s your second season premise in a nutshell. Alissa Neubauer is the new showrunner, but “Call Me Kerfuffled” hardly feels like an introduction to a new show. In fact, rather than addressing any of the new issues involving any of the core characters head-on, it instead spends a good chunk of time on a guest appearance from Joey Lawrence, Jenna von Oÿ, and Michael Stoyanov in a Blossom reunion, which is on-brand but uninteresting. That isn’t to say that there’s nothing else in the episode, just that it falls into the margins, which one expects will be a season-long slow-burn strategy. Mileage will vary.
There’s some meat on the bones of the Blossom stuff – you can tell that Stoyanov’s throwaway line about his Blossom character being heartfelt and three-dimensional, thus making him unmemorable, is supposed to be reminiscent of Kat, who frequently wavers between arch caricature and actual character. But it’s a pretty specific joke, and the one about “the dance” gets wheeled out too often.
The proper drama revolves around Kat making a pretty important decision about her love life – she decides to remain with Oscar, her current boyfriend, rather than jeopardize her friendship with Max after his last-minute suggestion that things could work out between them. He takes it quite hilariously childishly, but eventually, they find common ground, though one suspects not for long. Meanwhile, Randi and Carter are carrying on a relationship of their own, which Randi confesses to Phil. It’s being played for laughs right now, but there’s probably more to come here that might help to round out the show beyond Kat. We’ll have to wait and see.