“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” —Hunter S. Thompson
If ever a quote perfectly described many of the individuals on this show, it’s that one. But as we know all, getting rid of that pain is next to impossible. And that’s what makes these people so fascinating. Furthermore, because this quote comes out of an interaction between Sean and Alvey, I will say this: Every week, it seems like this show is getting more and more comfortable with the identities of its characters, and as a result of that, I feel like I’m constantly calling something “my favorite interaction between so-and-so and what’s-his-face.” But it’s because of this show’s mastery of its characters.
Quite frankly, plot can’t save a show if it doesn’t have a solid foundation in its characters. And at this point, Kingdom is about as solid as you get.
Sorry, back to the quote.
Those words of wisdom come from none other than Sean Chapas, who starts the hour by taking Alvey to a retirement home in the hopes of getting Alvey to invest. But after one woman brings up chlamydia, Alvey can only think about one thing: getting the f— out of that home.
And yet, after spending the day looking through Sean’s plan, it doesn’t take much to get Alvey to invest. Much like Lisa tried to tell him: Fighters are good at fighting, but you shouldn’t trust them in just about anything else, particularly when it involves something like $30,000. However, after a few back-and-forths with Sean, he decides to invest.
But that’s only bad decision No. 1 for Alvey this week. Bad decision No. 2 is responding to a blogger — Mario Goldsmith — who called Navy St. “irrelevant.” Making the situation even worse, Alvey and Sean write their response while drunk. So basically, all of Alvey’s bad decisions at the moment lead back to Sean. I don’t care how much I love that Thompson quote, Sean is on my list.
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Meanwhile, as Alvey (poorly) handles money, Lisa is at the doctor for a check-up when she says the most Lisa thing she’s ever said. When asked about her birthing plan, she responds, “I want whatever you have. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t even know it’s out until you showed it to me.” I love her.
Oh, and also, it’s a boy! But that’s not information that Lisa chooses to share with Alvey. For some reason — maybe she doesn’t want Alvey to get too attached? — Lisa pretends like she doesn’t know the sex of the baby, even though Alvey feels confident that he’s a “maker of men.” Real question: Is this the happiest we’ve ever seen Alvey? It’s rare that we see that smile.
But it doesn’t last long. In one of my favorite Lisa-Alvey interactions — I told you I say it a lot — she apologizes for not telling him about the doctor before informing him that she didn’t think he’d be interested…and then when he didn’t show, she was mad. Alvey’s response: “Oh, so I f—ed up twice?”
But as he tells Lisa, they have to communicate better, because it’s not like he knows what he’s doing. “Look at the two kids I got: One’s a mute the other one’s a f—ing lunatic. You want me to guess at what you need, I’m going to guess wrong, baby, every single time.” This might be the most I’ve ever loved Alvey (and I love Alvey). And to top it off, we get this:
Lisa: “Just don’t be an idiot.”
Alvey: “Okay. I’ll try.’
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