The Mayor: The Filibuster
October 11, 2017 11:00 AM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Courtney makes another bold promise and has to find out how to back it up, with support from Valentina. Meanwhile, Jermaine proudly embraces his new role as communications director, as T.K. struggles to find meaning as director of Constituent Services. Good thing Dina can use some help delivering phone books.

Featuring Larry Wilmore as Vern Corker, "the biggest stud in Oakland's fiscal analytics committee," formerly with the Oaklands Department of Water and Power.

Hidden Remote: 4 best moments in Episode 2 - The Filibuster
posted by filthy light thief (4 comments total)
Decent, mildly amusing, but maybe I'm more invested in this as a young(ish) public servant who has had a passing interest in getting involved with local politics, and until then, will muse on how things work (or don't) in local politics.

Tangents: for all the promotion around this show (they cared enough to pay for and create animated ad screens on Kindle Fire), you think ABC would get someone to update the IMDb pages, to at least list the actual air dates and copy the episode synopsis, if not fully load up the credits with the main actors. Larry Wilmore isn't credited (yet)!

And it was hard to find any reviews of this episode. It wasn't a bad ep, but it wasn't one to hook a new viewer on the show, IMO. Cute/ fun/ nice moments, but no big hook.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:04 AM on October 11, 2017

I'm enjoying this show, but something is missing- "no big hook" is a good way to put it. I like the characters, I like the cadence of the dialogue, but the storylines so far seem same old, same old. If it fell off my DVR and I had a busy week, I'd probably forget about it forever. I'm also not a huge fan of Lea Michele- there's gotta be a way to play that role she always plays and also make the character likeable, and with her I never get that.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:19 AM on October 12, 2017

I've got a dvr conflict for this show's timeslot (Legends of Tomorrow + Brooklyn 99) which means I have to watch The Mayor via OnDemand with commercials, at some random day post-broadcast.

I liked the second episode about the same as I liked the pilot - good cast, a bunch of funny moments. (Cutest bit may have been the way Courtney put his head down when Dina told him to during the haircut, such an instant "yes, mom" moment. But the Dina+TK 'journey of self-discovery' was great, and I really liked Lea Michele's fawning over Larry Wilmore too.)
posted by oh yeah! at 6:55 AM on October 12, 2017

I thought Yvette Nicole Brown was the highlight of this episode. Her character (Courtney's mom, Dina) got a lot more screen time and a bit more depth than she did in the pilot.

The plots were not that interesting, and the jokes are still hit-or-miss. The not-so-subtle Trump references are well done, though. They give the show a subtext that is very different from its cheerful surface humor.
posted by mbrubeck at 9:06 PM on October 18, 2017

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