Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Only Murders in the Building - White Room

"White Room" takes its name from the multiple panic-induced breaks from reality Charles (Steve Martin) suffers while trying to get the patter song down for the play and deal with the realization he may have made a mistake in asking Joy (Andrea Martin) to move in with him. In each episode, Charles blacks out finding himself in a peaceful white room only to return to his consciousness to the horror (or, in the final example, delight) of what he's done during his blackout. Although we don't see exactly what Charles did during each of his episodes, the disgust of Oliver (Martin Short) and the others is certainly suggestive. The end of the episode's realization that Joy the trio's new prime suspect in Ben's (Paul Rudd) murder isn't likely to calm him.

The episode is also notable for the group quickly dispatching Kimber (Ashley Park) as a suspect in the murder,  Mabel (Selena Gomez) feeling a bit untethered while searching for a new apartment, and the return of Cinda Canning (Tina Fey) from her short-lived cancellation offering a new partnership to Mabel. Other than the perplexing return of Cinda, a character who feels played out at this point and her past toxicity makes her an odd pairing for Mabel, "White Room" is a thoroughly enjoyable entry into the season playing largely on insecurities, primarily those of Charles but to a lesser extent those of both Mable and Oliver as well.

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