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GETTING ON: “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face”

By Jef Dinsmore on Nov 26, 2015 to Getting On

GettingOnLogo_S3Last week we had developments in both DiDi and Dawn’s predicaments and in this episode they escalate while Dr. James gets back into the swing of her old shenanigans.  Also guest appearances kind of steal the show. Here is a look at –

Episode # 15 – “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face”

The character Jenna James hit the mark with what most of this episode is about. She told a patient – “We all at times tell stories about ourselves in order to save face.” We all want to be seen in our best light and if that means puffing ourselves up a little bit then so be it. Dr. James knows first-hand that that behavior happens because she is a master at it. This time out she is caught at it as two of her colleagues Dr. Marvel (Francis Conrad) and Dr. Kelligrew (Mary Kay Place) call her out for not allowing them to be a part of her symposium where a prestigious prize will be awarded…and they are vicious. They call her greedy and accuse the symposium of being little more than a vanity play after the hospice debacle. Jenna is out to save face.

Patsy is out to do the same thing with his mother. He does not want to look like a loser in front of her so he tells her that he is not only still with Dawn but is engaged to her. Whoa! I think Dawn’s husband Dennis, who is guarding an ill prisoner on the floor, just might have something to say about that and he does asGettingOn_Escape he calls Dawn to choose in a big public display that doesn’t go well. Another character trying to save face is the guest patient of the week. Rhea Perlman is the role of Crystal Buff. She is a convict brought in for treatment and she is handcuffed to her bed and her prosthetic legs removed and, as mentioned, Dennis is on guard. Crystal, however, is a pathological liar to boot and spins a woe-is-me story in order, of course, save face and gain sympathy. All that works in her favor as she eventually escapes from the hospitals despite sporting no legs.

Dawn is also out to keep up appearances as she doesn’t try to draw attention to the fact that she is quite ill. She does gain compassion from Patsy’ mother when she left loose with tears in a private moment. When Patsy finds out he thinks she is faking it just to score attention and love from his mama. Boy, is that poor dope all wrong.

DiDi is the one that is the most down-to-earth. She doesn’t make more of herself than what she is. She is still dealing with family issues as the Ortley’s decide to put her mother-in-law, Vivian, on the floor. It seems that what is important to all of them is not what is important to Yvette, the adversarial sister-in-law. They all want what is best for Vivian, but Yvette doesn’t want to compromise her life or funds to contribute. I think I know how this family situation is going to end up – in typical GETTING ON fashion.

How Dawn is going to end up in the remaining episodes is likely the big question here. We already know, though never specifically told, that the Billy Barnes Unit is shuttering, so that is no mystery. So, we will just have to wait and see just how they will get on with it. Next week they are one step closer with special, special guests. Here is a sneak peek.










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