Just when you think “The Mick” can’t get any better, it manages to combine the two older Pemberton children working out their issues with the best TV fight we’ve seen since Burton killed Nola on “Banshee.”
There are two big catalysts for said fight: First, the Pemberton parents butt-dial Chip (Thomas Barbusca), saying nothing of consequence. Chip is looking for any shred of hope that his parents care about him and his siblings, so he’s trying to dissect every snippet of the call.
Secondly, Sabrina (Sofia Black-D’Elia) points out that no one is living in the house’s master suite, so she’s going to move in — which sets Chip off even more, because letting her do that would be admitting his parents are never coming back.
It’s pretty sad to watch, when you actually stop to think about the reality of these kids being utterly abandoned by their parents: As Sabrina points out, it’s proof Mom and Dad apparently could have called the kids at any time, and are choosing not to.
What commences when Chip finds Sabrina moving into the suite is an epic sibling battle that walks the line — almost too violent for network TV, almost too much for teenage siblings — but anyone who might be that shocked clearly never got into a knock-down drag-out as a kid.
My childhood relationship with my younger brother was very amicable, but I definitely head-butted him once or twice. We also certainly had moments like when Chip slaps Sabrina and his eyes go wide with fear as he realizes that was a step too far:
Or moments like when he thinks Sabrina might be really hurt and legitimately freaks out. Siblings — it’s all fun and games until someone actually gets hurt.
And just when the fight can’t get any better, Dave Annable takes a stiletto to the eyeball and little Ben (Jack Stanton) pulls it out all like NBD, because he’s been watching highly inappropriate and violent movies for the entire episode.
“The Mick” has really found itself in recent episodes, deftly walking the tightrope between hilarious and heartbreaking, dark and darkly comedic. It was an especially nice twist at the end, when we — via the two cops stationed outside — get to hear a voicemail from Chip’s dad about how much they love the kids, wish they could call, and hope for the best.
If this is the road to bringing down Mama and Papa Pemberton, does that mean they’ll be back in the picture soon? And if so, what will that do to the show? We’re pleased as punch “The Mick” got an extra four episodes in Season 1, and especially now that we can’t wait to see what it does with them.
“The Mick” airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.