Platonic Episode 5: My Wife’s Boyfriend – 9.6/10
Finally, finally we get to see Will and Charlie get absolutely plastered together. Episode 5 is where Platonic finally starts to hit it’s stride, combining the humour and the awkward life situations to make a masterpiece of an episode. The characters we spent 4 episode developing come together, and it makes for great TV. Seth Rogen was great in this episode, but Luke Macfarlane steals the show.
Charlie has spent most of the series in the shadows. He’s pretty much been Sylvia’s husband who is bound to get jealous and lose his marbles. Thankfully for everyone watching, this is the episode he loses his marbles. He invites Will to a Los Angelas Dodgers game with Charlie’s coworkers, as a way to get to know the man who he feels a green, negative emotion towards. The episode’s name refers to Charlie’s nickname around the office for Will, one that is leaked mid baseball game.
Both characters are great, yet very different. I’ve enjoyed Will up to this point, but this episode and the atmosphere of being surrounded with other dudes puts him in a different light that fleshes out his character. Both Charlie and Will are super awkward around each other to start, but I think the pairing is great. They get after it, and it makes for a super fun episode.
The bar makes another appearance, as do Andy, Reggie and Omar. I love the atmosphere of the bar, it’s this unique part of the show that creates more situations for our characters. Yes, many comedies have had a bar, or a coffee shop, or some prime location, but the fact that Will owns part of the bar changes everything. The only way you can have a fit and start pouring out beer is if you own the joint. The only way you can jump up on the bar and dance around, most of the time, is if you own the place. It’s a central location that continues to create some really funny and ridiculous moments.
The more I watch, the more I enjoy this show. The characters are growing on me, and Platonic is just so fun to watch. I really enjoyed the way all of our prominent characters found their way into this episode. We get some plot movement, but not in a straight forward story arc kind of way. The over-arching story for the season is still very contained and slow moving, but I think we are getting close to the point where something is going to pop off. The writers have managed to create an atmosphere where everyday life events are enough plot to keep the show entertaining. Every Wednesday on Apple TV+, go give Platonic a gander.