I just re-watched the last three episodes of Shrinking for probably the 4th time while stacking Madden wins which only reassured me of how fantastic this internet tv show is.
I've written about Shrinking thrice in 2023. Once recommending it, another expressing my excitement that it was picked up for a second season, and lastly, I referenced it in a SOD (song of the day for potential new readers) on March 27th, crediting how well Bowie's "Modern Love" was used in the S1 finale.
It's time for one of my least favorite but necessary caveats. This blog will be riddled with spoilers. If you somehow came across it without finishing the first season of AppleTV+'s Shrinking and would like to, please leave this blog and check out any of the thousands of other things I've written over the last seven years linked to the right of this paragraph. #HireDozo
Okay, like ya boi Ole Dozo, you've finished the first season of Shrinking....Holy shit what a fucking twist ending!!!! Not to suck my own dick, but I saw it coming during the montage of all of Jimmy's patients. After recently rewatching, there's plenty of Easter Eggs leading up to it, but of course, you're more aware of them at that point.
Earlier today I blogged about cross-genre covers, and Shrinking in an odd, way is a similar situation. Even though the fascist right is terrified about the blurring of lines, life is all about the gray and Shrinking is gray AF in the best way. It's so many different things. For every hilarious moment, there's another oh yeah, right this relatively young mom is dead, Indiana Jones has Parkinsons and our veterans aren't taken care of how they should be in the greatest country on earth.
So, yeah, I guess you could call Shrinking a dramedy, but there's also some hot girl murder #slayyy. Yes, that SNL's Heidi Gardner.
You can't pinpoint what kind of show this is, but it's a good one. I watch a lot of internet tv, and Shrinking is one of the best I've seen in years. It's like a 9.4/10. I'm just so bummed we'll probably have to wait a year to find out what happens next! Of course, with the age of some of the show's cast, maybe we'll get lucky, and they'll film season 2 this summer, and AppleTV+ will spit on S2 this fall. Either way, I can't fucking wait. It's sooo good---jam packed with all the emotions. I've legit watched every episode at least three times. I love this show; it's so raw and authentic. I'm a huge character-driven show guy, and Shrinking's cast is super well-rounded.
I'd imagine Grace's murder of her scumbag husband will be a focal point of S2. Donny got "booped" off a cliff, which was deliciously satisfying. Yes, killing people is wrong, but killing terrible people is, at the very least, less wrong. I mean, maybe it's seen as an accident? I guess we'll have to wait and see, but the potential repercussions of Jimmy's new approach to therapy will likely come into question. I mean, you can't blame it on him even though he used some pretty dark "metaphors" in his sessions with Grace (Heidi Gardner).
Even though I said that I saw that coming a very paragraphs ago, I'm still blown away that's how Shrinking's first season ended. It completely changes the direction of the show. In addition to Jimmy's "safe dick" being clearly much more to Gaby, Sean's new catering business (and Liz's involvement), Paul's prognosis, relationships with his Dr. and daughter, Brian's new gay marriage, Alice dealing with her dad, dead mom, feelings for Sean, & soccer, and Derek's retired life...we can add one of Jimmy's patients pushed her scumbag mentally (and probably physically too) abusive husband off a mother fucking cliff.
Will we see new characters in the fold next season? Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) is one of the show's creators and executive producers. Could he end up with Jimmy, Gaby, or Paul? Will there be a montage of Tia's death? What did Grace do next after booping Donny and his awful half-sleeve off a mother fucking cliff?
Let's end with some rapid fire Shrinking takes/thoughts:
And that's our time.