It’s been three weeks, and another three episodes of A.P. Bio. I haven’t been able to find anything about how many episodes this season is, but I figure we’re probably getting close to the end. In typical A.P. Bio fashion, Jack’s supposed goal for the season (researching Toledo life for his new book) remains barely referenced, as he instead gets distracted by a series of random adventures.
Jack’s rivalry with his high school bully calls to mind the Miles plot from Season 1, though with Jack’s animosity here a lot more justified. Not the best plot, but the side plot where the rest of the faculty tries to overcome their own “personal Everests” is a lot of fun, especially the struggle to get Helen to accept a raise (which she only does when it’s presented as a game show prize).
“Sweet Low Road”
I like that Jack’s class (or Sarika, at least) immediately realize his plan for dealing with the superintendent will be underhanded and unethical, but I love that, for once, doing the underhanded and unethical thing works out perfectly for Jack, and if he’d stayed off “the sweet low road”, everything would have gone to pot. Highlights of the episode are obviously Jack’s brief stint as Helen’s assistant and the students’ weirdly sexualized jazz video/soda commercial.
Definitely the strongest of the three, I’d say. The initial “Dr. Whoopsie” premise is pretty weak, but once it gets us to Jack and his students at the sewer, it’s all gold. This may be the most we’ve gotten of him and the students all season, and I reminder why all of them are such a delight (Grace’s disturbing relationship with animals continues, as she’s excited to find a rat king, which she seems to believe will be super-intelligent). Jack gives some great advice about divorce, assuring Victor it’s not his fault his parents are splitting up, but it probably is his fault they took so long to split up even though they were miserable. Plus, the whole overdramatic “Sugar Daddy” plot was just a hoot.