Season 1, Episode 4, "B.J. and the A.C." | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine

July 21, 2014 3:06 AM

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Season 1, Episode 4, "B.J. and the A.C." | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine

If you, like me, were cautiously optimistic that "B.J. and the A.C." would replicate the focused structure and rich characterization of last week's "Two Boats and a Helicopter," a celebration of sorts is in order. "B.J.," eccentric and tersely expressive, may not yet signal a trend, but for the first time since The Leftovers premiered, I'm not simply enamored of its potential, I'm excited by its proficiency with an unorthodox brand of suburban drama, part Left Behind and part Leave It to Beaver.

The episode, written by Damon Lindelof and Elizabeth Peterson and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter and Carl Franklin, opens with an arresting montage that counts among my favorite moments in The Leftovers so far. Speedily tracing the production, assembly, shipment, and purchase of a baby doll, the se...

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