TV Club: Catastrophe: “Episode 5”

“Episode 5” is a tough follow-up to “Episode 4,” an entry in Catastrophe that I unequivocally loved. It was an emotionally intense episode that didn’t just drive the plot forward so much as give the Sharon and Rob depth as a couple, and Sharon depth as a character. Any way you looked at, it was going to be a tough follow-up. It’s the penultimate episode of the series (sob!), certainly there are bigger and better things to come next episode. It’s a place holder, break between the emotional heft of “Episode 4” and the intensity of the finale. It wasn’t a bad episode but it was certainly dwarfed by the one before it.

This is an episode about baggage. “If we ever sound like that, please get a gun from America and shoot us,” Sharon says as she and Rob see a young couple bickering the …

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