TV Club: Josh is in for big changes as Transparent reaches its halfway point

Well, that didn’t take very long. We’re halfway through the season, and two of the biggest changes to the status quo going in—Colton’s presence and Maura’s renewed relationship with Shelly—have been blown up by two kinds of Pfefferman capriciousness. (Indecision and confusion in Josh’s case, hastiness and cruelty in Maura’s.) These are the kind of emotional fireworks the show excels at, which is to say that “Mee-Maw” is excellent, and the best episode since “Kina Hora.”

Transparent might engage in these emotional fireworks a bit too often (which is maybe just my way of saying I’ll miss Colton), but these big moments serve as valves releasing pressure built up from, often, years of tension and unhealthy connections, and the cast nails it. In particular, “Mee-Maw” serves as the definitive case for why, no matter how much you may want to, you …

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