Seeing as how there’s only three episodes left in the season, I feel I’ve been pretty satisfied with how it’s gone so far. I do agree with you a bit on the carjacking storyline; at the time it seemed to me very incongruous with the rest of the season and the sentiment of the show in general. I don’t know that we needed to go to such great dramatic lengths to show up David’s issues with Keith and his personality in general, but there you go. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the mental repercussions from the carjacking, and I hope they’re handled in a skillful manner.
I didn’t mind the stuff about Claire exploring her sexuality either; it all made sense for her character to do something like that. I think there are certain parallels to be drawn between Claire and Edie and Ruth and Bettina, which I found interesting over the last couple of episodes.
I am a little tired of Brenda and Nate, however. Not that I ever thought things were going to work out between her and Joe.
As I think I said in a previous SFU thread, I’ve really been enjoying the family dynamics playing out over the season. The Fisher kids are showing a lot more of how they deal internally with family situations, as in Claire approaching Nate about coming back to work after David’s carjacking, and David and Claire having several heart-to-hearts about various things. For those things, I’m happy (and for Bobby Cannavale), and I think it’s probably premature to pass shark-jumping judgement on the show as a whole. At any rate, it’s still better IMO than much else out there, as far as television dramas are concerned.