Review: Couple Fighting Next Door
April 28, 2015 - Culture
By Bert Jones, culture critic
I have been regularly tuning into Couple Fighting Next Door since that Czech accountant and his wife moved into the bungalow next to mine three years ago. And while the quality and originality of this content has dipped over the years, I still find myself unable to tune it out when they spend the afternoon screaming at each other from their kitchen.
Unfortunately, this week’s episode did nothing to stop the series’ downtrend trend. The latest installment of Couple Fighting Next Door was trite, predictable, and a rehash of themes that have dragged the series down since day one.
The episode begins with the wife, Margot, confronting her husband about money missing from their checking account. Yawn. We’ve been here before, about thirty times. Margot begins with her usual passive-aggressive chiding; asking for the millionth time, “This sure is weird, huh Marc?” It’s as if nothing has progressed since the episode when Karen butt-dialed Marc’s phone and left that racy message for him.
From there, the conversation continues into even more familiar territory. Marc feels sexually neglected. Margot wonders if he still loves her. Marc regrets letting their son join the military and feels responsible for his death (Stevie hasn’t appeared in 50 episodes and we’re still talking about him?). It’s the same old routine, and proves that everyone involved in this is getting lazy in their storytelling.
There is one point of intrigue when Margo threatens to move out and live with her brother in Seattle. This sort of plot turn would be a welcome to change to viewers like myself, who have listened to endless futile arguments about the same shit every day since this absurdly loud couple decided to make Pasadena their home.
But in the end, surprise, surprise, she’s still scared. So she balks, and the series is left where it has been from the start. This couple isn’t going to work. They’re doomed. We all know where this is going; to a messy breakup that’s about three seasons too late. It’s time for these two to end this mockery before myself and everyone else within earshot finally runs out of sympathy for this couple.