"Bent" is a sitcom about a womanizing half-baked handyman repairing the home of a high-strung lawyer in sunny California. The high-strung lawyer is played by Amanda Peet who sells the content self-assured woman so well, she could potentially be her own TV show genre. You could almost say "It's a show about a handyman and Amanda Peet" when pitching a sitcom and a network executive would know exactly how to picture that
You could call the show a romantic comedy (and coincidentally that's what the show IS being called) but there's nothing to indicate that the two leads will get together other than our expectations of what should happen in a sitcom if a) the two principal characters are male and female b) within 20 years of each other in age and c) neither character is hideously ugly.
In the pilot episode, Amanda Peet fires the handsome womanizing contractor when he canoodles (60% of the artistry in blogging is finding the best, most appropriate euphemism for sex) the maid. It was a moment in which Amanda Peete's character really established
herself as she stood up and said "you're fired" to him.
For the handsome
handyman guy (yes, I should look up the character's name or even the actor's name, I suppose), it
should have been a big "oh sh--, what have I done" moment
before moving onto someone else where the series should ideally start
with another contractor who'd hire him with a tempting maid that he'd be
making actual effort to resist.
Unfortunately, the plot loses me when she agrees to rehire him. I realize that this was a necessary move so that we'd have an episode two.
But this was the wrong course of action. I'm not suggesting that if it were a real life situation but that's what is truest to the characters.
I understand how this guy's narrative arc is to meet a woman
different from him who challenges him but I don't see any glue that
would keep them together past the length of the contractor job. Even
worse I can't buy that he would even be in her life for said contracting
job because a) she fired him and b) his firing was the most buyable
moment of the episode and it already cheapened her character to have her
relent because he kidnapped her daughter (really not the kind of thing
to go over well with an alpha-mom like her) and taught her to play the
I thought maybe they'd get stuck together because the competing
contractor would all of a sudden drop out with the work half-done, and
she'd be stuck in an emergency and actually need him. Then the balance
of each person's needs would shift to the point where there we might get
I'm not in any way, shape or form a screenwriter, and I could have already plotted out that episode better than the professionals did so I'd say that's a horrible start.
On a side note, I think it was moderately awesome that they had a character named "Screwsie"