Life on the run is tough. CIA goons are on your tail, and several of them have died already. On the upside, you meet and begin a romantic relationship with Amy Brenneman. Like a wise man once said, hits and gutters!
This episode of The Old Man is keeping the plot to a minimum, preferring a more vibe-based approach for Dan Chase, who previously owned the property, to the surprise of her ex-husband Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman). When Chase overcomes her anxiety about himself, she invites him out the next night.
Despite or because of a long conversation about Chase''s late wife and her ex''s marriage collapse, they spend the night together, but a series of unpleasant dreams and daydreams force Chase to pack up and prepare to leave. When he investigates, he discovers from Zoe that her ex has been shorting her on alimony just to show her who is the boss. With that, it appears that any hope of severing herself from him before trouble can find them disappeared.
On the other side of the episode, FBI Assistant Director Harper continues his double-sided investigation into Chase''s whereabouts with the help of his workaholic protege Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat), who is like her mentor, who gets in her ear with stories of Chase as a rogue combination of Rambo and Colonel Kurtza, who is capable, capable, and capable of killing Soviet soldiers at the Reaganite height of the Cold War.
Waters and Adams have not disclosed that Harper has reached out to his and Chase''s own mentor, Morgan Bote (Joel Grey). Harper''s grey eminence (sorry) gives him the phone number for an unidentified person who sure sounds like an assassin; Harper assisting him with removing Chase and gives him a Zoes address. Violence, I suspect, will follow.
And yeah, the daughter with whom Chase has been chatting about phone calls and text messages allegedly killed herself years ago. Not sure what to do with that!
For The Old Mans second episode, it was wise of FX to schedule it back-to-back. Many of the pilots strengthsthe cat-and-mouse games, the bone-crunching combat, and the barrage of surprises are all replaced by the (admittedly charming) relationship dynamics between Chase and Zoe on the one hand. But for all that, the ep includes a brief monologue from Chase about a wise man who believed the truth only in silence. But the ostentative
I would rather pay attention to Bridges and Lithgow and Brenneman''s thoughtful portraits of older people in this context, even without the CIA-killing-machine business. I mean, I would see a romance about Chase and Zoe even without the CIA-killing-machine business. And I have some confidence, whether earned or not, that the show will return to the nail-biting thriller sequences of its debut if and when it wants, especially with Harper''s assassin
What I wonder about this episode is whether The Old Man will delve into Americas imperialist anti-offensive in 1980s Afghanistan. But when you look at the past 20-plus years of life on this planet, you should remember that Chase, for reasons unknown, is a difficult figure to valorize. Will the show try, or is the futility of what he did a part of the narrative? I''ll be sticking around to see.