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'Rosewood' fan react: Lack of emotional plotting

Season 1 Episode 6 | “Policies and Ponies” | Aired Nov 4, 2015

Rosewood. The show that keeps on giving in terms of fascinating plot development. And by “fascinating,” I mean “confounding.” I don’t want to rag on people’s work, because I know how long it takes to put a show together, but if I’m being honest, Rosewood‘s plot developments don’t make much sense, at least to me.

We’re only in the first season, and we already have Beaumont’s girlfriend bouncing, a developing romance between Beaumont and Annalise (even though Beaumont’s girlfriend just left because of Annalise’s attachment to Beaumont), an upcoming divorce between Beaumont’s parents, parent-child issues, and Annalise’s boss charged (and later exonerated) of murder. If this were How to Get Away with Murder, all of this would sound thrilling, but nothing in Rosewood has felt completely earned.

The one thing that has occurred with Rosewood, amid the lack of sense in some of the plotting, is that Beaumont has slowly become the voice of reason when it comes to dealing with emotional issues unrelated to his cases. But the show never wants to take Beaumont up on what he has to say during these moments. The points Beaumont brings up are often points that could lead to greater character development, but nothing ever happens. Case in point: During “Policies and Ponies,” Annalise was still sore over the fact that Beaumont and his previously mentioned girlfriend, Kat, knew about her wet dream involving Beaumont. I get that she was super-embarrassed; Kat was also her therapist, and she didn’t know Kat was involved with Beaumont until one fateful late-night meeting. But Annalise was wrong for blaming all of her feelings on Beaumont, who didn’t even know Annalise was seeing a therapist, let alone Kat.

Annalise had been avoiding and yelling at Beaumont all day, but Beaumont had finally had enough and decided to lay down the law. Beaumont said that Annalise shouldn’t act out the fiction she created in her head, that Beaumont and Kat were having a good laugh at her expense, because Beaumont didn’t know anything about anything until he came to pick up his now ex-girlfriend. Furthermore, Annalise was in the wrong, he said, to act like he should consider her feelings, while she’s not taking the time out to consider his feelings. He lost a good woman over this! Not saying that Annalise isn’t a good woman, but she wasn’t Beaumont‘s woman!

Beaumont had a good thing with Kat, and the only reason Kat broke up with Rosewood was so she could be extra-loyal to her doctor-patient confidentiality agreement. Technically, I don’t see why she felt compelled to break up her relationship with Beaumont, since what could have happened is for Kat to refer Annalise to a different therapist once she realized she was talking about her boyfriend (of course, after she conferred with Beaumont to see if he knew about this crush and was feeding it). Once she figured out Beaumont was clueless about the crush, she should have kept on with her relationship and placed Annalise with someone else.

This development could have also made the triangle last a bit longer. Annalise would eventually see Kat as a threat, especially since Annalise is continually working with Beaumont and, through that contact, her feelings could grow stronger. Then, if the triangle was really going to work, Beaumont would have his attention split between the two women. Eventually, things would come to such a head (through miscommunication and other comedies of errors) that Beaumont would have to choose one.

But here we are, with Kat leaving for no really good reason, Annalise processing her feelings in the most annoying way possible (and I’m not even just talking about her being upset about Beaumont’s knowledge of her crush), and Beaumont not really dealing with the fact that a good relationship imploded in his face with no satisfying explanation. I wish there could have been a few more episodes of Beaumont and Annalise dealing with the aftermath of Crushgate, with Beaumont trying to patch things up with Kat—and Annalise trying to get over Beaumont by finding a new hobby or a new man to take her mind off things. At the very least, I wish there was more push and pull between the characters when it comes to their opinions on Beaumont’s and Annalise’s views on the situation. There was a lot of emotional investigation that could have happened but didn’t, and I think that’s unfortunate.

Since the end of this post is coming, I’ll conclude with this: Why is Rosewood so bent on making Annalise and Beaumont happen anyway? It’s way too early in the season for us to be satisfied with them being together. Nothing has been earned. The “banter” they have generally comes out of left field. The moments that are manufactured to show them getting along and being there for each other feel manufactured, especially when they come after scenes of them arguing for no reason. There’s no continuous feeling of love or even “like” underneath their contentious relationship. It’s just that they are supposed to be together because they were created as the main love interests. Why are they the main love interests? There needs to be some character growth on that end.

These are just one person’s opinions—what do you think? Give your thoughts below!

Rosewood airs Wednesdays at 8/7C on FOX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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