TV REVIEW: The Almighty Johnsons Season 2 Episode 11 – The House of Jerome

Mike and the Johnsons track down the people that kidnapped Gaia, Anders goes to extreme measures to attract a new client and Michele tells the goddesses about Yggdrasil.

It turns out that Gaia was not actually kidnapped, not according to the people who took her anyway. Jerome and his friends are the embodiments of Maori gods in New Zealand, and they believe that Gaia is Papatunuku, a goddess destined to marry the obnoxious and smug Jerome. After a meeting of the gods is called to resolve the issue, nothing really changes so Gaia and Axl take their power into their own hands.

It’s really not surprising that Gaia is unhappy with the way she is being treated – she is not used to being told what to do – so it is not surprising that she and Axl decide to get away from everyone deciding the fates of other people. The trouble is that she will have to face her fate one day, whether she likes it or not.

As well as this, Bryn is sentenced for the killing of Gaia’s biological parents, but manages to escape with being the sole weed dealer to the Maori’s… He got off lightly, but he also knows that Gaia will never forgive him for lying to her about who she is. This is kind of sad; even though Bryn did not have a clue about how to treat Gaia, it was clear that he loved her and would do anything to protect her. Maybe she will forgive him when she becomes a goddess? We can only hope.

Meanwhile, Anders goes out of his way to pander to a new potential client – Natalie. Under the guise of Christian morals, Natalie wants to assess Anders’s personal life, so he wastes no time in bringing Helen in to play the role of his respectable wife. However, Anders did not bank on Helen using this as an excuse to invade his life, rearrange his furniture and change how he dresses. This is surely going to be too much for Anders to handle, but will he resort to using his powers of persuasion on the woman he is destined to be with?

Just as we were getting a handle on The Almighty Johnsons, it goes off into left field by introducing the Maori gods. It would be easy for the show to side with the native gods of the land, but Jerome and his friends are so smug and entitled, it is easy for the audience to hate them. It’s just a shame that Olaf didn’t see them coming – he is an Oracle after all – as he gets a tidal wave of abuse from Mike for his oversight.

This was another solid episode of The Almighty Johnsons, even if the show has turned slightly away from the comedy that made it endearing and moved more into the realm of drama. This is probably because the end of the season is in sight, but still… A shame.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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