Search Party is getting ready for it’s final episodes by causing conflict in the character’s personal lives, which made them focus on that instead of the Chantal case. And it’s when they went back to focusing on their own issues that there was finally a connection in this whole possible murder mystery. Search Party is mastering the separate lives of the group while interconnecting it all back to their side mission.
These two episodes were chaotic at best, with everyone dealing with their own mess of problems. Dory and Drew were both seduced by people they met when the other wasn’t there. Drew and the neighbor who he checked on because of Dory, and Dory with Keith.
Meanwhile, Elliott let it slip that his big childhood cancer story was exactly that, a story. Julian returned to help with Elliott’s water bottle launch to help bring fresh water to Africa, only to catch them in a very obvious lie. And just like we were told in the beginning, Julian cares about the truth like no one else on Search Party seems to. There’s probably a reason to hate him but his need to expose the truth is again so very relatable. It’s a selfish priority of his but it’s the way many people approach a situation, especially if you think about what Elliot was hiding.
Julian isn’t a main member of the group but he’s a wonderful addition that could probably help them out, at least in the reasonable addition area. He thinks practically and his honesty is refreshingly helpful, even when Dory or Drew don’t want to hear it because they are too wrapped up in their own worlds.
Elliot’s lies were probably obvious from the start, the way he brought it up like it wasn’t a big deal. It was always a convenient scape goat for him, but it would be great to see him deal with this more. Of course, why would he? He got a book deal from it and immediately forgot that this was a serious lie because he got something from it. These kind of reminders that these characters really don’t care about others before themselves is actually the best part of Search Party.
Everyone is unapologetically self obsessed, half the time the characters don’t even realize that because they somehow convince themselves that they don’t make all their decisions based off their own needs.
Now the bigger bombshell was the parallel between Dory/Keith and Drew/April. There isn’t a direct way to compare the two but it’s fascinating how at least for me, it seemed like Drew would be the one to give in. But Keith and Dory getting together was even more obvious because of the way she looked at him from their first meeting. At first it was the way she admired his work and his excitement for it, but eventually it became her wanting to be with him throughout this journey.
The way the illusion disappeared immediately after she slept with him was like being drenched in cold water, especially when Drew spills what happened between him and April. Dory not wanting to tell Drew was just another thing to file into the selfish folder, and that might be the one mistake she regrets. Because she had the chance to confess but she chose not to and then when she realized that there’s still a mystery to solve, she goes back to Keith.
She knew nothing good would come of it and at this point what exactly did Keith have to offer? There isn’t much that he did that Dory couldn’t have figured out, but he became this security blanket that made her life worse for the sake of the Chantal search.
There are definitely things that happened that Dory can’t undo but there was a break in the search that will put this on the back burner. The only question is, will holding all this personal stuff off make it worse in the end?
Search Party only has two episodes left in the season, and something tells me that everything will only get crazier from here. There’s a lot at stake and it’s only a matter of time before the mystery of what happened to Chantal either gets solved or blows up in everyone’s face.
Search Party will premiere November 21st on TBS, with new episodes continuing to air every night. To watch all episodes of Search Party now, go online to TBS.