In the mediocrity that is quickly shaping up as 10’s Pilot Week thank goodness for Part Time Private Eyes, a bit of suburban espionage hijinks created by its two stars Heidi Arena and Nicola Parry.
Yes in the bayside community just east of House Husbands and west of Bad Mothers is the school drop-off zone of newly-single Alex (Nicola Parry) and her pal Val (Heidi Arena), who hatch a plan to help Karen (Nadine Garner) get to the bottom of her cheating partner Ian (Alex Papps).
“We could be just like Thelma and Louise. One old one, one hot one,” suggests Val.
“Yeah but which one is….?” asks Alex.
In need of income they convince Karen to hire their services between the hours of 9am and 3pm, just enough time to still ferry their kids to school.
In subsequent scenes they stalk Ian outside his place of work, leading to physical comedy scenes on the street, in a dental office and eventually inside his own home.
Throughout it all there is good chemistry between Arena as a no-filter mum and Parry who follows her down a cockamamie rabbit-hole. It’s as if they are too-far-gone to back out of their hairbrained scheme, and it’s ok that the farce becomes more ridonkoulous as it goes on (although I could have done without the fart jokes).
Private Eyes, from CJZ, does the job of dipping a toe into the waters to see if the relationships and premise sustain. It’s a single-cam comedy with no laugh track, and the “Next Time” teaser at the end (which may well be fake) does look rather fun. All of this puts it head and shoulders above other entries in Pilot Week. Not hard, considering….
If the idea of Pilot Week is to give artists room to flex their creative muscles then Arena & Parry should be encouraged to explore.
8:30pm Tuesday on 10.