You can argue that this episode is different in the sense
that the women win in this episode, which is the point. The
intention is to have Dev advocate for feminism, be a feminist
himself, and want the women in his life to succeed and feel valued.
There are two forms of advocacy in this episode, and both
propagate the dominant ideology. Take the citizen’s arrest example
where Dev goes out of his way to stop the perpetrator of a sex
crime on the subway. For his efforts, he is rewarded when the
passengers on the train clap their approval of him. He gets to tell
the story to his friends, and they also praise him. Later in the
episode when Dev advocates for women to be more present in the
commercial he is shooting, he is not praised publicly but instead
loses his job. What that implicitly tells viewers is that there is a risk
to standing up for what is right. If you stand up for what is right
when you do not have to, you could have a lot to lose, especially
when the stakes related to a particular action are personal.
Master of None gets a lot of things right. The title refers to a
character making his way through life, trying to improve and to
grow, and the show does depict that journey. The series
intentionally brings in a diverse group of people to play the
supporting characters and has an authentic feel about it as a show.
The idea is that any person could take Dev’s place and identify with
various relationships and situations, and the show accomplishes
the goal of “relatability” well. Following that achievement, the
incorporation of critical multiculturalism into the show where
the writers use the main character’s life to critique dominant social
and cultural ideology places the show is ahead of its time, even if
the attempt is imperfect. In a lot of ways, the show is successful in
talking about important tropes without sounding didactic. In their
desire to make the show funny, however, the writers sometimes
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