Sunday, March 18, 2012

What I’m Watching: Suburgatory

Suburgatory: Season 1, Episode 17 “Independence Day” (B+)

One of the best part of this show has always been the relationship between Tessa and George. Her very logical arguments about his parental protection led to a good fit of rebellion by Tessa. Calling George a dictator wasn’t her nicest moment, though Noah didn’t exactly do a good job of coming up with a euphemism. I enjoyed Dallas’ explanation of the Help Wanted crystal sign, which had nothing to do with the fact that she was planning to hire someone but instead was a piece of art for sale. Tessa didn’t prove to be such a great employee, though her advance and her signing bonus enabled Tessa to pay for that scooter without gas from East Chatswin. Lisa’s reaction to Tessa going to East Chatswin was quite funny, and her pulling out a pack of cigarettes was definitely the high point. I’m curious whether her meaningless poem about the void left by her mother’s absence is going to lead to the appearance of her mother, and who might play her. Dallas’ reunion with her sorority sisters was full of drama, especially when it was crashed by Tulsa, the uninvited widow that may or may not have been the one that slept with Steven. Dalia’s request for a Hangover monkey was quite amusing, and it’s that kind of humor that makes this show simply unique and irresistible. George’s meeting with Mr. Wolf was a prime example of how this show is able to be create hilarity out of the simplest and most mundane of conversations.

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