Saturday, May 19, 2012

What I’m Watching: Suburgatory (Season Finale)

Suburgatory: Season 1, Episode 22 “The Motherload” (B+)

Unlike most of the other episodes in this show, this one felt very consequential, in that several revelations really stuck and are sure to have an effect on how things play out next season. The town’s tradition of honoring Mother’s Day above all else led to entertaining plotlines for single mother Dallas and the more familial Sheila. Dalia going to Israel with her father so that her Mother’s Day wouldn’t be ruined was unfortunate for Dallas, but she still performed admirably in the 5K, even if she got injured midway through, which led to an odd hallucination involving a speaking Yacolt. Fred giving Dallas the water meant for Sheila was not a good move, but he redeemed himself with James Ingram, even if that turned out to be more awkward than anything else. Lisa’s blood-assisted discovery that Ryan, and not her, is adopted is sure to prove transformational if she’s ever able to tell him and he actually believes her. The dead snakes and live guns in Jill’s baby nursery were terrifying, and it’s no surprise that Eden went into false labor because of how stressed that made her. She’s still an oddball, playing sounds from Occupy Wall Street for the baby and such. Tessa not getting the internship throws a wrench into her future plans, but something else just happened along at exactly the moment she needed it: a female family member. I’m interested to see where this show, which has become one of my favorite comedies this season, goes when it returns this fall, fortunate enough to remain in this very same time slot.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Cheryl Hines as Dallas

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