Suburgatory: Season 2, Episode 2 “The Witch of East Chatswin” (B+)
I don’t usually love when Halloween episodes add a supernatural touch to otherwise normal shows, and as a result, I wasn’t entirely sure about how the Halloweening of this installment would play out. Fortunately, as tends to be the case with this show, it actually worked fairly well, and featured yet another “Saturday Night Live” alum, Rachel Dratch, in a fun role. Tessa has always been established as the only sane person in Chatswin, and therefore it makes complete sense that she would be a good candidate to receive the wisdom of the one feminist in the whole suburb. The flashbacks to the horrible, witchlike things she did to Sheila as a child were amusing, and the angry mob with Mr. Wolff at the head provided an entertaining if slightly terrifying image. Lisa was the best part of that whole plotline, playing into Tessa’s uncertainty with fantastic determination. The brief bit about Malik and Ryan wearing the same costume was funny, and I think just the right amount of time was spent on it. Noah dressing up as George for Halloween was hilarious, and, the voice aside, he definitely blew George’s Noah costume out of the water. Watching Noah’s George get treated differently at the bar was great, but the best part o George’s Noah was Dalia’s conversation with him, which prompted him to ask out a very pleased Dallas. I’m extremely excited to see where that relationship goes, and I’m sure that it will be a delight to see them give dating a try.