You, Me, Her: Season 2, Episode 8 “Freaky Little Love Poodles” (B+)
Emma’s parents coming to visit was never going to be smooth, and I think it was just about as awkward as it could have been, ending in a very literal and unfortunate way that represented how poorly the truth landed. I don’t tend to recognize people on this show since it’s a Canadian production, and therefore I was very surprised to see a familiar face in Michael Hogan as Emma’s dad Hal. The “Battlestar Galactica” actor was the perfect choice to portray an unflinching and intolerant parent since his character on that show hated Cylons more than anything. It’s nearly impossible to imagine him being okay with a thruple, and it was clear that he didn’t have a clue what was really going on even after his wife realized that they had been lied to after she innocently entered the room to ask them to keep it down. Izzy feeding into the affection of Emma’s parents and them calling her Isabel was entertaining but also clearly problematic, and the way that this whole surrogate thing started is going to taint it going forward, even if it ends up to be the right way to go. In non-Trakarsky drama, it was very funny to see Lori ground Ava for being an asshole and breaking her promise to Izzy, turning a new leaf in how she manages to be unlikeable. Carmen made an important realization about being suburban parents while dressing a naked Dave in bed, continuing a somewhat directionless but still fun subplot.