Saturday, April 17, 2021

Round Two: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 1, Episode 2 “Mermaid Taffeta Wedding Dress, $1,999” (B+)

This episode was a pretty entertaining follow-up to the first one, showing how family dynamics can spiral out of control when it’s definitely someone else’s turn to shine. The money inequality thing wasn’t the cause of tension but rather that Tom, who does appreciate the opportunity to be praised for his writing abilities, felt like he was constantly relied on to do the hard work so that Connor could skate by. Unfortunately for them and humorously for those of us watching, it all exploded during a toast that Connor was giving to his friend Spags at his wedding. It’s fun to see them both get so riled up, stealing the microphone from each other and turning their lifelong issues into a very public squabble. Sarah also made the evening about herself in a peculiar way after she tried to deprogram Denise’s notions of longing for the fancy wedding she never had and ultimately realized that giving her a semblance of normal traditions might help to abate her lingering feelings of resentment. Like in the opening episode, Marina was a particularly great supporting player, cherishing the opportunity to be away from her kids for a night and executing a carefully-planned drinking schedule that included vomiting at a certain point so that she could continue to enjoy her night in a way that she never gets to during real life. I’m definitely on board for more of this show, which I think succeeds more than perhaps it should thanks to its well-cast ensemble.

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