Saturday, May 1, 2021

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 1, Episode 4 “Triple Scoop of Ice Cream, $6.39” (B)

This show is all about reflecting reality on screen with a bit of exaggeration, like the fact that Connor absolutely can buy his parents’ love because getting them an amazing apartment in San Francisco is no big deal. The fact that Muriel and Marshall were coming to visit Connor without telling their other two kids was really a problem they themselves created, though they later argued that Connor needed more attention given what he’s going through even though everyone agreed that he’s always been the favorite. Tom and Sarah getting almost immediately sick of their parents was predictable, and, like in the previous episodes, it was Marina and Denise’s reactions that were most worthwhile. Denise in particular relishes the fact that she is able to see things that her partner can’t, and her delivery of “I want to be wrong” was perfect since it speaks so hilariously to the way in which those with a little outside perspective can often perceive a situation that’s happened hundreds of times before and know exactly where it’s going to go. The antics at the apartment were obviously silly, but I liked Connor’s dedication to nailing an accent that really was not at all discernable, and how he was most concerned with getting the realtor to acknowledge the background of his invented character. Second to that was Marina’s commitment to the details of the murders that had happened in the building, her chosen tactic to convince Muriel and Marshall that they shouldn’t go for the apartment.

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