Sunday, October 31, 2021

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 2, Episode 4 “Windmount Academy, $42,000/year” (B)

One thing that seems to happen much more than it should on this show is characters jumping to conclusions based on assumptions and then ending up in very embarrassing situations. In this episode, that was Sarah not wanting to take a job because she thought it conflicted with all of her principles, and then when she actually went in to interview for it becoming convinced that Connor had bribed her would-be boss. Saying whatever she wanted to see how far she could push things was a terrible plan, and it was only through a display of her actual abilities that she was able to undo the damage to her chances. Obviously, Connor is meant to be an exaggeration of what people who have more money than they know what to do with are like, and the notion that he was a small fish compared to others at the school was quite jarring since he already has an unimaginable fortune that he doesn’t know how to use. The other big storyline of the episode was Marina’s concern that she wasn’t instilling enough Mexican heritage in the daily lives of her children, which also ended on a sweet note when she saw her daughter speaking Spanish and acting far sweeter than she had in a long time. The road there was a little rockier, complete with entirely unhelpful and offensive interruptions from both Marshall and Muriel. Lupe adding her perspective was informative, enhancing a character who doesn’t usually get all that much to do but comes in with a crucial piece of knowledge or opinion every once in a while.

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