Thursday, November 4, 2021

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 2, Episode 5 “Giant Jenga, $120” (B)

I had to ponder this episode’s title for a moment when I read it because I didn’t remember what it was referring to, but then I suddenly recalled the crucial moment where Marina got Denise to mess up and started gloating even though it wasn’t really a time for celebration. Connor dating Tom’s ex-girlfriend would have been awkward enough, especially since none of the siblings are good at letting things go, and the fact that it was actually Sarah who was responsible for Jessica not meeting him only made it much more uncomfortable. Tom was also all about using his investigative skills to pick apart the answers Jessica offered up that just weren’t true. I remember watching actress Sarah Wright on the show “The Loop” fifteen years ago, and she also played the role of Millicent Gergich, Jerry’s wife, on “Parks and Recreation.” Connor didn’t seem bothered that Jessica had been romantically interested in, and involved with, to a degree, both of his siblings, but it was going to be much harder for her to get over the fact that he spends a lot of time with his family. Marina and Denise were only interested in winning and getting the other to babysit, and their frustration with the constant need of their partners to stop focusing on the game and instead on their parts was very entertaining to watch. They continue to be the most worthwhile parts of this show, the in-laws who get caught up in their own separate, family-adjacent antics.

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