Monday, January 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 2, Episode 12 “Round Trip Ticket SAN-OAK, $234” (B+)

I think what I enjoyed most about this episode was seeing Connor get into efficiency mode. He’s usually portrayed as a big brainless lug, but he did make his money from being good at something. It wasn’t too surprising, therefore, that his patented system of needing to justify everything in three seconds only worked for financial and not emotional value. I did like the reasons Sarah and Denise came up with for wanting to keep things, and especially their defense of having three copies of the same book. Their responses to Connor finding drawers full of dishes, winter boots, and CDs were great, and the brief appearance of the private box was funny. It’s no surprise that their efforts to sell some of their things only resulted in them buying more stuff, a true-to-life concept that often befalls those who spend time in groups devoted to getting rid of clutter. Knowing that Lupe lets Connor organize her purse as a treat sometimes was also very entertaining. Cheech Marin’s guest appearance as Marina’s father was low-key and mostly involved subtle jabs at Tom’s manhood not unlike what Emily often does, and the whole plotline turned into Marina being upset that her father was being there for his grandchildren in a way that he never was for her. The good moment for Tom was Roberto telling him that he envied the connection he had with his children, but the episode still ended with a puppet show mocking Tom’s inability to fix his own sink.

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