Sunday, February 27, 2022

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 2, Episode 14 “Salsa Competition Entry Fee, $45” (B+)

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that everyone in Connor’s family knows Lupe better than he does, even though they spend so much time together and she does nearly everything for him. Having him reluctantly step in to be her salsa dancing partner was a fun opportunity for them to get closer on a real level, and I’m glad that we didn’t see him goofing off and flailing, instead just trying to keep up with Marina’s intense teaching method. Her F.U.N. method definitely wasn’t a lot of fun, but it was entertaining to see Gretchen as her assistant who had just as little confidence in Connor’s ability to deliver on the dance floor. I didn’t mind that we didn’t see them doing everything and instead just got that closing shot of them doing a slight move as they walked past each other in Connor’s house. Coming in fourth place but defeating her ex was a great way for them to have a successful experience that helped her move on. Tom’s vasectomy didn’t just make him think he spilled the soup he was never given, but instead led him to tell Denise precisely the secret he wasn’t supposed to share with her, which made things difficult for Sarah, whose reservations about having a baby hadn’t exactly been kept subtle to that point. Denise reacted strongly at first but it was good to see them come around to being on the same page. The pregnancy storyline is sure to dominate things for a while on this show, but I think that should be very worthwhile and enjoyable.

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