Tuesday, April 12, 2022

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 2, Episode 18 “Poker Game, $800 Buy-In” (B+)

I very much enjoy whenever Denise and Marina hang out, even if they haven’t yet settled on a combined name for their friendship, and this instance was fun because they didn’t see eye-to-eye on the idea of ghosts and all that. The best part was that, every time Denise said something and Marina tried to get her not to repeat it so that Camila didn’t hear, she was already standing right there and had heard it. That there ended up being not one but forty-five bats, as well as some rats, in the attic was a more logical, scientific conclusion, though the two of them were much more excited about the fact that the full attic technically constituted a bonus room. I half-expected that Connor was avoiding his pushy siblings because he had moved on already from Jojo and didn’t want judgment, but instead it was a poker game with the likes of Spags and Mark Cuban. I’m not always big on celebrities playing themselves, but the repeated use of Cuban’s full name and his gradual softening from someone with no patience for Tom to his top admirer who was open to taking book tips from him was entertaining to watch. I also liked Connor refuting Tom’s claim that he hated the sound of his own voice by playing him one of his many recordings of a book idea that serve as the introduction to each episode. Sarah couldn’t go long without bringing up unionizing labor workers, and eventually it all worked on when they ended the night with mindless stupidity and then brought a very toned-down version of poker to their family get-togethers, with Lupe running a side child-friendly operation for the kids.

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