Monday, April 18, 2022

What I’m Watching: Home Economics

Home Economics: Season 2, Episode 19 “Animatronic Gorilla, $2,200” (B)

I will say, I expected that this whole Tom birthday plotline was going to end with something even more humiliating happening to him as an adult that would just cement his negative perception of his birthday and any way to celebrate it. But instead the trauma was shared with that horrifying malfunctioning animatronic gorilla, but he got to see that his family, annoyed as they may often be with him, did want nothing more than for him to be happy. He got to travel an entertaining detour as his father showed up to his class to share his erotic stories that impressed his students far more than his own novel, and to me it was humorous mainly because I mostly associate actor Phil Reeves with his role as Andrew Doyle on “Veep,” where he’s an absolutely terrible person who delights in ripping other to shreds with very crude language. Denise taking revealing photos of Marina could have crossed a line of some sort, but instead it went the predictable route of the most scandalous among them ended up left on the printer, to be found by Lupe and not Marshall, which at least was a bit of a relief. Denise leaned into the lies about what she and Sarah did and how much money they had, and Simon seemed perfectly willing to still go with them even after they came clean. That potential faded away very quickly when he outed himself as a major conspiracy theorist and flat-earther, an unfortunate end to a brief rollercoaster for the couple seeking to expand their family.

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