Saturday, October 1, 2022

What I’m Watching: Home Economics (Season Premiere)

Home Economics: Season 3, Episode 1 “Mickey Ears, $19.99” (B)

It’s great to have this show back, especially since I never imagined when it premiered that it would make it all the way to a third season. While its contained plot was expected and relevant, I wasn’t as fond of the clear product placement for Disneyland for a show on ABC, which just happens to be part of the same parent company. It does track that Connor would try to distract from a potential problem by throwing money at it, and therefore that offer made a lot of sense. Marina making an intense schedule that everyone had to follow was an entertaining subplot, and I enjoyed that no one really protested and just deferred to her militancy. Tom getting reports of how the company was changing while he was there did kill the vibe, and Connor probably didn’t need to be as strategic in his reorganization since it gave away his Hans Dutchman plan fairly easily, first to Marina and then to Tom. The Star Wars reenactment was fun, if not as impressive or memorable as an early season one scene from “Scrubs.” Sarah casually mentioning that she could get a huge tuition reduction at the fancy school where she was working nearly sparked a major conflict between her and Denise, but fortunately they moved past their “bad feminist” fighting to a much better place. It’s ultimately nice that the cousins will go to school together, and maybe they’ll manage to influence each other in productive ways that will be pleasing to all three interested parents.

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