Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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

Home Economics: Season 3, Episode 13 “Emergency Preparedness Kit, $129.99” (B+)

I hadn’t realized that this was the season finale, especially since season two got a full twenty-two episodes and its lead-out series, “Abbott Elementary,” still has more episodes to go. But I can appreciate that three seasons is longer than I would have expected for this show, and if it does end up getting canceled after this, at least it’s been a great run and this was a worthwhile finale that could serve as a decent series-ender. Connor did get way into his head when he hit the gong and then ended up potentially causing (not really) an earthquake, and he was bothering everyone else in a new way by obsessing over his newfound lack of purpose. Charging through the gate at the exact moment that the power came back on and he wouldn’t have needed to do it felt quite fitting, and deciding to run for mayor is both a terrible idea and completely on-brand. Lupe was very eager not to get involved in Sarah and Denise not sharing their IVF hesitations with each other, but she couldn’t take the fact that they both insisted in confiding in her but weren’t willing to talk to each other. Marina just charged right in there with her emergency go bag and her hard hat after the earthquake, and Tom predictably felt like he needed to have a role in all this since she had explicitly taken the class because she didn’t have faith in him to help out in the case of an emergency. Him being the storyteller to calm the kids who couldn’t bear a few hours without technology was a good way to give him a function. I’ve enjoyed this season and hope to see more of this show in the fall!

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Sasheer Zamata as Denise

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