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Suburgatory 2×01: Back with babies, nannies and mommies

Suburgatory 2×01: Homecoming

As if the lousy weather didn’t already spell it out… Summer break is over, also for Tessa Altman. Back to over the top Chatswin.

1. What just happened?!
From Mother’s Day to summer vacation aftermath, we find Chatswin back a few months later than where the season finale left us. Tessa’s spent her summer back in Manhattan, as her grandmother turned out to be an excellent ‘exit strategy George couldn’t say no to’. Now summer is over, she returns to creeptown Chatswin with a new jacket, new sunglasses and newfound interest in her mom. Tessa’s mom used to be a singer, which encourages Tessa to enter ‘Fall Follies’, the local talent show. Who knew talent shows involve cat acts and dances from the medium fanclub of tv show Medium? Only in Chatswin.

Lisa finds great joy in knowing that Ryan is adopted. She blackmails her parents with the aim of getting that talent show solo part. Seems to work perfectly, in the beginning… On a sidenote: babies with six packs are not that cute.

Meanwhile new daddy Noah and Dallas fight over Carmen the nanny. It starts with an expensive car, but quickly gets to burned teddy bears. Who will Carmen choose?

2. What was the most memorable quote or dialog this episode?
– Dallas: “Dalia honey, Carmen’s thinking of leaving.” Dalia: “Bye Carmen.” Dallas: “Not just leaving for now, leaving for good.” Dalia: “Bye for good Carmen.”
– Dalia: “Mommy, I got this. Carmen I just want to let you know that, even if you decide not to be a housekeeper anymore, I’ll always think of you as a housekeeper. Even if you like… cure cancer, to me you’ll always be a housekeeper. And I want you to know that.”
– Tessa: “No offence Dalia, but why does someone your age need a nanny anyway?” Dalia: “When your day is dark… a nanny can make it light by turning on the light. And if you’re hungry but not in a restaurant… a nanny can call a restaurant and order in. And if you’re on the beach and you only see one set of footprints, it’s because your nanny is carrying you.”

3. Cuteness vs. Useless
+ Noah’s fatherly moments. Picking up his baby from the cloakroom and the ice coffee hat made me laugh. That poor baby!
+ The pool closing ceremony. So lovely dramatic.
+/- I just don’t know how to feel about the Shays. Those. People. Are. Weird. Which leads to brilliant and very odd moments.
+ As cartoony as character Dalia is, Carly Chaikin plays her well.
+ I’m a sucker for sweet father-daughter moments. I liked how ‘New George’ opened up about Tessa’s mom. Curious to see where the story will go, rumor has it mommy will visit Chatswin soon. Cute ending with the song too. (So THAT’s where the Suburgatory song comes from!)

4. Rate it! (on a scale from 0 to 10)
I’ll describe Suburgatory as easy-to-watch, nothing special, filled with way over the top characters, but still so fun to watch: 6,5/7.

What do you think of Suburgatory’s season premiere?

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