Pilots are always pretty rough in the TV world: new characters, new story arcs, new surrounds. What separates the The New Girls from the 2 Broke Girls of the world is the second episode. Here is a tweet from my wife:
“If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?” “Scarlett Johansson. Dead.” And Suburgatory has won me over.
There you have it, folks. Episode 2 was a success. How about some details?
Given that George and Tessa are the newbies in a nice, friendly neighborhood, obviously they are going to be hounded by some wierdo neighbor to come to dinner. Sheila is that neighbor. Fortunately, George has been creatively wiggling out of it, short of running Sheila over with his car. The new strategy? Avoidance. I’m a huge fan of the Indiana Jones/Temple of Doom-type attempted escape, complete with over-the-couch dive and the Dukes of Hazzard butt-slide. George shuts his coat in the door, giving Sheila a chance to sink her fangs. From what I can tell, it is 80 degrees out, so I’m not sure why he was wearing a jacket in the first place. In any case, they are roped in to dinner.
I wasn’t sure what to expect out of dinner with the neighbors, but imagine my surprise when I found out the dad is Dr. Leo Spaceman from 30 Rock. I can’t wait till Tracy Jordan shows up as a wacky, ultrarich country club member. Sheila and Dr. Spaceman, er, Fred, fill George in on the ritual of the barbecue. Every new neighbor must throw a barbecue bash or risk being ostracized.
Meanwhile, Lisa, Lisa’s brother Ryan, Tessa, Dalia, and a host of other local teens head to the basement rumpus room for a game of truth or dare. Obviously Tessa is above these sort of games, but gets roped into a dare to kiss Ryan, the idiot savant, minus the savant part. Like the gentoo penguin, Tessa has been infected by the suburbs when taken out of her natural urban environment. She is powerless against Ryan’s abs. Under the bleachers, in the laundry room, washing the car. She is first in line for the gun show. She ends up breaking it off, but you know she’ll be back for more soon.
At the barbecue, Noah and George bust out a beast of a grill, but run out of propane. To stave off a sundress and poloshirt fueled riot, George busts out the tiny hibachi and grills up some New York-style dogs. Holy shit, I’m so hungry right now.
Let’s wrap up with some quotes. If you can, I recommend rewatching the entire scene from under the bleachers. Ryan was on fire.
“Hey Lisa! This is how dad does it to mom!”
“Do you want your bones?” “Yes.”
“You know what a loop hole is?” “Sure, its a hole with a loop in it.”
“A rustic, high-end, wood-paneled asylum.”
“Have you seen his rock hard abs? I mean, if, uh, heh heh heh, I…”
“Are you addicted to drugs? I’ve heard many people from the inner city are. And I’ve seen Rent.”
“Who’s cliche? Is she like a singer?”
“If you could have dinner with any famous person, living or dead, who would it be?” “Scarlett Johansson. Dead.”
“If she wasn’t made of steel, I would take her as a lover.”
“How’s the guacamole?” “It’s killer. Did you smush it yourself?”
“As much as I want to put that whole bag of chips in my mouth, I don’t because I know if I do I’ll get dehydrated, I’ll break out, and I might even get diarrhea.”
“It’s so nice to see a gay couple in the neighborhood.” “There’s a gay couple? Gossip! I love hearing before my wife!” “Dish! Dish!”
What did you think of the follow up to the pilot? Any guesses on who is going to play the mom? You know she’s going to show up. I look forward to your comments. Toodles!