After being sick last week and missing my recap, I’m happy to say I’m feeling great and Suburgatory had their best episode in weeks. It was right up there with the “Scarlett Johansson, dead” episode.
As is usual, Tessa and George are facing yet another we of struggling with the ditching of their old city life and replacing it with new suburban traditions. This week, it’s Thanksgiving on the chopping block. In the city, George and Tessa would check out the floats being blown up in Central Park and then hit a diner for turkey burgers. Now, they are heading to Dallas and Dalia’s.
Lisa, on the other hand is having some issues of her own. Her mother is insisting on her wearing an abomination of a dress. Laura Ingalls Wilder would have been embarrassed to wear this calico dress. Lisa decides her time would be best spent in her room. Her mother decides to “smoke” her out by cranking the heat. We get a rousing speech by her brother Ryan in which he brings her a Vitamin Water after being inspired by her protest but then proceeds to drink it all after forgetting why he was there in the first place. After the heat is too much to bear, Lisa hits the shower but her mother sneaks the dress in place of her cloths. As a last ditch effort of protest, Lisa bares it all and goes nude for Thanksgiving dinner.
By the way, Lisa’s family is awesome. We’ve already gotten a good taste of Ryan, her brother, earlier in the season when he was making out with Tessa and her dad, aka Dr. Leo Spaceman from 30 Rock, but now we get her grandmother, aunt (Joan Callamezzo!) and uncle on her dad’s side, as well as their kids.
Before the Dallas and Dalia Thanksgiving dinner, George has to head out to look at a job and asks Dallas to hang out with Tessa to cheer her up over the loss of her Manhattan traditions. They hit the salon for a Brazilian… blowout. A Brazilian blowout, which is apparently a hair styling thing. Tessa is hesitant till Dallas offers to do anything for Tessa if she does the hair styling thing. Tessa takes her up on the offer and they head to Manhattan, only to see George. Making out with a woman.
Tessa is mad that George is cheating on Chatswin with Manhattan and Dallas is upset because she thought George and she had a connection.
After a confrontation at the dinner table, George decides to make it up to Tessa by heading to Manhattan and hitting the diner for some milkshakes. Naked Lisa tags along when she shows up in the back of the car after coming back to reality and deciding running nude through the neighborhood was a poor decision.
“Do you even own a dictionary? Traditions aren’t new. That’s what makes them traditions.”
“If she catches us looking at other cities, she might…” “Cut off your cul-de-sac?” “I’m pretty attached to my cul-de-sac.” “You’re gross.”
“On Thanksgiving Day, a half a dozen members of the Shay family will descend upon our house to eat with their mouths open and offer unsolicited advice. Most of which will be about my hair.”
“Like my mother would let me move to Europe. She’s convinced all Belgians are sex offenders.”
“What about the photo for Nanna? If you’re not wearing the dress, we might as well take a picture of a bunch of sex-crazed Belgians.”
“If you want to be a party pooper, you can go poop in your room.”
“Oh no, that style is all wrong for a dead body. You would want an updo or a loose braid or a sad pony.”
“I’m going to nap. Call me if anyone calls me.”
“This is super cool. It’s like when I saw Ace Ventura in that super confusing Spotless Sunshine movie that had the Titanic lady with the mid-sized naturals. Well, the movie pretty much sucked, but I respected Ace Ventura for taking a risk. And that’s what you’re doing. You are taking a risk!”
“I’m mad about the hypocracy.” “Well, they got the casinos now, so that’s a start.”
“You got your daughter and IUD.” “That was to increase her cell reception. She now has full signal, Steven. Full signal!”
So what did you think? Did you think they stepped up their game this week? Did you miss me while I was puking my guts out? Let me know in the comments!