Life seldom runs smoothly and Suburgatory has this theme down tonight when all of the characters face conflicts in the way of their goals. Noah can't be as close to his baby as he'd like. Tessa finds life tough with the addition of Eden to the household and Dallas is tired of always finding keys in the kangaroo's pouch. Um ... yeah, whatever, on that last one.
Noah is leaving after spending time speaking loudly to his baby in Eden's belly, when Sheila, looking all squinty-eyed and angry, stops him on the street. She tells Noah that Eden has his baby right where she wants it, wrapped around her uterus and that George's voice is the male one the baby hears most often now. Sheila needs a hobby.
Noah then starts spending hours at a time talking loudly to Eden's belly. Eden has to tell Noah to knock it off and later, George understands why Eden had to be direct as he knows how demanding Noah can be sometimes.
Not a Happy Family Times Two
Now that Eden has moved in, Tessa isn't adjusting too well. Eden takes too long in the bathroom when Tessa needs to get ready for school and she even vetoes Internet use. Okay, it's not your house or your teenaged daughter, Eden. Also, Eden eats disgusting, live organic things while George and Tessa enjoy toaster strudel with gobs of icing.
Over at Dallas' house, things are also chaotic, with the pet kangaroo. Yeah, who'd have thought keeping a kangaroo in a house could be a bad thing? Dallas is sick of keys always being in the kangaroo's pocket - despite the obvious cute factor of that visual, I guess. Later, George is over at Dallas' place and she tells George that she's upset because Dalia is giving her grief over giving up the kangaroo.
The title of this Suburgatory episode is "The Great Compromise" and Lisa and Malick are no different from the other characters tonight. Lisa, while waiting for her DNA results on whether or not she's adopted, plans to spend the summer at macrame camp, while her guy, Malik, would rather go to sports camp. Mr. Wolfe thinks Malik should go to macrame camp, while Sheila tells Lisa to do what her man wants and go to sports camp. Lisa and Malik each tell the other it's going to be what the other one wants, so the chaos and confusion just continue!
Internship, What Internship?
Tessa decides that what she'd really love to do this summer is intern for a newspaper in the city. Eden catches Tessa on the Internet, so Tessa shows her that what she found online was just an internship opportunity open at the Village Voice. Eden is excited for Tessa and says don't worry about George, just go and she'll straighten everything out.
Tessa goes to apply and manages to charm an assistant editor who snubs her at first because she lives in the suburbs. Eden's way of telling George is just to tell him that Tessa went to apply and George can only repeat everything Eden says because he's trying to control his anger. George is worried about Tessa being in the city like that, but Eden suggests that a train pass would allow Tessa to work at the Village Voice and come home right after to spend her nights here. Tessa gets home and overhears. She runs upstairs and slams her bedroom door behind her since she wanted to hang out with friends in the city and not just work.
The episode ends with Dallas settling down for a night in front of the TV with some snacks. The theme song from The X-Files plays and I feel a sudden pang of longing for that old favorite. It's so hilarious when Dallas yells at the TV: "Kiss her, Mulder, kiss her!" Yes, there was that incredibly prolonged, running theme of whether Mulder would ever kiss Scully.
I loved this whole Suburgatory episode tonight - how about you?
"It was my job to pee on the compost."
"Troy, I know you're a snide, holier-than-thou urbanite and that's what I love about you."
-- Tessa to the Village Voice Associate Editor
"An angry teenager is worse than a locust plague."
"Dictator! You are such a dictator!"
-- Tessa to George
"I'll see my baby when it climbs out of her donut hole."