Raising Hope returned this week with a pretty solid episode in “Throw Maw Maw From The House”. I’ve always said that Maw Maw is best in small doses, so I was a bit wary of this episode as soon as I saw the episode title. Thankfully there was enough laughs to offset the Maw Maw overload.
In a rare episode narrated by Virginia, we see a few of the wacky and hilarious measures that the Chance’s have to take to keep Maw Maw in check. I’m not sure why they aren’t living at Sabrina’s new house yet, as I was pretty sure that’s where they’d keep the characters for a while, but I guess we have to wait until after Sabrina and Jimmy’s wedding. Anyway, a social worker named Shirley, played by guest star Jenny Slate, arrives at the Chance’s responding to complaints that the resident’s were mistreating the child on the premises. They obviously assumed it was Hope, but it was actually a 20 year old complaint concerning Jimmy. However, during her visit Shirley concludes that the Chance’s have been physically abusing Maw Maw in their efforts to keep Maw Maw in her room. The Chance’s need to spend the rest of the episodes convincing Shirley that they should keep Maw Maw, and that she shouldn’t be taken away to a facility.
Here’s the thing: I have a hard time staying on the Chance’s side here. Maw Maw obviously has some serious psychological issues, and she’s shown time and time again that she can bring physical harm to her family and to Hope. I get that this is a comedy, and that having a wacky grandma character on the show is good for a few laughs, but it’s hard to argue with Shirley here that the lady would be better served in a home.
Despite the episode having a bit too much Maw Maw, there was still some great lines in here. Unsurprisingly, most of them came from Burt. His line concerning Shirley’s hypoglycemia and how his aunt has cerebral palsy was one of the funniest things I’ve heard on this show in a while. Also his bellowing out “OBAMA!” gave me a good belly laugh.
I really enjoyed Jimmy’s proposal to Sabrina last week, and I was excited to see how the show would change from now on, but I was a bit disappointed to see how little the show has changed. She’s still just sleeping in Jimmy’s bed at his house, playing the straight man to all of Burt and Virginia’s craziness, and trying to get Jimmy to grow up. I’m hoping things get a little more interesting as the show ramps up to their wedding, but this show has always done a great job at putting a fresh spin on these types of things so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Tonight’s episode was the first part of a rare two-parter for Raising Hope, so I’m hoping you’ll all tune in next week to see what happens after Maw Maw gets taken away! She even told you to tune in! You have no excuse!
- I’m hoping that after Garrett Dillahunt’s recent appearance in Looper (He’s in the best scene of the movie, by the way), it will somehow drive more people into seeing this show. I doubt it, but we can only hope!
- The tried and true jokes of Sabrina mispronouncing words came back with a vengeance this week. “Job” and “Unconventionally” were this week’s victims. Still not that funny, guys…