RAISING HOPE “The Sniffles” Review

RAISING HOPE (FOX) The Sniffles

RAISING HOPE “The Sniffles” Season 1 Episode 8 – Hope’s first cold leads Jimmy to taking a second job at the grocery store so he can get health insurance in the “The Sniffles” episode of RAISING HOPE and that leads Burt to do something drastic.

I’m not sure Burt actually having the butler go get the health insurance out of the hot air balloon would have surprised me much more than seeing him working for Green Thumb as the low man on the totem pole. There is such terrific father-son stuff between Burt and Jimmy tonight, and I love how layers of their relationship are slowly revealed. There’s the meaningful: the heartbreak that washes over Burt’s face when he sees Jimmy at the grocery store and the black and white cookie, but there’s also the hilarious: Burt’s “Baba Booey” when Virginia seeks help from Dr. Tim and “That’s not a grandpa problem” after Burt gets Hope hopped up on said cookie–not to mention Burt running away when Jimmy catches him with Green Thumb. Burt has the most moments this episode: choking on the food funnel, teasing the ants, and using every font known to man in his proposal. Plus, formicality is a great new word and “Mow me the money” is pretty darn funny. OMG to the city councilor’s stripper daughter. Ha!

Locking Maw Maw in her room is the one weak spot in the episode for me. While her kicking a hole in the door and strangling Burt is funny, the food funnel antics mostly feel forced. I do love “chicken colada,” and while Virginia spends too much of the episode feeding Maw Maw, her scene comforting Burt is so sweet and real. I also love her “Of course he knows what he’s doing. It’s a computer, not a condom.” Yay that they stretched the internet tubes to their house, and I love the references back to “Dream Hoarders” and “Family Secrets.”

The grocery store manager is growing on me. “Barney Hughes: selling groceries, saving lives.” Wow, does that scene capture how I feel whenever I need to buy cough medicine. If grocery store time is anything like convenience store time, from what I remember it absolutely does move at 1/3 regular time. I love the random assaults on the clock and I’m glad the writers have found a way to have Jimmy and Sabrina spend time together organically. It’s also a good way to bring in more recurring characters a la My Name is Earl. Used cheerleader costume guy need not come back, though. Hee.

Speaking of recurring characters, it’s nice to see Shelley and her ukulele back.” I knew I was late. I didn’t know I was trombone solo late.” Hope is off the charts adorable in the episode, too, well except when she has the neon green snot dripping down her face, anyway. It’s fun watching Jimmy grow into his role as father (how adorable is it when he explains things to Hope?), doing whatever he has to do for his daughter, no matter the personal cost. “He watched me pee…He watched me pee.”

I really missed Raising Hope the last couple of weeks, so I’m happy it’s back with such a good episode. Such an aptly titled one, too, since in addition to laughing throughout, I also sniffled more than once.

What did you think of the episode? Which of your favorite moments did I miss?

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