CHILDRENS HOSPITAL “Home is Where the Hospital Is” Review

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CHILDRENS HOSPITAL “Home is Where the Hospital Is” Season 3, Episode 4 – There were tiny bits of continuity sprinkled into this week’s episode of Childrens Hospital which is kind of exciting considering that normally we’re inundated with humor, relationships and plots that will never be remembered in later episodes. There was a mention of “Black Hospital” and the apartment might turn out to be a fixed setting now that most of the Childrens Hospital staff seem to be living there.

Valerie takes in roommates like a cat lady takes in stray cats. I’m not sure exactly how many people are living in that place, but apparently it’s just one too many to be sharing a small kitchen. While they’re all crammed into a single car for their commute they start discussing who should leave the apartment. Blake hilariously (and unsuccessfully) suggests himself a few times, we discover that Brian is under house arrest and the rest of them basically just refuse to leave. The minute they step into the hospital, the drama thickens – not really because of any development in their situation, but because suddenly the music, the camera movements, their dialogue and their reactions become intentionally more theatrical.

Sy had been trying to not so subtly hint to Valerie that he’s homeless and living in the Childrens Hospital bathroom. I actually felt bad for poor Sy, but all things considered, he had a pretty sweet set up in there. I loved the montage of his activities in his room/bathroom, especially the moment they showed him sitting upright on his cot with the CRT TV resting on his lap like one would do if they were watching videos on a laptop in bed.

Glenn and Lola didn’t spend too much time mulling over their housing situation because they were busy cycling through all the stereotypical points of a dramatic romance plot in hyper speed. They started off as adversaries in the kitchen, but their sexual tension could no longer be controlled so they had to hide their new romance from their roommates. I loved the running gag about how terrible they were at keeping their “secret” and the blank stares from everyone as they watched Glenn and Lola talk about it just a few feet away from them.

Naturally, Glenn and Lola have to talk about their relationship issues separately (but in the same room), guy to guy-Pat and girl to girl-Pat. Glenn and Lola’s absurd fight to end all fights was initially about out-emotioning one another, but it quickly escalated into summaries of arguments that you would typically hear in a fight between two leading characters in a romantic drama. Their arguments were totally without context and unrelated to one another so it became a comical screaming match to see who could say the more dramatic thing the loudest. All this fighting, of course, leads to a breakup, which leads to tears, which leads to the make-up and finally the happily ever after. No time was wasted transitioning between the phases of their relationship, they just plowed right through a standard season long romantic drama in a few minutes. Amazing.

Owen’s story didn’t really fit into the housing theme of the episode at all. As disconnected as it was, it actually made me laugh the most because of its sheer insanity. That kid came up with some awesome wishes and seeing Owen dressed up in a two piece genie costume is an automatic win in my book. Dr. Owen calls in Detective Briggs to “arrest a little kid for being a dick” only to discover that this little kid is a known “wish stealing thief.” I was immediately reminded of the Sealab 2021 episode, “Little Orphan Angry,” where a con-artist kid with a fake terminal illness shows up on Sealab as part of the Final Request Foundation program and ends up having all his wishes granted by a gullible Marco. The kid on Sealab was eaten by a shark, so in comparison, Childrens Hospital was much kinder to the mini-swindler, letting him off with a simple arrest and a curse of unending guilt from Dr. Owen.

Overall, another solid episode of Childrens Hospital with nonstop jokes that all worked for me. Somehow having Glenn and Lola move into the same room solved the overcrowding problem in the apartment even though the same number of people would still be living there. We’ll see if they’re still bunking together next week. Two weeks in a row with hints of continuity? Probably not, but the previews for next week already had me laughing, so I’m happy even if continuity goes out the window.