The New Normal “Sofa’s Choice” Review

The New Normal (NBC) Sofa's Choice

On this second episode of The New Normal, everything flowed a lot better. It was a lot less preachy and more story-oriented. You probably just want to know what happened during the episode, so let’s just jump right into the recap.

The first pregnancy test came back negative, so David, conveniently being a gynecologist, took Goldie to his office to give her a different test in order to definitively know Goldie’s pregnancy status. What’s the result? Well, you’ll just have to read this recap to find out.

Bryan and David begin to get cold feet about becoming parents. Bryan realizes he doesn’t know if he has the patience it takes to discipline children when he finds his favorite leather sofa has been vandalized (he thinks Shania is the culprit, but later, we find out that’s not true). David’s straight friends–all of whom have children–are disappointed to learn David is thinking about having a child; they used to vicariously live through him and his childlessness. Bryan and David think they need to recapture their youth by going to the same bar they met in years ago, but as it turns out, it just throws their ages in their faces.

One development throughout the episode is the bond Bryan develops with Shania through their love of Grey Gardens. According to what Andrew Rannells said during his September 10 interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Bebe Wood won her role when she came into the audition room doing an impression of Edith Bouvier Beale (affectionately known as “Little Edie”), so Ryan Murphy decided to incorporate it into the character of Shania. That impression was threaded throughout the episode, which provided an added dose of kookiness. The two also bonded over their uniqueness. Shania is a girl who doesn’t fit in, and she tells Bryan that she desperately wants to be normal. Bryan tells her that it’s better to accept your unique qualities because it’s those qualities that end up making you successful. It’s true.

While all of this bonding is going on, Jane is busy trying to get Goldie and Shania away from David and Bryan. She schemes to get Goldie back with her estranged husband, Clay (Jayson Blair), but seeing how Clay is a bit of a dunce, it doesn’t work.

The idea of people coming together to create a family was more prevalent in this episode with David and Bryan allowing Goldie and Shania to live in their guest house, rent-free. When they once again reiterated that they wanted to be there for Goldie and Shania, the sense of warmth grew. Of course, it only got stronger when the medical test David ran came back positive, meaning they were going to have a baby.

Oh, by the way, Shania wasn’t the one who drew on Bryan’s treasured sofa. It was Jane. She wanted to pin the drawing on Shania in order to throw Bryan off of wanting kids. I’m not sure how that was going to work, but what matters is that it didn’t.

Yes, the first episode was quite preachy, but this episode was less so. In fact, this episode had flow, the right amount of energy, hilariously offensive lines (like Jane saying she used to learn about presidents who owned people who looked like the current president) and a good amount of heart. I always liked this show, even with my tough words, but now I like it a touch more.