Suburgatory Season 2 Review “Leaving Chatswin”

Suburgatory Season 2 Episode 14 Leaving Chatswin (8)

Most relationships aren’t going to last. I apologize if I’m hurting the feelings of any 16-year-olds in my audience, but probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 99.9% of relationships will end with some whatever the e-version is of a Dear John letter (#sadface direct message, maybe?). However, just because that fact is acknowledged doesn’t mean the relationship won’t be a positive experience. Through dating different people we can learn a lot about who we are as person. On top of that, nothing beats getting relationship “reps” so we’re ready when the real thing comes along. Acknowledging a relationship isn’t built to last is a tough thing to recognize. Tougher still is not allowing that knowledge dissuade you from continuing the relationship. On Suburgatory, it’s fairly obvious that Tessa and Ryan are not going to spend the rest of their lives together. That being said, they are exactly what each other need right now.

Save for a couple of trips to Manhattan to check out the city, Suburgatory has largely been confined to Chatswin. Given Tessa’s age and proclivity for life outside of Chatswin, it seemed only natural that the show would move in a more expansive direction. Whether Tessa’s relationship with Ryan continues into his college years or not, the show has some interesting choices to make about what to do when most of the teenagers come of college age. If our leading lady is no longer caught in “Suburgatory“, then what becomes of the show? None of the actors are young enough to turn one year of high school into several seasons. At a certain point, we are going to have to figure out what comes next for Ryan Shay, Tessa Altman, Lisa Shay, and Malik LaFreak (sp?). Watching how the Ryan-college storyline develops should give a good indicator about where the show intends to go. He’s easily written off the show, but he’s been so invaluable to the show this year, that it’s difficult to imagine Emily Kapnek just dismissing his character entirely. The show seems like a safe bet to return, so there isn’t a need to go out with all things resolved.

This week’s B story was pretty standard fare. The ancillary character shares lots of personal information with one of our stars rather suddenly, dies surprisingly, and becomes an inspiration to the other characters to live their lives to the fullest. Usually somebody gets a motorcycle or spends a few crazy nights out on the town before realizing they aren’t cut out for that life anymore. Everything is going pretty smoothly with the storyline until Noah throws out his love for his former housekeeper, Carmen at the end of the tag. The placement in the episode coupled with how it was edited almost makes it seem like a joke from Noah. However, his delivery certainly made it seem serious.

If it is serious, who cares? Noah is one of the standard, one-note denizens of Chatswin. He’s not a scoundrel, he’s just a hustling dentist who enjoys the finer things. On top of that, we haven’t seen nearly enough of his wife to make us want to feel bad for her. If this storyline continues for several episodes, that would become a strong miscalculation on their part. Either Kapnek has really misjudged our depth of feeling toward the Werners, or she is attempting to add more color to their relationship. The latter makes a little bit of sense. The former seems like a misread on the Eve-George level from season one. Time will tell where this storyline falls.