The Neighbors Season 1 Review “Camping” – Manhood is Tested, Feelings Get Revealed

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So, the recent episode of The Neighbors, “Camping,” was interesting in a lot of ways. Firstly, we got to see more of Marty’s childhood and why he is a big man-child and we also got to see more of Amber dealing with her growing feelings for Reggie. We also saw the return of Jackie’s varying accents.

To recap just a bit before I break plot points down–Both the Weavers and the Bird-Kersees feel like they need to get away. Marty wants to prove to his son that he can be just as much of a Paul Bunyan He-Man like his son’s grandpa. Meanwhile, Jackie and Larry are both at their wits’ end with their sons either toasting everything (in the case of Dick) or texting their girlfriend (in the case of Reggie). So a camping trip it is!

What’s cool about this episode is that we get to see more of the womenfolk act in a very I Love Lucy kind of way. I think that’s a good way to describe this show, actually–I Love Lucy with aliens. Poor Marty doesn’t realize his wife is tricking him into thinking he’s a burly mountain man until Abby breaks the female code and, like a little kid would, tells the truth. However, seeing Marty get his moment with the bear proves to himself and his family that he does know how to survive the elements in his own way.

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Another cool thing about this episode was Amber’s jealousy. She’s been concerned about her feelings toward Reggie ever since she 1) realized he wouldn’t be pining for her forever and 2) realized she actually likes him more than she initially thought now that he’s not pining over her. Now the shoe is on the other foot and it’s really refreshing to see. I think that the emotions running over Clara Mamet’s face was some of her best acting thus far.

Last week or the week before, I was hoping that Jackie’s accents would become a permanent character trait and I’m glad to see my hope has come true! I really like hearing all of Jackie’s crazy voices–her ability to do that balances out Larry’s insistent need on being a leader, Dick’s general strangeness and Reggie’s generally subdued nature (which can sometimes come off just as odd–being a generally subdued person, I know what I’m talking about).

I think I’ve said this before, but it’s nice that the show now found its groove. We as viewers finally know what kind of universe we’re in and what kinds of jokes to expect. We know most of what the characters are capable of, which is thanks to the writers. I’m glad the show has found its sea legs.