Suburgatory Season 2 Review “Eat, Pray, Eat”

There has been a lot of positives coming out of this season of Suburgatory (Teaser: I have over 1000 words coming on some of them soon), but the show has also had things that remain problematic. One of the main issues with the show has been how far it strayed from the father-daughter relationship that formed its core in season one. Internet incest jokes aside, George and Tessa have amazing chemistry together and are utterly believable as father and daughter. Steering away from that in favor of George’s budding relationship with Dallas has proved troublesome at best. Not only has the relationship taken away from George-Tessa time, George’s relationship with Dallas has also brought out some of the worst features of Dallas that were on display in season one. In addition to George and Dallas, the show’s focus on Noah Werner’s obsession with his housekeeper hasn’t exactly been the best use of the show’s time. It’s an attempt to deepen a character that has provided a net zero to the show since it started. The Werners have been the symbol of Chatswin ridiculousness. It doesn’t make sense to try to give them something to do now. The audience hasn’t seen enough to know or care about the Werner marriage.

All that being said, I genuinely enjoyed tonight’s episode. The problems from the previous paragraph didn’t go away, but the show presented them in a much more palatable fashion. George and Dallas’s tiff regarding George’s past relationship with Alex seemed grounded in a place of real emotion. Dallas has many insecurities, but it was nice to see one that actually had some substance. She only wants to be loved. She wants to be that one special person for George Altman. My favorite part of the realization involved the show actually getting mileage out of Jill Werner. Her performance at the Italian restaurant was by far her most humorous work of the series. Maybe the show is starting to figure how to use these relationships. It’s easy to remain skeptical, but the show has continually made strides as the series has progressed. Here’s hoping they are starting to figure it out.

While George and Dallas finally had a storyline I enjoyed, I was a huge fan of Tessa’s storyline on the kid side of the things. It was a trip back to its roots with Tessa as the outcast and Dalia constantly making her look foolish in crowds of people. However, the twist comes when the old soul Tessa embraces her inner rebellious teen and joins Dalia at the tattoo parlor. It’s a sign of real growth for the characters and their relationship.

Lots of things to be encouraged by in this week’s episode. There’s a chance we may finally be heading in the right direction with a few of the more aimless characters. The idea that one of the better comedies of television is improving is an exciting thing to see. Even Dalia may crack a few smiles over it.

What did everyone else think of tonight’s episode?