Suburgatory Season 2 Review “Decemberfold”

Suburgatory Season 2 Episode 19 Decemberfold (7)

Late in the run of its debut season, Suburgatory introduced the character of Eve as a love interest for George. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry between the characters, and the writing coupled with Alicia Silverstone’s performance made for some pretty rough television. At the time, it was easy to dismiss as a first season misstep. After all, plenty of shows experiment with different things in the opening season. To their credit, they responded very quickly and Eve was never heard from after the first season concluded. Surely they had learned from their mistakes. Sadly, it doesn’t look like they have. The relationship issues with George and Eve were quickly transferred onto George and Dallas, and now it seems like Dalia’s going to try to get in the mix. What exactly she is doing with those pictures of “Daddy Altman” isn’t totally clear, but it doesn’t lead anywhere good from a plot standpoint. Tonight’s episode wasn’t unfunny, but it seemed to set up a troubling set of circumstances as we go down the stretch of the season while continuing one of my season-long problems.

When George and Dallas first got together, I saw as the potential for the show to grow. Of course, the writing staff saw it as an opportunity to pull out every dopey relationship issue in the Sitcom Bag O’ Tricks. At least tonight made George look worse than Dallas for a change. While George hasn’t been any sort of a delight paired with Dallas, the worst aspects of Dallas have been accentuated when she’s with George. Tonight, it was nice to see the shoe on the other foot. If nothing else, Emily Kapnek proved men can be just as vain as women (no argument here). It wasn’t a fruitful place to take the storyline but watching George and the boys beef it up did provide for some pretty decent sight gags. Chris Parnell alone has to get kudos for simply being up for absolutely everything. The show has long struggled with adults, but the Chatswin boys club of George, Noah, and Fred is awfully promising going forward.

What isn’t promising is whatever Dalia Royce has planned for George. Dalia is awesome (and she was tonight) when received in small doses, but it can be hard to make it through with her as a significant part of an episode. We’ll see how they choose to dole her out as the season winds down. As long as they don’t steer us back in the direction of Eve, we should be okay.

What did everyone else think of tonight’s episode?