Welcome to Sweden (NBC) Episode 6 & 7 “Parents!/Homesick”

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Welcome to Sweden episode 6 & 7 “Parents!/Homesick” airs Thursday, August 21st at 9PM ET/PT on NBC.

Episode Synopsis: Welcome to Sweden (NBC) Episode 6 & 7 “Parents!/Homesick”- Wayne (Patrick Duffy) and Nancy (Illeana Douglas) take a detour from their holiday cruise to visit their son Bruce (Greg Poehler), and a rocky first impression leads to the ultimate culture clash with Emma’s (Josephine Bornebusch) parents, Viveka (Lena Olin) and Birger (Claes Månsson.) Meanwhile, Bruce does his best to show everyone that moving to Sweden was the right thing for him to do and Emma shares a huge piece of news. Christopher Wagelin and Per Svensson also star.

Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) have to make a decision after he receives an offer from Amy Poehler (guest starring as herself), one of his former clients, to come back to New York to help her with her current financial problems with the IRS, which have taken root since he left. To help ensure he returns, Amy dispatches Aubrey Plaza (guest starring as herself) to stalk Bruce and help get him back to the states. Meanwhile, Bruce decides to take a stab at working as a Swedish celebrity money manager and Emma uses her connections to get him in front of the right people. Lena Olin, Claes Månsson, Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Wagelin and Per Svensson also star. Björn Ulvaeus and Björn Ranelid also guest star.

Show Summary: Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch, Swedish hit drama “Solsidan”) seem to be the perfect couple. He is a successful money manager to the stars, living his life in New York with Emma, the sweet woman from Sweden whom he loves and adores. She is the rare combination of intelligent, funny, kind and beautiful, who believes she has finally found her true soul mate. So when she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept a prestigious banking job after a year together, she is surprised and thrilled that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life together.

Moving halfway around the world with a new love is a huge step and Bruce, with no job, friends or real clue about what he is getting himself into, is quick to face the many unique challenges and culture clashes that living in a foreign land presents. Most notably, how to win over Emma’s strange and very Swedish family, which includes her parents, Viveka (Lena Olin, “Chocolat”) and Birger (Claes Månsson), with whom they move in. Viveka, who is a therapist, dearly loves her family but has difficulties showing it, especially to Emma. Much to Bruce’s dismay, she harbors a dislike of him from day one. Birger, a retired sea captain is the typical Swede — tall, kind and silent. Since his spoken English isn’t very sharp, it only adds to the communication barriers.

Gustav (Christopher Wagelin) is Emma’s younger brother, a 28-year old mega-slacker who, for some reason, can do no wrong in his mother’s eyes. Bengt (Per Svensson), Birger’s younger brother, is an American-adoring rockabilly type who seems to live his life through U.S. movies.

As for Bruce’s family, his dad, Wayne (Patrick Duffy, “Dallas”), is conservative by nature and resides in a small Midwestern town. Along with Wayne, Bruce’s adoring mother, Nancy (Illeana Douglas, “Grace of My Heart”), wants nothing but the best for her son, but has no understanding whatsoever of his decision to leave his happy life in New York.

Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons make guest appearances as themselves in this single-camera, offbeat comedy that was predominately shot on location in Stockholm.

Greg Poehler serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on events in his life. Amy Poehler, Pontus Edgren, Carrie Stein, Frederik Arefalk and Felix Herngren are also executive producers. “Welcome to Sweden” is a co- production between eOne, TV4, FLX and Syskon.