This party is a bigger farce than Tom Cruise's marriage to that girl with dead eyes!" "Which one?" Marianne is off this week--being Jewish--but I guess one could say the same about me... But I can't keep my hands off food for more than 45 minutes - so, I'm using writing this recap as a distraction from the growing hunger pains. I know I should be atoning, but I'm not much of a sinner (grin). Speaking of sinners, last night's episode of The New Normal brought us back to the "Penis Palace" for more shenanigans and this time they are tackling eating healthy while pregnant, and the election - how timely! Let me just diatribe for a paragraph: I like this show. I know there are a lot of haters out there. Is it unrealistic and full of things that would never happen or be said, and is it--at times--too saccharine and cheesy, and doesn't it play to stereotypes a bit too much? Yes. But, is it refreshing to see a gay couple lead a primetime TV show, tackling a real issue of birthing a child through surrogate, and combating the ridiculousness that is the argument against them? Yes. So, we take the good with the bad. Having said that, this show is way, way funnier than Partners which made me want to be deaf and blind. So with 1,000 hours left to the Presidential election (count it, true fact), Murphy and his team of hedonism and hilarity are tackling it. Shania has a mock election in school where she's conflicted on how to vote, Bryan and David get schooled in diversity, Nana is stumping better than Romney, and Goldie gets Jungle Fever.
Bryan & David
Seriously, give this woman an Emmy. I find her the reason to watch this show. She has the best one liners, and you can tell she's starting to take a liking to the gays... She's the one who challenges Bryan and David's idea of being liberal. And the moment she does, they can't help but take her up on her challenge. Deep down, she knows she is going to win because she always does.
- Nene Leakes was back! Despite her terrible acting--hell, her non-acting... it's good to see her. Diversity incarnate!
- I actually would like to see Goldie get a little love interest. Would be interesting to see that come into the mix.
- I like how this episode showed both sides of the political debate without getting overly preachy. Also, were your assumptions challenged when Clinton disclosed he was a Republican? Yeah, I thought so.
- I don't agree that you have to have diversity in your life in order to be liberal. That's not what makes a liberal. I don't have friends on food stamps, I don't have friends who are constantly struggling with choosing to abort or not, I don't have friends in the army, but that doesn't mean I don't believe in social programs, the right to choose, and bringing our troops home. So, although I get the idea of this week's episode, I thought--as I have with every episode--it was a thin argument.
- Do Bryan and David actually have jobs? I don't know, even a lady part doctor has to pull a 12 hour shift! And Bryan shows up just to approve a costume? That's not all a producer does. Although, he's a producer on the show "Sing" - funny nod to Ryan Murphy himself.