Norman’s teacher is dead, and four months later, he’s still visiting her grave, still unsure of exactly what happened that night. Norma suspects something, knowing her son’s recollection may not be accurate, especially if he blacked out for part of the night, but she still wants so desperately to believe her son is good and innocent, that she ignores that gut feeling that something is awry.
Norman has been spending way too much time in the basement taxidermy-ing animals, and as business is booming during the summer, Norma yanks him out of it to help. Emma is still helping at the hotel, but we only see her for a minute or two.
Norma is excited about all the business from the summer people, but while out with Norman teaching him how to drive, she notices that there’s some construction crews out in the place where the new bypass was supposed to be built. She had thought that the construction was delayed, but it looks like it’s back on schedule. She goes to the city council meeting to contest the construction, but she basically gets laughed out of the room. She calls the leader a dick, and loses it a little on everybody, calling the world a cesspool you can never completely climb out of.
Dylan clues her in on a little gossip he heard, and Bradley takes it into her own hands to avenge her father’s death. Whether she got the right guy or not is anybody’s guess. But, luckily for Norman, this was likely the guy that the police might have eventually pinned his teacher’s death on as well, seeing as she was sleeping with him.
Since it felt a little bit like things devolved and slowed down toward the end of season one, I wasn’t sure if season two could hold up the suspense and intrigue that hooked us all in the first place, but so far, I’m on board.
New Girl 2/25 (“Sister II”)
Jess tries to rein in her older sister Abby who has been staying at the loft, but she sees the effect her sister is having on her friends and Nick, and she decides that it’s time for Abby to move into her own place. While she and Cece scope out a place, Nick takes Abby to a car museum to keep her busy, and she hops on a car hood and demands Nick tell her what is going on. The museum employee has to call security, and even after Nick tells her what Jess is doing, Abby still won’t get off the hood.
Abby decides to take up with Schmidt, and considering her highly sexual, slightly crazy tendencies, he’s all for it. She won’t move into the chaste, all-gay, older man place across from a church that Jess picked – she’ll just move in with Schmidt. With the dry spell he’s had, it’s not surprising he agrees, even if it is a big commitment for one of the biggest commitment-phobes ever. This does not look good.
Winston is worried about his results from the police academy entrance exam – Abby doesn’t help, pushing his buttons – and he distracts himself by signing up for personal training sessions with Coach. Coach gets tired of it and checks the test results for him, seeing that he failed.
While Winston is disappointed, he isn’t exactly surprised, but Coach convinces him to try it again. I hope he passes the next time. I think a job like that will be good for him.
It’s Tactical Village day! The department is bound for Tactical Village, a place where they get to test new weapons and run an obstacle course like a regular mission. Jake always takes on a character with a fully detailed backstory, and he always tries to come up with a creative way to win the “best kill” award for the event. But Jake gets distracted when Amy reconnects with another cop she used to know, and does everything he can to impress her and beat the other guy.
Diaz is pissed at Boyle because he didn’t invite her to his wedding, but she doesn’t want to confront him about it. The sarge pairs them together in the Tactical Village exercise to make her talk to him, and when she finally brings it up, he claims it’s because his fiancee was uncomfortable having the woman that Boyle used to be in love with at their wedding. Diaz forgives him, and understands, and he even clears it with his fiancee to invite her properly. (He’s been handing out Save the Date invitations, aka “STD”s.)
However, Diaz talks to Boyle’s intended and learns that it was Boyle who thought it would be uncomfortable having her there, not his fiancee. Apparently, she doesn’t even know about Boyle’s former infatuation with Diaz. Diaz covers for him, but it looks like Boyle may not be completely over her like we thought. Full Boyle or no.
Also, the captain gets hooked on Cwazy Cupcakes, a game for his phone, and Gina has to get him back to his senses.
This show survived the week two weak writing pitfall. THAT’S saying something. I laughed just as many times during this episode as the first, and it had just as much heart as last week’s.
Henry is out walking his dad’s dog Elvis, and with sunglasses and a guide dog, he decides to pretend he’s blind in order to get access to some free cupcakes. But when he sees a girl notices him now, he decides to run with it.
Mel is trying to come out as a blind man to his biggest, longest-running client, but his brother Glen is trying to talk him into playing blind one more time so he can get one more check to pay for his recent boat purchase and marina fees. Mel tries to play along, but he accidentally burns up the retainer check over the dinner table.
Joyce is still trying to make friends with Katie, and learns that her new study partner Amelie (that’s Ginger Gonzaga, aka Maya from ABC’s Mixology, if you were paying close attention!) is young enough and cool enough to help her win over her daughter by being a good buffer. They all get into an Arcade Fire concert at the last minute, and Amelie gets Katie a fake ID since it’s a 21 and up concert. Joyce thinks she can be cool, but she has to play the mom card and gets them out of there.
Even the opening credits are joyful. This is a life-affirming, fun, family show. I love the characters, the narrator is spot on (I probably already said that last week, but it bears repeating), and you can’t help but smile and enjoy these people and their slightly unusual but incredibly winning approach to the world.
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