Original Air Date: Jun 17, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
As we go into the second episode of the summer season, the thematic string of the episodes has become clear. It’s all about the shifting of the family dynamic. We’ve explored Daphne’s integration into (and Regina’s discomfort with) the Kennish household for so long, it’s time to see how the other have interacts.
Sure, there’s tons of other stuff going on: Travis, the car wash, Toby, Ty, and tennis matches. But what is the most fascinating to watch is how Bay, Regina, and now Angelo are forming their own family unit, and the discomfort that it is bringing Kathryn and Daphne.
Bay/Regina/Angelo: Very quickly, Bay and Regina have found a groove while they both squat in Angelo’s apartment. Can I just say that I’m surprised that he only got a one bedroom place? Did he never expect to spend time with his daughter(s)? And while Bay is possibly taking advantage of Regina’s welcoming demeanor by relishing cold pizza and coffee for breakfast, it’s also clear that Regina is somewhat of a teenager herself. When Daphne comes for a visit, we see that Regina’s a bit of a slob and Daphne was the one to keep house (and cook). Bay is also comfortable enough to confide in Regina about Ty’s return and her concerns, while she doesn’t even mention it to Daphne or Kathryn. Angelo spends the hour searching fruitlessly for his missing baby, stalking potential adoptive parents, but returns home no closer to her than before. But what he does have waiting is a ready-made biological family, whom he teaches to Bachata http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachata_(dance) in his living room.
Daphne/Kathryn: While Bay is busing bonding with Regina, Kathryn and Daphne are less successfully forging their own relationship. It’s mostly taking place on the tennis court, where they are not nearly as in sync as they need to be for partners’ tennis. Their game only looks worse when they enter a tournament (in matching uniforms), and lose badly to a mother-daughter pair who speak in unison. Daphne blasts Kathryn for misreading her sign cues, while Kathryn blasts back that she’s sick of being the punching bag over Regina’s leaving. And while she doesn’t blame Daphne for Regina’s move, she does point out that Daphne has been very busy trying to find blame in everyone else for anything wrong in her life. It’s nice to see somebody stop tiptoeing around Daphne, but the cold front doesn’t last any longer than it takes to make lasagnas. They take the second entrée over to Bay and Regina, assuming they’re subsisting on cereal, and are shocked to find the dancing family trio previously mentioned. It’s clear from their expressions that they feel the odd duo out in the newly formed family structure.
Bay/Ty: Bay is settling in to her summer job at Maui, Kansas, but it’s quite a site as Bay dealing with the masses does not blend well with her snarky demeanor. Ty stops by for a visit, but quickly clams up when Bay tries to ask him about his army time overseas. Her coworker, Mary Beth, lets her know that he brother came back with Ty, but has since killed himself. Bay is rightfully worried, but not getting anywhere trying to talk to Ty and also freaks out a bit when she sees he has her graffiti girl (with the sledgehammer) tattooed on her arm. She expresses concern to Regina that he is in trouble, but also worried about why he’d have her artwork permanently embossed on his being. Regina visits Ty at the base, letting him know that she thought she could handle her drinking all by herself and it landed her in rehab. Her words get through to Ty, and he breaks his silence with Bay. He tells her of the kids overseas and how they gifted a tough little girl with a soccer ball. But her uncle freaked when he saw her playing with boys, and dragged her off to parts unknown. It’s not known if she is still alive, but clearly the culture shock and the atrocities against children have rattled Ty. The tattoo is a tribute to the little girl, not a declaration of love to Bay. Bay gets him to confirm that, unlike Mary Beth’s brother, he is not suicidal. But he is clearly in need of counseling, and I hope he gets some beyond the comforting ears of a teen.
John/Toby/Travis: -John is realizing that now that he is elected, he actually has to show up and be a senator. He’s short-handed at the carwash since his manager left, but realizes he has a prize employee in Travis, who asks to be promoted. At the same time, a wedding-planning/cash-strapped Toby also makes a pitch to be manager, showing off his marketing/budgeting prowess. John and Kathryn have a realistic conversation where they discuss the pros and cons of both boys. Travis would need an interpreter and still has a year of high school. They always wanted more for Toby than the carwash. And while I understand why they gave Toby the job, I do think they should be co-managers, or at least make Travis assistant manager. Truthfully, Toby should be office manager, Travis should be operations manager, and he should continue his search for a more mature, adult general manager. But that’s just how I’d do things.
Episode Title Art: Well, I’m stymied. I Googled all over the place and found nothing. I put a tweet out to show creator Lizzy Weiss and I’ll let you know if she responds!
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