Episode Title: Serious Mothering
Original Air Date: February 26, 2017
Episode Number: 1×02
Jane deflects Ziggy’s questions about why they moved to Monterey. Madeline gets news that her community-theater production might get derailed, and is outraged over a slight from Renata. Celeste suggests to Perry that they see a counselor. Nathan and Ed meet in hopes of smoothing out the tensions between their wives, and themselves.
You guys, Madeline is hilarious and the best character on this show and Reese Witherspoon is perfect for this role. She’s kinda like the grown up version of Tracy Flick from Election who will not accept bullshit excuses and who will take no for an answer and who takes matters into her own hands just so she will get her way. These are good and bad traits, but since I love Madeline, I’m going to be on her side no matter what.
Her being on Jane’s team and her support for her and Ziggy is quite endearing and I do love that she really seems to have this constant need to fix everyone else’s problems (except Renata’s because she’s Renata). I felt for her when she found out that Abby went to Bonnie to talk about Planned Parenthood and to get birth control pills. Bonnie should have been smart enough not to subvert Madeline’s parental right in this instance.
I’m not sure if Madeline is really over Nathan because it seems like every word out of her mouth is Nathan this or Bonnie that. Poor Ed has to put up with this obsession and it’s a good thing that he seems to be a good and patient man and understands Madeline and why she’s acting like this. The ending with the two of them dancing/hugging was very sweet. I let out an aww when Madeline said to him “You’re the one, okay? You’re my only one.” I hope she means that.
Yup, Celeste and Perry are into kinky shit. They like to fight because it leads to sex. Yes, let’s see how far this will get them in their marriage before it really starts to deteriorate. At least they’re not cheating on each other just yet. I would have totally expected Perry to already have someone on the side, but that doesn’t seem to be the case since he didn’t pass up having online sex with his wife.
Jane continues to be an enigma and the same can be said for Ziggy. Something is up with that kid. He sleepwalks and knows that there’s a reason why they moved to Monterey, but he just doesn’t know what it is because Jane is trying her best to avoid that subject. I also thought she was pretty evasive during the coffee scene with Madeline and Celeste when Madeline asked her who Jane hasn’t forgiven and forgotten.
Can I just say how much I’m getting a kick out of the residents’ comments about the main characters and how much gossip has been said in that interrogation room? Sounds like a nightmare case to be investigating because everyone seems to think that everyone is a suspect and they would say anything to cast the suspicion on the person that they dislike the most.
Lastly, Chloe is a mini-Madeline and I find this quite amusing. The principal saying to Madeline about Chloe “It seems your daughter has inherited the ‘let’s solve Jeveryone else’s problem’ gene” got the biggest laugh from me. Her trying to have Ziggy and Amabelle make up was a sweet thought, but of course Ziggy took that the wrong way and went for a kiss instead. Oh, kids.