The New Normal continues to be extremely offensive in a really funny way. So I'm not exactly sure if that makes it okay or not... Regardless, this week's episode was probably the funniest since the pilot and I'm pretty sure it's because there was more Ellen Barkin in it. But did the episode have you laughing until your sides hurt or were the themes being discussed too cringe-worthy for you to enjoy?
This episode was mostly about the November elections and who everyone was voting for. It's no surprise over who was voting Democrat and who was voting Republican. But the episode came off as a political debate for both sides. Although very funny, sometimes even I felt uncomfortable just thinking that I would have to review this later and I wouldn't know what to say about it.
After Bryan and David find out that Goldie votes Republican they begin trying to sway her vote. Whether it was intentional or not is unclear. I really think that these guys do and say things without realizing what it is they are saying or doing. Jane is not having any of it though. She's a strict Republican and she wants her granddaughter to vote the same way.
After a very heated argument with both Bryan and David she calls them hypocrites because they don't even have friends that are people of color. Bryan wants to prove her wrong so he decides to have a dinner party and to invite Rocky thinking she could bring people of color. Of course once she realizes what his plan was she proceeds to tell him just how racist it was to assume that she only had friends who were of color.
Bryan feels bad but still decides to hire the waiter who happens to be an actor to pretend to be his friend in front of Jane. I swear this man has no boundaries. Especially when he's sneaking around behind David's back and eating cheese burgers at all hours of the night. Bryan giving Shania money to buy him food and hide it from David is hilarious though.
But Rocky did invite her younger brother who actually hits it off with Goldie. That is until he finds out that she's separated, has a child and is a pregnant surrogate for two gay men. In his defense, it's a lot to take in during one go.
After the truth that Goldie didn't want to divulge to him is revealed by Bryan and David at Jane's manipulation, she runs away. To a local burger place. Was anyone else craving a damn cheese burger watching this episode? Just me then?
Either way, there it is revealed by Goldie that Shania's dad is suing her for custody and that is why she has been so emotional and possibly overeating. She has been court ordered to go back to Ohio with Shania. Bryan and David agree to back off a little because they have been overbearing since she got pregnant and Jane... well, Jane doesn't actually promise anything. But I doubt that the three of them will not stand and support Goldie through this with her ex. If David's left hook is anything to go by, he better watch his back.
At Shania's school, she is having a mock vote and it's nice to see that Bryan and David are accompanying her and Goldie to events like these. At the school Goldie introduces herself alongside Bryan and David to an interracial family. The two families hit it off immediately and I actually choked up when the wife told Bryan and David that they'd be happy to help since they've already done the whole first time parenting thing. It's a really nice parallel to last week's episode and the family they came face to face with then.
While the episode may have served as mostly a political platform, I have to admit it had some really funny jokes throughout the night.
But what about you? Are you still enjoying The New Normal or is this the most uncomfortable you've ever felt watching a television show? Especially because it is a big election year. Do you think Ryan Murphy should try to rock the vote in other ways or are you glad he's using his new series to bring forward important political issues our country is now facing? Sound off below!