Suburgatory 1.07 ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Review
In the newest installment of Suburgatory titled Sweet Sixteen, Tessa’s favorite band disrupts her plans to have a quiet night and George gets a back injury, enabling Sheila Shay step in to “assist him.” Sweet Sixteen was not as exciting as the first few episodes of the show, but it was definitely more exciting that Charity Case of last week. Rather than being original and witty, Sweet Sixteen seemed more tonally out of place and the moves between George taking hysterectomy drugs and Tessa getting drowning out in Tessa-tinis was not as even as they may possibly have been. It was not difficult to see where they were heading by placing these two storylines together, because it initiated a somewhat pleasant concluding scene, however casting Sheila as a subjugator and killer of all ailing men in Chatswin was an excessive jump. She is a forlorn control freak that has a tense rapport with her daughter, however the joke from Dallas about “her killing old man Tom” (which George did not take lightly) seemed a bit too sitcom-y.
But it enabled Ana Gasteyer and Cheryl Hines relate, which is something they should aim for in each episode.
Minus the tone concerns, the episode had a pretty wholesome content. The series persists in its attempt to bring Dalia and Dallas together with Tessa and George, and it works for the reason that they are so different from one another. The quality of the show is greatly enhanced each time Dalia is given something to do because the performance put up by Carly Chaiken stops the character from moving excessively wide and she does a nice job of going against Jane Levy (Tessa). It would have been easy to portray Dalia as the classic spiteful ditz that wanders Chatswin High halls like a panther inside patent leather pumps, however the show has consistently pitted her against Tessa hoping to create a soul or a little compassion. (Or simply to highlight their weird couple dynamics.) Things have not gotten to that stage, however she actually selected a lovely non-dirt colored outfit for Tessa to put on, which is an indication that a certain level of respect may be developing between the two ladies. Apparently, some major differences still comes between them (for instance Dalia’s refusal to let Malik and Lisa into the party), however after seven episodes it appears they may be heading towards begrudging toleration
Apart from the profuse amounts of Dalia, one other highly interesting aspect of Sweet Sixteen is its delightful conclusion, which saw Tessa obtain the sweet sixteen get together that she actually wanted, even having an ill at ease dance with her dad. The scene could have been excessively formulaic but for Dallas’s presence at Tessa’s get together, a preference that stated more regarding her rapport with the Altman household than a complete hour of expository conversation could. It seems like Dallas is one of those suburga-mothers that Tessa vigorously attacks, however if you remove the money showing off, Red Bull fridge plus tight clothes, what you’ll get is a real, supportive individual with a sympathetic trait about her.