Suburgatory 1.14 “The Body” Review
This episode was far better than one that was similarly done in which Lisa attempted to change some things and ended up making a hash of it. This episode was titled ‘The Body’ and it succeeded where the other one failed by making some more exciting additions. This episode also depicted some character development. Tessa had previously joined the run for student president just because she was mad that the school seemed to place too much emphasis on sports. But she quickly came to realize that she too need to work on herself before she attempted to work on others and this was one reason why she turned back from running for the position. This in effect showed that she was growing up howbeit in a slow and somewhat tortuous way.
The thing with her is that she is a likeable person but can show a touch of arrogance that does not really sit well with her character. So it was a welcome change to see her come to the somewhat humbling realization that she really needs to work on herself first before anything else.
What this episode did was to highlight that new character trait and although she does look like she still has a not too short a way to go, but she is making gradual progress. The Shay kids were giving two different kinds of life lines. Lisa really needed to bring any kind of success story home and Tessa was there to ensure that she did by negotiating her into the position of campaign manager for the twins. Ryan on the other part needed to see that if he continued with his set perceptions on life he would end up being a looser and it was George who got him to see that.
The episode saw George and Ryan together and one of the reasons why the pairing succeeded was that George used to be what Ryan now is in high school and he was in a position where he could best serve as a mentor of sorts to him in handling the larger than life image he has to deal with in school.
But in helping Ryan out this single dad also helped him as he got to see some of the things he said to Ryan positively affect his own life. And he too just like Tessa got to develop in character as well although how long his would last is still a matter of conjecture because he is not like Tessa who is still growing physically as such but he is an adult.
And a Gorge was looking at a reflection of himself in Ryan his love interest Dallas was busy looking into the future. In the last episode she had filed for divorce but the thing here is that Steven going has not made everything all bright and rosy as one would have naturally thought. One thing is that both of them still have mutual friends and a good case in point was that Noah the dentist gave out some cold vibes towards her when she came in for an appointment. Apparently not everybody is in support of her decision to break up with Steve.
But it was good that the writers did not just couple George and Dallas together immediately. It is good that she is being allowed to taste ‘freedom’ or being single without being quickly burdened with another relationship which would require her to immediately invest in another committeemen. Beside, Steven already had his suspicions about George when they were married to hooking up with him so soon might not work well for everybody in the end and he is still very much around in a small town where everybody would run into each other every now and then.
The episode was altogether well balanced between the somewhat goofy and grounded reality that can be related to by everyone. It was an episode that made for interesting viewing.