Maybe I’m simply revealing one thing about my very own relationship to my dad and mom, however I at all times remembered Family Weekend in school to be a giant bag of shit. Small speaking to adults about my main, displaying them the shoebox dorm room the place I bedded an r/indieheads poster the evening earlier than? No, thanks!
But one fulfilling and seemingly compulsory facet of Family Weekend is unofficial Friends’ Parents Buy You Dinner evening, the place your folks’ dad and mom purchase you dinner and also you eat your first vegetable in two months. This integral Family Weekend occasion makes up an enormous chunk of this episode in a very nice change of tempo for the collection, a lot to the chagrin of the women (and Nico), who’re pressured to undergo via a meal’s price of their dad and mom being impolite or overbearing. But it’s as a result of all of their dad and mom got here to dinner. You can solely have one set of dad and mom to make FPBYD evening work, people.
But earlier than they will get that first candy chew of moist, sliced cherry tomato, the roommates and their whole corridor set up that they’re conserving secrets and techniques from their dad and mom, vowing to “corroborate” for one another if obligation calls. The secrets and techniques in question are all fairly tame sitcom issues; Bela’s dad and mom suppose she’s a neuroscience main, Leighton’s dad thinks Net-A-Porter is a web site to purchase textbooks, Kimberly instructed her dad and mom she’s pursuing her “faith journey” at church each weekend, and Whitney satisfied her mother that she joined the Young Republicans. No one is hiding a ketamine dependence, however the writers may be saving that for the Euphoria crossover episode subsequent season.
The largest unsaid secret, of course, is that Leighton is homosexual and in a relationship with Alicia. But if, like me, you discovered that earlier episodes don’t actually deal with why Leighton is so afraid to return out to her supportive friends, meeting her rich, conservative dad and mom clears that up. It additionally explains all of the tweed she owns.
Tangentially, there’s a long-running joke about Leighton’s mother desirous to have intercourse together with her son, slippery little Nico himself. I stored ready for Leighton to dramatically reveal that she has a stepmom, however the massive stepmom reveal by no means got here. So, I’ve to ask — do all white mothers have a Jocasta complicated? Are mothers who love their sons canceled? Let me know within the feedback.
In different mother information, it’s a giant deal when Whitney’s well-known senator mother involves campus, but it surely looks like everybody is happy besides Whitney. While watching Evette schmooze with members of a Black affinity home throughout a brunch occasion, Whitney snides to Kimberly that her mother is “so fake, it’s insane.” But she’s visibly crestfallen when Evette dodges her request to share one thing “kinda personal” (pungent Dalton reveal?!) for a ribbon-cutting.
Disappointing mother habits apart, attending to know Whitney as an individual exterior of soccer and her affair is a welcome change. Whitney resents her mother’s excessive visibility and recognition, almost certainly as a result of catering to the Joe Biden bumper stickers of America means a lot much less time catering to Whitney’s emotional wants. Instead, Whitney clings to her father, a “very well-respected bassist in the Bay Area” who bows out of Parents’ Weekend to take a last-minute gig. All the roommates’ dad and mom make a really massive deal about it throughout Leighton’s costly deliberate dinner, ignoring the truth that Whitney is a clearly heartbroken teen that simply preemptively ordered her dad a rack of lamb.
I’m pissed off by the present whipping out the absent Black dad trope right here, particularly when Kimberly’s dad isn’t on the roommates’ dinner, both, making the mystique surrounding Whitney’s lacking dad really feel focused. Kimberly’s dad isn’t even talked about, however we do hear Leighton’s dad and mom categorical slimy shock that Whitney’s dad would have a “work emergency” since they “thought he was a musician.” Ultimately, this slime is a automobile for Evette to defend her household and ship this widely-applicable declaration to Whitney: “He doesn’t deserve the pedestal you put him on.” You can run, DALTON. But the context it seems in is disappointing all the identical.
In spite of that, many of the conversations shared between the dad and mom and their youngsters helped give our important characters the emotional depth mandatory for getting correctly invested of their persevering with tales. They had been extra considerate and extra delicate than the collection often permits us, and jokes took form as refined, intelligent quips as a substitute of regurgitated Instagram memes (for essentially the most half — a hallmate wears a shirt that claims “twink” on it whereas warning everybody to not inform his dad and mom he’s homosexual).
In reality, all these feelings, deepening, caramelizing, and calling one another homosexual, made the unthinkable occur: Kimberly and Nico are … type of horny? I suppose they wanted to place all that frustration with their dad and mom someplace! Or, a minimum of, Nico did. The solely roommate with out seen stress together with her mum or dad, Kimberly as a substitute works via her socioeconomic disgrace. She rolls as much as dinner glittery and overdressed and will get hives upon seeing “price upon request” within the menu (it’s Salt Bae’s piss-covered tomahawk steak, piss not included).
Ultimately, her mom notices Kimberly’s heightened consciousness of her social standing, particularly after a clumsy breaking level when Leighton’s household insists on paying for dinner whereas she hoists money onto the desk. “You made me look like a street urchin in front of the rich people,” she laughs throughout a post-dinner stroll again to her resort. Kimberly tells her about struggling to slot in, at first denying that she’s modified solely to quietly settle for it, trying extra grown-up and self-aware than she has till now. This noticeable distinction between the expressly guileless Kimberly and the marginally extra weathered, six-weeks-at-college Kimberly might be why her burgeoning romance is smart.
The two communicate French at dinner at their dad and mom’ request to listen to what they’ve realized, and the secrecy of being the one two individuals who knew French on the desk made their banter flirty and enjoyable. I’m a sucker for a bit of intrigue; sue me!!! It helped make Kimberly’s nightcap go to to Nico’s frat home appear much less like an enormous baby forcing two shirtless Barbies to kiss and extra of a pure development once they lastly do kiss. Nico, of course, first has to tell Kimberly that “for what it’s worth, I don’t think of you as … poor, or anything like that,” profitable himself the Guy In A V-Neck With The Least Class Consciousness award. Kimberly counters that she, in truth, is poor, which is “okay,” incomes herself the Girl In A V-Neck With The Most Class Consciousness award. In any case, they kiss and return to Nico’s room, and a extra assured, self-aware Kimberly is born.
Bela’s purpose of convincing her dad and mom (Mueen Jahan and Kavi Ladnier) that she’s a sexless bookworm who loves neuroscience is probably the least intriguing of all the women’, particularly because it predictably fails, however it’s the most actual for this first-generation American author (and I did truly main in cognitive science, hehe!).
Although she fails, as an aspiring comedy author, Bela actually commits to the bit. She takes her dad and mom to a random biochemistry class, assures the opposite dad and mom that neuroscience is her “passion,” and provides into her dads’ request that she says good day to the biochemistry professor once they spot him in the identical restaurant. The professor provides her up, saying that she isn’t a pupil of his in entrance of her dad. Bela’s father is livid when she’s then pressured to share her dream of being a author, hitting her with the completely traditional immigrant mum or dad response of “This school is very expensive, and we are paying for you to study, […] not play.”
But though Bela’s dad and mom are disillusioned that she lied, other than asking her to truly take biochemistry subsequent semester, Bela’s mother pledges that she’ll assist get her husband on the comedy prepare so long as Bela guarantees to not get too fanciful about her future. It’s good. It all ends very properly. This was a pleasant episode.