The New Normal – Pilot

S01xE01 – Gay couple Bryan and David decide they want to have a baby and go on the hunt for a surrogate. Goldie, mother of tween Shania comes home to find her husband in bed with another woman after being away for six minutes, while her over-bearing bigot of a grandmother, Nana, waits in the car. But no need to worry Nana will handle the situation with a gun and threats. All better. Goldie decides she needs something more in her life and drives to California where she decides to become a surrogate. The paths of Goldie, Bryan and David cross and she becomes their potential baby mama, but not before Nana tracks Goldie and Shania down, and spouts off a plethora of racist remarks toward Bryan’s African-American assistant and Bryan and David themselves. She’s a Realtor, and I guess that’s what they do. Really you find out that her husband had an affair in the back of a pet shop with his best friend and this is why she hates gay people.  Goldie and David have a heart to heart and bond while Goldie is being inseminated. We then see Bryan, David and Shania waiting while Goldie urinates on a stick. She comes out with the result and we are left to guess if it’s positive or negative.

Best of the episode: The opportunity this show gives to emphasize on how a traditional family isn’t the norm anymore. They do this by showing that a former whore can have triplets after all the sex and drugs, and a little person can have an average height daughter and ride off into the sunset in a toy car. Really though the idea that a normal family isn’t a traditional family now days is what the show is trying to convey. And that’s a good thing.

Worst of the episode: Nana the Bigot. It’s clear they are trying for shock factor with Nana, and they succeed. The comments that come out of her make for very uncomfortable moments as times. Also having to wait until the next episode to find out if Goldie is pregnant kind of sucks, but they gotta get you to come back somehow.

Where did this episode leave us?: Wanting to know if there is a bun in the oven, if Nana is going to be killed by Bryan’s assistant, and if Shania is named after that famous country star.

Best one-liner: Goldie – “Think we can drive to Hawaii on half a tank of gas?”

What the episode ruined for us: The back room of a pet store. 

Rating:

– a la Chryshele

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