This week's tasteless assault on the mind begins with the usual wacky lead-in promo. As always, it is far more entertaining than the show itself. The announcer gets to deliver this great line: "For the Camden men...the trouble is women." Okay, true, but that's just a drop in the bucket when you consider all their other problems. After all, there's the bad hair, the offensive story lines, the crappy dialogue. Come on, Camdens! The first step to solving these problems is owning up to them.
The episode proper starts off with an establishing shot of the Camdens' swanky billion-dollar home. You know, I've never noticed this before, but the house has two little dormer windows that kind of look like eyes. Should I be surprised that even the house looks like it's spying on people? Probably not. Inside, Annie is taking some sort of pie out of the oven. As she pulls off a bit of the crust and nibbles on it, she smiles as though she's doing something exceedingly naughty. I must have nodded off in Sunday school during the part where they were explaining why the eating of pie crust is a sin. Maybe it's just that a man should always have first crack at anything that comes out of the oven. Lucy comes into the kitchen, looking for Eric. She claims she needs him to help her friend. Frankly, I wasn't aware that she had any -- friends, that is. The Tertiary Characters In Need who show up every so often to receive bad advice from RevCam aren't exactly what I would call "friends." Lucy heads Annie off at the pass by mentioning that her "friend" probably doesn't want anyone else knowing that she needs help. SuperMom feigns a lack of interest in Lucy's friend's problem, which confuses Lucy a lot. I prefer to think of that as a special shout-out to the posters and staff here at MBTV, since I honestly don't think the type of viewer who claims that this show is a hotbed of exemplary family values would get the joke.
Serena shows up at RevCam's church. She is Lucy's friend's mother from a few shows back, and she's here to get some counseling. Just the fact that she thinks RevCam could help her tells us there definitely is something seriously wrong with her. She makes a huge production number out of removing her coat and proclaiming her nervousness. An attempt is made to invest this scene with some drama by having Serena tell Eric that if she doesn't change her life, she will lose her daughter. That silence you're hearing is the sound of viewers everywhere not giving a shit about Serena or her boring daughter.