Fall Pilot Season: Gary Unmarried
Gary comes bounding downstairs we see his daughter and son sitting in the living room. The son tells him that mom is in the kitchen. The daughter, Louise, says that she's found a picture of Al Gore that she wants to put by her bed. He finds this creepy. So do I. And hopefully Vanessa overheard it and ran out the back while no one was looking.
Gary goes into the kitchen asking Allison (Paula Marshall) why she's here with the kids, this isn't his weekend. She turns around and snottily informs him that she's unimpressed with the contents of his refrigerator. She explains the terms of their shared custody as if he's never heard this ever before. Outside of the kitchen window we see Vanessa walking off, seemingly flipping the bird at Gary, as he tries to close the blinds before the shrewish Allison sees his one-night stand and starts freaking out. More than she already is. Gary tells Allison that she kept the kids last weekend, even though it was his, and didn't realize they were automatically switching. The prissy Allison snottily replies that she kept them only because the family were in the midst of a 12 hour juice cleanse, and clearly the immature Gary couldn't stick to it. Is she kidding? She was just complaining that all he had in the fridge was beer and ranch dressing. This guy totally knows about liquid diets. But he does say that when the kids are starving he feeds them. Good policy there, Gary.
He walks off into the living room tells the kids to throw away their books and toothbrushes because they're hanging with him. The kids don't laugh. Neither does Allison. Louise complains to her mother that Gary said her Al Gore picture was creepy. He defends his position, saying that he's concerned that her entire wall is plastered with photos of the Internet inventing former vice-president and Gandhi. He's grateful that she's got one picture at least of the hot guy from Entourage. Louise snottily informs him that image is of Che Guevara. At least we know that the snottiness from mom didn't skip a generation. Gary earnestly says, "I don't know what the actor's name is." Oh god. How did Gary not know this? Did he never see Evita or set foot in an Urban Outfitters? Allison pipes in to reassure Louise that her father isn't critiquing her, but that he's hoping that they have wonderful and healthy relationships. The kids groan. So it appears that they hate both their parents.