Pete and Trudy are hosting a little barbecue at their apartment with the huge terrace, although they're kind of missing the point by eating inside. In attendance are Pete's brother Bud and sister-in-law Judy, and they discuss their summer plans, with Pete, as always, saying he'll have to work, and Bud mentioning that their mother, as always, will expect him on Fisher's Island. Pete: "I see her crossing the Widow's Walk with an eye to the sea." Trudy reproaches him, and I like her, but honey, the only thing I can stand about your husband is his consistently and surprisingly amazing comic timing. Don't deprive me of that. Bud tells Pete than when he talked to their mother the other day, she wouldn't shut up about Pete, and Pete asks if that's really true. Bud's like, "You've met her, right?" They chuckle, because humor is the one of the two ways WASPs deal with familial dysfunction, and if they drank every time they talked about their effed-up mother, they'd pass out before the main course. Judy archly says she doesn't get what's funny, so Trudy ushers her off to the kitchen to withstand some story about how Judy's younger sister got all the attention or some shit. Bud asks Pete why he doesn't take a proper vacation, but he tries to claim that he's very important to the agency, even though last episode he complained to the fertility doctor that he was totally replaceable. "My absence is felt." I suppose savoring is a form of feeling. The women return, and Pete jovially declares, "Let's see how the Ottomanelli Brothers treated us." With great taste and high cholesterol, if my own experiences are any indication.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: A+ | 2701 USERS: B
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