Here Goes Muffin

From time to time, reality intrudes on our valuable TV watching time, and we realize we can’t cover everything we love. So, we’ve asked some of our friends to step in and help us out when Real Life gets in the way. And today is one of those days. Please enjoy this Trophy Wife post from Mary.

This post contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Trophy Wife, “The Date.”

Trophy Wife, now picked up for a full 22 episode order, delivered more great one-liners and another great pairing in its seventh episode this week.

To start, Kate and Pete wanly cuddle as they survey a trio of kids parties hosted at Chez Harrison for Hillary’s French club, Bert’s soccer team, and Warren’s two-man A.V. Club, before deciding to have a grown up party. Which for Kate and Pete’s mashup of friends means that, “between the hipsters and the lawyers, I can’t tell if the polo shirts are ironic or the mustaches are sincere.” One of the unironically polo’d lawyers is Sad Steve, played by Nat Faxon, who is quickly noticed and commandeered by Meg. But it’s Jackie, party and general life crasher, who’s later found getting it on with Sad Steve in the pool house Pete uses for a home office.

Meg:  “What’s happening, party sex?”
Pete:  “That’s not you and Steve?”
Meg:  “I don’t think so, but I’m pretty drunk.”

The morning after the party, Kate and Pete (in a truly distracting gray henley… is that just me who was distracted by Bradley Whitford’s everything in this episode?  Because between the henley and the glasses in the next scene, and my I-Am-Kate-Harrison dream earlier this week, I am done for) clean up the pool house post-party-sex. They find multiple pairs of purple underwear and decide that Jackie/Sad Steve needs to end immediately.  Jackie agrees, in a bout of insecurity at odds with the dating profile storyline of two weeks ago that cast her in a confidently quirky light.

That is until Sad Steve confides in Pete that he’s looking for a relationship with someone he can take on long trips so he can spend his 110 accrued sick days, which makes Pete’s brain go ‘ding ding ding’ and hatch a plan.  Kate doubles back on her previous scolding/advice to Jackie to get her to take up Sad Steve on his offer of a date, which is how Kate, Pete, Jackie and Sad Steve end up on a double date.

Jackie is at first still a disaster (Pete, accurately: “You look great, you sound crazy.”), but she pulls it together after a third pep talk from Kate outside the restaurant.  Then the best part happens: PUNS!




I hope Jackie/Sad Steve are endgame and that their entire relationship is based on puns.  I couldn’t possibly ship something harder than a relationship based on puns.

During the party and double date shenanigans, the kids are at Diane’s house.  Warren and Bert are filming their Gum Show, which is exactly what you expect – like Leonard from Community decided to let his grandkids guest on his You Tube channel.  Diane heads to Chez Harrison to retrieve Hillary’s forgotten math book, leaving Hillary in charge, and naturally Hillary takes this to heart and names herself executive producer of the Gum Show. She renames it “Blow This” and promises to triple their views from three to nine!  I will concede that as this storyline continues throughout the episode, putting Bert in a bowtie is adorable enough to be worth it, but Hillary is still mostly a wet blanket.  To Warren’s credit, he leaves the camera off during Hillary’s Dateline-style report on swallowing gum, complete with notecards.  There’s no point to this other than to make sure we know the kids haven’t all wandered out into traffic, but Warren and Bert are always charming, and, again, bowtie.

Meanwhile, Hillary apparently follows Meg on Instagram and shows Diane the picture of her that Meg posted from the party:



In the episode’s biggest continuity misstep, Diane, of Courtney “It’s just some light catfishing” Winters, suddenly doesn’t know what the internet is, and Hillary has to explain to her that only Meg can take the picture down.  The detail is superfluous, mostly there to fit in limp jokes where Diane doesn’t understand what a hashtag is and calls it “Instantgram.”  But all of this gets Diane to the skeevy bar where Meg works, and then it starts to be worth it.


Naturally Meg challenges Diane to a beer pong face-off over the right to keep the picture up, then somehow even more naturally Diane whips out a bunch of beer pong lingo, leaving us and Meg stunned.  The beer pong itself is mostly a montage, but it ends with Meg falling to the floor and sustaining some manner of injury which leads to Diane stitching her up in the bathroom.  This scene is brief but super interesting to me chemistry wise; Diane is WAY UP IN Meg’s personal space and whisper-demanding Meg call her ma’am.  It’s all strangely intimate, they’re both clearly drunk, and Diane (rather sweetly?) promises there won’t be a scar.  I really had no idea what I was in for when I hoped these two would get stuck in an elevator!

Next week: Rob Corddry guests!  It’s sure to be a rye-ot!

Mary is a military wife, mother, and certifiably pathological fangirl. Though she’s written before, this is her first foray into blogging. Her interests include livetweeting, cooking, baking, buying, and – most importantly – eating food, puns, and deciphering her toddler’s attempts to speak English. Follow her #mamatweets, #wifepeopleproblems, and #islandproblems (it’s not all complaining, honest) on Twitter at @maryarrr


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