Suburgatory continued on ABC 7 in Queens Wednesday at 8:30PM with “The Chatterer.” The Altmans continued to adjust to life in the suburbs.
George was upset to find out that Sheila’s been making Tessa lunch and didn’t like how “neighborly” (aka co-parenting) she was being. He drove Tessa to school and after a confrontation with Sheila there, during which she refused to stop giving Tessa lunch, he decided to join the PTA to get involved. Sheila was not happy.
The guidance counselor found Tessa in the handicapped stall (where she was spending her free time) and made her choose an elective. She ended up with the school newspaper (something unpopular and poorly supervised) and found out no one read it and the sole member, Malik, was into Medium role-play.
At George’s first PTA meeting, he ended up defending himself as a working parent. After calling the PTA a club, offended everyone else, especially Sheila. He turned to Noah for advice over a workout, but he was more focused on George’s dating life.
At school, Tessa was trying to find out a way to get students to read the paper, and her idea came from listening to Dalia and figuring out what she would read.
Dallas told George he had to drop out of the PTA after offending everyone, but he refused to just because he wasn’t part of the “pack.” He was determined to win against Sheila. George wasn’t backing down, but Sheila had a plan: a work-out for their “self-esteem and incontinence”—a stripper pole. Dallas hopped on first, showing off, and then another mother awkwardly gave it a try but didn’t feel sexy. She said her husband didn’t want her anymore though she did everything for him, and George gave her some advice: let him feel needed. He was a hit with everyone but Sheila. Tessa told George he sounded crazy as she listened to him talk to one of the mothers.
Meanwhile, things were different at school as well since the Chatswin Chatterer was a hit and had done wonders for Malik and Tessa’s social life. He brought her a photo of Lisa sucking her thumb and wanted to put it on the front page. However, Tessa said they couldn’t run it because it was messed up.
George was running the PTA meetings, and though he was great at providing advice about husbands, he wasn’t at actual PTA business, like thanking the teachers in the right way.
Tessa realized Malik was “drunk with power” and needed to sober up. She brought out a photo of him in his Medium costume to get him to stop what he was doing. Though she hadn’t spent much time with the old Malik, she wanted to. Lisa showed up for a free milk for finishing a word jumble and said she wanted the old newspaper back—so did Tessa and Malik.
Tessa then moved onto fixing her father. He had stopped food shopping and was too busy with “us moms” things. She told him he needed to go back to being a dad. Once he realized he was wearing Rhonda’s jeans, he returned Sheila’s gavel. Though she said she didn’t want to come back, he was able to get her back by showing she knew what was best.
The Chatswin Chronicle was back, and though George said her working on the paper would impress Princeton, Tessa revealed she wasn’t going to college.
Suburgatory continues Wednesdays at 8:30PM on ABC 7 in Queens. What did you think of “The Chatterer”?
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