The second episode of "The New Normal" ended with a group hug. Goldie had learned she was pregnant. In "Baby Clothes," the gang gets a reality check, Rocky is notably absent, and Nana hits her stride.
The Marc Jacobs test
David wants everyone to maintain a detached stance until they know the growing baby is healthy, but Bryan won't stop buying baby clothes. An expert explains the health concerns and a slew of screening criteria. Bryan vapidly hopes for a slightly underweight baby who can fit into a Marc Jacobs onesies.
Shania fashions a baby skirt into a crop top to impress her classmates. Her cool teen style attracts a boy, Wilbur. She swoons when he offers her the crust from his pizza.
Nana comes to pick her up from school and catches the kids kissing. Angry that Shania is "tarted up like a CNN news anchor," she hauls the kids to a clinic for contraceptives. They give her the boot, and she has to explain herself at a school meeting.
Wilbur's mother is happy Nana intervened, although it doesn't have much impact since the kid starts hitting on Nana. Despite her harshness, Nana worries about Shania and wants to break the family's cycle of teen parenthood. She convinces Goldie to use this opportunity to open a dialogue with the tween. Shania agrees the top is too mature and tries to cope with her first heartbreak.
Goldie, David, and Bryan encounter a noisy bigot at the outlet mall. He chastises the gay couple for kissing in public. Bryan argues back but becomes depressed because he doesn't want his child to deal with such hatred. He complains that it is wrong to quietly tolerate the status quo.
In response, David overreacts at the gym and gets into a fight when a man calls someone the r-word. Angry at David's interference, the "victim" calls him the f-word. The gym bans David and the other guy for physical violence, but the slur carries no punishment.
With six, you get egg roll
Everyone is excited that the baby has a healthy heartbeat. David heeds the advice from his buddy, who warned him about approaching parenthood as a doctor instead of a dad. He decides to celebrate the triumphs and buys a child-size tracksuit. Nana loves to buy baby clothes and gives the guys a onesie with "Please help me!" printed on the front. She and Bryan utter the same tasteless joke at the same time.
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