"The New Normal" is all about Goldie's reinvention as she finally asserts her independence and enjoys new experiences. Shania is happy to share the journey, but nosy Nana is reluctantly experiencing an awakening as she tags along. "Nanagasm" offers a glimmer of hope that she also wants to evolve and escape her restrictive life.
Nana finds her groove
After getting tipsy in the hotel bar, Jane heads upstairs with a persuasive vitamin salesman, Paul. She experiences a mysterious tingling sensation and lightheadedness during her one-night stand with the slightly younger stranger. She consults Dr. David to discuss her apparent seizure, and he patiently tries to explain that she had an orgasm.
Since Jane is full of shame and embarrassment, David suggests she speak to his mother. Feeling empowered by her reassurances and Shania's bucket list, she goes back to the salesman and tries to start a relationship. He cruelly admits to using her and calls her old.
She falls apart, but Goldie makes a speech about regretting the things she did not do. Jane heads back to the bar with a "no regrets" attitude and sabotages Paul's chat with his latest target. She puts in him in his place before confidently strutting away with a handsome, younger man on her arm.
Meet the mother-in-law
Goldie and Bryan bond over their problems with their mothers-in-law. The moms favor their precious sons and do not think their partners are good enough.
When David's mother, Francis, comes to visit, she creates strife between the guys. She is a sweetheart to everyone except Bryan. She instantly embraces Goldie and Shania, but throws icy barbs at Bryan. Opinionated and vocal, she is a much nicer version of Nana.
In the middle of the night, Francis and Bryan have a big blowout. Bryan says she acts like David is her boyfriend. Francis calls him a spoiled princess and takes him to task for not having a relationship with his widowed mother.
After the cathartic fight, Francis begins calling Bryan "son" and treats him just as well as she treats David. Later, Bryan telephones his estranged mother.
California bucket list
Since a custody battle means Shania will likely have to return to Ohio, she makes a California bucket list. She enjoys a quinceanera, surfing, and authentic California cuisine. She mistakes wasabi for green pudding and gets sick after taking a big bite. Naturally, she and Goldie are cheerful as ever despite the bad experience.
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