"The Motherload," the Season 1 finale of "Suburgatory," balances true emotion with its usual laughs for perhaps the first time in the season. The emotions are not presented until the end of the episode, however. The rest of the episode has the quirky, silly tone fans have come to expect.
Chatswin is the perfect setting for a Mother's Day bash of insane proportions. The town is all about the mothers, after all. With their insatiable hunger for fancy things, the mothers of Chatswin require pampering beyond imagination. They also have an insatiable hunger to beat the other mothers, however, so a "running of the mothers" Mother's Day race is only fitting.
Sheila (Ana Gasteyer) wins the race, making her the winner of Mother's Day. She would not settle for anything less. As an extra special Mother's Day gift, Fred (Chris Parnell) presents her with her favorite musician, James Ingram. Unfortunately for Fred, "Jimmy" and Sheila used to date, leading to a humorously uncomfortable moment between the three of them.
Lisa (Allie Grant) finally discovers proof that her parents are, in fact, her biological parents. She is amusingly uncomfortable with the idea of having parents normally found in creepy sci-fi horror movies. Perhaps Lisa will finally realize that she is as equally strange as her parents.
In a twist, she finds that her brother Ryan (Parker Young) is the adopted one in the family. Only in a bizarre family such as the Shays' would Ryan be considered the normal one.
Eden (Alicia Silverstone) skips the race for her pregnancy and the baby shower. She believes she is going into early labor after she sees the grotesquely decorated nursery Noah (Alan Tudyk) and Jill (Gillian Vigman) have waiting for the child she is carrying. Walls covered in real snake skins and guns would do that to a person. It's a false labor, but it would not have been surprising if she had plopped the baby out right there, especially after learning that the Cohen brothers have been hired to film the birth.
Dallas (Cheryl Hines) tries to cheat in the race by stealing Sheila's water. Karma comes back to bite her when she falls and injures her ankle. To add insult to injury, Dalia (Carly Chaikin) decides to spend Mother's Day with her father in Israel rather than spending it with her mom.
As Dallas has become closer to Tessa (Jane Levy), Dalia has pulled away. Dallas finally realizes that she needs to spend more time with Dalia, and asks Tessa to call her so she can convince her to come home.
Tessa, always fine with her situation in the past, is surprisingly hurt by the request. She suddenly snaps to the reality that Dallas is not becoming her mother figure and that her real mother is gone. Tessa's tears seem genuine, and the scene is excellently acted by Jane Levy. It is the first tear-welling moment in the show and a great way to advance the story arc.
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