Kathleen and Teddy hit it off and Tina starts rooting for them, whereas Linda remains firmly in the Helen camp. Louise realizes where the netsuke is hidden, but Tina tells her to keep quiet about it to give Teddy and Kathleen more time. It was also nice to see Bob and Gene bond, and I feel like its been ages since the last time they actually shared a storyline. I loved seeing Bob and Gene together while the girls and Teddy made for a unique dynamic. Bob saves Teddy, but Helen trips on the way down the stairs, and a cat breaks the figurine.
The blind man mentions that a stray cat sometimes wanders into his apartment, and presumably that same cat destroys the netsuke. Both play a crucial role in the climax. Instead everyone was scrambling with motivations that mostly felt forced. At first, it seemed like there would be two but the show kept it at one. Teddy and Kathleen start flirting so Tina wants to set them up and Linda wants to set him up with Helen. Or he be the Prince Charming. Tina, on the other hand, believes shy, awkward Kathleen to be a better match for Teddy, and deliberately sabotages the hunt in order to have Teddy stay longer with Kathleen.
Personally, I thought this episode was a really strong one. Back at the apartment, Bob and Gene fix the sink at first until it explodes everywhere. Some of the bits as they lied their way into staying felt more like distractions than escalations. Helen grabs the netsuke before Teddy falls but ends up alright. Are you Team Helen or Team Kathleen? Part of the problem was that the episode got into over-the-top territory too often. This later provides a clue to the hiding place of the netsuke.
Meanwhile, Teddy searches the apartment of Kathleen, a sweet widow in sweatpants. Teddy climbs on to grab it, but the elevator falls and he ends up dangling in the empty shaft! Over the end credits, Gene and Bob sing Fleetwood Macs You Make Loving Fun with loving changed to plumbing. Strangely, this week has a unique format for their plotlines. Our Take This episode charms me from beginning to end. This felt especially forced since Bob is usually the least likely to go out of his way to do things. . The message here is clear—in matchmaking, the real interpersonal connection is more important than good looks and money.
He tries to pick it up but the elevator gives out under him and leaves him hanging on the edge. Kathleen and Helen keep talking until Kathleen admits that Larry had his own apartment. A few minutes later, Helen arrives at the building and Louise gets her to pay them a reward. The premise of Teddy attempting to woo different women felt like a slam dunk, but the episode was all over the place. Instead of the characters getting caught in an awkward situation, it crossed the line into them inexplicably creating the awkward situation.
Considering the implication that she's a , there's every chance that this episode is just her real personality on display. Once inside, Teddy and Kathleen start flirting but she goes back to her apartment and Linda convinces Teddy to make Helen a drink. I wanted more humor and tension from her murderous past, or even just her own quirks. Bob Belcher and Gene Belcher both posed as plumbers rather than just leaving since they had no business at the building. After much work, he manages to get it running again, only for the faucet to fly off from the water pressure. Upon mentioning that Larry owned an apartment building, Linda convinces the kids and Bob to help Teddy find the carving so that Helen will fall in love with him and be the Prince Charming to his Cinderella.
The snappy dialogue consistently lands, the characters each have something unique to do, and the plot is compelling and original. Linda helps Teddy locate the netsuke, when Helen calls for him, Linda jumps and drops the figurine on top of the broken elevator. Linda and Teddy find it but Linda drops it on the elevator. Each moment of this episode is significant; every detail mentioned in passing comes back. But, Tina Belcher became determined to set her up with a woman named Kathleen.
Linda tries fixing up Teddy with , Louise and Tina try setting him up with a kindly Irish widow, and the boys try their hand at sink repair. Then she drops her prize a few feet down the stairs rendering it worthless. Similar to last week, the pairings ended up working out great. The family decides to go look with Teddy at an apartment building that Larry used to own. The family meets up near the elevator and Teddy instructs Bob to go on the roof and bring the elevator up.