HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – THE MAZE

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MAIN CAST

Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly)
Diedrich Bader (Vampires Suck)
Meg Donnellly (The Broken Ones)
Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween)
Julia Butters (Pals)
Ali Wong (Savages)
Carly Hughes (Lucky Stiff)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Peyton Meyer (Girl Meets World)
Jerry Lambert (Family Guy)
Julie Meyer (Mission Control)
Reylynn Caster (Me, Myself & I)

highres_1-01446219In the American Housewife Halloween episode “The Maze,” while Greg (Diedrich Bader) enters a pumpkin carving contest, Katie (Katy Mixon) takes Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) through a terrifying zombie-themed maze at the annual Halloween carnival.maxresdefault1Once inside, Katie regrets her decision and sends Anna-Kat to find help. hi-mr-horned-one1WOW! this is the best Halloween episode of the show so far, absolutely loved it!, every year they get better and better.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – TRUST ME

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MAIN CAST

Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly)
Diedrich Bader (Vampires Suck)
Meg Donnellly (The Broken Ones)
Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween)
Julia Butters (Pals)
Ali Wong (Savages)
Carly Hughes (Lucky Stiff)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Logan Pepper (Total Eclipse)
Nikki Hahn (The Remains)
Leslie Bibb (Iron Man)

Review imageIt’s Halloween in Westport, and the Ottos are busy getting ready for the spooky season. As Katie’s busy planning for one of her client’s Halloween parties, Taylor appears with a request – she wants to go to a Halloween party. Greg says yes. There’s going to be parents there and she promises there won’t be any drinking. Katie questions Greg making the decision without consulting her, but he insists he’s just doing what she told him to – being more involved with the kids since she went back to work. Katie’s still suspicious.  And just as they’ve dealt with Taylor, another problem appears – a very pregnant Viv! She’s got even more questions about parenting (This is her 4th visit today!). Apparently, since we last saw Viv, her pig-whispering boyfriend has dumped her and ran off, so she’s gonna be doing this whole raising a kid thing on her own. That sounds like it’s gonna work out real well…gettyimages-1047771492-1024x1024While Katie’s trying to get rid of Viv, Oliver and Cooper are at Oliver’s girlfriend’s Gina’s restaurant, planning for their own Halloween fun. Gina introduces them to her cousin Adrianna, who’s going to be going to the Halloween party as Cooper’s date. But, Adrianna has plans that are a little more adult than Oliver’s evening “with a few scares and some light hand-holding.” They’re going to play 7 Minutes in Heaven! And they need some practice… At lunch the next day, Katie mentions to Angela and Doris about the Halloween party Taylor is going to. Angela’s got news for Katie though. According to their latest social media post – the girl whose’s throwing the party’s parents are currently on a beach in Antigua. So much for parental supervision!150375_3456_595_Spoiler TV TransparentAt home, Katie confronts Greg about what she found out, ready to tell Taylor she can’t go. But Greg’s still not so sure about it. Katie’s convinced that Taylor’s going to go to the party, fool around with Tripp and get drunk. Greg reasons that maybe she just lied because she knew she wouldn’t be able to go if they knew there wasn’t going to be any parental supervision. Greg thinks they should still let her go, having seen enough of the freshman in his classes go wild once they get to college because they never had any freedom in high school. He worries that if they don’t start loosening the leash now, Taylor will get to college and go nuts with all that sudden freedom. Katie unhappily agrees to let her go but tells Greg that she fully expects Taylor to come home drunk, at which point she’ll be there to once again tighten the proverbial leash. Meanwhile, Oliver and Cooper are prepping for 7 Minutes in Heaven in an interesting way, and Katie walks in on it! They’re ordered some bras and are practicing taking them off each other! Seeing this as the perfect opportunity to have Greg practice his new-found decision-making skills, Katie has them deal with it. Cooper the Dull quickly blurts out the reasoning behind what they’re doing to Greg. (“We might touch boobs tonight!”) DANIEL DIMAGGIO, NIKKI HAHNHalloween night rolls around, and a scantily-clad Taylor heads off to her Halloween party. Anna-Kat, who’s decided she’s too old to trick-or-treat and is instead handing out candy, admits to Greg she regrets not going and asks him why he didn’t convince her to go. Greg says he was trying to support her decision and she reminds him that as the parent, he’s supposed to make sure she makes the right decision, which she obviously didn’t. At this, Greg realizes that he might have made a BIG mistake with Taylor, tells Anna-Kat they’re going trick-or-treating after all, and runs out the door.  Greg and Anna-Kat (who’s now wearing a map Greg found in the car as a costume) arrive at Taylor’s party, where they find several other dads standing outside unsure if they should have trusted their daughters. When a mom comes out dragging a kid violently screaming “You ruined my life!,” Greg (and the rest of the dads) decide maybe trusting their daughters might be the smarter move. 150375_3082_595_Spoiler TV TransparentAt the Halloween party Katie’s planned, she’s failing to scare the guests with her “alien autopsy,” and has left the woman who hired her asking when the “big scare” is going to be.” Viv arrives, but this time she isn’t here to ask for more advice. She feels bad that she’s constantly bugging Katie, and asks how she can help with the party. The woman Katie hired to dress up as a witch and serve punch is sick, so Katie puts her to work doing that. Before long, Viv, now dressed in the witch costume, is back pestering Katie instead of serving punch. She has a more serious concern though. She’s in labor! Katie quickly has someone call 911 and gets ready to rush Viv to the hospital, but there isn’t time. So Katie has to make due with what she’s got. She plops Viv on the alien autopsy table and gets ready to deliver a baby! Upstairs at the same party, Oliver and Cooper are nervously getting ready to play 7 Minutes in Heaven with their dates. Just as Oliver and Gina find an unoccupied closet, Oliver gets the message that Katie needs him downstairs. Oliver, Cooper, and their dates rush downstairs, where they arrive just in time to witness the birth (and get scarred for life!)150375_3058_595_Spoiler TV TransparentViv and her daughter end up being the real big scare though. The party hostess actually thinks Katie staged a witch giving birth to a demon baby as the main event of the night. Naturally, Katie runs with this, and lets her believe it! Later that night, Katie and Greg wait for Taylor to come home. Just as curfew strikes and Katie’s insisting that Greg was wrong to trust her, Taylor comes walking in. And she’s sober! (Though Katie puts her through a game of Simon Says just to prove it!) Katie admits to Greg that the reason she didn’t want to trust Taylor is that she isn’t ready to let her go, even though they’re getting to the point where they’re going to have to.  Later, Viv and her baby visit the Ottos. And Viv, unsurprisingly, attempts to run off sans baby. That kid’s going to have an interesting childhood!

WOW! this is the best Halloween episode of the show so far, absolutely loved it!

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – BOO WHO?

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MAIN CAST

Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly)
Diedrich Bader (Vampires Suck)
Meg Donnellly (The Broken Ones)
Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween)
Julia Butters (Pals)
Ali Wong (Savages)
Carly Hughes (Lucky Stiff)

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BOO WHO?

GUEST CAST

Jessica St. Clair (Life As We Know It)

147631_1618_595_MiniLogoTVwhite-GalleryEvery year, Westport families leave anonymous bags of goodies and candy on other people’s porches a few days before Halloween – a practice known as “getting booed.” It’s not a huge shock to find out the Ottos, as the town’s resident outcasts, are always left out of this practice. But this year, everything’s changed. The Ottos have been booed! As Oliver laments “My poster was right! Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it,” a “not excited” but secretly totally thrilled Katie starts to wonder who finally moved to include them. Of course, being booed doesn’t solve all their Halloween related problems. Oliver screams like a little girl and has decided there’s no way he’s going to his friend’s big haunted house party, so Anna-Kat takes it upon herself to practice some immersion therapy on him. Basically, she’s going to all but scare the screams out of him. And Taylor? She’s thrilled to have been invited to participate in a group costume. And, this year’s group theme is “Norwalk Pregnant Prom Girls!” Katie’s just too thrilled.147631_2424_595_MiniLogoTVwhite-GalleryAt lunch, Angela and Doris figure out that the Otto’s Boo came from Katie’s arch-nemesis Chloe Brown-Mueller. The items in the basket are from Chloe’s store, “one of those vanity shops Westport housewives open so they can say they have a career.” Katie takes this as a peace treaty and a sign that she’s finally moving up the Westport social ladder, so she rushes off to thank Chloe. Of course Chloe, ever the soulless twat, didn’t actually mean for the Boo to go to Katie. The address got mixed up and her employee/unofficial servant Maria delivered it to the wrong house.  So, a defeated Katie goes home realizing she hasn’t actually climbed the social ladder like she secretly wanted to. At home, Katie’s met by Taylor, who’s decided that if she can’t be a pregnant Norwalk prom girl, she’ll be going as a slutty ladybug. Katie, predictably, vetoes this as well. Then, as a Frankenstein-clad Greg returns from the Zombie Run, Katie tells him about the Boo mix-up. Greg, world’s most lovable pushover, decides to finally face confrontation and heads down to Chloe’s shop to defend the family honour.147631_1344_595_MiniLogoTVwhite-GalleryIf any of you were expecting a breakthrough with Greg’s fear of confrontation, get ready to be disappointed. While trying to confront Chloe, Greg gets his zombie makeup in his eye, trips, and subsequently breaks just about everything in the store. Back at home, Taylor finally convinces Katie to let her go as a pregnant prom girl, comparing her desire to go as part of the group costume and fit in to Katie’s desire to finally get a Boo like everyone else. Greg returns then, having failed to confront his fear of confrontation. Katie, however, informs him that even though he didn’t actually accomplish his mission of standing up to Chloe, knowing that her shop is now completely destroyed makes his visit totally worth it. As Halloween night finally arrives, everyone sets out to celebrate conflict free. Katie’s slapped a Bane mask on Oliver, so whenever he screams he “sounds like a dude!” Taylor heads off to party with the rest of the pregnant teenagers. Greg goes to Chloe’s store to begin working off his debt (after making Katie a Boo of her own), and Katie takes a zombie-princess Anna-Kat trick-or-treating.MEG DONNELLY, DANIEL DIMAGGIOWhat I really like about this new sitcom is there is no “canned laughter” barreling at the audience during and after every conversation the family may have. The laughter will have to be earned and they earned it. This is another great Halloween episode that will hopefully become a yearly tradition.

 

 

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – WESTPORT ZOMBIES

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WESTPORT ZOMBIES

MAIN CAST

Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly)
Diedrich Bader (Vampires Suck)
Meg Donnellly (The Broken Ones)
Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween)
Julia Butters (Pals)
Ali Wong (Savages)
Carly Hughes (Lucky Stiff)

GUEST CAST

Leslie Bibb (The Skulls)

American Housewife is settling into its groove. While the pilot focused on Katie’s problems with the other housewives, and “The Nap” focused on her stresses about motherhood, “Westport Zombies” combined the two into a good episode that gets to the root of Katie’s insecurities. The one thing that “Westport Zombies” does better than the previous two episodes is that it gives Katie an actual nemesis. I complained in the pilot review that the other housewives haven’t been callous enough to earn Katie’s ire, but Viv is a different story. In a Halloween episode, Viv is the greatest monster of them all. Leslie Bibb plays it perfectly, too. Viv could be the stereotypical rich, vacant housewife like the other mothers, but instead she’s practically rabid. She straddles the line between being manic and maniacal and it is perfectly understandable that Katie is worried about Taylor spending time with the crazy new neighbor. When Katie begins to feel threatened by Viv’s presence in her daughter’s life, she decides to settle the score at the Zombie-themed fun run. Katie was initially scornful of the event, which takes the joy out of Halloween and replaces it with exercise. When she hears, however, that Viv and Taylor have signed up, she vows to beat Viv.
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It turns out that Doris and her husband are the sponsors of the fun run, which lets Katie cheat by adding more flags to her belt (zombies try to take the flags, if they take them all, you’re out). It was nice to see Doris in a scene outside of the coffee shop and I like the hints of her husband’s vaguely shady dealings. They’re just trying to earn back the community’s trust! While there are many zombies in the episode, it’s Viv that seems the most like the walking dead. When she twists her ankle on the obstacle course, she starts lurching and screaming behind Katie and it seems for a moment like a scene from an actual horror movie where soccer moms have been infected by a rage-virus (someone please make this movie). Viv beats Katie in the end, but Katie has more important things to care about. 

Greg, Anna-Kat, and Oliver all get wrapped up in the fun run themselves. Oliver uses it as an opportunity to impress a girl (it doesn’t go well) and Greg and Anna-Kat get to be the world’s most adorable father-daughter zombies. Given that Greg’s and Anna-Kat’s one defining characteristic so far has been their germaphobia, it seems to be reaching a bit that they would be up for an activity that involves so much dirt and chaos. It was worth it, however, to hear Anna-Kat’s zombie Titanic victim screech. But the brunt of the episode goes to Katie and her relationship with her daughter. To be honest, Taylor has been the weak point in the cast for me. I spent quite a bit of the episode wondering why Katie would care so much about getting her daughter’s affection because Taylor is a bit of a drag. That made the reveal of Taylor’s real motivations such a pleasant surprise. She isn’t hanging out with Viv because she thinks Viv is better than Katie, but because she realizes that Viv has a very sad life and is lonely. The moment humanizes Taylor for the audience and gets Katie to realize that her daughter really is growing up. And that’s nothing to be scared of.

REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – SEASON 3

Katy Mixon in American Housewife (2016)

MAIN CAST

Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly)
Diedrich Bader (Meet The Spartans)
Meg Donnelly (Zombies)
Daniel DiMaggio (Daddy’s Home 2)
Julia Butters (Transparent)
Ali Wong (The Lego Ninjago Movie)
Carly Hughes (Brampton’s Own)

Katy Mixon in American Housewife (2016)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Sara Rue (Mom)
Tom Lenk (Buffy: TVS)
Kelly Ripa (Hope & Faith)
Jason Dolley (Good Luck Charlie)
Logan Pepper (Wolves)
Jerry Lambert (Graves)
Wendie Malick (The Ranch)
Jessica St. Clair (Wanderlust)
Peyton Meyer (Wayne)
Milo Manheim (Z-O-M-B-I-E-S)
Evan O’Toole (Wild)
Nikki Hahn (Adventures In Babysitting)
Leslie Bibb (Popular)
Ravi Patel (Master of None)
Victoria Justice (Victorious)
Barret Swatek (2 Broke Girls)
Carly Craig (Sideswiped)
Gregory Harrison (Picnic)
Patrick Duffy (Dallas)
Jay Mohr (Go)
Katy Perry (The Smurfs)
Jeannette Sousa (Castle)
Thomas Lennon (17 Again)
Eddie Shin (Westworld)
George Hamilton (The Godfather – Part III)
Robert Belushi (How I Met Your Mother)
Reylynn Caster (The Matchbreaker)
Richard Riehle (Office Space)
Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings)

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Mom Guilt

Following the success of the spring gala, Katie goes back to work as a party planner, only to learn that her first client is Nancy Granville. Katie reluctantly leaves Greg to deal with Anna-Kat’s increasing OCD behavior, blaming it on her absence from the home. She also promises to pay for Oliver to go see his new favorite motivational speaker if he will help “parent” his little sister Taylor.

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Cheaters Sometimes Win

Katie’s mother Kathryn arrives and immediately causes a stir when she tells Taylor it’s okay to not attend college, and instead become a flight attendant like herself. Oliver gets suspended for turning in a store-bought bird feeder for wood shop class, which he fears will now ruin his chances of getting into Harvard. Katie worries that both Oliver and Anna-Kat may have learned from her that it’s okay to cheat sometimes.

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Enemies: An Otto Story

The rivalry between Katie and Chloe Brown Mueller comes to a head when Anna-Kat and Chloe’s daughter are running for the same student council position. Oliver wants to continue his ballet at an exclusive prep school, but Katie and Greg are strongly against it. Meanwhile, Greg suspects that Taylor’s new musical theater partner, Pierce, is trying to come between her and Trip.

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Trust Me

After Taylor lies about adult supervision at a Halloween party she wants to attend, Katie wants to make her stay home but Greg says they should trust her and see where it goes. Oliver and Cooper attend a party with Gina and Gina’s cousin, and both are a little apprehensive when the girls promise a make-out session in a closet. This happens to be a party Katie has planned, and the boys are let off the hook when pregnant Viv arrives and Katie is forced to deliver her baby in front of several horrified teens. At home, Anna-Kat thinks she is too grown up for Halloween, but later regrets her decision while handing out candy.

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Body Image

Now that the formerly fattest housewife in Westport has had gastric bypass surgery, Chloe Brown Mueller can’t wait to flaunt the woman in front of Katie. Convinced that Chloe has had work done, Katie enlists Doris and Angela to help her dig up an unflattering photo of Chloe from a high school yearbook. At the same time, Katie worries about her children becoming too body conscious. Taylor tries to do something about the thin lips she inherited from Grandma Kathryn, Oliver becomes obsessed with developing well-defined calves like the new guy in his ballet class, and Anna-Kat is curious about her teacher’s new boob job.

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Trophy Wife

When Katie learns that a hot young trophy wife has a stepdaughter in Anna-Kat’s class, she convinces the woman to become a room parent for the sole purpose of annoying and worrying the older judgmental moms in town. This backfires when it causes Anna-Kat’s choice for Friday movie to get nixed by the new room parent. Meanwhile, Greg enlists the help of Oliver and Taylor to get Grandma Kathryn to talk about something other than herself, but it proves to be difficult.

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Saving Christmas

Katie’s father Marty (Patrick Duffy) arrives unexpectedly for the holidays, not knowing that his ex-wife Kathryn is living there. Despite Katie’s attempts to keep the two apart, they end up in bed together. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat tries to help Trip win back Taylor, and Oliver has a humbling experience during his ballet troupe’s holiday performance.

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Disconnected

While Katy goes boot shopping with Taylor to try and reconnect with her, Greg agrees to take Oliver to see motivational speaker Johnny Diamond in hopes of bonding better with his son. This leaves Anna-Kat feeling like her status as the favorite child is in jeopardy.

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

Greg and Katie decide to get frivolous with Katie’s bonus check and go to a fancy Westport hotel, which leaves Taylor in charge of the house. Trying to prove he can be a “bad boy”, Oliver takes his parents’ other car without permission to drive Cooper and himself to a party.

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Baby Crazy

Overwhelmed as a single parent, Viv drops off her baby with the Ottos which has Greg thinking he would like another child. When Viv’s ex-husband returns, insisting he’s a changed man, Katy has to convince the exhausted Viv that she is still better off without him. Meanwhile, Taylor schemes to get Oliver’s help in retrieving an expensive earring that the dog ate.

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American Idol

When Taylor expresses her desire not to go to college and to become a professional singer instead, Katy solicits the help of Doris’ kids’ hypercritical music teacher to diminish Taylor’s interest. At home, Oliver and Anna-Kat help Greg create a viral message to promote membership in his historical society. Meanwhile, Katy is hired to plan a party for a Westport businesswomen’s association, only to learn it is all her frienemies pretending to be important.

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Phone Free Day

With Anna-Kat obsessing over using Taylor’s phone and Taylor constantly complaining about it, Katie proposes to give up her own phone for a day and give Taylor a new phone if she can do the same. But the plan backfires on Katie multiple times. Meanwhile, Oliver overhears two businessmen discussing something that would greatly affect their company stock. Wanting to take advantage of the situation but not able to purchase stock at his age, Oliver seeks advice from a pile of VHS tapes that Spencer left for him.

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Field Trippin’

Upon realizing that work has kept her from spending quality time with Anna-Kat, Katie decides to chaperone Anna-Kat’s class field trip, only to find that her daughter doesn’t want her there. Meanwhile, Taylor and Oliver jointly fake being sick so they can play hooky with Trip and Cooper, respectively. But Greg has some fun spoiling their day upon figuring out the lie.Peyton Meyer and Meg Donnelly in American Housewife (2016)

The Dance

As the school dance approaches, Franklin asks Greg for permission to take his daughter. With all their children having dates for the dance, Greg and Katie look forward to a rare romantic night alone. But Franklin surprises everyone by asking Taylor to the dance instead of Anna-Kat, stating Anna-Kat is merely his best friend. Anna-Kat then asks Trip to the dance to make Franklin jealous, and Taylor encourages Trip to accept so they can at least be at the dance together. Meanwhile, Oliver and Brie see a psychic, who tells them a “romantic evening will end in disaster”, making Oliver fearful to attend the dance. In the end, it is Katie and Greg’s romantic evening that is ruined, as they rush to the dance to head off Brie’s mother, who says her daughter is not allowed to date yet and went behind her back.

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A Mom’s Parade

Frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, Katie decides to leave the family to fend for itself.

1600x640-Q90_95591d5e6fad2db38ef760797500a413In a world where weekly television series’ have to compete against streaming platforms like Netflix, it’s easy for shows like American Housewife to get lost in the shuffle. But what is clear to me is that this show has the power to stand up against the competition and you should tune in or at least add it to your watchlist. It’s guaranteed to be one of the funniest half hours of your week.