25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – THE BROMANCE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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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

Wendie Malick (The Ranch)
Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project)

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Another year closes and with it another fun Christmas themed episode of American Housewife. This show always out does itself each year with it’s Christmas episodes. It will be interesting  as we enter the second half of the fourth season to see where the show goes. . this is a must watch for fans of the show and the holiday season

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – SURVIVING CHRISTMAS

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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

Patrick Duffy (Dallas)
Wendie Malick (The Ranch)
Peyton Meyer (Girl Meets World)
Milo Manheim (Z-O-M-B-I-E-S)

150845_1879_FULLKatie strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Trip win Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce. Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker” but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume.

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Another year closes and with it another fun Christmas themed episode of American Housewife. It was nice to Katie’s dad for a change played here by Patrick Duffy, The Taylor storyline should be interesting as we enter the second half of the Third season. this is a must watch for fans of the show and the holiday season

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – BLUE CHRISTMAS

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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

Brian Stepanek (Jingle All The Way 2)
Nikki Hahn (Adventures In Babysitting)
Courtney Pauroso (Wolfgirl)

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It’s Christmas morning at the Ottos. The kids are itching to open presents, but Katie insists they follow their yearly Christmas tradition first – build a fire, eat a big breakfast, talk about the true meaning of Christmas, Greg’s seasonal hypochondria flairs up, etc. Then, the landline rings. (What’s making that noise?” “Sounds familiar…It’s the landline!”) In Katie and Greg’s words, no one calls the landline unless somebody’s dead…or it’s that computer that tries to trick you into thinking it’s a real person.”  It’s Doris. She’s been texting Katie, who hasn’t seen any of the texts, so she’s finally tried the landline. She’s in labor and all alone, having sent the rest of her family to Aspen for Christmas. And she’s “not giving birth alone like some teenage crack whore!” so Katie has to hurry on over to the hospital.148032_6850_595_MiniLogoTVwhite-GalleryWhen Katie leaves, she demands Greg make the kids wait to open presents, so they can continue the family tradition of opening them together. This is easier said than done. So Greg resorts to locking himself in the office with the presents. (“Open the damn door, Greg!”) The kids even try to fake an injury on Anna-Kat to get him to unlock the door. Fortunately, he’s smart enough to demand that they “slide something under the door with her blood on it” first.  At the hospital, Doris is enjoying the deluxe “1% suite,” when Greg and the kids arrive. Greg’s decided that instead of waiting at home for Katie, they’ll all be together at the hospital, and the kids can, therefore, open their presents. Since Doris is in the super-rich-person suite, there’s plenty of stuff to fulfill the Christmas tradition – a fireplace, a fancy breakfast, even a nice Christmas tree.maxresdefaultBefore they can start opening the presents, Doris’s monitor begins beeping and they have to leave. (She’s fine. Katie just unplugged the monitor to charge her phone!). In the waiting area, Taylor, who’s mourning her breakup with Ayo, encourages Oliver to practice asking out the girl from ballet to the Nutcracker on the gift shop cashier. He fails miserably, several times, each time ending the conversation by grabbing a random nameplate key-chain and asking “If you don’t have anything to do, would you like to…sell me this license plate key-chain?” On the third try, he finally succeeds in mentioning the nutcracker tickets. Only, this woman doesn’t realize he’s practicing and starts crying that her newly deceased mother used to take her and her sister to the Nutcracker every year and how Oliver’s a Christmas angel. (Maybe she “won’t turn back to drugs after all!”) In an  uncharacteristically selfless moment for Oliver, he gives her the tickets. While there, Greg runs into one of his re-enactor friends who’s a doctor and gets him to take a look at his hands, which he’s determined are turning blue and tingling. american-housewife-1968-s2e10-blue-christmasUnfortunately, Dr. Not-Irwin seems to think that something is actually wrong with his hands. Blue and tingling could be gangrene. (At this, Anna-Kat gets quite excited at the prospect of amputation.  With it looking like Greg might actually be sick, Kate’s left running between him and Doris. Katie leaves Angela on webcam to support Greg while she tries to reassure Doris that even though she’s been kind of a horrible parent with her first three kids, this baby can be different. (“A do-over baby!”)  While Katie’s with Doris, Angela starts looking up Greg’s symptoms on the internet, which Katie has banned Greg from trying. Angela finds where rubbing your hands on new jeans (which Greg has been doing) can cause the dye to come off and turn your hands blue. She tells Greg to try rubbing alcohol. Unsurprisingly, this takes the blue right off!  As Greg celebrates the fact that he’s not about to lose his hands, Katie comes in, apologizing and vowing to be there for him when he needs her. Of course, he waits until the end of this apology to tell her he’s fine.  The episode ends with Katie rushing off to be with Doris, who finally has her “do-over baby.” Afterwards, she finds Greg and the kids ready to open presents in the waiting room, even though she’d caved and told them to go home and open presents without her. And Oliver asks out the girl from ballet. She says “okay.”hA great Christmas episode that’s just as awesome as the first a great watch for the holiday season.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – KRAMPUS KATIE

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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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GUEST CAST

Leslie Bibb (The Skulls)

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KRAMPUS KATIE

Despite what Greg insists, there aren’t many anti-Santa villains in Christmas stories. There’s the Grinch, there’s Krampus, and now there’s Katie Otto, accused of elf murder and general Christmas grumpiness. It isn’t that Katie gets grumpier at Christmas, but simply that everyone else gets more cheerful. As she observes the parents volunteering at the Westport School Christmas concert, it’s like someone watching the animals at the zoo. Katie can’t understand how one day suddenly changes everyone’s personalities.

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Even Viv is more manic and cheerful than usual, which didn’t seem possible before we see the crazy in Leslie Bibb’s eyes. In “Krampus Katie”, Katie struggles with her position as Krampus to Viv’s over-medicated Santa. As Katie and Greg discuss a special speaking job Greg’s counting on, Viv bursts in and Anna-Kat is captivated. With her happy nature and love of splashy volunteer work, Viv seems just like real-life Santa. Katie, on the other hand, is apparently more like Krampus, the demon goat who terrorizes bad children during the holidays. Viv gives Greg and the kids pointy muffins and Katie “the gift of potential”, which is actually just a fitbit. Katie is offended enough to refuse to help Viv plan the annual Christmas concert. Although, she wasn’t going to do it anyway.
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Normally, Katie would successfully ward off Viv, Viv would go away, and that would be that. Now, however, the Elf on the Mantle is in play. The Elf on the Mantle, which is half the price of the one you’re thinking of, is Santa’s little spy in the house. Anna-Kat is deathly worried that the elf will see Katie be grumpy and deny the entire family presents. Katie doesn’t listen to Anna-Kat’s warnings until she accidentally sets fire to the elf. Then, it just stares at her with its creepy little elf eyes until she goes down to the school and pretends to be merry. To impress the elf and survive the holidays, Katie turns to Greg for help. Unlike Katie, Greg can find the silver-lining in any situation. Even when Oliver and Taylor demand better presents, Greg decides that this is an opportunity to teach them a Christmas lesson. Greg’s heart is in the right place, but his optimistic way of looking at the world makes him a bad teacher for his much more cynical children. When he takes them to a nursing home, Oliver and Taylor get the basic idea, but their hearts aren’t exactly melted by the residents.
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As Oliver and Taylor cope with their punishment of talking to delightful old ladies, Greg makes a friend of his own. His new actor acquaintance tells Greg the lesson he learned after being a pushy extra on Mad Men: you have to fight for what you want. It’s kind of a Christmas lesson, but Greg is too passive to take it to heart. The kids haven’t learned their lesson either. Oliver and Taylor completely luck out when they meet a befuddled old lady who thinks they’re her grandchildren and gives them Christmas money. They almost get away with it, until Greg catches on. Greg thinks he has another chance when Katie, eager to prove to that dumb little elf that she has Christmas spirit, agrees to help Viv deliver presents to a family in need. This leads to the most “Westport” scene of the episode, where the Otto family realizes that Viv’s definition of a family in need is much different than theirs. This family had their accounts frozen and can only afford to go to *gasp* Hawaii for Christmas. Greg and Katie are outraged, but polite enough to just give the family the presents and walk away. Some battles aren’t worth fighting.
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Throughout the episode, Greg has slowly been losing it. He can’t get through to Oliver and Taylor, he was forced to give a rich family charity presents, and he loses the speaking position to Kidney-Disease Carl. At the Christmas pageant, he finally can’t take it anymore and chews out Anna-Kat’s music teacher for being too hard on the kids. Katie in particular is ecstatic that Greg is finally giving into the anger, but is once again reminded of the elf, Anna-Kat’s hopes, and the true spirit of Christmas. When Viv has a Santa-sized meltdown over planning the concert, Katie invites her over. As Anna-Kat tells her later, the elf is proud, and Katie can stand tall knowing that at least one Otto kid values charity and kindness. As for Oliver and Taylor – the jury’s still out. This is the last American Housewife of the year. I’ve enjoyed watching the show and look forward to it’s return in January.

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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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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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.