It’s a bit of a cliché that all weddings are filled with family drama, but there’s a kernel of truth in every stereotype, and this one is no exception. Last week’s family feuds were just the tip of the iceberg, and I have feeling this week is still just a warm up for the fireworks finale next week.
"The Rehearsal" is the penultimate episode of Mike & Molly and love is in the air. Well... sort of. Mostly just for Mike and Molly. Carl tells Christina he loves her, but she doesn’t say it back, which leaves him understandably pouty for the rest of the episode.
With the much crazier events that unfold, Carl and Christina’s falling out doesn’t get as much attention as you might expect. While the “wedding craziness” of this episode might have rubbed off on Carl and made him suggestible to revealing his true feelings to Christina, I suspect that the same emotions will have Christina confessing her love for Carl next Monday.
In a striking, but not unsurprising, example of bad timing, as Vince is walking Molly down the aisle during the rehearsal he reveals that he’s already married. This is the main event of the family drama, but it’s mostly wrapped up by the end of the half hour.
Vince gets his divorce papers signed and now all he has left to do is smooth things over with Joyce. Definitely easier said than done, but like I mentioned with Carl and Christina, I expect the wedding next week to woo Joyce into a more forgiving mood (even though I think she’s better off without Vince).
For me, the highlight of the episode was Victoria’s gift to Molly – the garter made from one of their dad’s old silk ties. I often feel like the laughs on Mike & Molly are a little forced, but the touching moments rarely are. At the same time, these emotional moments are few and far between. Molly and Victoria’s exchange this week really highlighted what the rest of "The Rehearsal" was trying to get at: every family is a little crazy, but they’re still family and they love each other.
On a final note: what is going on with Mike’s parents? I’m completely shocked, and unlike my other predictions, I don’t see their relationship taking a turn for the better next week during the wedding!