It was a night of wishful thinking on The McCarthys Season 1 Episode 2. Ronnie, in an attempt to prove his family could be affectionate, decided to throw his parents a surprise 35th wedding anniversary party.
It didn't turn out exactly as he had hoped, but in the end, I think it was exactly how it should have been.
The McCarthys are not "I love you" people. They show their affection for each other in very small (but cute) doses, turning instead to "affectionate" insults. Ronnie didn't know any other way, until his new boyfriend Ben invited him over to meet his family.
Their dinner was a scary mix of too much affection. Not that some heartfelt compliments and I love you's shouldn't be a part of your conversation, but it was a little too much love if you ask me.
It was a relationship that was doomed from the start, but taught us all a good life lesson; you can't change who you are. Ronnie is part of the McCarthy clan, a Boston sports loving, somewhat neurotic, beer chugging "cult". And that's, okay.
I didn't laugh out loud much this episode, but thought Ronnie's "to you and yours" comment to Ben was hilarious. So fitting!
As part of the anniversary party, Ronnie interviewed his parents and asked about their relationship, their marriage and their favorite things about the other. It wasn't until Ronnie asked about The Good Wife and The Red Sox, that he was able to get some real emotional and heartfelt answers from Marjorie and Arthur.
In the end, the quick quips between Marjorie and Arthur let you know those two continue to deeply love each other, even if they don't always show their affection. "You're my good wife", Arthur smiled.
Ronnie is a fun character to watch develop. You can tell he is unsure of himself and much more emotional than any of his other siblings. I hope he finds his place.
It's still early, but this episode was pretty predictable and didn't have as many funny one liners as the premiere. I'm interested to see how Jackie's pregnancy plays out and if we get to dive into the other characters more.
So where does your family fall on the Ben to Ronnie scale? I like to think my family is somewhere in the middle. We are our own blend of crazy, but I like to think of us as the good crazy.
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Don't forget you can watch The McCarthys online and try to pick up their Boston accent.
Oh, and not much could ever be as wonderful as the 2004 Boston Red Sox. They were the best.
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