October 18th, 2012
11:47 AM ET
Wednesday night's season premiere of "Suburgatory," one of the most underrated comedies on TV, saw Tessa's return home to Chatswin after a summer in New York, and Dallas and Noah fighting over Carmen the nanny.
There was plenty here to love, but the Shay family subplot was extremely "well-played," as Lisa Shay might say.
Watching Allie Grant's Lisa face-off with her mother, Sheila (Ana Gasteyer), was wickedly funny. These two don't mess around.
Lisa schemed to get the solo in that year's Fall Follies (and anything else she wanted) by threatening to tell the truth about her brother Ryan's adopted status (turns out he even had a six-pack as an infant). The reaction of Lisa's dad, Fred, was also priceless - but then again, brilliance is to be expected from Chris Parnell.
Once Sheila convinced Lisa that her brother learning about his adoption would leave the two of them spending more time together, it was game-set-match.
And I've gotta say here, the actual Fall Follies themselves - with the Shay family's annual "Stray Cat Strut" routine and the performance by the "Medium" Fan Club - made me wish I could watch it all.
It was there that Tessa performed the show's theme song, after being convinced by her dad that it was worth exploring what connection she might have to her long, lost mother (soon to be played by Malin Akerman).
And as I said, the nanny fight made for some hilarious Noah and Dallas-Dalia moments.
The line of the night, in fact, goes to Dalia, who told Tessa, "I just lost my nanny today. And the worst part is, what I said two seconds ago."
Oh, Dalia, we missed you, and the rest of the residents of Chatswin.
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