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Suburgatory 1.14 "The Body" Review

The last time Tessa Altman tried to change the Chatswin status quo, things didn't work out quite as she had planned. A potential charitable operation turned from well-meaning to shallow quickly, with the school eyeing dry skin as its cause du jour. It may have cemented Tessa's point that the 'burbs were all flash and no substance, but it made for one of the first sub-standard episodes of Suburgatory for that very reason. "Charity Case" hyped up the quirks on an already quirky show and didn't pack enough of a plot punch to make up for that, so it was a double shot of Red Bull on an empty stomach, to say the least.

So you could be forgiven for being a little apprehensive about "The Body", the latest in the "Tessa Altman saves the suburbs from their vapidity" saga that "Charity Case" highlighted. A funny thing happened, though, in that "The Body" eschewed the unbelievability of its predecessor and instead displayed some interesting character growth. After inadvertently getting herself involved in the race for student body president over her frustration with Chatswin High's sports obsession, Tessa's realization that she may need to change herself before she comes for anybody else showed real progress from earlier in the series. Though she's had understandable growing pains adjusting to her new life, Tessa needed a tiny bit of humbling to remain the likable lead character that she is; there have been moments where she's veered from sarcastic and astute to a little judgmental, so an episode like "The Body" keeps her in our good graces and is a mile marker of sorts. Tessa may not be where she wants to be, both literally and emotionally, but "The Body" showed that she's well on her way to some personal understanding. Read More...


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