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Up All Night Recap: Joint Birthday Party

Last week’s airport-focused episode proved that Chris and Reagan don’t really get along with a bunch of total strangers. “First Birthday” proved they don’t really get along with anyone, even people in the neighborhood. Part of the problem is that they’re both really picky people; both parties like things a certain way and loathe when others try to stick their noses where they don’t belong. They also have a very established way of interacting with people: Reagan is the person who says no — the hammer — leaving Chris to be the cooler, go-with-the-flow guy. It’s always worked, and there’s been no reason to question it.

As it turns out, they’ve pegged each other the wrong way. After Chris got cornered by Gene and Terry from across the street, and pressured into having a joint birthday party for Amy and Roger, Reagan decided that enough was enough. Chris was going to learn how to say no, even if it meant turning off the part of her brain that wants so desperately to yell at people for being gross. Old guy sticking his feet near the cheese? Delicious. Random Gene/Terry family member using the master bathroom? Thank you sir, may I have another? The entire party being too loud and unruly due to Gene and Terry’s family inclination to have lots of kids and just not die? Yes. Reagan might have been killing herself on the inside, but outwardly she remained pretty calm and made funny faces to the amusement of the other moms. Meanwhile, Chris was finding himself annoyed at the tiniest things, like the MOST HIDEOUS PAINTING OF A LIVING PERSON, gifted by Ava as her homage to Amy. It had eyes that followed you like the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Read More...


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