The New Normal Season Finale Review “Finding Name-O; The Big Day”

The New Normal ended its first season with a pair of strong episodes focused on David and Bryan’s wedding and the long-awaited birth of their son, Sawyer Collins. Though not every loose story thread was tied up, "Finding Name-O" and "The Big Day" were filled with enough returning characters and solid bits of character development to serve as a solid ending if the show isn’t renewed for a second season. Though still funny, the first half-hour was the weaker of the two. The show has steered away from dealing with issues in heavy-handed ways, but it still feels like David is frequently at the center of every blow up on the show. Here, though, it felt like the show was a bit too quick to punish him for his behavior. His mother’s behavior was every bit as controlling and judgmental as he felt it was, so having him get so frustrated made sense. As a result, the way he finally made up with his mother felt like it was avoiding some of the deeper issues between the two. Still, the moment David and Bryan finally came up with the idea of using their last names to name the baby was a great one. READ MORE...


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