This week we get what feels like an intimate moment in Georgia and Jo’s life: their morning routine in the bathroom (and then we get it again and again and again. State of Georgia totally Groundhog Day’d) They brush (barely) their hair, put on lotion, talk about their dreams, and even floss together. They floss with one large piece of floss. One piece of floss. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this grossed me out. They didn’t use the same part of the floss or actually do a thorough job of it, but that’s a special moment reserved for just you and your floss. After rinsing their mouths out with some mouth wash Georgia tells Jo about her improv class and does an EMMY™ worthy impersonation of Ice Cube. There’s some obvious foreshadowing here about how Georgia and Jo can’t seem to get their schedules to match up so they can hang out together. They also cook a bagel with a curling iron and just when I thought the writers left that recurring joke go, bam!, we’re back with a bad hair joke for Jo.
Aunt Honey is dressed again in this episode. This is really disappointing, you know? I was hoping that Loretta Devine would be in her silky nightgowns for every episode. Georgia brings a few boxes out of the closet containing some of Aunt Honey’s old stuff. She snatched her yearbook away from Georgia when a small photos falls out. It is a picture of Honey and her best friend Patrice. They lost touch at some point, but Honey is intentionally vague leading us to instantly believe something bad happened between the two of them. I’m just not sure how Georgia doesn’t see that? Oh right, I know, then we wouldn’t really have an episode this week.
Later that night, Jo and Georgia meet at the movie theatre, unfortunately, it’s not the same theatre. They are talking on their cell phones in the theatre (How rude, right? I mean do they not see all those PSAs about not talking on your cell?) and Georgia comes up with a plan to track down Aunt Honey’s long lost best friend Patrice and reunite the two ladies. Jo ends up hugging a stranger who mistakes a pashmina for a red feather boa, I mean who hasn’t done that?
The next morning we get to see their morning routine breaking down, NO!!!, not like their friendship, not like Aunt Honey and Patrice! No fear, this is only the third episode they have to stay friends in hope of syndication (lol jks syndication). The two friends argue about what the right theatre was, talk about two guys Jo is working with called The Snuggle Bunnies, and then Georgia gets all Michael Jackson by burning her hair with that bagel cooking curling iron. Jo leaves the house without her pants and Georgia laments, “We’re so falling apart.”
The next 30 seconds, which is really a long time in a 22 minute sitcom, are spent with Jo trying to settle an argument with her classmates about what a Vulcan and Ewok baby would look like. Jo ends the argument and tells them that they need to get back to work without having anymore distractions. “Surprise!” Georgia appears. She quickly offends everyone in the room sending them running. In an effort to change the subject, she tells Jo that she found Patrice thanks to the Internet she then also ruins some crazy formula on the white board in turn angering Jo. Just before she leaves she steps on someone’s glasses cause it makes sense that they were just lying on the floor.
Georgia is at Improv class doing an exercise where she has to act like a chicken. Of course, she’s not just any chicken, but a chicken in love with a fox that she knows will kill her. “It’s kind of like Twilight.” Any sitcom would be remiss without a Twilight joke. Guess who walks in seconds later? Ok, it’s Jo. She tries to give Georgia a taste of her own medicine. The two are then volunteered by the instructor to lead the next Improv activity called Buzz. Each time the instructor says, “Buzz!” They have to change characters. Georgia and Jo workshop through their problems like any normal person. The discover while Jo is a drunk munchkin and Georgia has a cockney accent (obviously) that their relationship is doomed.
Back to the bathroom again and this time it’s soo much worse: a lip balm gets flushed down the toilet. As Georgia and Jo lament the end of their friendship, Georgia gets a text from Patrice that she is there are the apartment. Georgia called to tell her that she’s a bride-to-be since Patrice is a wedding planner. Patrice (The Jenifer Lewis) walks in and starts talking weddings when Georgia tells her that there isn’t actually a wedding, but a big surprise. “A blast from your past.” To which Patrice replies, “I know you’re not my long-lost daughter, because that one’s accounted for and paid off.” Jo brings Aunt Honey into the room for the surprise and then what ensues is nothing less than a Diva-Off. Patrice leaves and once again Aunt Honey puts everything into perspective for Georgia and Jo. She tells them they are nothing like she and Patrice and that since they have less in common they won’t be competing for the same things and can thus be there to support each other. Words of Wisdom by Aunt Honey.
We come full circle in the episode again, you guessed it, back to the morning routine in the bathroom. Jo and Georgia are getting ready and everything is back to normal. Georgia asks Jo if her bagel is ready, but Jo says, “No. I bought a flatiron, so I made an egg sandwich.” (I’m paraphrasing there cause I just couldn’t watch the episode again for the 4th time, but that’s basically what happened). The decide to meet later for food at their fave place, but Jo stops to confirm it’s their favorite place on 60th before leaving without putting on her pants again. “You have a good day too.” That’s right everyone, what normal 20 something lady-about-town doesn’t leave the house without her pants on every so often?
I will be here all summer reviewing State of Georgia so please don’t miss an episode (Wednesdays at 8:30 on ABC Family) and we can discuss it over on Twitter where I will be live-tweeting each episode.