Once again, there is no new Parenthood tonight, which makes me sad. I did catch the last fifteen minutes of Glee, which was kind of amazing, but I’ll leave that review to Selena. Instead, I’m recapping Raising Hope, that quirky comedy that comes on after Glee each week.
In case you’re not familiar, Raising Hope centers around a young single father, Jimmy, who is raising his daughter (named Hope) while living with his parents and grandmother. This week’s episode opens with Burt (Jimmy’s dad) searching for his shoes so he can get to work. Later that day, Sabrina, the voice of reason who works at the grocery store with Jimmy, brings up the fact that Jimmy should name a guardian for Hope.
Jimmy is incredibly endearing as a well-meaning, yet often clueless dad. Earlier this season when he learned about how health insurance worked, he got a job at the grocery store. In this episode, he makes an appointment with a lawyer to appoint a guardian. I have to say that I love Jimmy’s character. He doesn’t have a lot of resources, but he has his parents’ support, and he’s not afraid to ask questions to figure out what he needs to do to provide for his daughter.I digress.
The exercise of choosing a guardian sends the family into a tizzy, as they learn that they rely on each other in ways they didn’t even realize. The very funny montage of their daily routine includes banging on the outdated television to get it to work (Jimmy’s job), banging on the old washing machine to get it work (Virgina’s job), and ironing very carefully so as not to get a shock (Burt’s specialty).
Tonight’s episode reminded me why I like this show so much — it shows a family working together. Granted, an electrical upgrade to their home would probably solve most of their problems and put them each on the road to independence, but it wouldn’t make for funny television.