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Recap: The New Normal, Episode 1.08, “Unplugged”

The episode starts out with the sort of non-plotline that Bryan, David, and Shania are overly addicted to their mobile electronic devices and Goldie encourages everyone to do away with their tech devices. So, you know, that’s obviously something that is true about people but as a television plot it’s pretty uninteresting to watch people not use their iPhones. It’s also pretty uninteresting to watch people use their iPhones. My point is that while this is going on it’s not going to do any good to recap it, except for the part where Shania gets a little obnoxious by dressing up like she’s in Little House on the Prairie and trying to get them all to eschew any modern technology in a deliberate misinterpretation of her mother’s wishes. That also isn’t particularly interesting, it’s just nice to see “World’s Most Perfect Child” Shania actually acting kind of bratty and age-appropriate for all of fifteen minutes.

The other thing going on this episode is Rocky introducing Nana to the internet, specifically to Twitter. Nana’s handle (@NanaUrBusiness) became an actual Twitter account alarmingly quickly and I’m actually really surprised that the production team hadn’t snatched up the Twitter name prior to this episode in the first place. Hey! Ryan Murphy! If you’re reading this you can totally hire me to think of these things for you! Anyway, for some reason, Rocky leaves Nana alone with her computer and Nana finds a video that Bryan made for David where he sings about how much he loves David and their life together. It is kind of cheesy with props (including a cardboard version of David) and overly-earnest lyrics, but kind of sweet. Nana tweets it out as “Gayest Video Ever” and it goes viral. Also, that video was super auto-tuned considering Andrew Rannells is an actual Broadway star, but I guess Bryan isn’t supposed to be a singer.

Bryan finds the video while disobeying Goldie and Shania’s ban on technology and gets really upset because it was supposed to be private and it’s a total invasion of his privacy. He confronts Nana about it and she tells him about how he was supposed to be so proud of being gay and that no one has the expectation of privacy anymore because of the internet. But I bet you all she’d be pissed if David went and blogged about her one night stands from a few episodes back. Ryan Murphy seems really talented at making these characters who are super abrasive and mean to everyone else, yet who can’t take it when it’s dished back out on them. Sue Slyvester from Glee is another one who irks me this way. If you’re an uncouth bully to everyone around you, you don’t get to have the expectation that they’ll treat you or the people/things you love with care and consideration. I mean, people should, because people should always treat one another with care and consideration, but if you’re not going to then why should they?

ANYWAY, Nana’s awful, but that’s not news. Bryan finds out that everyone on the set of his show is watching the video so he stars to confiscate cell phones and laptops. Also, the show he runs is clearly a fictional world version of Glee so”¦ guess we know who Bryan’s based on. The version of Kevin McHale is even named “Devin” and the Lea Michele stand-in is named something very much like “Lea,” so we’re not really stretching here. Also, makes me wonder if every time Bryan was talking shit about an actor or actress, it really did correspond to someone on Glee. But the larger point is that once he finds out that people are watching the video and enjoying it and the genuine love it shows, he decides he’s not embarrassed by it anymore and lets everyone retweet it to the world. So, see? It’s totally cool that Nana invaded his privacy and his absolutely legitimate anger over her actions was silly because everyone loves the video! Yay!

At the end of the episode, Shania tries to wake Goldie up at sunrise to further the “living in the 1800s” theme she’s got going on and Goldie says that yes, some technology is useful and Shania can have her phone back. Shania then admits that she does appreciate that there are some things better experienced in real life and snuggles up to her mom to go back to sleep. David and Bryan get into bed together and talk a bit about making sure they take time away from technology now and then so they can be present for their baby, before both rolling over and checking their phones. All the problems are fixed! Yay!

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