I Feel Bad
“I Lie to My Kids” (Episode 103)
October 4, 2018
Last week’s episode gave us some ‘me’ time. If you haven’t caught up on the latest episode, read my recap here. Tonight’s episode spins a web of lies…. SPOILERS AHEAD!
The biggest challenge most families face is getting anywhere on time. Mornings are especially difficult getting yourself ready, the kids ready and out the door to school on time. One solution Emet had was trying to set her alarm an hour early. As they are about to leave, their son remembers that he had a report to do on Abraham Lincoln and needed to dress up as well. As Emet and David staple a picture of Lincoln to Louie’s shirt, he asks if this is okay. Emet says, “it’s not good. It is great!” There’s her first lie.
“Work hard, be kind, love you, get out.”
In the drop off line for school, Emet tries to pull off into the fast lane, but is told the fast lane is for honor roll students only. She moves back into the regular line and is late getting to work. Her coworkers are upset about not having roof access at their office and Emet decides to open up Photoshop. She makes an Honor Roll sticker for herself and her co-workers (except Norman) make roof access badges for themselves.
The next day she is on time for work and even brings home a rotisserie chicken. Her mother shows her images of a family she follows on Instagram. The mom in the pictures makes frittatas for dinner and the family looks so happy. Emet doesn’t buy it and says that it’s all fake and Photoshopped.
“All their deceit will catch up to them some day.”
The kids saw the honor roll sticker and Louie thinks that he earned it. David can’t believe Emet forged the sticker, and doesn’t want the kids thinking they earned something they didn’t. When they see Louie doing his homework and proud of being on the honor roll, they decide to let it go a little longer. Even Emet’s mother is proud of her and David for having a child on the honor roll.
At work, Norman reprimands all of them for lying, but they brush him off. At home, Louie is enjoying his honor roll life of getting ice cream on weekdays, but Lilly is upset that she isn’t allowed to have any. Maya asks Emet to join her in the salon tomorrow to have their hair done together because she can’t wait to go to the honor roll ceremony. Norman was right, the web of lies is growing.
Emet talks to her coworkers about the honor roll ceremony. She asks them if they can hack into the school to add his name to the list. Griff says no, he’s not going to do that. Her only option now, is to buy her kid off. Emet gets Louie VIP tickets to laser tag, but they are only good for that day. He tells her that he doesn’t want to go, he would prefer to go to the honor roll ceremony.
“You’re trapped, there is no way out.”
Her co-workers attempt to gain roof access, and realize that it’s not the paradise they thought. Most of the people go up there to smoke and do yoga. They run back inside.
At the ceremony, Maya gets her Instagram pictures outside. Emet fakes food poisoning to try to get out of going inside, but Maya sees the family she follows on Instagram and knows the husband is a doctor. As he examines Emet and David, he suggests they go to the ER and the kids get upset that mom is dying. Finally, Emet comes clean about the lie.
That night, the whole family celebrates with cake that Emet’s father stole from the ceremony.
This was another entertaining episode because most of us can relate to hearing these little lies as kids or telling them to our kids. The one thing I enjoy most about this show, is how relatable it is. We can see ourselves in Emet’s shoes, trying to rush our kids out the door in the morning. We can see ourselves, even as adults, still trying to make mom and dad proud. These little moments, make this show enjoyable to watch and laugh out loud.
Episode Score: I give this episode a 4 out 5 Casey’s!