In this episode Hannah’s parents show the first sign of any trouble in their marriage. In the opening scene Hannah’s dad – Tad – comes out to Hannah’s mum Loreen announcing that he is gay. Loreen is understandably heartbroken. They attend her tenure party which is meant to be all about her work and success but ironically she feels it is anything but. Tad gives a very compassionate speech, exclaiming his deep respect for Loreen but she laughs in mockery.
This episode was great and took such a refreshing angle. Hannah has started her new job as a substitute teacher where she meets Fran – played by Jake Lacy who was also on the Office. He asks her out for drinks and Hannah says yes. Her first official date post-Adam and she can’t believe that she’s dating again like a 45-year-old whose just got out of a bad divorce; “My Pilates teacher inspired me to take a chance.”
The audience gets a more ‘close up’ look into Adam and Mimi-Rose’s relationship in this episode, where they are all loved up and happy living together in Mimi-Rose’s apartment. Mimi-Rose says completely nonchalant “No I can’t go for a run because I had an abortion yesterday.” Her complete acceptance of this shocked me. As we are only just learning her character, I initially wondered: is she a complete psychopath devoid of emotion (or “evil” as Adam says) or perhaps an extremely emotionally stable, healthy person?