Suburgatory Season Finale Preview: The Mother Issues Come Out!

SuburgatoryAlthough ABC’s Suburgatory is celebrating Mother’s Day a little belatedly — in tonight’s season finale (airing at 8:30/7:30c) — it’s still going all-out for the occasion.

“[The episode] is really juicy,” previews creator Emily Kapnek. “We have a lot of really exciting cliffhangery stuff and interesting plots that we’ve got boiling.”

To make sure we cover them all, let’s take a look at how the children of Chatswin will be honoring the women who gave them life — and what secrets both parties might be harboring!

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SHEILA | Because the town loves their moms so much, “Everybody competes to be the most mother-loving and throw the most appreciative Mother’s Day celebration,” says Parker Young, who plays Sheila’s himbo son, Ryan. For his ultracompetitive character, that means “pampering Sheila and making her feel like the queen that she is.” But is she even the mother she claims to be? Ryan’s sis, Lisa, recently discovered an adoption video that their parents made, and she’ll learn something even more shocking in the finale. Here’s a theory: Could Ryan actually be the adopted child? Whatever Lisa finds out will “make for an exciting beginning of the next season with our family,” Young teases. (Oh, and sorry, but since, as the actor notes, “during Mother’s Day, you can’t be chasing girls,” we shouldn’t expect any hints of romance between Tessa and Ryan. But there’s always next season!)

DALLAS | Dalia has been “a little bit stung by [her mom's] relationship with Tessa,” says Kapnek, so look for her to continue to pull away — all the way to Israel, in fact, and without Dallas. “Our finale focuses on a really great moment for Dallas where she realizes that she has to put the same effort into her relationship with Dalia as she does with Tessa. So we will see more Dallas and Dalia in Season 2.” The former Mrs. Royce will even take a cue from her neighbor across the street, George, and try “to have a more meaningful relationship” with her daughter. Good luck with that.

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SuburgatoryTESSA’S MOM | It’s actually George’s current squeeze, Eden, who “continues to pick at the mother wound” when Tessa is left feeling a void during the episode’s festivities, reveals Kapnek. While George is satisfied with Tessa’s answer about the poem she wrote earlier this season, “Eden says, ‘Don’t be an idiot. That can’t possibly be all there is.’ And she refuses to let it die.” Thanks to her prodding and probing, “that can of worms” will be opened, setting in motion some new stories for George and Tessa.

“The road is inching us” toward meeting the mom, says Kapnek. And when we do, “we want to see this woman and understand in a heartbeat, almost at first glance, why she and George wouldn’t work together. … We talk about what kind of neurotic mess would she be. Is she sort of quirky? Is she an artist? Is she immature? And what kind of a person is too narcissistic to be able to put your kid before [yourself]?”

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12 Comments
  1. Marc says:

    Ana Gasteyer (aka, Sheila) deserves an Emmy. In her (sorely) limited screen time, she might be the funniest woman on TV.

  2. Fabe says:

    I want Ryan and Tessa together! Why couldn’t they give us a tease at least for the finale?!

  3. Reena says:

    can’t wait for tonight’s episode I have been thinking that Ryan is the adopted one not Lisa when she found that video her parents said we are looking to add another child and I think Lisa is the older child right? Also can’t wait to see Tessa’s mom I am guessing she has had some problems after that episode when George meets with the grandmother… So happy it’s been renewed!

  4. Cloudy Knight says:

    Cliffhanger alert. In the promos, we see Tessa’s surprised face as we hear an unknown women call her name. That’ll be the mother, but we won’t see her until the fall premiere. Just my guess.

  5. Deena says:

    Whoopie Goldberg said she’s going to be on the season finale tonight. I wonder how she fits into all this. Hmmm….

  6. Beth says:

    I love this show, but I have to say I’m so disappointed in how they played the relationship between George and Dallas. They have a great chemistry, they made us think something could happen between them, and suddenly they’re not even sharing screen time?

    And frankly Eden is really annoying. I can’t wait till she leaves.

    • Ashley says:

      Eden isn’t going to be back next season,so no worries there. And apparently things are looking very good for Dallas/George too.

  7. t quirk says:

    Is it me or did this show, which was going so strong, really hit the skids when Eden appeared. Suddenly the great character relationships Tessa/George, George/Dallas, Tessa/Lisa have disappeared the they are trying to do way too much in 22 minutes and not telling a very good story.

  8. Lori says:

    I was also disappointed that they seem to have stopped pursuing George and Dallas as a couple. Think of all the great storylines if they got together. I can’t take much more of Eden.! NO chemistry, plus she’s annoying.

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