Although 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!
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.
TESSA’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]?”