The Conners Recap: The Curse Of Knowing Who You Are Milk Drought

October 1, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“A Kiss Is Just A Kiss” hones in on Mark coming to terms with who he is, as his mother remains unsure of herself.

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3.5

Summary

“A Kiss Is Just A Kiss” hones in on Mark coming to terms with who he is, as his mother remains unsure of herself.

This recap of The Conners Season 2, Episode 2, “A Kiss Is Just A Kiss”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


The Conners Season 2, Episode 2 is about both finding and losing yourself, epitomized through Mark (Ames McNamara), who is photographed at school committing the eternal sin of publicly displaying affection with his boyfriend, Austin, and his mother Darlene (Sara Gilbert), who, in failing to make a decision about which of the two men in her life she wants to be with, is still navigating a complicated love triangle with Mark’s father David (Johnny Galecki, actually on-screen this week) and bearded Ben (Jay R. Ferguson). And as Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) says, the “sausage party” cannot continue.

There’s a close call early in “A Kiss Is Just A Kiss”, when Ben arrives unexpectedly after David spent the night. With Jackie cordoning off the upstairs, Darlene tries to get rid of him. Picking up on her nervousness, Ben asks if she has thought about therapy — a joke that will pay off later. While Jackie recommends Ben and his beard, Darlene is still unsure; who she chooses is obviously going to be a major subplot of this second season.

At school, Mark’s apparent boyfriend Austin is coached into denying their relationship by his bitter grandmother, who blames Mark for, essentially, giving him the gay, as though it’s a disease to be caught by otherwise unsuspecting healthy boys. Darlene and David both defend their son, but the comments have an effect on him. Later, he lashes out at them for encouraging him to express himself, since it hasn’t really got him anywhere. He thinks his life would be easier if he weren’t gay, which is almost certainly true, but that would mean he wouldn’t be living as himself — David puts it frankly when he says that while it’s a great thing he has figured out who he is so young, it’s probably going to be lonely until everyone else catches up to him. Absentee dad or not, that’s wise counsel, and the scene itself is touching in its honesty.

The problem for Darlene in “A Kiss Is Just A Kiss” is that David, seeing how well their parenting is going, wants to tell the kids they’re back together. She insists it’s too soon, but can’t provide a decent reason when he asks her why. After he gives her an ultimatum, she suggests the only thing she can think of that’ll throw him off the scent: Therapy.

Becky (Lecy Goranson) is struggling in The Conners Season 2, Episode 2. She’s unable to provide milk and is convinced her baby being premature is a result of her age and lifestyle. When she’s finally able to fill less than half a bottle with her reliable left breast, she spills it on the floor. Already she believes she is letting Beverly Rose down. She isn’t nursing, and thus they aren’t bonding. In his own inimitable way, it’s Dan (John Goodman) who makes her feel better by admitting that he and her mother did all kinds of horrible things to baby Becky, and she loved her parents regardless. Well… at least he’s honest.


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