Merry Happy Whatever Recap: Family Traditions

By Daniel Hart
Published: November 28, 2019 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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Merry Happy Whatever Season 1, Episode 3 - Interference


Merry Happy Whatever Season 1, Episode 3, “Interference” delves into quirky family traditions as the men watch football and the women build the Christmas tree.

This recap of Netflix Series Merry Happy Whatever Season 1, Episode 3, “Interference” contains significant spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Ah, Christmas, full of family traditions. For The Quinn family, the Sunday before Christmas they watch Sunday Football and cheer on the Eagles. While the men watch football, the women build the Christmas tree.

For a relatively simple episode, a lot is revealed. Don (Dennis Quaid) is such a control freak, making sure the men are sat facing the TV during the game, making Matt nervous with his new Eagles shirt. Matt’s partner Emmy has the desire to have sex with him in her old bedroom and creates a plan where he sneaks off.

While Matt is in the kitchen, he catches Kayla looking at photos of a woman, potentially Alan’s new woman. When he suggests that Alan has moved on she gets overprotective of the photo and Matt gets a hunch that Kayla is into women. For the rest of the episode, Kayla is tiptoeing around Matt, and eventually, she confides in him mostly because it’s easier to come out to someone “I don’t care about”.

Midway through the football game, Don sneaks out to the bar, leaving Todd worried that he will find the “Secret In-Law” group photo on the bar door. Don goes to meet Nancy, showing that he is clearly interested in her.

Don’s control over his family reaches a boiling point when he finds cigarettes and demands to know who has smoked. Joy is the smoker, but Matt rises up and claims he is the smoker. Despite the fact that Matt finally bonded with Don, he was ready to claim points with other family members. He now has Kayla and Joy in his good books.

As Merry Happy Whatever Season 1, Episode 3, “Interference” ends Patsy finishes the tree and is nervous about Don claiming all the glory by placing the star. But Don is in a good mood, and he gives Patsy the role of placing the star every year as a new tradition.

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1 thought on “Merry Happy Whatever Recap: Family Traditions

  • December 2, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I think this episode might be where the show lost me.

    I thought that the writers had allowed a moment of unadulterated sincerity to slip through. Then they cheapened a genuinely moving exchange by punctuating it with an unoriginal gag that instantly cheapened all of the dialogue that immediately preceded it.

    More often than not, this tired sitcom cliché’s omission or inclusion sets apart the best from the rest. The best writers trust their dramatic material to stand on its own (and its audience to appreciate it for what it is and not be thrown by the brief lack of humor). The rest follow a rigid formula in which a heavy mood *must* be lightened promptly and at any cost, least people become confused about what they’re watching (or, heaven forbid, emotionally invested in it).

    I’m terribly disappointed that this turned out to be the latter, especially after I was fooled info thinking that it was something more than that. What a shame.

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