The Conners season 3, episode 5 recap – “Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery”

November 26, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery” causes a huge rift between Darlene and Becky as Jackie’s love life for once starts to look a little brighter.

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3.5

Summary

“Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery” causes a huge rift between Darlene and Becky as Jackie’s love life for once starts to look a little brighter.

This recap of The Conners season 3, episode 5, “Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


The Conners season 3, episode 5 employs a pretty classic set up in the form of an awkward dinner party, which is really an excuse to delve into a sisterly bond and severely complicate matters, while elsewhere Neville continues to pursue Jackie – the horse surgery in “Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery” is something that they get to enjoy together.

But yeah, the dinner party. Darlene, sucking up for a promotion, invites her boss at Wellman Plastics home for dinner, not quite realizing that she and Becky are currently at odds over Becky spending far too much time face-timing Beverly Rose when she should be working. The boss, Robin, is an intriguing new presence, harshly writing Becky up at the dinner table but being, all things considered, pretty fair in her handling of the whole matter.

For Darlene, these are sacrifices she’s willing to make in order to get where she wants to be, which is away from the drain she has been circling for the last several years. She’s entering menopause now and has no chance of having the baby that she and Ben had set their hearts on, and she has resented working at Wellman Plastics after putting all her eggs into the failed magazine launch basket. She deserves a promotion. But is she within her rights to sell out her sister to get one?

This is the essential question of “Friends In High Places and Horse Surgery”. Darlene is both deserving and capable of a promotion, but she’s still a Conner, at the end of the day, and that’s supposed to mean something. Admittedly she did try and schmooze Robin into wiping one of Becky’s disciplinary write-ups at Becky’s request, but when Robin smartly and ruthlessly turned the tables, she also personally wrote Becky up a third time, resulting in her pay being docked. Ouch.

Of course, if Darlene is going to be Becky’s boss, she’s going to have to be objective. That was Darlene’s rationale, anyway, and it’s understandable even if you can empathize with Becky missing Beverly Rose so much during the day. But rules are rules, and business is business, and we all have to make sacrifices to ensure we can provide a better life for ourselves and, yes, for our children. So I’m Team Darlene all the way after The Conners season 3, episode 5.

In fact, it’s easy to see Becky as highly immature in this scenario, so when she savagely attacks Darlene’s inability to have more children, there’s a real sense of her having crossed a serious line out pettiness. That’s how most lines end up being crossed, of course, but it’s still sad to see a situation turn so nasty when it all could have been avoided.

The Conners season 3, episode 5 was smart to squeeze this plot alongside Neville’s continuing pursuit of Jackie, which was a lot funnier and less serious, though still quietly touching, in its way. Despite Jackie’s overblown theatrics and Louise’s advice to lie to Neville to scare him away, Jackie can’t just ignore such earnest attention in and affection for her, and it’s nice to see. For now, she only wants to allow Neville into her life as a friend, but that’s better than nothing, right? And there’s always a chance it’ll amount to something more as the season progresses.

That’s the positive thought that “Friends In High Places and Horse Surgery” leaves us with. Significantly less positive is what might happen between Becky and Darlene, but blood is thicker than water at the end of the day – so you’d hope, anyway. It certainly doesn’t bode well for everyone else living under that roof, though, and will probably make it difficult for both of them to continue working at Wellman Plastics. We’ll have to wait and see.


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