The Conners season 3, episode 6 recap – “Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest” low rent

December 5, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
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3.5

Summary

“Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest” does Harris no favours, while Becky and Robin get to know each other.

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3.5

Summary

“Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest” does Harris no favours, while Becky and Robin get to know each other.

This recap of The Conners season 3, episode 6, “Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


Anyone who watches The Conners will have been forced to consider the idea that Harris is a deeply unpleasant, inherently selfish person. The show has used this as a plot point before, but “Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest” really doubles down on it to solid effect. With Harris being an ostensibly woke Millennial, she sees her family’s notso-hotso financial realities as a consequence of the working class being stifled by systemic inequality, and she’d very much like to protest against that – an admirable goal, with the obvious problem that she’d have to take time off work to do it, and the working class can’t afford to do that.

This is more of a problem since everyone is now supposed to be paying Dan rent, and with Harris facing the prospect of losing her job, Darlene is having to grapple with the idea of covering her share so that she can fight the good fight and not return to work. It’s an inherently selfish proposition, but Darlene sees it in terms of her own failure to provide; if she had done more with her life, perhaps she could bankroll Harris’s activism. It’s a relatable concern – especially for a parent – but it’s impossible not to see Harris as deeply selfish and entitled in this scenario, especially once Darlene tries to reason with her and she attacks Dan, of all people, for being selfish in asking for the rent.

The Conners season 3, episode 6 recap - "Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest"

John Goodman is perfect in “Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest”, putting his hangdog face to use in really selling the embarrassment of having to ask for rent in the first place, which it was made clear over and over again he didn’t want to do. He’s also facing the prospect of Louise leaving the household because she simply can’t put up with the chaos of so many people living there, so it’s all in all not a good outing for Dan, even if Louise eventually finds him too cuddly to abandon.

In the B-plot of The Conners season 3, episode 6, mandatory supervised drug tests at Wellman Plastics lead to Robin announcing that she’s quitting. Of all people, it’s Becky who volunteers to support her in getting help for what she assumes is an addiction. These two women, who are deeply at odds, make for an excellent and quietly touching subplot about finding common ground and putting pride aside to offer help, even if the “addiction” that Becky presumes Robin has is really nothing of the sort. As it turns out, Robin is trans, hence the aversion to supervised tests, but that’s a cause that Becky is willing to fight for too, rallying the staff – and Jackie, who is in the building at the time and spends the whole episode acting as though she works there – in protest. Eventually, a compromise is offered by Wellman himself – Becky can be the test supervisor, which allows Robin to keep her job and not be forced into an uncomfortable position after spending a lifetime fighting to simply be who she is. I’m not sure it necessarily repairs her relationship with Becky, but it certainly builds some respect and understanding between the two of them.


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