The Neighborhood season 3, episode 6 recap – “Welcome to the Turnaround” the great escape

January 5, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Welcome to the Turnaround” puts Dave and Calvin in uncomfortably close proximity while Gemma has to deal with the return of her troublesome little sister, Brittany.

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Summary

“Welcome to the Turnaround” puts Dave and Calvin in uncomfortably close proximity while Gemma has to deal with the return of her troublesome little sister, Brittany.

This recap of The Neighborhood season 3, episode 6, “Welcome to the Turnaround”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


How much is it possible to change in a short time? That’s one of the questions asked by “Welcome to the Turnaround”, which is powered at least in part by the return of Gemma’s sister, Brittany (Deborah Baker Jr.), who is now a well-to-do “television star” and businesswoman, selling her own clothing, having apparently turned her life around. She wants to pay Dave and Gemma back for all the money they’ve loaned her over the years and gives them a hefty check to do just that. Dave is skeptical, understandably, but thinks the check just might clear. Calvin thinks he should do something nice with the money, like take him for a steak dinner, but Dave has a better idea — an escape room.

Gemma, meanwhile, checks up on Brittany’s story, and it turns out she really is staying at the Four Seasons. This is too good to be true, isn’t it? She and Tina plan to throw a private party for her fashion line and drive to surprise her with the news, so it’s pretty obvious that isn’t going to go well. Or is it? Well, a little of column A, and a little of column B.

Speaking of which, the escape room. Calvin categorically does not want to be there, which he makes no secret of to the host, who lays out the context — they’ve been kidnapped by a serial killer and they’ve got an hour to get free. Once the lights and the eerie voiceover kick in, Calvin is a little more on-board. So on-board with the setup is he, in fact, that he wants to get out immediately, circumventing the game altogether, so Dave petulantly smashes the radio they’re supposed to use to call for help.

But it starts out okay, at least. Brittany explains to the assembled partygoers, all of whom are potential customers, that the whole line is dedicated to Gemma. The only problem is that her line is all leather, studded paddles, and furry handcuffs. It’s all X-rated sex stuff, which Gemma is furious about since all of the assembled guests are teachers or from Tina’s church. She takes this development as another betrayal, which seems unfair to me, and Brittany is understandably annoyed about the accusation.

Elsewhere in The Neighborhood season 3, episode 6, things take a turn in the escape room when Calvin’s attempts to not make things worse end up making things a lot worse — as the walls of the room become closing in on them, we return to Gemma ranting about Brittany and being told by Tina that it must have been tough living in her outsized prom queen shadow. Tina also points out that Brittany is obviously desperate for her approval and was eager to prove that she had finally accomplished something. And according to Sister Sabrina (Patricia Belcher), who Tina is worried might condemn her to Hell for the show, Brittany has accomplished something, since she returns to make a purchase. As it turns out, church folk get down too.

Dave and Calvin, forced into uncomfortably close proximity, are also compelled to share some home truths. Dave feels like Calvin never wants to do anything with him, while Calvin feels like the only things Dave wants to do with him are dumb things he doesn’t like. Naturally, by putting their heads quite literally together, they’re able to decipher the relatively simple door code puzzle and escape the room.

In the spirit of bonding, Gemma goes to see Brittany to apologize. Brittany confesses to wanting her big sister’s approval, even if she doesn’t need it, and Gemma finally says that she’s proud of her for what she’s doing. She also presents her with a list of orders from the bunch of freaks that she apparently works with. And, judging by the closing scene of The Neighborhood season 3, episode 6, the freak she lives next door to.


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