“Welcome to the Motorcycle” tackles parenting from two different angles, with Calvin worrying that Malcolm is growing up too fast, and Gemma and Dave worrying that their responsibility to Grover has aged them out of having fun.
This recap of The Neighborhood season 3, episode 7, “Welcome to the Motorcycle”, contains spoilers.
The point of parenting is to do a good enough job of raising your kids that they don’t need you anymore, but what happens to you when they don’t? This is the problem that Calvin is faced with is “Welcome to the Motorcycle”, since Malcolm has gone to buy a used car without him. Tina is fully in favor of him doing things alone and being a man, at least until he turns up on a motorcycle. Calvin likes it, but Tina most certainly does not. Being supportive is a fickle thing, no?
Of course, Tina drives herself crazy worrying about Malcolm and blames Calvin both for not agreeing with her and not doing anything about it. She proposes that they go to church and pray for his safety whenever he’s on it, which is unacceptable to Calvin, for obvious reasons, so he handcuffs himself to the bike. This is a short-sighted plan since Malcolm just drives off in his truck instead, and Calvin ends up having an accident pursuing him.
In the B-plot of The Neighborhood season 3, episode 7, Dave and Gemma realize that they’ve embraced their roles of parents a little too much and become boring. Dave, as is his way, proposes something radical and impulsive, which in this case is going to Vegas while Grover is out at a friend’s house. They arrive glammed up and ready for action, making reservations at three nightclubs, and then they sit down to watch an episode of Forensic Files in the hotel room and end up falling asleep until morning. At least they decide to hit the minibar before they leave — turns out it’s possible to get crazy first thing after all.