Jenny and Wayne try to get some alone time in “Trollin’ with the Homies”, while Violet and David audition for a new friend.
This recap of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 13, “Trollin’ with the Homies”, contains spoilers.
As usual, the two-plot episode structure continues in “Trollin’ with the Homies”. And also, as usual, it’s a solid, coherent, in-character outing for this undervalued and underseen animated sitcom, even if it fails to really stand out.
It’s the story involving Violet and David that I liked best. David has had much more of a presence in this second season, and it helps to round Violet out away from the family. Ever the delusional loners, here they decide to audition for a third, obviously lesser wheel, which will presumably give them a greater foothold in the school’s social scene. They end up settling on Parker (Jack McBrayer), in part because he’s the only one to respond to the flyers they print and distribute, and he’s a plain dork who David describes as being “like a Manila folder became self-aware.” He has a car though, so he’s in, and thus begins a process of training and transformation until, quite by chance, they discover he already has friends of his own and they find themselves inadvertently becoming dorks themselves.
This obviously backfires in Bless the Harts season 2, episode 13 when Parker and his crew decide they’re too cool for David and Violet. What’s the lesson here? I have no clue. Perhaps that all cliques are similarly obnoxious and toxic? That Violet and David are better off alone? Who knows. Either way, it’s funny, and it isn’t immediately obvious where it’s going, so it works as one half of a 20-minute episode.
That other half in “Trollin’ with the Homies” is occupied by Jenny and Wayne trying to get rid of Betty so they can actually spend some quality time together. Their suggestion is that she gets a job, but after a bad Yelp review, Louise hires her at The Last Supper, which only makes matters worse. Wayne’s bright, though typically dim idea is to write a counter review of Betty using his well-heeled Green Beret online persona, but this starts a rapidly worsening war of words when an insult about Louise having a bird face tips Betty off about who wrote it. In retaliation, she commissions a wave of negative press about both Jenny and Wayne, until the situation gets so drastic that they all have to sit down and actually talk about their grievances.
Betty, sulking, leaves. But when Jenny and Wayne see her on her lonesome while they’re out gathering supplies for date night, they end up taking her home for “family date night” anyway. You can’t choose your family, argues Bless the Harts season 2, episode 13, so you might as well make the most of them.