Bless the Harts season 2, episode 17 recap – “Hot Tub-Tation”

April 12, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Hot Tub-Tation” is a reminder that you can have too much of a good thing as Wayne and Jenny try to celebrate their anniversary in style.

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Summary

“Hot Tub-Tation” is a reminder that you can have too much of a good thing as Wayne and Jenny try to celebrate their anniversary in style.

This recap of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 17, “Hot Tub-Tation”, contains spoilers.


The hot tub is the universal symbol of relaxation and luxury (and time machines), which is odd when you consider it’s just a big, dirty, fizzing bath, but whatever. It’s enough of a lure to liven up Wayne and Jenny’s ten-year anniversary celebrations in “Hot Tub-Tation”, but at what cost?

Well, it turns out to be quite a big one — you can have too much of a good thing, after all. Wayne is gifted the jacuzzi and installs it as a surprise with a couple of buddies, who he tells to come around whenever they feel like it. And they do. The upsides still outweigh the down, at least for a while, but things only get worse and before long, a huge party is underway. Jenny, drunk, is still on-board until she wakes up the next morning for work and finds the festivities still underway. She rightly suggests that she and Wayne can’t handle a hot tub, and wants to return to the original anniversary plans — a quiet meal, just the two of them. Wayne agrees.

… And then stands her up. Fuming, Jenny returns home and pees in the pool, ruining everyone’s fun. It’s understandable, really, but at least she and Wayne get the low-key anniversary that they wanted after he sells the jacuzzi. Good riddance. 

Bless the Harts season 2, episode 17 has the rare distinction of a halfway decent Betty subplot, which is something very few previous episodes can claim. Admittedly she spends the bulk of “Hot Tub-Tation” in disguise, so maybe that’s why. Either way, after being banned for life from the department store Krull’s after continuously harassing an employee, Julian, she gets help from Violet and David to disguise herself as Rhonda Witherspoon, an identity that she slips into perhaps a bit too comfortably. So convincing is the disguise, in fact, that she isn’t just able to infiltrate the store but befriend Julian, who invites her around for dinner and then to the special Krull’s friends and family sale. It’s a swanky event with items on display in all the sizes that they said they were out of. Betty begins to feel uncharacteristically guilty about it all, and in a bit of a kerfuffle, her true identity is revealed and she storms off in disgrace. 

It’s a happy ending, though, since Betty gives Julian an earnest apology and they end up being best friends after all. 

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