Bless the Harts season 2, episode 18 recap – “Hoot ‘N Haw” family business

April 19, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

“Hoot ‘N Haw” sends the show’s usual stereotypes into overdrive as Wayne’s country family move onto his land.

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3.5

Summary

“Hoot ‘N Haw” sends the show’s usual stereotypes into overdrive as Wayne’s country family move onto his land.

This recap of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 18, “Hoot ‘N Haw”, contains spoilers.


Bless the Harts has always been a satirization of the American South, but “Hoot ‘N Haw” takes the country stereotypes even further by introducing Wayne’s extended family. In the same week as Family Guy painted a broad, scathing portrait of millennialsBless the Harts dips its toes in the same pool by sending up Greenpoint’s bumpkins, but to a much more affectionate purpose.

The catalyst of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 18 is Wayne discovering that his house is built on a former skunk civilization driven to distress by encroaching colonials, which means more of the land than he thought is his responsibility. When he stops by at the eatery where his “Meemaw” works (and where everyone hollers the “Hoot ‘N Haw” of the title), Jenny lets slip about his new parcel of land, and before long his Meemaw has pulled her trailer onto the patch and his entire extended family aren’t far behind.

Wayne is ashamed of his heritage. As Jenny excitedly asks him about all his cousins and great uncles as they pull up and begin running riot, Wayne defeatedly quips, “They’re country, Jenny. Nobody is the age they’re supposed to be.” Among this mob, Betty gets to play upper class for the first time in her life, but it doesn’t last long — a few sips of homemade peach wine and she’s one of the gang.

Jenny’s meddling eventually gets Wayne involved in a duel — his family still abides by “the old ways”, despite living a couple of miles away from the airport — which he tries to lose as an excuse to get rid of everyone. Meanwhile, the B-plot of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 18 finds Violet going on a shop run with Wayne’s feral uncle Tommy and having to overdose on sugar just to track him down when he escapes. Both threads are building to the same conclusion. Wayne realizes that Jenny loves him for who he is, and loves his family for who they are, and doesn’t have to be ashamed of his bumpkin backstory, while when Violet eventually finds Tommy, he’s just happy someone came to look for him for once. You can choose your friends, after all, but with family, might as well make the best of what you’ve got.

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