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Togetherness recap: Just the Range

Ugh, so many feelings

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John P. Johnson


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Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet

This was quite an episode, was it not? Man. Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, it sure packed an awful lot in.

Let’s begin with the news that, I’m sorry to say, the Dune puppet show is still happening. Actually, I’m not sorry because every time these guys talk about Dune, I get the sense that someone — maybe even someone whose last name rhymes with Puplass — must be a real Dunehead. I’m sure there’s an actual name for a Dune devotee but I refuse to do that Google search. I won’t do it, I say! Dune dudes are a real specific flavor of man-of-a-certain-age, right? I dig it.

Anyway, how can you not be into the Dune puppet show when it involves Brett wearing a full body Spanx suit and playing a didgeridoo while Alex crawls around with a giant alien papier-mache mask. The landlord comes in to be like, Uh, this is not okay and then gets further incensed when he sees that Brett is using the building’s electricity to charge his car. If I had to choose just one leitmotif for Togetherness, btw, it would have to be Brett’s electric car. As the landlord leaves, he says, “This is why pretty girl left.” And the guys are like, Hey wait….where is Christy?! Turns out she up and moved out. When? Who can say — certainly not Alex who has to open drawers to figure this fact out. She left a note that guesses at this truth, and yet I’m sure even Christy would be appalled to know how close she came to nailing it exactly. Christy, I’ll miss you more than I can say.

Tina is in a fancy store, buying pretty lingerie and reveling in having a cute baby on her hip. She beams at the other women in line who smile at her. But then there’s a telltale sound that means something is rotten in Denmark. And by Denmark I mean Frankie’s diaper. Tina panics and these ladies are all, changing room upstairs, honey. This poop situation is real bad. Like rethink your child-rearing plans bad. It’s all up on Tina’s arm as she squishes Frank into his car carrier, and her solution is to go to Larry’s, put the whole kid and carrier in the shower, and hose them down. She then tosses the carrier (which, I must admit, stressed me out more than it should have as I wondered who was going to pay for a new one. Maybe Larry?).

Michelle thanks Brett for watching the kids and starts nervously over-explaining her plans. He’s says it’s cool. But she’s like, Listen, I feel like I should let you know that David is not a part of the charter school thing anymore. He shuts this down real quick. And hard. Michelle — in a move I totally understand — keeps explaining she thought it’d be better if that every time she said she was going to work, he didn’t have to wonder if she’s really with David. And then we get another peek into the very real and rather scary rage in Brett that is apparently bubbling close to the surface. He even tells Michelle to, “shut the f— up,” and this is not how we’re used to him talking to her. He goes pretty graphic, too, telling her how it just makes him think about some other man giving her pleasure in a hotel room, and all of this is awful because I actually feel equally bad for them both here.

Michelle leaves and cries in her car and — rather awesomely — talks aloud to an imaginary Brett. Yes, Michelle. I get it. I get it all! But perfect-seeming Anna shows up, and Michelle tries to cover but can’t. “I’m having a meltdown,” she tells her new friend. Anna is essentially says, “Hell no, you’re kicking ass!” And Michelle tells her how her husband hates her; her kids are mad she’s gone all the time; there’s a contractor who has been pushing her around and totally taking advantage of her. Anna hands her a lipstick to put on and pot lollipops and is all, Let’s do this. Can’t put my finger on why this Anna chick gives me anxiety, but she does.

We see them next trailing the aforementioned contractor, sucking on their pot pops like a couple of slightly scary mean girls as the contractor yammers on and on about how much more awful and expensive and elaborate this job is going to be. Anna is like, listeeeeeen. And then she gives him the what for and pushes Michelle to fire him. The guy is like, Peace out, crazies, and stomps off.

Michelle quickly starts to freak out, but Anna says she knows someone who owes her. Of course. I sort of get the feeling that Anna is the type of woman who’s never had to go up to the bar to get their own drink in her entire life. (What is that like, I wonder?)

Next: A familiar face from season 1 reappears…