I think this episode was one of the best in the season.
The reason for this was due to the teamwork between the guys, between the girls, the humour and the exploration of Dimity, who up until this episode, was quite an irritating character. She was obviously going to serve a purpose of some sort and now that purpose has come to light.
This is the second episode to start in media res and go back three days earlier. This episode focuses on dysfunction–Lewis’ erectile dysfunction, the dysfunction in Zac & Jacob’s behaviour due to the loss of their mother and the dysfunction of Dimity’s relationship with her husband. The choice of the writers to have all of these dysfunctions blend in together was a good one.
I personally loved the contrast between Abi and Dimity as “housewifes.” Abi’s naive assumptions that being a stay-at-home parent was easy and everyone, including Mark, loving Dimity’s housewife tendencies bounced off each other really well. However this interaction was also a good lesson about the grass not necessarily being greener on the other side of the fence, especially for Abi, when she discovers how Dimity’s husband treats her. I loved it when Mark, despite his earlier behaviour, actually admitted to Abi he didn’t expect her to be a housewife, although considering he was willing to be a stay-at-home dad for years on end, this isn’t really a surprise.
Lewis trying to assert his masculinity is getting old and I’m not a fan of the Justin & Dimity pairing, but clearly it is going to serve a purpose. The art auction scene was fantastic, especially the tension present.
Overall one of the best episodes of the season.