Last week’s episode focused on the fallout of Nick’s secret being revealed to the guys. This episode shifted focus to the fallout with Rachel.
Despite my stated hatred for Rachel in previous reviews, I have also admitted that it’s obvious that the writers have chosen to make her a permanent character. Due to this choice, the writers have focused on her more and more, however this is the first episode that completely revolves around her and I loved this choice. I loved it for the obvious reason that her character is finally being explored and developed in full, but I also loved it for the bigger picture–this is the first episode that isn’t centred around the guys or their wives.
As I was watching the episode, especially the scenes between Rachel, Abi and Gemma, I had an epiphany on why Rachel was made a permanent character. As a couple, Rachel and Nick are filling the void left by Kane and Tom/Alex, however on her own, Rachel is filling the void left by Nicola and Lucy. There have always been the four main guys, however Tom and Alex were never seen being friends with the girls, Rachel is the first female character since Nicola to be friends with the girls and has now made the House Husbands world an evening field on a gender basis. This choice has enabled for further character development, new relationships, friendships and dynamics–a much needed breath of fresh air for a great show which seemed to have lost its way over the last couple of years, but I’m digressing.
I found the A story of a possible problem with Rachel and Nick’s baby to be a cliche as the outcome was predictable. However I liked the fact that the episode didn’t focus on the obvious but not-touched-on fact that Rachel is an older mother. The underlying sex ed scenes with the kids were equal parts cringeworthy and hilarious, with Abi’s selfishness and arrogance showing itself for the first time this season, as well as the unexpected reveal of Atticus discovering Rachel’s pregnancy tests. I also enjoyed Rachel and Atticus’ interactions, they had the right amount of humour and realism, the latter done exceptionally well due to the fact that Allsop and Serafin are “real life” mother and son. My favourite interaction by far was between Rachel and Lewis, especially as personality-wise they are definitely equals and treated each other that way for the first time.
I found the B story of Nick losing his job a little predictable, as I saw the outcome of both the loss and regain of his job coming. Nothing about this story stood out, even his touching speech and the kids’ protests, however there is an exception to the underlying issue of the school’s rabbit. The rabbit subplot disturbed me and it also didn’t really add much to the episode, so it felt like a waste.
Overall the episode was interesting with the choice to make it Rachel-centric, however it wasn’t great as it was clunky. Yet again, Delta Goodrem’s character has still not been introduced and mine (and I’m sure the viewers’) patience is wearing thin on this issue. However I will do something that I’ve been meaning to do for the last few reviews…give writers for credit for the fact that they haven’t used in media res since the beginning of the season.