This episode is filled with secrets, conclusion-jumping, and a running dialogue of the misuse of the word "ax" (which seemed more pointless, than funny). Overly-obvious insights from unexpected sources remind us, again, that Eric has a health problem-- tell us about it, already!!! While Annie is away visiting Mary and her family, Eric decides to secretly homeschool the twins in order to avoid their flirty teacher, Ms. Margo (Rachel Boston). Lucy is determined to find out what Eric is hiding, even though Kevin protests her getting involved. Their converstion over whether or not she should investigate is repetitive and exhausting ("back and forth filler"), much like some of the other conversations in this episode, unfortunately. Fortunately, writer Brenda Hampton finally gives the twins some decent lines! You'll laugh out loud when you hear why one of them names his new hamster Jesus! She delivers a classic Lucy to us when Lucy is able to put "special, man shampoo" together with a couple of hamsters to conclude that Eric is having an affair with the boys' teacher.
Kevin decides to get in on the investigation after he sees Ms. Margo calling on Eric.
Kudos to Stephen Collins for his fine performance as Eric internalizes his emotions one minute, and lets them go (even to the point of being livid) the next. A very poignant scene shared with the twins will have you reaching for the tissues.
Eric finally admits to Kevin that Ms. Margo won't take no for an answer, so he is secretly homeschooling the boys. Lucy buys his explanation, but Kevin thinks there's more to the story. He searches out Stanley Sunday (Keith David), a peculiar, but likeable character, for some answers. Stanley drives a hard bargain when it comes to doling out the information-- stay tuned for a very funny return home for Kevin!
The investigation of Eric's secret goes on right up until the last minutes of the program. The ending is more like a to-be-continued, than a conclusion.