I'm not a big fan of 'squirm-com' as I call it (The Office is the best/worst example) but the scene on the nanny-cam was hilarious as a poke at all of us who have ever snooped, or been tempted to. Getting caught on film when you think you're alone is bad enough, but Christine's horror at seeing herself doing 'a bad' must have resonated as everyone's nightmare. Be honest: didn't it make you think of a time when you once snooped?
Echoing this was the tag ending where she is under the bed when Lindsay came in, flung herself on the bed and wept uncontrollably. This scene was especially poignant: the humour of the situation for Christine being caught on tape, but also experiencing this often nasty woman in a moment of gut-wrenching sorrow.
We are left to ask ourselves why Lindsay is so deeply anguished, in such heartfelt pain that her grief wracks her body to the core. This stopped being funny; it was almost horrific. In keeping with the theme of the show, this moment showed how people are not always what we take them for.
The Home Depot connection didn't bother me. The relationship people have with that store is almost as real as personal relationships, as so many do with Wally's or McDonalds. HD was a character in its own right in this episode.
If Matthew ever finds his way to class and graduation, I hope I'm never a patient of his.
I'm encouraged by the strong writing in this show. I didn't watch it when it first came out, but have seen the last 3-4 episodes and I'm enjoying it a lot. I get out-loud laughs every time, and that's a good (and rare) sign. The only other comedies that do that for me are Lovespring International (now showing in Canada) and, occasionally, Rules of Engagement. I like Christine for the cleverness, surprising comedic moments, skillful plot development and excellent performances. This is no mere 'vehicle' for Julia, but a fully formed show with its own strong identity and great entertainment value.