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It’s time for Chris, Reagan, and Ava to shake things up. When their TV stops working during dinner, Chris and Reagan realize they have nothing to talk about and they fear that they’re becoming like the old couples at the waffle house who read newspapers at the table and wait to die. In an effort to spark conversation, Reagan uses the skills she learned as a producer on The Ava Show and creates cue cards with conversation prompts, but Chris catches her. They end up drinking and telling each other stories about their lives that they’ve never told each other.
The bonding (and the drinking) goes so well that they decide to get busy. Reagan wants to get busy outdoors on a lounge chair in the backyard, making Chris nervous. When they can hear the neighbors yelling to each other next door, Chris gets even more nervous. Reagan says it’s hot that they could get caught at any moment. Chris tells her that’s weird; Reagan feels hurt and goes inside. So much for being the young, adventurous couple they had hoped to be!
In an effort to make up for it, Chris signs them up for a trapeze class. Reagan is pumped for it but Chris is noticeably nervous. Once up on the podium attempting to swing on the trapeze, Reagan gets just as nervous. They agree it was a dumb idea, Chris ends up falling onto the safety net and Reagan is lowered to it where they decide that trying not to be an old boring couple makes them not an old boring couple. They later test out their backyard’s acoustics by having Reagan moan and talk dirty, while Chris stands in the neighbor’s yard to see if he can hear anything. He can’t, so they go on with their lovemaking on the chair.
As all this is going on, the Wrigleys and Scott find out that Ava is becoming a hoarder to hang on to the memories of the failed Ava Show. Scott helps her sell a few things on Craigslist, and she loves the feeling so much that she decides to hold a yard sale. At the sale, Ava meets a fan named Linda (played by Rachel Dratch) who tells Ava how much The Ava Show meant to her. Ava is so moved that she gives Linda the leftover promotional items and mementos from the show, including her special mug. She was drinking from that mug when she found out the show had been picked up, as she was when she found out that the show had been cancelled. She was very attached to the mug, but loving the feeling of getting rid of things and starting fresh, she parts with the mug.
Scott convinces Ava that the painful memories will pass, and that eventually she’ll want the mug back for all of the happy memories it has. They decide to get the mug back from Linda, but she won’t part with it. Watching Linda with the mug, Ava decides that Linda needs the mug more. She replaces it with a personalized mug with a photo of her and Scott. Am I sensing a budding relationship here, or is she just really thankful to him for helping her get rid of stuff? The other possibility is that she would have felt too weird getting a mug with just her own face on it; I know I would have.
I feel like Ava is finally dealing with the show’s cancellation, so it should be neat to see what happens with her post-Ava Show. I found her storyline much more captivating than that of the Wrigleys, so I’m eager to see what she’s up to next week.