Episodes: 22 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 22, 2010 – May 11, 2011
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Debra Jo Rupp, Jake Lacy, Jennifer Finnigan, Joanna Garcia, Josh Cooke, and Kurt Fuller.
TV show description:
This sitcom revolves around three different relationships that are tightly intertwined in one family.
Maddie Putney (Jennifer Finnigan) and Ben (Josh Cooke) have been dating for nine years and are quite happy in their relationship, despite the fact that they haven’t taken the next step to get married. They proudly consider their commitment as another “vaild life choice.”
Maddie’s younger sister, Mia (Joanna Garcia), and her boyfriend Casey (Jake Lacy) share a c’est la vie attitude and are more than happy to see life as a wild ride that’s worth experiencing to the fullest. Things get complicated when Mia and Casey announce that they’re getting married and having a baby, despite the fact that they’ve only been together for seven weeks.
Surprisingly, the girls’ parents, Vicky (Debra Jo Rupp) and Joel (Kurt Fuller), couldn’t be more pleased. They’ve been married for 35 years and have recently adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, rather like Mia’s. They’re getting older and lost a good portion of their savings when the economy tanked. Conversely, Maddie and Ben are left to question their life choices and relationship.
Episodes often revolve around the three couples dealing with a similar problem in different ways.
Episode 22 — Better with the Baby
As Mia writhes with labor pains, her sister strives to find a new career. Maddie swipes a list of hospital patients which also lists their occupations. It’s the perfect classified document to help her figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. We’re thinking she should wait to talk to the hedge fund manager until after his bunion surgery.
Mia is having second thoughts about having the baby out of wedlock. She wants to get married right there in the hospital room. Everyone thinks this is just crazy talk. Well, everyone except Casey. He says, “If Mia wants to have a wedding right now, she gonna have a wedding right now.”
According to Maddie’s patient list, there’s a judge two rooms down. Vicky and Joel hit the gift shop to satisfy the something old, new, borrowed and blue requirements. Casey and best man Ben are off to the courthouse to get a marriage license. The line is long, but they finagle their way to the front. Well, near the front. They opt to not cut in front of the woman who’s reporting elder abuse.
The search for all the “something” items brings up bad memories of the time Joel tossed away the “something blue” Vicky wanted for their wedding. It was a handkerchief that had been in her family for five generations. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Actually, that hanky could have come in handy after Joel’s passionate rant about how much he loves Vicky.
Ben and Casey make it back with the license just in the nick of time. With the baby unwilling to wait any longer, the marriage ceremony kicks into high gear. Vows are exchanged and the judge (who’s having a stint put in later) pronounces Casey and Mia husband and wife. A short time later, the newlyweds become brand new parents.
Mia and Casey decided months ago to name their new baby Spencer. But now that he’s here, they’re going to call him Charlie. Why? Well, he just looks like a Charlie. He also looks like something that Maddie can get used to. While cradling the baby in her arms, she says, “I don’t need a new career. I just need one of these.” Ben agrees. Things really are better with the baby.
First aired: May 11, 2011.
Behind the Scenes
During its development, the series went through three title changes. It was previously known as Better Together, Leapfrog, and That Couple.
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