‘Home Economics’ premiere recap: Season 2, episode 1

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The whole family now knows that Tom is writing a book about them, so Domestical economy‘ Premiere on Wednesday, the author notes that he feels like the Hayworths are “entering a new season together”. (We see what you did there, Tom.)

The Season 2 premiere also sees Connor getting deluxe suite tickets to a 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium. But he only has a limited number of sports, so he fills in with a few grandstand tickets, and they all head to the event.

The outing is a blast for everyone but Tom, who worries about his lack of sports knowledge…then overcompensates by complaining about special teams to legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice, whom Tom meets in the sequel but doesn’t recognize. (Come on, man. Not even Dancing with the stars?!) Connor is so done with his brother, he tells him to get down to the regular seats and send Sarah instead. So Tom does…just like his seat is chosen for a kicking contest at halftime.

Soccer super fan Marina tries to cheer her husband up for his moment in the spotlight, but he’s so nervous he tries to get home before the kick. Upstairs, Connor hears some of his business contacts making fun of Tom, so he goes downstairs and stops Tom from leaving. He gives her a pep talk where he admits yes, him and their dad do always linked to sports… but that was because it was the only thing they had in common; in comparison, young Tom was very good at almost everything else.

Boosted by this conversation, and with Connor holding the ball for his brother, Tom walks out onto the field and kicks the ball exactly where it’s supposed to go. Unfortunately, in doing so, he ends up landing flat on his back – and, of course, it is the highlight that made ESPN the next day.

Elsewhere in the episode, Sarah is dismayed to learn that her daughter, Shamiah, wants to try out for her school’s cheerleading team. But Denise points out that if their son Calvin did the same, Sarah would consider the decision pioneering. So Sarah reconsiders, nearly shoots her hamstring while cheering Tom on, and makes sure Shamiah knows trying out for the cheerleading squad is totally okay.

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