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The Least Normal Things About 'The New Normal': 'Grey Gardens' Edition

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Sep 12, 2012 | 6:37am EDT

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New Normal RecapNBC's The New Normal is a delightful show about a not very ordinary gay couple trying to have a surrogate daughter with a strange woman who has an oddball child and an unbelievably bigoted (and funny) grandmother. NeNe Leakes is also somehow involved. As much as it would like us to believe that this is the way the world works today, like most Ryan Murphy shows it is a celebration of the oddities within all of us. Therefore this weekly feature is both a celebration (and indictment) of all the abnormality contained within it.

Normal: Saying that you have a lazy body and pretending like you exercise more than you do.

Not Normal: Saying that you have a lazy body when you actually look like this with your shirt off.

Normal: Telling someone their kid broke something at your house.

Not Normal: Telling someone their kid wrote on your couch and then also telling them that you are more fit to discipline said kid than they are.

Normal: A young girl playing dress up.

Not Normal: A young girl playing dress up so she can pretend to be Little Edie from Grey Gardens. (Also abnormal: how good her impersonation is.)

Normal: Having pornographic material to help provide inspiration while giving a sperm sample.

Not Normal: Having your pornographic material be a Kevin Bacon poster to provide said inspiration.

Normal: Meeting a guy in a bar.

Not Normal: The absolute impossibility of a nebbishy dork and an image-obsessed queen getting together at a gay bar. Bryan wouldn't give David the time of day at a gay bar. He'd run off with his twink friends and giggle about how awful his clothes and glasses are. Also, what year was that? Bananarama? How old are these guys supposed to be?

Normal: Talking on the phone while you pee.

Not Normal: Talking on the phone while you pee and being interrupted by some insulting white lady who calls you a racist name and not getting up and punching her in the damn head.

New Normal RecapNormal: A plaid blazer.

Not Normal: This plaid blazer.

Normal: Longing after your mis-spent youth.

Not Normal: Longing after your mis-spent youth when you're only in your early 30s. Seriously, these two are not On Golden Pond stop treating them like they're ancient.

Normal: A guest room.

Not Normal: A guest house! Which is immaculately decorated and has a cotton candy machine. Is this even a thing? Who has a guest house on their property?

Normal: A kid making fun of you.

Not Normal: A kid making fun of you for sounding like Kate Hepburn. What kid gets a Kate Hepburn reference?

Normal: Pretty girls on TV.

Not Normal: Pretty girls on TV caressing dolphins.

Follow Brian Moylan on Twitter @BrianJMoylan

[Photo Credit: NBC]

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