The New Normal

Episode 1.11 : Baby Proofing

  • The New Normal
    • Episode Premiere : December 04, 2012
    • Distributor : NBC
    • Genre : Comedy
    • Seasons : 1
    • Show Period : 2012 - 2013
    • Production Company: Ryan Murphy Productions
    • Official Site :

Cast and Crew

  • Director Max Winkler
  • Screenwriter Robert Sudduth
  • Main Cast

  • Additional Cast
    • Cheri Oteri,
    • Marlo Thomas

The Story

With the holidays fast approaching, Bryan and David are getting into the festive spirit. Preparing for dinner, Bryan reflects upon the significance of the holidays and how this time of the year always creates stress. He notices that Goldie's overindulging diet is most likely a product of her pregnancy and isn't a stressful one. So, what about David? Bryan wonders why his partner has been overeating. Is it stress? After all, in five months they will be responsible for a baby. Bryan reflects that everyone manages stress in personal and unique ways. Bryan enjoys a glass, more like two or three, of wine to handle his stress.

Later that night, David confronts Bryan's drinking habit. He is worried that Bryan is avoiding confronting the true reasons behind his anxiety. Evading the accusation, Bryan confronts David about his eating habits. Nothing seems to be resolved and both continue to overindulge.

The next day, Bryan and David meet with a baby-proofing specialist to ensure the safety of the forthcoming infant. David is a fanatic and is determined to transform their home into a secure one. However, the added stress of sacrificing his holiday traditions for safety makes Bryan uncomfortable. Alcohol, as usual, becomes Bryan's crutch.

Afterward, Jane accompanies Bryan to his holiday work party. Bryan continues to drink, but does so with discretion because of David's pestering. Jane confides in Bryan; she is struggling with her place and is intimidated by LA's marketplace. She was once a successful real estate agent in Ohio, but doesn't know where to begin her new life in LA. Bryan suggests that she should start small and grow.

While driving home, they encounter a DUI checkpoint. Although he had little to drink, Bryan is nervous. Jane, however, drank a sufficient amount and quickly causes a scene, provoking the officer. The two are questioned, but are eventually released with a warning. The next morning, Bryan comes to the realization that he needs to take responsibility for his actions.

Meanwhile, David and Goldie recognize that they are modeling bad behavior with their eating habits. Shania is quit impressionable. They need to baby-proof themselves, as well.

Bryan and David face each other, once again, to talk about their shortcomings. Both come to the understanding that their own personal actions can have just as much of an effect on their future child as their treacherous home. Their sacrifices now will be worth it in the end. David surprises Bryan with a fully decorated baby-proof Christmas tree. A special ornament hangs on one of the branches, an ultrasound image of their future baby.






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