The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episode 2 // American TV Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. Today, we’re going to talk about The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episode 2.

If you don’t know what the Real O’Neals is, it’s an American tv show released on ABC. The show follows the Catholic, Irish-American O’Neal family. One day, they are the perfect looking family with their faces on the bible weekly magazine (literally). The next day, they have fallen apart. The parents are divorce, the daughter is a con-artist, the eldest is anorexic, and the middle child is gay. The show follows the family as they adapt to their changing lives and stick together as a loving (and dysfunctional) family.

If you wish to start out conversation about this series from the first episode, feel free to click to this link to my post about the pilot.

My Thoughts Before Watching

I’m excited to watch this episode. The Real O’Neals is possibly my new favorite show, American show, of this year. I enjoy basically every episode and I really think the actors are great in their roles. Here’s hoping that this episode will be the same.

This is The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episode 1.

Where to Watch:


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The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):

The Message


First off, from now on I think I’ll review this show with two episodes per review. Since it’s a short 20 min show I don’t know if there’s enough to talk about to warrant a post for every episode. Especially when the episode isn’t as packed with substance and meaning as the last episode was. (“That said, there’s nothing wrong with having shorter posts Devin.”) It’ll hopefully make the experience with our talk for the show more engaging and fun if we talk about at least two episodes per post.

Second, I love that this episode tackled another “trueness” to gay life aka dating apps. Mind you, the show didn’t take it to a mature sense, but with a lighter. The show discussed the idea that you can’t base your self-worth on dating apps. They can be shallow and hurtful. You have to have a sense of self-worth before using those apps. I love that this show is able to talk about these issues, but with a light flair.

The Funny Bits


I think one of the reasons this show is so great is that it is so clever in its humor. The lines, “I’ve only been with myself and even I’m disappointed sometimes,” “It’s not too big for a lady like you,” and “This and that one time I found out it wasn’t polio.” Then, the whole story behind Eileen and Murray hiding their relationship yet Pat is trying to get them to date. That was a beautiful setup.

Also, I have to say that V.P. Murray is growing on me. Most of the funny lines in this episode belonged to him. Because of that, I’m starting to appreciate the character and I’m really appreciating the actor. Conversely, I didn’t enjoy Jimmy in this episode. I did like a couple of his lines, but this was the first time I’ve been like, “Jimmy? Whatever.”

Btw, while we’re talking about actors and characters, did they switch out the actor for Ethan? I feel like that’s a different guy than the one from season 1.

In Conclusion

The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episode 2 was an ok episode. It had a nice message and some good humor, but I don’t think it’ll be one of my favorites from this season. Overall, it was a good enough addition, but not a great moment by itself.

My rating for The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episode 2 is 3 stars out of 5. What’s Yours?

  • deltos

    The best line of the show…” If a Gay falls in the forest…” the delivery was perfection ! I’m giving it 4 just because of that one line…otherwise 3.

    • DJR

      Yes! I forgot to write that line down.