The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episodes 7-8 // American TV Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s talk. Today, we’re going to talk about The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episodes 7-8.

If you don’t know what the Real O’Neals is, it’s an American comedy 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:

Like always, I’m looking forward to watching. Honestly, this is the type of show (quick and comedic) that doesn’t incite a lot of commentary before each episode. Fortunately, the show always has fun or meaningful plot to comment on afterwards. So, let’s get started.

This is The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episodes 5-6.

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The Talk (Spoilers Ahead):

Episode 7: “The Real Match”


First, I double checked and I was right when I thought that they had subbed out the actor for Ethan in an earlier episode. The actor from season 1 sadly didn’t make the cut for the second season. I wonder why.

Honestly, I’m not a fan of this new Ethan. I’ll give him time to prove me otherwise, but I just find the character boring. Perhaps that’s the point and the approach to the character, but Allison already is the lackluster personality of the show (and she does it better).

Secondly, the dance wrestling concept had me cringing, and that’s coming from a big theatre geek. That said, it was creative from a comedic stance. Plus, it led the way for more supportive Jimmy time. Of course, that’s before and after Jimmy got jealous of Kenny, which wasn’t creative from a story or comedic stance. Luckily, they brought it back with Jimmy’s speech about discrimination, which was endearing… (and slightly corny, but mostly endearing).

Favorite Line: “I thought it was gonna be when I asked you for a liver after I used mine up in college.”

Episode 8: “The Real Christmas”

I love that Allison is back. Seeing her handbell act during the song was hilarious. I love how fun that character is and in genera, this was a fun episode. From the chorus music in the background (though, Glee did it first), to Pat thinking Shannon was about to have sex, to Jimmy’s face cam. All of it was fun.

Also, it was fun to see Angela Kinsey who played Angela Martin in The Office cameo as Sheila Demars in this episode. I almost didn’t recognize her with her hair not in the typical straight down-do.

Lastly, there’s Brett. Around October I read that Kenny would be getting a romance interest, so as soon as Brett walked on I figured he was it. Of course, he had to start off as the rival that, through heated/passionate arguments, turns into a boyfriend. Honestly, that bothered me for a second because it’s such an obvious cliché. Even someone who doesn’t read/watch as many romance stories as I do would agree with me on that.

That said, I’m interested in seeing more of Brett. Besides showing a lot of confidence, his character is pretty much a blank canvass at the moment. I’m interested in seeing how the character will evolve from here.

Favorite Line: “Honey, you’re making God sad.”

In Conclusion

The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episodes 7-8 were fun and entertaining. Even though both episodes contained some cringe scenes and clichés, they were both 100% watchable and entertaining.

My rating for the The Real O’Neals Season 2 Episodes 7-8 is 4 stars out of 5. What’s Yours?