October 09, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

The New Normal

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Ellen Barkin, Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells

Republicans and Democrats? Covered. Race relations? Check. What politics-masked-as-sitcom plot were we hammered over the head with tonight? Gay marriage! “When you find someone who gets you for who you are, you want to be with that person, no matter what anyone else has to say about it,” young Shania says to the crowd at her fake-wedding to Wilbur. Did the writers think to themselves, “Okay, we’ll make Shania say this moving line about love conquers all and then all the bigots out there will realize that even if she’s talking about her fake elementary school romance, she could be talking about all couples. They’ll exclaim, ‘Wait! She could be talking about gay people! I’m pro-gay marriage! Where can I register to vote?'” If only that speech had been 1/100th as moving as when David proposed to Bryan before the sonogram of their future child. I wish the writers would show us the sentiments they’re trying to get across, not just tell us. That being said, you can’t always show a great line of dialogue, so here are my three favorite lines of the night.

1) “What are you doing? Is it my birthday?” – Bryan (Andrew Rannells, in perfect delivery, of course), as David gets down on his knee, in position to either propose or do something else?

2) “The only [monkey] in town is booked on some TV show.” – Bryan, again, simultaneously explaining to David why a simian couldn’t attend Shania’s wedding while also showing some network brotherhood with Animal Practice. Nice move!

3) “Lamb sliders are gay!” – Nana (Ellen Barkin). I wonder what she thinks about cake pops.

What did you all think about the episode? Are you preached out? Shania’s leaf dress: Did you j’adore it as much as I did? Did you cry at the wedding proposal? Will this show make it to May sweeps for what will undoubtedly be a very special episode of David and Bryan’s wedding?

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