Santa Clarita Diet Season 2 Episode 3 – Moral Gray Area

Welcome back to another episode recap! Lots of excitement to cover this week, so lets jump right into things!

Gary Is Back

So last episode ended with our happy couple finding out that Gary’s severed head has been alive in the desert where they buried him. While the Hammonds discuss what satellite radio channel to murder him to (do we really need 400 channels?!) random dirtbikers appear in the distance! Which is strange, considering they’re in the middle of the desert at night time, but hey plot device? Maybe we’ll find out they’re important later.

Gary's Been Grounded
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They bring Gary home, and discuss how he’d like to be killed. Although Gary was a bad guy when he was alive, undead Gary has had some time to think.  He’s had a change of heart… if that’s even possible in this case. So he asks the Hammonds to go and grab paperwork for a home he owns to leave for his niece and her child, whom he has taken care of for many years. Although Joel isn’t super happy about the idea, they choose to honor his last request.

Gary's Words of Wisdom
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Planning the Day

Joel tries to take the easy way out and just mail the deed to Gary’s niece, but Sheila isn’t having it. To compromise, Joel requests that they get his haircut, purchase cherry wood for his bookshelf project, and have a date night at the new Chinese food restaurant that opened up. Sheila assures him that they’ll definitely get it all done after they drop the deed off, though I doubt any of us believed that. Side note, I find it comical just how impressive Joel thinks his yelp reviewing is, even commenting on his “elite status” and how the readers need him.

Elite Status
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Abby calls from downstairs for her charger, which she assumes Sheila left in the basement during her time chained down there. After quickly assuring her that she has one, Sheila and Joel decide not to tell Abby about Gary. Not because she’d be scarred, but because they don’t want to hear her berate them about it, which she would certainly do. Abby points out an article about a jogger being murdered in the park, but Sheila can’t take the blame for that one. They wonder who could have possibly murdered that man…

Rocky Peak Park
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Ramona’s Home

Ramona Gets Feisty
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Ramona and Eric arrive at her apartment, and Eric is downright nervous. He obviously hasn’t done this very often. Remember of course, that she is clearly an undead, and had a freezer full of body parts last time we checked. She cracks her neck, and mentions that there are so many things she wants to do to him. Eric makes a funny quip about masturbation before she dives in… for a kiss! She goes off to get him a glass of water, and he nervously retreats to the bathroom to prepare himself.

Eric Rallies the Trojans
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While he’s speaking to a condom like an old friend, which means it has probably been in his wallet for some time now, he notices blood in her bathroom. Which leads him to discovering that jogger! Well parts of him anyway. He panics, and calls Abby, assuming Ramona is going to murder him. After a conversation about which way to take, due to traffic, Ramona busts in.

The Good Deed

Rubberneckers
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Joel and Sheila head to Gary’s niece’s home, and are caught in traffic which knocks one of Joel’s stops off the list for the day. Apparently there was a slowdown caused by a new mattress and a single cowboy boot on the side of the road. Being from New Jersey, where traffic slowdowns for stupid reasons are plentiful, I personally felt connected with Joel on this one.

Head Jokes
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They arrive at her home, and break the news about Uncle Gary. She’s distraught, but utterly excited about being given a family home that has so many cherished memories. She figured Gary would have “groped the wrong woman someday” and gotten murdered, which is SO far from the truth… right? Things go sour quickly when the niece snaps, due to her ex boyfriend refusing to give back her car that she’ll need to travel to this new property. Sheila, and Joel reluctantly, agree to go after her car, though she does attempt a feeble warning about her ex boyfriend before they leave.

Good People
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Upon arrival at her ex’s house, they meet the infamous Boone himself. He refuses to give up the car, until Joel offers $400 cash. Boone is all ears at that point, but gives them a discount, because they look like nice white people. He goes inside to get the keys, and Joel notices a beautiful cherry wood bookshelf. After spending way too much time admiring the craftsmanship, he finally sees the mass amount of Nazi items. Turns out Boone, and his baseball team, are all Nazis!

Nazi Bookshelf
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Sheila is pumped, because they are the perfect terrible human beings for her to hunt and kill. Joel tries to shut that down, unsuccessfully, by putting his foot down about getting Chinese because his other plans are shot now. Lucky for him, a friend shows up and ruins Sheila’s desire to murder Boone on the spot. They head out the door, but not before buying a booklet of raffle tickets and Boone mentioning that they’ve got an opening on their baseball team if Joel is interested.

White Fielder
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Distress Causing Damsel

Eric Bleeds
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The scene opens on Eric, laying on the bed, blood dripping from his nose. Ramona licks it off, and it looking damn pleased with herself. Woohoo! Eric’s not only in damn good shape for a nerd, but he scored with Ramona! They share some adorable pillow talk, and then Abby kicks the door in, wearing Mom’s murder gear.

Abby Busts In
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In his excitement, he forgot to text her to say he WASN’T getting murdered. I’ve got to say that I was totally feeling for Abby there… she obviously has a thing for Eric, and had to bust in on him after he had sex with his new squeeze… thrice! Props to Abby for getting all set up to save Eric, even though she’s pretty outclassed by an undead. She was also about 40 minutes late, which could have been avoided if she listened to Eric about the traffic!

Velcro
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Ramona asks Abby about Sheila, since they had that chat at the Rite Aid back in season 1. Turns out, Sheila isn’t the only undead that is starting to fall apart. Apparently Ramona’s ear has come off, and is now attached with Velcro… how clever! Eric gallantly offers to help stop her deterioration, like he did for Sheila, and the group heads back to the Hammond home.

Don't Need You
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Eric dutifully prepares the serum, and injects it into Ramona’s back. The needle snaps in her spine, but I guess that’s fine? Ramona starts to head out for work, but Eric tries to make some plans with her. She burns him real hard, and admits she used him to help with the whole body parts falling off thing. She leaves him a broken man, and Abby is left to pick up the pieces. She has another super heartfelt moment, where she admits she was afraid she would never see him again.

Thought You Were Gonna Die
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Lobster Tanks

Joel finally gets something he wanted, a dinner date with his wife at the new Chinese restaurant. The food looks positively fantastic, and Joel is in “Pork Heaven”. Sheila is laying it on thick about how she displayed restraint by not murdering those Nazis in their home. She does seem oddly smug though, and their conversations begin to shy away from normal dinner table talk.

Authentic
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Sheila mentions how lobsters tanks are great, because they store fresh food you can grab any time. The Nazi ball team is her new lobster tank! She bough those raffle tickets purely so she could plan out which one to kill next. Joel succumbs to the thought that they’re going to have to murder more people. Conversation turns to Gary, and how they’re going to kill him now that his last wish is complete. It seems a nice view over a cliff side and an ice pick to the skull seem like the go to plan. Although he WOULD have made an awesome Halloween decoration.

Lobster Tank
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Clean the Basement

After the almost mushy conversation with Eric, Abby heads to the basement to clean like her parents asked. She hears the muffled sounds of someone acting out a fake rock performance. The show ends after Abby comes face to face with our buddy Gary, locked up inside of the tool cabinet.

I'm Gary
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Not many cliffhangers in this episode, besides the impending murder of the Nazi baseball team, and Abby knowing about Gary’s severed head. Ramona ditched Eric pretty harshly, but I’m sure she’ll be back around soon. I’m excited to see what Abby has in store for her parents, since she found Gary. She’s quickly becoming my favorite character in this show. She’s the right mixture of sassy, bad-ass, vulnerable, and sincere. I’m really enjoying the character development as she braves this new world. I especially love the following line from after Eric was so excited about sleeping with an undead.

Nerd Threesome
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Thanks again for reading folks! Tune in again next week for episode 4. If you’ve got anything you wanted to discuss more about, or just some fun insight into what we may run into as the season progresses, feel free to comment below!

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Author: Rudy Leustek

Rudy is a performer, with a focus on singing and acting. He has recently taken to writing through blogs and other posts. He spends the rest of his free time "nerding-out" on a variety of different things. Follow along, and enjoy the ride!

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