'Suburgatory' creator Emily Kapnek talks Wilmer Valderrama, the Situation and where Season 1 is headed
Zap2it talked with series creator Emily Kapnek about Wednesday's episode, "Fire With Fire," and here's what she had to say about how the story unfolds.
Jealousy: "Dallas [ Cheryl Hines] is going through a divorce now, and sort of begins dating. We get to watch George [ Jeremy Sisto] respond to that, maybe a little bit jealously. We have a really good episode [Wednesday] that Wilmer Valderrama guest-stars on -- he plays this very handsome, attractive Reiki healer Dallas dates, and it drives George insane."
Friends vs. friends: "There's a story where Dalia [ Carly Chaikin], in her vendetta over the Scott Strauss situation, winds up trying to steal Lisa [ Allie Grant], and Tessa's [ Jane Levy] move is to play the same card with Kimantha [ Abbie Cobb]. So you get to see Kimantha become Tessa's Lisa, and Lisa is Dalia's [new] Kimantha. They have a little bit of a swap, and it's very, very funny to see these two girls in other orbits."
Marriage troubles: "We also deal a little bit with Noah's [ Alan Tudyk] life. His wife [guest star Gillian Vigman] is clocking Dallas' divorce and the fact that she seems to be having this rebirth. She toys with the idea of, 'Maybe I should get a divorce.' We talk about the idea of Chatswin as a trend-driven town, and is divorce the next trend.
The Situation: "He DJs -- he didn't have an enormous part. He's DJ-ing a school dance, and there's a little reference and nod to him in there. You really just catch a glimpse of him, but it's funny."
"Suburgatory" has already finished filming its season -- "We had no skip weeks," Kapnek says -- and as the finale approaches, Tessa and George will have a confrontation over her heretofore unseen mom. Tessa writes a poem for class about being without her mother "just to get a good grade," Kapnek says, but George ends up reading it and misinterpreting Tessa's feelings.
"He ends up picking at the wound a little bit and reaches out to Tessa's grandma," Kapnek tells us. "He's not exactly sure where Tessa's mother is these days, so he gets in touch with his former mother-in-law. ... We definitely play with the idea of, Could there be a complication?"
That question may not get answered until the show's second season (it's a pretty decent bet for renewal), but we're curious to see how it plays out. "Suburgatory" airs at 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on ABC.