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Up All Night: Week 3

Things are looking up a bit. I actually liked Week 3 of Up All Night. In this episode called "Working Late and Working It", Chris is concerned that the spice is missing from their relationship since the baby arrived.

I liked this episode because I do think it is a realistic issue that a lot of couples deal with (unlike previous episodes where they were worried about looking cool in front of the hip new neighbours). I thought it was great that they didn't put the whole thing on the mom (i.e. she should just be putting out), but instead painted a more realistic and balanced picture. I liked that they noted Chris was not really being particularly sexy, so it was perhaps unfair to expect much from Reagan (and the advice Chris got from his friend on how to be more sexy was absolutely hilarious). I also thought Reagan's portrayal of an exhausted mom working long hours was realistic. I could completely relate to her getting all dolled up for work and then just wanting to change into her PJs and focus on the baby when she got home.  Ultimately, I thought they dealt with the issue pretty realistically and managed to be funny in doing so.

There still wasn't much on the parenting front though. It seems as though the show will be more about the parents' relationship than about their parenting approach. But we'll see what future weeks bring.

Did you watch episode 3? What did you think?
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Reader Comments (14)

I missed it. Hope I can watch it online.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Patch

I liked this episode, even my husband was laughing. It also made me feel better about still wearing maternity clothes 7 months postpartum. Now I know I'm not the only one!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCeleste

thanks! i wasn't going to watch it this week because last week was so stupid i turned it off after 10 min. going to hulu.com now!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I agree that this episode was better than last week. I also agree that we're not seeing much parenting in this parenting-related show; that has to be the quietest baby ever. She conveniently just sits silently by herself whenever the plot dictates a need. Also, I've been disappointed with Maya Rudolph's character's performance, and I really like her, so I hope it gets better.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalancingJane

You know, you're right. Not much about actual parenting yet. You don't see the baby very much. I know kids can only work a certain number of hours, but I'm pretty sure that baby has a twin.


September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna@CallHerHappy

This show is growing on me. I appreciate how the couple actually LIKES each other and often, shows them being a team on things (for example, when they were trying to impress the new neighbors in a previous episode). I understand why this couple got married in the first place -- all too often with sitcoms, you wonder how the couple ever met and fell in love!

I think the "new parenting thing as comedy" is so over and done, that I am fine without all of that.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercagey (Kelli Oliver George)

I think I have a more sympathetic read of the first two episodes - mostly I saw them expressing a longing for pre-baby life and a confusion about "who we are now that we have kids". I can relate to that - I mean, staying up all night, binge-drinking, and being "cool" are not how I would characterize by pre-baby life! But I felt dislocated after the birth of my first child and totally unprepared for the dramatic changes and what effect they would have on me, even though I had a lot of experience with small children and our first child was planned & deeply desired & of course gave me an enormous amount of joy. So I see the couple's struggle in those terms - not about how partying is better than parenting but about how one of the hardest things about becoming a parent is figuring out who you are afterwards. Not everyone, of course, has that struggle. But some of us do. So it makes a kind of sense to me that the first episodes would concentrate on these issues rather than more straightforward parenting ones.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

First of all, I want to say I love your blog! This might be my first comment here.

I'm with the previous commenter, being more sympathetic toward the first two episodes. I found the antics around trying to appear cool and impress the new neighbors, both relatable and funny! I said to my husband afterward, I feel like that all the time! Admiring someone (even if just for their style) and not knowing how to fit in.

I liked the third episode as well. I loved how Chris tried so hard to improve things and blew it totally by being too obvious. And he ADMITTED his mistake to his friend, bonus!

Overall I find the show quite funny and as long as they don't do CIO I will keep watching.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuly

I like this episode a lot and the series is growing on my. I'll keep watching.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

I did not read the gender dynamics the same way as you folks (maybe because I'm a guy).

I kind of thought Reagan’s response to Chris' genuine attempt to make romance was a little bit cruel. He wasn't expecting or demanding sex, but trying to introduce a romantic environment. Sure, he failed miserably, but I'm assuming he's always been a bit dorky, what more could Reagan have expected? At the very least she could have opened up a dialogue instead of cutting him down.

Of course that wouldn't have been as funny, and it was kind of the only funny part of the episode. Oddly enough, even though I like both these actors, and I too have a newborn baby old, I'm totally not into this show. I think the focus on all the obnoxious 1-dimensional side-characters make it hard to relate to. Can't say I'm interested in what happens to Chris or Reagan, but I kind of assume they're just going to rip plots from old sitcoms and reverse the gender roles. Sociologically interesting, but not so entertaining.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOllie

I agree. My first reaction was to be really happy they didn't fall into the trap of having Reagan react with sympathy and get dolled up. They came to a conclusion through a partnership (though not without fighting) which I think is a realistic view of a stable and fair relationship!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuli Simon Thomas

I liked the way Chris was trying to be more like the other stay-at-home dad. We hear so much about women envying other women, a la I Don't Know How She Does It. It was interesting to see a stay-at-home dad aspiring to be more like another stay-at-home dad.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

So...another post on this for following up with subsequent episodes, please...the birth one was a doozy!

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Rochester

Yeah, I might. I watched it last night, but was too tired to write. Maybe tonight!

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

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