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'Mike & Molly' 1x07 Recap: 'After The Lovin''

Elisa Bunke Elisa Bunke
November 3rd, 2010 11:56am EDT

After spending the entire weekend with Mike, Molly finally returns home, only to be greeted by Joyce and Victoria, who are desperate for details. Apparently, 'we had a very nice time' doesn't cut it, and poor  Molly gets dragged into answering more questions that she ever wanted to.
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Mike is on cloud nine after his weekend, and he can't wait to share it with the world- starting of course with Carl's grandma. She's absolutely thrilled for him, happy that Mike is finally doing so well. Carl is just glad that Mike "finally did the nasty". His grandma warns Mike that he needs to show Molly how much he appreciates her, and Mike gets it in his head that he should buy her a gift, maybe "sign her up for the fruit of the month club!"

Molly is also a pair of cartoon wings away from floating throughout her house; she's been so happy, Victoria found her singing in the shower. However, when Mike calls to say good morning before she heads off to work, she's downright reserved, talking politely and getting off the phone as fast as she can. Joyce and Victoria aren't entirely sure what's up with her, considering her earlier happiness; Molly just wants to make sure that things move at a slower pace, or else she's worried she'll just end up doing what she always does with men, "I'll end up sending them mushy poems and buying them stupid gifts."
Of course, those are exactly the moves that Mike is planning on working with Molly; he's already in a gift shop searching for the perfect way to say 'thanks for sleeping with me'; apparently, a card with a clever kitten isn't the way to go- good thing a stuffed dog perfectly captures everything he wants to say.

Mike shows up at Molly's work with the stuffed dog and a 'thank you' balloon, but Molly is still quite distant and he begins to worry that it's because of him. He takes his stuffed animal and sad, sad balloon to the diner, where he meets up with Carl and Samuel to discuss his relationship woes. Carl does his best to set him straight; "you can't be giving a lady these cheap-ass carnival prizes. She made love to you, she didn't knock down milk cartons with a baseball." Well, it's the thought that counts, I guess.
After getting more bad advice from his friends, Mike decides that maybe he does know what he's doing- at least a little more than his clueless friends do- and he and his stuffed dog proudly walk out the door.

Molly is sharing at an overeaters anonymous meeting about her struggle with portion control. It's something that seeps into other aspects of her life as well; she has trouble taking the little piece when it comes to food just as she has trouble taking the slower path in relationships. She always ends up wanting too much and ruining things for herself because of it. "That's how I deal with everything in my life- I overdo it."
Rather than attend OA, Mike spends the evening with his mom, who seems to be having a field day bad-talking Molly and bringing up all of his old girlfriends and everything wrong with them. As he chokes down his mom's tuna casserole and her brutal bashing, Mike seems to hit a point where he realizes that he doesn't have to take this anymore. He gets up, criticizes his mom's casserole, and leaves- and it's about time he did, too.

Mike is opening the door to his apartment when Molly shows up. Mike apologizes for dropping by her classroom earlier, but Molly tells him that it was the sweetest thing anyone's ever done for her. She finally gets her stuffed dog- which she thinks is cute- and talks with Mike about whether they're moving too fast or not. Mike thinks they've hit a good speed, but Molly maybe wants to slow down just a little bit. Of course, slowing down means seeing how far into the apartment they can make it before having sex.
The next morning Molly is in a rush to get ready for work, but she seems happy- maybe this relationship is at the right speed after all.

Rating: B

A very cute episode, and I really thought  Molly reasons for being so strange around Mike made absolute sense. I enjoyed how Mike and Molly's very opposite ways of dealing with their weekend were portrayed, it was a nice touch to have the problem between them stem from something different than the usual, 'I've just made a huge mistake' problems that every show tends to lean towards.

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