Out in the Burbs
Out in the Burbs
Season 1, Episode 11


Elliot Hegarty
Date Aired: January 11, 2012
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Driving Miss Dalia
The Casino Trip

"Out in the Burbs" is the eleventh episode of season one, it aired on January 11, 2012


Good morning, Chatswin! Readily available hot water just doesn't exist in the city, so Tessa and George are excited to jump in the shower and get their day started right. One problem: The water shuts off mid-shower before Tessa can rinse the shampoo out of her hair and George has some weird issue with soft soap that he doesn't really detail. Anyway, some household water thing broke and George is worried he doesn't have the money to fix it. In a twist of fate, George runs into Dallas at the supermarket who wants him to build her a boutique. She also asks him to squeeze her melons. No, literally, she tries teaching him how to tell when a cantaloupe is ripe. George is all freaked out that Dallas has been trying to pursue him ever since they kissed on Christmas. He wants to avoid her but his money problems leave him no other option. He accepts the job and simultaneously accepts that there's just no escaping Dallas. When he visits the boutique space for the first time (which, by the way, is for hew new personalized crystal paper weight business), Dallas rattles off some sexual innuendos, "I bet your brain is just spinning thinking about all the things we can do in here! On the ceiling, on the floor, against this wall…" George flips out and tells her to stop trying to seduce him and leaves all flustered and cranky.

Meanwhile, Tessa has been assigned to be the "buddy" for a new kid at school, Josh. When she introduces Josh to Lisa, Lisa gets all giddy. She's really into him and asks Tessa to put in a good word for her. It's too bad that when Tessa tries to fulfill that mission, her gaydar goes off the charts. It seems Josh is more into Lisa's brother than Lisa. So when poor, desperate Lisa hears the news, she tries to convert Josh. This entails dressing like a dude and saying uncomfortable dude-like things in the hallway. She even has him high-five her repeatedly for good measure. Right after that awkward incident, Josh exposes himself for what he really is: An undercover narcotics officer. He pounces on a guy in the hallway and handcuffs him. Looks like Josh wasn't gay after all and Tessa realizes she's guilty of jumping to conclusions. It must run in the family… It dawns on George that Dallas' flirtatious ways are nothing but Dallas' harmless and aloof personality. He apologies for his assumptions and he finally learns the truth about her intentions with him. It turns out that the kiss they shared on Christmas was not so much about George and Dallas as it was about Dallas and her husband. George was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Oh, and Mr. Wolfe announces to the entire school that he's gay (because no one had ANY idea).

So, recap of the day: Dallas doesn't like George, Josh doesn't like boys and Mr. Wolfe does. With so many mysteries resolved, Chatswin will sleep a little easier tonight... and shower a little easier too.



George: "And that is my other problem."
Noah: "Dallas?"
George: "Yeah. Look at the way she's smiling at me."
Noah: "That's the way she smiles at everybody."
George: "Look at the way she's eating that banana."
Noah: "That's the way she eats everything." 


  • Savoir-Flair, Here I Come - Dallas eats a banana.

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Episode Guide vte
Season 1 Pilot · The Barbecue · The Chatterer · Don't Call Me Shirley · Halloween · Charity Case · Sweet Sixteen · Thanksgiving · The Nutcracker · Driving Miss Dalia · Out in the Burbs · The Casino Trip · Sex and the Suburbs · The Body · Fire with Fire · Poetic Injustice · Independence Day · Down Time · Entering Eden · Hear No Evil · The Great Compromise · The Motherload
Season 2 Homecoming · The Witch of East Chatswin · Ryan's Song · Foam Finger · The Wishbone · Friendship Fish · Krampus · Black Thai · Junior Secretary's Day · Chinese Chicken · Yakult Leader · Body Talk · Blowtox and Burlap · T-Ball & Sympathy · Leaving Chatswin · How to Be a Baby · Eat, Pray, Eat · Brown Trembler · Decemberfold · Go, Gamblers! · Apocalypse Meow · Stray Dogs
Season 3 No Me Gusta, Mami · Victor Ha · Open Door Policy · The Birds and the Biederman · Blame It on the Rainstick · About a Boy-Yoi-Yoing · I'm Just Not That Into Me · Catch and Release · The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth · No, You Can't Sit with Us · Dalia Nicole Smith · Les Lucioles · Stiiiiiiill Horny
See also: Episode Guide