It’s Almost Like the Alvarez Family Never Left in ‘One Day at a Time’ Season 4’s First Episode — Review

by Jeremy Spirogis
Marcel Ruiz as Alex, Justina Machado as Penelope and Isabella Gomez as Elena in

After practically a yr of not airing, One Day at a Time made its Season Four premiere. Around this time final yr, it didn’t seem to be at the present time would come, because the present had simply been canceled at Netflix. But after followers clamored to get it picked up elsewhere, Pop TV stepped in and have become that savior for the present. Now, the Alvarezes are capable of proceed to entertain us all with their banter and hilarious predicaments. [Spoiler alert: Spoilers forward for One Day at a Time Season 4, Episode 1 forward].

Marcel Ruiz as Alex, Justina Machado as Penelope and Isabella Gomez as Elena in 'ONE DAY AT A TIME' Season 4, Episode 1.
Marcel Ruiz as Alex, Justina Machado as Penelope and Isabella Gomez as Elena in ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME’ Season 4, Episode 1 | Nicole Wilder/POP TV

The Alvarez family is visited by a really particular visitor 

The huge visitor star this episode was none aside from Ray Romano, from Everybody Loves Raymond. He performed the census employee, checking on who lived within the residence and the way previous they had been. It’s a enjoyable scene to open up the season premiere and assist the viewers leap proper again in with the present. It’s nearly like no time had handed, though the present was off-air for principally 365 days. 

And the household didn’t miss a beat. With the humorous approach everybody reintroduced one another, to Penelope and Lydia insulting Dr. Berkowitz, the great ole Alvarezes remind us how a lot they belong on our screens. 

Per traditional, the census man, Brian, taught audiences a factor or two, like how he doesn’t have to know if somebody’s a citizen. The census half wasn’t only a technique to have Romano visitor star or be a brand new starting for the characters. It additionally opened Penelope’s eyes to the truth that she’s not 100 % snug with being single and alone. 

Isabella Gomez as Elena, Ray Romano as Brian and Justina Machado as Penelope in ONE DAY AT A TIME.Isabella Gomez as Elena, Ray Romano as Brian and Justina Machado as Penelope in ONE DAY AT A TIME.
Isabella Gomez as Elena, Ray Romano as Brian and Justina Machado as Penelope in ONE DAY AT A TIME | Nicole Wilder/POP TV

Elena and Syd sort out the way forward for their relationship 

Speaking of the precise reverse of single and alone, Elena’s relationship together with her Syd-nificant different, Syd, goes fairly nicely. Since they’re each seniors in highschool (or simply about), school is looming. As all the time, Elena has main plans to move to Yale, and nothing goes to face in her approach. In order to make a mature determination, the 2 wish to break up earlier than they go to varsity, to not be “one of those people.”

Syd is all the time a delight to have on the present, and their dorky-yet-more-reserved persona is a good steadiness to Elena’s dorky-assertive persona. While it’s typical teen romance stuff, the place the 2 are principally connected on the hip, there’s extra depth to it than that. Even Alex finally ends up urging the 2 to rethink their plan to interrupt up. Why do they should after they adore one another a lot? The extra of this couple this season, the higher. 

Penelope continues to take care of being a single mother

Todd Grinnell as Schneider and Justina Machado as Penelope in ONE DAY AT A TIME.Todd Grinnell as Schneider and Justina Machado as Penelope in ONE DAY AT A TIME.
Todd Grinnell as Schneider and Justina Machado as Penelope in ONE DAY AT A TIME | Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/POP TV

As said above, Penelope is coping with quite a bit this episode already. We’ve seen her battle with being a single mother up to now. From Season 1, that’s been a really actual a part of her character. Not solely do single mothers battle financially and emotionally, however there’s typically an added strain to seek out “a man of the house.” Now, with this household, that notion can cease proper on the door. Regardless, Penelope struggles. Her impartial nature and the truth that she doesn’t really want a person battles with the truth that she is lonely and desires one. 

As the episode goes on, it’s fairly clear that it’s not simply the census that reminded her she’s single. But it reminded her that she’s not with Max. He’s actually the basis of her romantic issues, as a result of she doesn’t need a boyfriend; she desires Max. 

Of course, as quickly as Penelope involves that conclusion, it’s too late; Max is overseas. And the episode ends together with her coming to phrases that being a single mother isn’t unhealthy in any respect. Her children are what she wants, and whereas she may discover somebody sooner or later, her household is simply good. 

The episode had all the things we’re used to from One Day at a Time. The witty writing, the good characters, and the way in which everybody simply performs off of one another so nicely. It did really feel too brief and it’s not clear whether or not that’s due to the added commercials or only a want to need extra suddenly (like within the Netflix days). But it’s nothing to complain about. One Day at a Time is certainly in good fingers over at Pop TV.

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