As soon as the Cassie intervention is in full-swing, it becomes clear that Cam is just not going to win this fight, because usually if you’re concerned about possible side effects, you take the time to actually look them up: “Vaginal prolapse!
True, we have to get through about three-quarters of the episode and a whole lot of funny sure knows how to keep vaginal rejuvenation from being a one-note punch line (no, I can’t believe I just wrote that line either).
The episode focuses on Cassie’s decision to, as she describes it to M-Chuck and Missy, “get my pocketbook tweaked” (and, for once, M-Chuck has to take a backseat to Missy, who nails the mood in the room better than M-Chuck ever could with this killer response: “I my mother and I were this close”).
The series has always turned on how the major characters deal with sudden wealth, and of course they never forget where they came from.
But this season, creator O’Malley and other writers explore issues such as personal religious faith, the responsibilities one has to one’s past, and the always weighty subject of cultural appropriation.
Cam and others explore their respective pasts in more than symbolic ways.
In the season premiere, Cam reconnects with a significant figure from his childhood.
But just because Cassie is strong enough to go through with the surgery, that doesn’t mean it’s easy for her to discuss with her children — nor does it mean she even wants to, but that’s also a great added layer to the plot.
Since Cassie is living off of Cam, she has to at least alert him that there may be some out-of-pocket costs.
Here lies the downside to Cassie being dependent on her son: It’s true, Cam doesn’t get to control what she does with her body.