“Heading Out” recap (Ep. 6): Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Those of us who have stuck with Heading Out have often wondered what it would come down to in this final episode, wherein Sara finally gets the showdown with her parents that the entire series has been built around. A lot of folks guessed that either Sara’s parents would already know she was gay or wouldn’t be surprised; I also wondered if there would be room for the sitcom to grow once this premise was played out. And in these aspects, I have to say, well done, Sue Perkins! We were all wrong!

We start the episode with Daniel and Sara giving each other a hard time per usual at the vet office, which I actually don’t mind as much as I usually do in vet scenes, perhaps because there aren’t any distracting and ridiculous client plotlines involved this time. And maybe that pinpoints what’s irked me most in this show. I actually very quickly came to enjoy and care about all of the main characters, whereas all the extraneous characters each episode never made me laugh as much as they should have. This is probably why I enjoyed both this and the last episode so much–we just got to hang out with the main gang, and the main gang is the one that’s actually funny. For instance, here, Daniel is rearranging a skeletal display of a dog in hopes to create a model that can pick up its own shit, a fine invention, and after giving Sara crap about her pathetic dating life, she threatens him with a venomous snake called Florence. Now that’s not bad!

We then jump to Sara’s final session with Toria, where Toria asks Sara how she feels about the Big Coming Out Dinner and the possible consequences of her family “disowning you, attacking you, or vomiting.” Sara replies, “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting vomit to be on that list,” but then admits she’s terrified. Which I think shows her emotional growth in itself; she probably would have made an awkward, insecure joke to Toria back in the first episodes, as opposed to just saying the truth. Toria gives her a lucky charm, which appears to be some type of dirty handkerchief with jingly bells on it? In other news, I grow strangely more jealous of Toria’s outfits each episode.

We return to the vet office in the next scene, where Eve shows up again–hurrah!–this time sans dog. When Eve says that she’s just here to talk to her, no more dog games, Sara says she’s “slightly scared.” To which Eve says, “Good. I like you more when you’re rattled.” And eeeee, that is so cute and sexy and Sara don’t let her go! Sara suggests they sit down and Eve can talk while she swings her legs “like a nervous teenager.”

When it comes to criticism of this show, I can understand folks just not thinking it’s funny, but I’ve also heard people say that it’s because Sara just isn’t likable or desirable. And I really don’t agree with that at all. Sure, her deep rooted insecurity can be frustrating at times, but scenes like this one highlight her wonderful, dorky adorableness. While Sara’s attraction to Eve is clear because, you know, she’s quick witted and charming and lovely, I also completely understand Eve’s attraction to Sara in turn.

They wrap it up well themselves here. Eve says that she’s been thinking about her situation, which Sara clarifies as being the “I Live in a Fabulous House With My Beautiful, Perfect Partner” situation. Yep. That’s the one. Eve says that it’s coming to an end. You see, the beautiful, perfect partner phase is a nice one, but it turns out now she’s ready for a “specky weirdo phase.” Sara smirks and replies, “This is perfect timing, actually, because I’m entering a new phase myself.” After describing her strict 20 year program of only dating cuckoos, she says, “I’m looking to upgrade to someone much more beautiful than I am who’s going to make me feel panicked and slightly sicky the whole time.” Eve smiles and answers, “Well then, this could work.”

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