'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens' Episode 9 Review: Grandma and Wally steal the show in this bland episode

'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens' Episode 9 Review: Grandma and Wally steal the show in this bland episode
Lori Tan Chinn and BD Wong (Comedy Central)

Remember that Edmund arc about his new app a couple of episodes ago? Well that's back, after what seems like a brief interval of more skirmishes on 'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens'. In the latest episode, 'Launch party', Edmund and Nora Lynn try to find innovative ways to market their app 'Scrubber', which includes dealing with dodgy and over-dramatic agents and shady clubs.

Edmund is determined to prove to his father that he is so much more than what he thinks he is and is dying to hear the words 'I am proud of you' from him. He does, eventually, but this comes at a price as his launch party becomes a riot — literally.

Nora takes on the persona of Elizabeth Holmes to help Edmund for selling his app, and soon grows rather tired of this new personality by the end of the episode. But hey, strange things have a stranger way of working out, and it turns out that after all the chaos and riots, they might actually have a chance at success. Yes, boys and girls, Nora is off to China with Edmund. That's how the episode ends after Edmund does his own rendering of 'Defying Gravity' from the famous musical 'Wicked'.

Honestly, this plotline seemed rather over-the-top, from the dialogues to the acting. Awkwafina has been pushing the show forward with her flexible facial expressions and shrieks, but in this episode, everyone seemed to have adopted this manner of talking. The part of the episode that was actually enjoyable and fun was Wally's (BD Wong) date with a woman from his single-support parent group.

In a hilarious turn of events, Grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) thinks that he is going to rehab and decides to kick up a storm. Can we have more family-centric storylines for Grandma, Nora and Wally? Honestly, they're the best parts of the show and even know how to salvage some of the staid storylines.

Perhaps this new China bit could add some more flavor to the story. Has Nora's life finally taken a turn? Well, let's hope the final episode of this season promises a definitive story arc.

'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens' airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 pm ET on Comedy Central.

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