It’s Thanksgiving on Tuesday’s episode of “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23,” and what would the holiday be without a giant gravy boat full of family drama?
Titled “It’s a Miracle…,” the episode finds Chloe (Krysten Ritter) inviting June (Dreama Walker) to her parents’ house to help broker her difficult relationship with her mother and serve as “the great equalizer.” What June doesn’t know, however, is that Chloe has a ridiculous plan in store for her once she arrives.
“It’s our absurd, weird, twisted version of a classic holiday episode,” Ritter told XfinityTV.com in an exclusive interview.
Below, Ritter explains how “It’s a Miracle…” may prove to be the glue that keeps Chloe and June together, and why she’s forgoing a traditional Turkey Day this year in order to eat fish tacos on the beaches of Mexico.
What’s Chloe’s relationship like with her parents?
Chloe has a very difficult time dealing with her mother. Her mother’s in a wheelchair. She’s very much a daddy’s girl. She loves her dad, but her mom brings out the worst in her. When she goes home for the holidays and is around her mother she regresses back to her angsty [sic] adolescence. She becomes more horrible than she already is. So it’s fun to see her in that world, and this holiday she’s bringing June along for the ride.
Preview Tuesday’s Episode of “Don’t Trust the B”:
How does she convince June to come along to her dysfunctional family Thanksgiving?
I convince June that I need help, that I need an emotional Sacajawea. And since June loves helping people she agrees. She goes home with me and at the last second I spring on her that she has to pretend to be in a wheelchair. Basically I shove her into this wheelchair and bring her up to the door and then take off running. It’s so ridiculous. Since June had an affair with my dad she has to pretend to be in a wheelchair to level the playing field with my mother. Then my mom and I fight, I blow up, and June starts getting really drunk. Then I out the fact that she is not really injured and is faking needing to be in a wheelchair. It’s so crazy.
Does the whole experience wind up bringing Chloe and June closer in the end?
I think that’s one of the most exciting things about this episode, besides the fact that it’s just laugh out loud, weird, awkward funny. There’s a really nice moment at the end where you really start to see that these two girls can live in the world together. It’s this crazy thing but it brings them closer. I think it’s adorable. It’s an episode that’s funny but it also has a lot of heart.
What do you usually do for the holidays and what will you be doing this year?
My favorite thing about the holidays is the fact that everything shuts down. I’m such a workaholic that it’s the only time where I don’t beat myself up for not working. I actually allow myself to relax. I’ll watch TV all day and eat a lot of food and hang out. I love the holidays for that reason. This year because of my shooting schedule I’m not going to make it home to see my family for Thanksgiving — I’ll go for Christmas — so I’m going to go to Mexico. It’s the exact opposite of the traditional American Thanksgiving. I’m going to Mexico and I’m going to have fish tacos.
No turkey? That’s sacrilege!
Not this week. Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday, but the cool thing is that I love Thanksgiving food, so when I go home my stepmother always makes Thanksgiving no matter what time of year.
Do you have any favorite holiday movies?
I love “The Grinch” and “Rudolph.” Whenever those claymation cartoons come on I always watch them and feel nostalgic. I also love “It’s a Wonderful Life” and A Christmas Story.” Oh, and “Elf.” It’s the best Christmas movie there is. It’s fun just to put it on. When I was little my dad used to put on Christmas records, literally vinyl records, every Christmas morning. I also love to watch TV. I’m usually not a fan of reality television, but when you have a day off or on a holiday I’ll find myself watching like eight hours of reality TV.
What’s your network or show of choice?
Bravo and E! are really onto something because they’ll show an episode but then they’ll do marathons. So you watch one and then you’re like, Okay one more, then one more, one more, one more! And that’s a new way that I think people are watching television. People are watching like a hundred in a row. I love it. That’s how I like to watch my television.
What have you marathoned recently?
“Tabitha’s Salon Takeover.: It’s so good! There’s another one too about a restaurant where they come in and re-do the restaurant. The employees are always doing the stupidest things and you can’t look away.
“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23” airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.