EPISODE 1: SUICIDAL The episode picks up perfectly from season 9’s finale, as the heightened life in the cul-de-sac goes on and nobody realizes Val is on the floor, unconscious. Karen and Mack argue about how to handle the situation with Manny, Pat nags Frank to get a job, Bobby and Betsy innocently play around. It is 16 tense minutes before Frank realizes something is wrong and discovers Val. Fucking Santa Tecla is back! But then again it would, wouldn’t it? Mack puts on his best hat and cowboy boots and goes looking for Michael and Paige in a montagey kinda way, which Manny calls suicidal. First Olivia, then Val, now Mack? Boy, this show is dangerous! I love that Mack calls both of them his children. It was funny Harold and Mack didn’t know each other for the longest time; that seems like it would have never happened in earlier seasons. Mack gets captured and plays an interesting game of trying to provoke Harold and bring him on his side. Meanwhile, back home, Abby and Karen continue to lean on each other as they await news and, hilariously, Karen talks to an Explosives Expert so she can blow up the marina anytime she wants. Did she talk to Gary about this? I hear blowing up stuff like that can lead to some dangerous things…. I loved the small moment of Meg picking up Mack's gun and the horrified looks on their faces. Greg is saddled with taking care of his child and decides to hire a publicist, certainly for something nefarious or another. Jill learns that Val's alive and goes all apocalyptic on her phone device before puking her guts out. It eventually dawns on her, while she contemplates a second murder attempt, that nobody will believe Val's story. The scene has unnecessary voiceover, considering Jill's entire thought process was pretty obvious. There’s some comical shit with a psychiatric ward patient next to Val. Last time they had a random comic character around, he stole Lilimae away. Who is this patient getting it on with? Surely not Gary! When Manny orders Chava and Mack killed, Harold intervenes and does the killing himself. Thank God Manny died!! Although he was an interesting actor and villain, we can wrap this whole thing up now! "WWWWHHEEEEREEE ARE MY CHILDREN?" Mack unnecessarily screams, but then again, most of the times he screams, it’s unnecessary. We’re off to a very good start!