Watch: American Housewife (Season 3, Episode 1 - Mom Guilt)
The Plot: A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother, raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with perfect wives and their perfect offspring.
Stars: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Daniel DiMaggio
Director: Sarah Dunn
After spending years as a full-time mom, Katie goes back to work as a
party planner, which brings new challenges of balancing home and work
life. With her new job taking up more of her time, Katie and Greg try to split
up parenting duties. Katie over-involves herself in Taylor's social
life by trying to keep some distance between Taylor and her boyfriend,
Trip, to make sure Taylor is her own person aside from him. Meanwhile,
Greg tries to convince Oliver to be honest after overhearing Oliver lie
to his friends about his less-than-luxurious summer vacation. On Katie's day off, Kathryn comes to visit the Otto's family and drives a
wedge between mother and daughters. Meanwhile Oliver gets suspended
from school and could be because of Katie. Anna-Kat runs for the Green Chair position in the school election
against Chloe Brown Mueller's daughter, which results in Katie and Chloe
turning their kids' election into a feud of their own. When Taylor decides she wants to go to a Halloween party, Greg and Katie
disagree on whether or not Taylor can be trusted. Oliver and Cooper
anxiously try to prepare for playing a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven
with their dates at a separate Halloween event. A pregnant Viv follows
Katie around, trying to get help preparing for her baby before it
arrives. After the previous "fattest housewife" in Westport gets plastic surgery
to lose weight, Chloe Brown Mueller rubs it in Katie's face that Katie
has now assumed that title. In order to get revenge on Chloe, Katie goes
through great lengths to dig up bad photos of Chloe from high school.
In discussing body image with the kids, Katie and her mother, Kathryn,
turn out to be bad influences on Anna-Kat and Taylor, unintentionally
encouraging them to focus too much on the outward appearance. Katie gets upset after discovering that the pin code the Otto's use
spells out Greg's ex's name; the kids' current love lives take a hit.
Katie convinces a hot young trophy wife to volunteer as room mom for Anna-Kat's class; Greg enlists the help of the kids to get Katie's mom to take an interest in someone other than herself. Katie begins to miss the spontaneity and unpredictability of being young and in love; Kathryn's plan to soothe Oliver's heartbreak backfires when she tracks down an old boyfriend and he is not as she remembers. Katie strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father arrives in time to surprise the family for Christmas; Anna-Kat tries to help Trip win Taylor back. Greg's insistence on doing the family's taxes prompts Katie to take matters into her own hands; Oliver and Anna-Kat join forces in an attempt to win a popular radio contest; Taylor finally sees Pierce's true colors. Katie plans a "friend date" in hopes of reconnecting with Taylor; Greg attends self-help seminar with Oliver; Anna-Kat takes extreme measures to secure her place as Katie's favorite child. Katie encourages Greg to splurge on an overnight getaway; Oliver's attempt at a rebellious streak ends in disaster; Taylor comes to the realization that she needs to step up and be a better big sister. Katie panics when Greg is hit with a bout of baby fever; Taylor tricks Oliver into helping her when Luther eats an expensive pair of earrings. Greg enlists Oliver and Anna-Kat's help to drum up new recruits for the Westport Historical Guild; Katie does her best to support Taylor's dreams of becoming the next "American Idol." Katie feels left out when Greg becomes fast friends with the newest member of the Westport Historical Guild; Oliver fears Cooper is ditching him when he sees on social media that Cooper lied about his weekend plans. Katie's efforts to get more time for herself backfire when she is forced to mend fences with the Westport moms by volunteering to run the school's spring gala. Meanwhile, Oliver proves to Katie that his passion for ballet is genuine, inspiring her to confront his belittling teacher and stick up for him. Katie knows terrible ideas when she hears them, and she knows how to shut things down. When Anna-Kat gives feedback to a little boy, Katie and Greg recognize the harsh negativity as a mirror of Katie. The Ottos work on supporting loved ones' ideas. Greg wants to roast a pig while wearing a tank top, as he saw Anthony Bourdain do on TV. Katie wants to pitch "Beach Blanket Bingo" as the gala's theme. The kids pay attention and apply the concept of supporting loved ones' ideas, but Tara amps up the animosity towards Katie. Katie struggles with Taylor and Anna-Kat's defiance. Greg and Katie help Oliver come to terms with embarrassment after Oliver has a humiliating moment in ballet class. When Anna-Kate brings home a lice infestation, Katie uses it to force bonding time with Taylor. Greg attempts to bond with Oliver by camping in the backyard, but Greg becomes concerned when Oliver keeps ditching their campout to be with their new sleazy neighbor, Spencer. Westport is known for its Halloween tradition of leaving an anonymous note and goodies on a neighbor's doorstep - called a "boo." Katie is absolutely giddy when the Ottos receive their first "boo," only to find out it was put there by accident. Katie supported Greg to model better behavior for Anna-Kat, and now she must face the consequences of this support. Hans Gruber is still with the Ottos; Anna-Kat is happy but Katie isn't, and Greg hatches a plan to manage him too. Oliver works to ingratiate himself to Spencer enough to become his sole heir, and Katie tries to use another to create distance in their relationship. Greg makes big plans to impress his parents when they visit for Thanksgiving; but his vision is shattered when his neighbor Spencer and Katie's mom, Kathryn, arrives unannounced and nothing goes as intended. Katie fails to get donations on her terms and enlists Oliver's help to bribe the families in Westport to donate great items for the spring gala. Greg takes his daughters to a Revolutionary War reenactment. Greg and Katie get to to meet new a new couple that have no kids. Anna-Kat convinces her siblings to help her with a project that is more gruesome than anticipated. When Doris goes into labor and Katie heads to the hospital to be with her, the Ottos struggle to be in the same place at the same time in order to open their Christmas presents together. Meanwhile, Taylor coaches Oliver on the best way to ask out a crush. Taylor enlists Oliver to help her carry out a scheme so she can ditch her less cool friend Ellen and go to a concert with her "blondetourage." Meanwhile, Katie is devastated when Anna-Kat doesn't need her as much anymore, which causes Katie to make poor and desperate parenting decisions. Katie is worried that the launch of Greg's new book might go poorly, so she enlists Angela and Doris to write positive reviews of the book online to boost his confidence. When the book unexpectedly does exceedingly well, Greg buys a new car without consulting Katie. Katie and Greg dislike Taylor's new boyfriend, so they attempt to use reverse psychology to drive a wedge between them. After Spencer's over-the-top vision for Oliver's first date with a girl from his ballet class bombs, Greg helps Oliver make up for it with a romantic gesture. Katie takes out of school for a school day after Oliver has a meltdown over something minor; Anna-Kat takes Greg to the park to help him make a new friends. After feeling unappreciated by Greg and the kids, Katie ditches her family for a day at her favorite hideaway spot and leaves Viv in charge of the household. Viv takes this as an opportunity to see if she really is mom material. Katie wants to prove to the Westport moms that she is fully capable of competing at Field Day at Anna-Kat's school, but ends up taking the competition a little too seriously. Greg enlists Taylor's boyfriend, Trip, to help him make the family recipe for chili in a local competition, which makes Taylor and Oliver jealous. The Otto children begin to experience struggles in their love lives after jumping into the dating world: Oliver is forced to choose between his girlfriend and his friend Cooper who come from two different worlds; Greg must play the bad cop parent to halt the PDA between Taylor and Trip; and Anna-Kat tries to make her relationship with Franklin official, without his consent. Katie enlists Angela's legal help to convince Chloe Brown Mueller to sign off on the venue for the Spring Gala, but Angela ends up cozying up to Chloe instead. Katie and Greg struggle to help the kids accept loss as a family friend suddenly passes away and as their pet pig, Hans Gruber, must be returned to his natural habitat. After the passing of neighbor and friend, Spencer, each Otto reacts differently to the will. Katie and Greg struggle to resist the urge to micromanage as their children navigate life choices, such as landing your first job, picking out friends and managing homework. When Katie starts her day in a bad mood, the Ottos come together to cheer her up; but in an alternate reality and in a different sweater, Katie starts her day in a good mood and the family comes together to cheer up Greg. In order to impress the other moms at school, Katie, Taylor and Oliver travel to New York to track down Nathan Fillion at a "Firefly" convention, so Katie can convince him to attend the school's spring gala. Kate Nixon tries to raise her imperfect family in the 'perfect' town of Westport. Exhausted Kate tries to juggle her kids, school, and a sick husband. Kate reluctantly competes in the Westport Halloween "Zombie Run", while Greg and Anna-Kat get a little too much in character for the "zombie" part of the run. When Anna-Kat draws a super plus-sized portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie sets out to retrieve it. Meanwhile, with Katie away, Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor, and is determined to whip them into shape with her Tiger Mom skills. Katie starts acting like the other Westport moms just to get Anna-Kat an invitation to a popular girl's birthday party. Katie's mother shows up for Thanksgiving. Katie and Greg throw themselves into PTA politics when they learn that Anna-Kat's special needs teacher, Dr. Ellie, has been cut from the school budget. Greg gets elected to the PTA, but Katie may not be able to keep her mouth in check long enough to win the votes they need. Oliver takes dancing and manners classes in hopes of getting the girl he likes to go to the Westport Cotillion with him, and asks for his dad's help in keeping it secret from Katie. Katie's holiday spirit is soured when Viv corners her into helping out with the school Christmas pageant. Greg, determined to teach Taylor and Oliver the true meaning of Christmas, takes them to a local nursing home to cheer up the residents. Katie and Greg are thrilled that Anna-Kat has a play-date, until they learn that she's a budding kleptomaniac. A snowstorm leaves the Ottos stranded. Katie ambushes Oliver with a surprise birthday party. The Ottos' house is put up for sale. Greg's over-the-top gestures derail Katie's plans for a low-key Valentine's Day; Oliver gets an expensive gift for his crush; Taylor tries to outsmart her parents to attend a party. Greg befriends a fellow history buff who happens to be married to Katie's nemesis. Katie is fed up with the family complaining about her meddling in everything they do, so she decides to back off and let everyone fend for themselves. Meanwhile, incensed that she got sold defective trash bags at the local grocery story, Katie decides to fight back. Katie encourages Viv to stand up to her boorish husband, Alan, but things backfire when Viv succeeds and decides to leave him - and move in with the Ottos. Greg Otto has a motto: "Never quit." Greg challenges Katie and daughter Taylor to live by the motto despite their desires to quit. Meanwhile Oliver's vision board causes speculation. When Doris insists that Katie attend the charity polo match she's organizing, Katie invites her crass best friend from college, Billy, to inject some life into the festivities. Anna-Kat tells her parents that all she wants for her birthday is a chance to walk the three blocks to the library alone. Meanwhile, Greg has a hard time adjusting to the fact that Taylor has a boyfriend, and Katie is annoyed that Oliver's entitled friend Cooper Bradford seems to be spending every waking moment at the Ottos. Anna-Kat is scared to take a bath for fear of drowning and Katie is scared of the moms judging her body if they go swim together in the club pool, Taylor has to stand up to Doris for expecting her to babysit and Oliver teaches Greg a little about style.