Ending of ‘Playing House’ episode inspired by ‘Meatballs’

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, stars and creators of USA Network’s hit comedy Playing House, drew on their love of summer camp movies for inspiration for the ending of a recent episode.

In fact, Parham wrote on Twitter that the ending for “Kimmewah Kup” (Season 2, Episode 6) was loosely based on Meatballs and St. Clair chimed in on her own Twitter account with a “shoutout to all the summer camp movies ever made.”

In the episode, Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair) have a girls weekend at Maggie’s family house on Lake Kimmewah, where they run into their old nemeses the Custerman twins (played by Randy and Jason Sklar), who have made a fortune bottling their own lemonade. Determined to beat them in a paddle boat race, the two friends decide to back off when the twins tell them they are dedicating the race to their late father, but some information provided by an unexpected visitor for the weekend makes them change course as the credits roll.

While there aren’t any specific references to Meatballs – there is one made to Weekend at Bernie’s, however – the lake setting and the antics of two of the funniest characters on television right now do feel inspired by Bill Murray’s brand of comedy. I only wish there was more of a direct connection to summer camp via a quick flashback scene, a scenario where Maggie and Emma find themselves in charge of a group of kids during a color war or at the very least Maggie or Emma paraphrasing Murray’s famed “It just doesn’t matter” speech. That would have been pretty epic.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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