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'Welcome to Sweden' finale recap: I have a dream

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Home” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

Bruce, our fearless friend who gave up everything in New York to move across the world so he could begin a new chapter with the love of his life, wakes up half naked in Aubrey Plaza’s bed. This is not a good start to his three-month stint back in the States.

Welcome to SwedenBruce: Did we have sex?
Aubrey: Yes!

Bruce: How was it?
Aubrey: Amazing.
Bruce: Now I know you’re lying. No one has ever said that to me.

Aubrey complains to Bruce that he’s too Swedish. All he did was talk about Emma in his sleep, along with IKEA, Volvos and herring. Bruce decides right then and there that he is Swedish and he wants to spend every minute with Emma.Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: S.O.S.

Season 1 | Episodes 8 and 9 | “Breakups” / “Separate Lives” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

NBC pulled a fast one on us and aired a special online episode this week. I’m glad I watched it because that particular episode had quite a few twists and turns involving four main characters. If you haven’t seen it, you will be thoroughly confused. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. I’ll fill you in on what you need to know. (You can watch the full episode online. It’s only available until Sept 27.)

Emma’s friend Marcus is coming to crash on the couch for a couple of days. Bruce develops a major man crush on Marcus. They bond over backpacking stories and the movie Tootsie. Bruce’s tune quickly changes when Emma asks him to stop drooling all over her ex-boyfriend. Bruce freaks and Emma soothes his nerves by telling him you never end up with your first love.Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: The name of the game

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Homesick” | Aired Aug 21, 2014

I’m always excited to see Amy Poehler featured as a guest on Welcome to Sweden. Even though she’s on the screen for a total of two minutes, she completely steals the show. That is, until Aubrey Plaza makes an appearance. Give me those two comedic geniuses and a couple of famous Swedish dudes named Björn, and you have the recipe for a successful episode!

Amy calls Bruce, paranoid that the IRS is out to get her. She begs her former accountant to come back to figure out her taxes. Bruce causally mentions that he doesn’t have the time because he is now a Swedish money manager for celebrities, to which Amy retorts, “There are Swedish celebrities?”Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Mama mia

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Parents” | Aired Aug 21, 2014

Everyone knows that Patrick Duffy is television royalty. He’s Bobby Ewing, for goodness’ sake. I figured I would enjoy his guest appearance as Bruce’s father, but I never expected that Illeana Douglas, playing the part of Bruce’s mother, would have me in a fit of giggles. Once the American-loving Uncle Bengt showed up at the parental meet-and-greet, I was tickled pink.

Bruce and Emma, however, were not feeling my vibe. Bruce is discouraged that his parents think he’s made the biggest mistake of his life by moving to Sweden. He wonders if there is any way their cruise ship could possibly hit an iceberg? Emma laughs and tells Bruce she’s late. Bruce is late too, and runs out the door to meet Wayne (Duffy) and Nancy (Douglas).Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Super trouper

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Fitting In” | Aired Aug 7, 2014

I think this week’s ABBA title is fitting since Welcome to Sweden has been renewed for a second season. NBC rewarded this quirky little show with a time slot in its fall lineup after only five episodes. This proves that the network has extreme faith in the Poehler family, as well as America’s propensity to both adore and fear IKEA and anything that hails from its motherland. Insert meatball joke here.

Emma is concerned about Bruce. When she and her friend are discussing the pending death of another friend, Bruce interrupts the somber moment an ill-timed Swedish Chef impression. His “Hoidy, doidy, do” is met with wide eyes of embarrassment.Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Money, money, money

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Get a Job” | Aired July 31, 2014

When I was in high school, a lovely blond foreign exchange student sat next to me in computer literacy. She was kind, respectful and smart. I remember asking questions about her home and thinking that her answers were interesting, yet I don’t remember what country she was from or her name.

That’s how I feel about Welcome to Sweden. After four weeks, I have learned to appreciate Bruce’s plight to fit into an unfamiliar world. Emma is adorable and sweet. There are funny moments here and there. But if I never saw another episode again, I would look back with fondness on that darling little Swedish show starring Amy Poehler’s brother. What was his name again? Then I would go back to binge-watching Game of Thrones so I could understand what everyone is talking about on Twitter.Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Knowing me, knowing you

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Proving Love” | Aired July 24, 2014

Emma and Bruce are ready to begin their lives together. Her tenants have finally moved out of her apartment, and Bruce is eager to add his own sense of style into the décor mix. He thinks they should paint the walls either brown or red because that would work best with his stuff, which will be arriving from New York City any day now. Emma scoffs at the idea of “poo-brown” walls. In her words, “It should be like a gallery. Art goes on the walls. The walls are not art.”

Bruce wants the place to be a little warmer than a mental facility, but he decides to table that argument for the time being. Instead, he chooses to march head-on into another battle. Why has Emma plastered herself to the door so she can stare out the peephole?Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden': Won’t you be my neighbor?—VIDEO

Emma and Bruce have finally moved into their new apartment, and Bruce is eager to get to know the neighbors. Emma thinks Bruce is being “so American” by acknowledging everyone he meets. I was a bit confused by this stereotype until she tossed out a few solid references from 1999—it’s good to know that Friends one-liners are just as impactful in Sweden as they are in the United States.

Watch the exclusive clip below!Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' recap: Lay all your love on me

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Learn the Language” | Aired July 17, 2014

Let me begin by saying that I still have high hopes for Welcome to Sweden. It’s only the second episode, and I’m rooting for Greg Poehler’s sitcom baby to start teething. But I’m a little nervous that they called the big guns out so early in the season. And by “big guns,” I mean Will Ferrell. I’ll get to him in a minute.

Bruce and Emma are still living at her parents’ house, and they are struggling to find private moments where they can be intimate. Between Birger building things outside, Viveka puttering around inside and Gustav working on his new reggae business (yeah, mon), Emma is about to explode and Bruce is a paranoid wreck.Read More

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'Welcome to Sweden' series premiere recap: Take a chance on me

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Day One/Välkommen” | Aired July 10, 2014

It wasn’t long ago that Greg Poehler was sitting around a table with his wife’s family as a new transplant in Sweden. It took him seconds to conclude that this new life would probably make for a great sitcom. He sent a rough script to his sister, who just happens to be comedic goddess Amy Poehler, with the hope that she would give him tips on important issues such as font types and sizes. Instead, Amy signed on as an executive producer.Read More


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