Mongooses - Season 1, Ep 17
Jimmy, Hope and Maw Maw are watching what Jimmy thought was a soothing nature show, but turns out to be a frightening show about vicious mongooses. When a mongoose decapitates a snake, Hope starts crying and Maw Maw goes for her shotgun. She shoots a hole in the wall and tells the family that the house has become infested with renegade mongooses. Jimmy is furious and wants the gun out but Virginia wants to be prepared for the 2012 apocalypse and offers to buy a gun safe. When Jimmy relays this story to Sabrina, she tells him not to worry about 2012 predictions but suggests he draw up a will so that he can name a guardian for Hope in the event of his untimely death.
The entire family visits the lawyer and Jimmy quickly lays out his plan: his parents get Hope if he dies. The lawyer throws a wrench in things when he asks for an alternate, should his parents be dead as well. They hadn’t thought about that and since they’re paying by the hour - they need to think fast. Jimmy decides on Sabrina but things get further complicated when both he and Virginia agree that Sabrina should be in line ahead of Burt (should both Jimmy and Virginia die before him). Burt’s feelings are hurt and they explain that he can barely take care of himself, much less a baby. He reminds them he’s up an hour before them everyday, taking care of business and helping rouse them from their deep slumber. They’re arguing over which one of them is more helpless and get so distracted that they leave the office without Hope.
Jimmy offhandedly tells Sabrina about his day with the lawyer and she freaks out about being named as Hope’s guardian, albeit 3rd in line. She tells him that she might seem really cool and together but she’s terrible under pressure. Jimmy tells her that he has faith in her but a few days later she stops by his house to tell him that she can’t do it. She finds Jimmy and Virginia up in the attic, trying to figure out how to change a fuse. Burt joins them to help Jimmy after he nearly falls through the ceiling. Maw Maw hears the commotion in the attic, thinks the mongooses are back and gets the shotgun. She begins shooting into the attic space indiscriminately. Virginia screams out that they aren’t mongooses – but Maw Maw notes that it’s exactly what a mongoose would say. The four of them are huddled in the corner, and the shots are getting closer when they realize that they didn’t choose a 5th guardian. Sabrina refuses to let Hope be an orphan and leaps through the open hatch door, landing on Maw Maw – saving them all. Jimmy tells her that she was great under pressure; Burt’s impressed and agrees that she should be ahead of him in guardianship. Virginia adds that Sabrina should be ahead of all of them.