Liz isn’t the only underwritten women character on this show. Luke’s new wife Prudence is a bombshell, which we know because practically every joke revolves around her (often naked) body — “smuggling melons” is a phrase that’s actually uttered. Prudence’s only real characterization is that she’s a free spirit, and it becomes clear early on that this is only so the writers can cheaply explain why she walks around the shared apartment without clothes. Her early introduction to Liz occurs when Prudence is naked and begins hugging Liz, much to Liz’s dismay. When an uncomfortable Liz exclaims “Vagina! Right on my leg!” (yep, an actual line of dialogue that made it to the final draft), Prudence responds “I’m starting to think you’re not a very good lesbian.” Because, you see, all lesbians would be thrilled to have a woman they’ve never met forcefully hug them against their will. It’s funny because Liz doesn’t! What an uptight lesbian she is.
One Big Happy isn’t responsible for representing all queer characters or having any kind of social agenda, nor should it be, but for a sitcom whose two favorite words are “lesbian” and “vagina” (the latter of which is expected considering Feldman previously wrote for 2 Broke Girls), it certainly seems like it’s a sitcom with bigger aims up its sleeve. On paper, there is a lot of good that can be covered: reversing the straight woman/male gay best friend trope, exploring the loneliness of Liz starting to lose her best friend to his new love, examining the conflicts of two people who aren’t in a relationship choosing to raise a baby, looking at the strangeness of this three-parent family, etc. Unfortunately, One Big Happy has no real interest in any of this, instead choosing to continue NBC’s new trend of shoddy, humorless, and quickly-canceled sitcoms.