Welcome to Sweden Recap: Season Finale Breakups/Separate Lives/Homecoming [WATCH VIDEO]
“Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 8 “Separate Lives” and Episode 9 “Homecoming” aired on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on NBC. A special online episode, “Breakups,” streamed on the NBC website too. Find out what happened to the show’s season finale.
The triple header completed the first season run of “Welcome to Sweden,” so let’s start the recap with “Breakups,” which was only made available through online streaming at NBC’s site.
Bruce (Greg Poehler) was ready to return to America, after realizing in the last episode (“Homesick” air date: Aug 21, 2014) that he had better opportunities there. He and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) were going to go back in a few days, but then an old friend of hers, Marcus, arrived for a brief visit. He and Bruce bonded over their common love for the old film “Tootsie,” and so he invited him to stay for dinner, which annoyed Emma because she’s been wanting alone time with her boyfriend.
Worse, Bruce decided Marcus would be house-sitting for them while they were in America. He regretted the decision later when Emma told him that Marcus was her first boyfriend. He regretted this even more when he saw that Marcus was always hugging Emma. Later, Emma assured him that Marcus was not a boyfriend material, which is why she broke it off with him a long, long time ago.
Uncle Bengt (Per Svensson) has a problem with meeting women, and this made him depressed. Bruce advised him to use what’s already at his disposal — the rental history of his customers. Bengt owns a video rental shop; he could look up what the customer borrowed to see if she’s single and then invite her to dinner. Bengt had a prospect, who accepted his invite. But so that it doesn’t feel awkward, Bengt asked his whole family to the dinner.
At the dinner, while Bengt impressed his date with his knowledge of American movies, Viveka (Lena Olin) and Birger (Claes Månsson) were not in good terms. Having had enough of her laidback husband, Viveka lashed out that she needed some fun, she wanted to travel, but Birger seemed to be set in his ways. Suddenly, Birger collapsed. He’s had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital.
Bruce was relieved that Birger was going to be okay, which meant he and Emma can still fly back to America. But Emma hesitated. Now would not be a good time to leave, with her dad sick and her parents having problems. Later, Bruce decided to go by himself, but only for three months. They both feel uncertain about this, but Bruce was determined to leave because he kept screwing things up in Sweden.
The next recap is on “Separate Lives/Homecoming,” which aired on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. on NBC.
Arriving to America, Bruce’s first order of business was to eat American food. At the diner, the waiter mistook him for being European and also for being gay. Then he went to Amy Phoeler’s office and saw that she has fired everyone, except for one — Pepe — who didn’t seem to understand English. Pepe was only faking it though and told Bruce to keep this a secret. He needed the job!
Meanwhile, Bruce told Amy that her business decisions have left her money and investments in a lot of mess, which is why Amy thought that Bruce should be staying put in America. Besides, what’s in Sweden? People only come there for a vacation, as a joke. She invited Bruce to a bar in the middle of the day. Getting drunk would probably help Bruce get over Emma.
Birger was recovering at the hospital in Sweden and his kids were with him, when suddenly his machine flatlined.
Birger: “Am I dead now?”
Gustaf was only fiddling with his heart monitor. Birger explained to his children that their mother would be taking a break from the marriage. Later, Emma tried to talk to her mom to help her parents get back together. But Viveka was more interested in changing her Facebook status. Viveka suggested that they should have a girls’ night out, since her daughter was feeling blue about Bruce being gone.
The women were at a bar that evening and Viveka was wearing clothes not fit for her age. She was also acting like she’s 22. But in her attempt to be adventurous, Viveka hurt herself, so she was brought to the hospital where Birger was. Emma hoped they could talk it out, but the reconciliation was still not happening.
Marcus was still living at Emma’s place, and with Bruce gone, Emma was a bit wary that maybe Marcus wanted to get back together. While they were having dinner in a fancy restaurant, Emma saw that there was a ring on the menu. Assuming that Marcus was going to be proposing to her, she jumped up her seat and told Marcus off. She’s still with Bruce! The ring was actually the waitress’. It fell off her fingers.
Back in America, Amy asked Aubrey to have a drink with Bruce. They ended up in bed together. Did they have sex? Bruce was too wasted, so it was not possible. But Aubrey made him think otherwise. Meanwhile, he still couldn’t get in touch with Emma. They kept getting each other’s voice mail. Realizing he made a mistake, Bruce decided to return to Sweden.
At the airport, the lady at the counter told Bruce that there were no other seats. Turned out, Amy Poehler bought a bunch of tickets to prevent him from getting a seat. But love always finds a way, right? Bruce got a flight back to Sweden, but the wait at the airport would be long and the travel would be uncomfortable. At the airport lounge, he bored all the other travelers with his stories about Emma and Sweden.
Emma, meanwhile, had planned on going to New York to be with Bruce, but she won’t be able to do that because she must settle her parents’ issue first. So she talked to his father and told him that her mother needed to be wooed; that she needed adventure. They have to travel together and give up the summer house, which her mother didn’t like.
It was a good thing Birger listened to his daughter’s advise because Viveka was definitely impressed. The two got back together.
With her parents okay now, Emma rushed to the airport to fly to America. But guess who she saw coming down the escalator? Bruce! He was home! Bruce declared that this is where he wants to be.
Emma and Bruce kissed right there at the airport.
So there you have it for the Seadon 1 finale of “Welcome to Sweden,” which aired on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on NBC. The series will be back for a second season next summer. It’s going to be a long wait, but at least there is a show to look forward to, right? Did you enjoy watching this series? Tell us what you think in the comments below!