“Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 1 “Day One” aired on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Airing first in Sweden in 2013 and becoming a breakout hit over the pond, the series is created by Greg Poehler. It’s loosely based on his own life experience. Read on to know about what went on in the very first episode.
Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler), a top New York accountant for many celebrities, uprooted his life in America to move to Sweden and be with his girlfriend, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch). Arriving at the airport jetlagged and tired, Bruce was greeted by Emma, who told him that they were going to stay at her parents’ summer house for two weeks, as her place was still being rented out. Bruce was excited and apprehensive about meeting Emma’s family for the first time, and Emma warned him about his mother.
Birger (Claes Månsson), Emma’s dad, was the first to greet them at the docking area and spoke in Swede, which Bruce did not understand. Birger was surprised that Bruce has not learned Swedish when he and Emma had been dating in America for over a year. Emma gently reminded her dad to be mindful of their guest.
To get to the summer house, they were going to have to cross by boat, which Bruce wasn’t prepared for, given that he’s just been on a 20-hour flight, and he’s basically not great with boats. Bruce tried to hold it together as Emma assisted him when he was obviously vomiting aboard the boat. When they arrived at the island, Bruce saw that Emma’s mother, Viveka (Lena Olin), was already there, and she arrived by car. Birger told Bruce that they could actually drive up to the house, but he took Bruce on the boat so that he could show him the beautiful side of getting to their house.
Viveka greeted Bruce nicely, but quickly took her daughter aside and told her in Swedish that she did not expect Bruce to be shorter. Viveka had started to nitpick about her daughter’s boyfriend, and this was probably what Emma warned Bruce about her.
As mother and daughter talked and headed inside the house, Bruce was briefly hijacked by Gustaf (Christopher Wagelin), Emma’s brother, into a shed. He asked him to drink a few shots the way Swedish people are supposed to drink. Bruce obliged, despite saying that he’s really tired from the trip.
Outside the shed, Bruce was met by Uncle Bengt (Per Svensson) who loves all things American. He drives a Mustang, wears denim with stars and stripes and dishes out lines from American movies. Only, he has never been to America, but he feels that Bruce and him have a special connection already.
Emma told Bruce to nap first while they prepare dinner. But before he could get a decent sleep, Gustaf entered the room to talk to him about his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Once again, Bruce indulged Gustaf and listened as he talked about selling tacos in a taco bus. Bruce told him that he could actually do that with his van, and Gustaf thought it was a fantastic idea.
The family gathered outside to have a few drinks before dinner, and in separate areas, Bruce and Emma told them about how they met. Bruce, talking to Gustaf and Uncle Bengt, told them the story as if it was just an ordinary meeting; while Emma, talking to her mom and dad, had a different version of the first time she met Bruce. It was a bit romantic. Viveka told her daughter that it was too good to be true, and Emma disregarded the judgment in her mother’s comment, saying that it really was too good.
At dinner, Viveka asked Bruce what he planned to do in Sweden for work, knowing that he left a good career in America. He told the family that he’s thinking of taking the time off for at least a year as he adjusts to Sweden, and this did not sit well with Viveka. She told her daughter about what she thought about Bruce’s plans while they were clearing up the dinner table and stacking the dishes after dinner. Of course, Emma defended Bruce from her mother.
As the women cleaned up, the men went into the sauna in their birthday clothes. Apparently, they do this a lot in Sweden. But it was not something Bruce was used to, so he joined them in the sauna with his trunks on. He also felt very uncomfortable as his future father-in-law stood up in front of him to talk about Emma while his privates were dangling on his face.
Bruce passed out. Combined with the sauna’s heat, the many drinks he’s had, the long trip and the image of Birger’s privates on his face, his body just gave up. Later, sitting next to Emma in the docks, they talked about Bruce’s first day in Sweden. The episode closed with Bruce telling Emma he loves her in Swede, which apparently was the only thing he can say in this language.
So there you have it about what went on in “Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 1 “Day One,” which aired on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Don’t forget the check out the video below to meet the characters, mainly Emma’s Swedish family. For more recaps and updates about the show, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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