“Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 3 “Proving Love” aired on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Bruce and Emma moved to Emma’s apartment and dealt with disposing items from their single life. The couple also went to an immigration interview for Bruce’s status. Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler were this episode’s special guests. Read further to learn more about what happened in this episode.
The tenants at Emma’s apartment finally moved out, so Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) were now settled into their new place. Bruce suggested adding paint on some of the walls, as Emma’s place was too white and plain. It looked straight out of an Ikea catalogue. Emma hesitated at Bruce’s suggestion, but she was too preoccupied to discuss this with Bruce. She was checking the door, looking for the perfect timing so they could step out of the apartment. She didn’t want to run into any of the neighbors, which Bruce thought was really odd.
Knowing who your neighbors were and being chummy with them was the way they lived in New York. Emma told him that in Sweden, they just politely nod at each other and say, “Hej, hej!” (pronounced as “Hey, hey!”) and nobody engaged in small talk, which would be deemed too fake. But Bruce did not believe his girlfriend. Going down the stairs, they came across one of their neighbors, and Bruce attempted to talk to her. But the neighbor just ignored him and continued on her way.
The couple were at the immigration office for an interview. They wanted to check if Bruce and Emma were really living together because they were in love and in a relationship and not because their setup was conveniently arranged. Emma was first called by the immigration officer, and because she was nervous, she talked endlessly about stuff that the interviewer didn’t really need to hear. Bruce’s interview, on the other hand, was a little strange. He rambled about serial killers and sex offenders, which promoted the interviewer to discreetly ask Emma if she was being mistreated by Bruce.
Emma was more apprehensive after the interview because this may be a point against Bruce, and it would be harder to ascertain his status in Sweden. As they were walking back home after the visit to the immigration office, Bruce received a call from one of his clients, celebrity Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), who asked him if it was possible to get tax deductions for her Brazilian wax. Bruce reminded her that he was no longer working as his accountant, but Aubrey wouldn’t hear of it. Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) overhead the phone conversation and asked when Bruce was returning to America because their accounts were a mess. Aubrey and Amy had their usual exchange of conversation, as if this was an episode of their own show. It was a short and funny bit.
Bruce’s boxes from New York arrived, and the couple discussed which item should go where. Emma did not think that Bruce’s stuff fitted into any of hers and the whole theme of the apartment. She had issues with Bruce’s wooden bar and the signed football from some big sports celebrity, while Bruce had issues with her designer chair.
The Wiiks — Viveka (Lena Olin), Birger (Claes Månsson) and Gustaf (Christopher Wagelin) — came to visit the couple. Viveka saw the mess and said something in Swedish. Emma asked her mother to keep whatever she was thinking to herself. She’s already stressed enough, dealing with the immigration and their new apartment, that she didn’t need her mother prying on her affairs. But Viveka persisted, and while they sat down for a meal, she told Bruce and Emma the story of a couple — one from Denmark and one from Sweden — who found out they didn’t have a lot in common after they lived together. Bruce seemed genuinely interested about Viveka’s story, while Emma just wished her mother would stop talking. Gustaf, meanwhile, was happy with Bruce’s wooden bar and lazyboy. They were good enough to sell in Sweden. Why had he not thought of that before?
The next day, as the couple were sorting through their stuff again, Emma lost it. She told Bruce that she was really worried about the immigration interview. What if the Sweden immigration was not convinced that they were really a couple? Bruce assured her that it would be fine, and in an attempt to pacify her, he suggested that they get rid of all the stuff they owned from their previous life and start anew with things they would buy together for the apartment.
As Bruce was out to sell and dispose of their old belongings, Emma was left in an empty apartment when the immigration officer came for a surprise visit. He found it odd that the place had nothing and that Bruce was not even with her. Emma frantically explained, but the officer was not convinced. Thankfully, Bruce was back from disposing their old stuff. But when Emma saw that he kept the football she so badly didn’t want, they ended up arguing in front of the officer. They argued on and on, unmindful that they had a guest. This finally convinced the officer that they were indeed in a long relationship because they bickered like an old couple.
That night, as the couple sat down on the floor of their empty place, Emma was looking at catalogs of furniture and asked Bruce what he thought of the bed. He said, “I don’t know. I think I actually like it like this.” Emma thought it was sweet and they kissed. Bruce said, “Let’s go to bed.” Emma replied smiling, “But we don’t have one.”
— Welcome to Sweden (@NBCSweden) July 25, 2014
— Welcome to Sweden (@NBCSweden) July 25, 2014
So there you have it for the recap of “Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 3 “Proving Love.” It aired on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Check out the clip of the scene from the immigration office in the video below.
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