This is when you really start to get a taste for where the show is going. They can spend years crafting the pilot, but it's starting with the second episode that you start to see how the creative team will work at cranking out a half hour of fun with limited production time.
So far, I am less than impressed.
It all comes down to the trope of parents-accidentally-getting-high (or less accidentally, but still, the shenanigans related to marijuana use). Really? You picked that overplayed bit, and used it this early on? The reason why episodes where mood-altering drug use tends to be a great bit of fun is because you get to see the characters act outside their element, and the actors get to stretch their muscles in new ways after getting used to a specific track of behaviors. Which is why doing it in only the second episode makes little to no sense.
We are barely getting to know these characters, why on earth would it be funny to see them get high? It's a classic case of instant gratification. What they should have done is wait until the audience have established a knowledge of the chemistry between characters, particularly of those in different age groups. Then, and only then, is the payoff worth it to have everyone sitting in a circle singing about stealing the Eskimo's snow. Buffy's third season episode "Band Candy" is the perfect example of this measured type of narrative choice. Once again, Joss wins.
Yeah, it worked to do it earlier in Freaks and Geeks, but that's because it was a placebo and John Bonham died. The intoxication episode in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, on the other hand, was one of the most awkward and regrettable forty-five minutes of my life, not to mention the years of regret Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart have had to carry around.
So, episode two left me underwhelmed. I'm starting to view this show with some trepidation. I am particularly worried about the portrayal of Warner's wife--they need to humanize her, and fast. So far she's the stereotypical uptight pants-wearer in the family, and that is the opposite of interesting. Step up your game, Seth, you're losing me.