These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "How To Be A Baby" has a scene where George serves himself and Tessa a meal..and then comes in with a giant pail of maple syrup, which he then puts on everything. Neither George nor Tessa really comments on it
Designated Hero: Tessa can be somewhat snobbish and on occasion an Insufferable Genius towards Chatswin and its denizens. Then again, she is a teenage girl stuck in the suburbs when she would much rather prefer to be in New York City
Eventually subverted. Her moral/sane quotient is arguably the highest one in the show except Paula's, Eden's, and George's.
George sometimes falls into this as well, being a hypocrite a lot of the time with Tessa or the Chatswinites. He also comes across as a questionable parent when uprooting or drastically altering his daughter's life based on his own freak-outs and romantic whims (no less than three times in two seasons), and never warning her about any of these major life changes or discussing them with her.
Snark Bait: Due to the rather poor writing and bizarre characters.
Tear Jerker: The ending of the S1 finale where Tessa realizes she wishes she had her mother there in town with her, and she feels that her mom's never really thought of her.
Also the S2 finale: All the couples are broken up (except for Lisa and Malik), nobody's talking to each other, and while Alex and Tessa enjoy time together, George plays Alex's song to Dalia - who he quite shortly presumably will also lose, despite them both admitting they feel more like father and daughter than her real father ever did...
Narrowly averted with the S3 finale—-it seems like it will be a finale in the manner of the previous seasons, but has a Surprisingly Happy Ending.
In Tessa's eyes, everyone in town except her. Cue numerous Idiot Ball episodes.
Canonical example: the suburbanite watering his lawn. In the pouring rain. Who merely smiles and waves when Tessa points this out.
Tessa's dad also qualifies since fictional plastic suburbia where everyone is shallow, manipulative, morally bankrupt and mind-numbingly stupid, is hardly a fantastic place to raise a teenage daughter. At worst (if he is in fact concerned about bad influences) he should be interested in moving her to a different suburb, rather than stubbornly ignoring all the crazy so as not to move back to the city.
They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste: Not mentionning Fan Reaction or character development, but the form in which development is introduced : Tessa suddenly taking care of her appearance and behaving as a saleswoman without conspicuous Foreshadowing in Hear No Evil. In the previous events, she had shown her knack for marketing and desire for financial independance, and on the next episode, she says that she had begun to consider Dallas, the Spoiled Sweet archetype, as her mother figure.