For the Malloy family, attendance at the annual Independence Day reunion is mandatory. This Pancake Breakfast, held in the local high school's Cafegymatorium, is a chance for the town of Bel Air, Maryland to see old friends, gorge on mountains of blueberry pancakes (courtesy of the 4H club) and prepare for a day of fireworks and the parade. For the Malloy family, it is the one chance for everyone to get together all year. For Beatrice Malloy, however, the weekend devolves into coping drunk. With her younger brother learning to live with Asperger Syndrome, a father newly-wed to a woman half his age, a mother juggling ex-husbands, and a grandfather who seems to live on the fringe of rationality, Beatrice realizes that the once shining Malloy family has come undone. In between watermelon eating contests, turtle racing and a crab feast, Pancake Breakfast asks the question: "If family is such a bitch, why do we keep coming back for more?". Syrup is included.
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