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'Bad Teacher' recap: Field-trippin' ain't easy

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Fieldtrippers” | Aired May 15, 2014

The award for underused handsome actors goes to this week’s episode of Bad Teacher. Colin Egglefield shows up in this week’s “Fieldtrippers” as the tall, dark and hunky mystery man with a Lamborghini. Meredith tracks him down after a clandestine encounter in a coffee shop but, much to my disappointment, he keeps his shirt on the whole time. Like I said: a waste.

coffee_carOnce Meredith realizes Shaun drives a Lamborghini and works at one of the most successful tech companies in town, she plans a field trip for her class to visit the company. Aren’t there laws against stalking?  Conveniently enough, Lilly has a case of “she-ro” worship for the CEO, Sherry Sandoval, so, like every other episode of Bad Teacher, it seems like Meredith is doing something nice for one of the kids, but she is really just indulging her selfish desire to land a rich husband. We know the drill by now, so don’t worry — it’s going to seem like she’s an asshole in the first half, but she’ll do something really nice for Lily at the end. More on that later.

Under the guise of teaching the children something about world economy, blah, blah, Meredith convinces Principalaerial Carl to let her go, but he won’t allow her to go alone, even though Sad Susan is already on board to drive the bus. Sad Susan is my new favorite. More of her, please. Coach Joel and Principal Carl accompany her to the company, Zolt, and Meredith must sleuth out the whereabouts of her man using the only tools at her disposal: her girlish giggle and her killer rack. It works, of course, and she cons the schleppy security guard (Brian Baumgartner, The Office) into giving her the list of all the Shauns in the company.

What follows is a series of lazy high jinks involving the search, which isn’t really remarkable enough to get into. But you should know that it is enough to ruin Lily’s trip and keep her from getting to meet her hero, so she’s super-mad at Meredith … again. What is most interesting about this week’s episode is the evolving chemistry between Meredith and Coach Joel. Even while helping her locate another man, which he knows she only wants because he’s rich, you can see a friendship starting to develop — and, dare I say, a romantic spark. What a smart idea for the writers to have them sleep together in the first episode. It removes all the will-they-won’t-they-tension, so we can just focus on the snarky back-and-forth that makes me love them.

stairsI also love Ari Graynor’s complete lack of self-consciousness and her ability to go all-in and look completely foolish. Such is the case when she finally tracks down her Shaun and lets herself into his office. After smelling his jacket (hasn’t anyone had a conversation about dating boundaries with this woman?), she strips naked, puts on his jacket and waits for him to return, Basic Instinct-style. He returns, all right, just in time to be discovered by his lady-boss, the REAL Shaun Ford, who promptly fires him and throws them all out.

Once they are out, Meredith realizes she’s ruined something else for Lily and that she has to make it up to her … again. She saves they day by trading a nudie to her stalking victim (turns out his name is Jason) for access to Lily’s hero.  Things turn sweet when Joel and Meredith have a moment on the bus, and she tells him, “If I decide to date someone poor, you’re at the top of my list.” I think she means it.

Speaking of sexual tension, back at school, Ginny has her sights set on the handsome janitor, Tico (Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Desperate Housewives) — but she doesn’t realize it until she’s alienated him and the entire maintenance staff and forced them to stage a sick-out. In a pathological need to impress Principal Carl, Ginny and student-teacher Kim ginny_kimgo about the business of repairing the school, but fail miserably at it. In fact, their efforts are so pitiful, they wind up scrubbing half of Nixon’s face off the mural while cleaning it. The bit only gets funny, however, when we learn that Tico painted it 10 years earlier when he was an art teacher at Nixon Middle School; janitors make more money than teachers, don’t you know?

Oh, and don’t forget the part where Mark Cuban shows up in the last scene to make a smarmy pass at Meredith, only markcubanto get shot down.

What do you wish would happen between Joel and Meredith? If this show could live to see another season, what would you want to see? Tweet me your wishes.

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Bad Teacher airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30 C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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