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'In the Flesh' react: Kieren goes to a rave, and Jem's worst day ever

Season 2 | Episode 2 | Aired May 17, 2014

Oh, for the love of goat brains! Things are getting tense in Roarton in episode 2 of season 2. With Maxine implementing a new program in town, Kieren’s plans to move to the City of Lights are halted. Jem has an especially bad day at school and Amy finally goes to see a doctor about her shaky hands. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Paris gets put on hold: Kieren bids adieu to his family and heads to the train station to start his new life in Paris. Amy manages to catch up with him and tries to convince him to stay by telling him that no matter where he goes, he’ll have to wear makeup and contacts. Moral of the story: You can’t run from who you are.

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Amy didn’t need to try to stop him, though, because Maxine has that under control. She’s rounded up all of the Partially Dead Syndrome (PDS) sufferers and implemented a new, mandatory program that requires them to do mass amounts of community service to regain citizenship. She’s being especially weird about Kieren, so we know she has something super-slimy up her sleeve. Why is she so evil?

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The first community project involves all of the PDS sufferers building a fence. Simon rolls in (he’s not from the town, so he doesn’t have to partake in the program) to have a little talk with Kieren. He sees Kieren’s scars on his wrists and launches into a speech about depression that’s so depressing, it makes me depressed. I know he’s partially dead, but that doesn’t excuse how much of a monotone his voice is.

Amy makes a doctor visit: Amy has a scary episode when she’s talking to Simon about “the plan.” She asks Simon what they are supposed to do once they’ve gathered everyone, to which he responds, “Go to the place where the first rose.” Umm … what? Before we can learn any more about that, Amy starts seizing and then gets a killer headache. Simon’s worried about her, but she insists that she’s fine.

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She stumbles into the bathroom, where she stares at her shaking hands. Yup. Something is seriously wrong with her. Amy doesn’t show up for fence-building with the others because she decides to take her health seriously and see a doctor. When she tells the doctor that she was popping a homemade version of the PDS pill, he laughs it off and just prescribes her some legit meds.

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Jem makes new friends for the wrong reasons: Oh, Jem. She gets called out in class to talk about her experience with the Human Volunteer Force. Even though she’s mentally scarred for life and has terrible nightmares, she acts like a badass about it and gains the attention of the “cool girls.” They even invite her to eat lunch with them.

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Plus, she scores some hang time with one of the mean girls after school at her house. Kieren walks in and embarrasses her (as siblings usually do), and the secret is out that she has a PDS sufferer as a brother. The girl tells Jem she should be happy she got her brother back — other people weren’t so lucky. Ooh! How foreboding.

LoveSickPuppies.com: Are you ready to dive into some really weird and creepy stuff? Philip (Maxine’s new pet and the new counselor) comes home to his mother, who’s all over his case about how he’s living his life. Geez! Lay off him. He had a really hard day at work. His mom even reveals that she’s made him a profile on LoveSickPuppies.com. It’s kind of like Failure to Launch, but without Matthew McConaughey, so it’s just creepy.

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Things get weirder when he leaves and hits up an underground zombie whorehouse. He goes into a back room with this one chick, puts on a romantic movie and has her pretend to be Amy. Then, they just cuddle.

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Very well, then. Let’s move on.

Jem gets the piss scared out of her: Henry’s friend bought some of the blue drug off the Undead Prophet website and decides to use it to scare his classmates. Nothing says “safe” quite like purchasing sketchy drugs off the Internet.

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What is wrong with kids these days? He snorts it and goes full-blown rotter. He starts waddling down the hallway and trying to get into classrooms. Jem and her “new friend” are stuck in one of the rooms, and she hands Jem a machete and tells her to go for it. Jem tries to act strong, but when she’s face-to-face with the rotter, she literally pisses herself. She begs to be let back in the classroom, but no one lets her in. Rude! Luckily, the drug wears off, and he stops his attack.

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Turns out, the girl doesn’t think Jem is a hero, but a murderer. In fact, her dad was a rotter and was in the market where Jem said she went on a killing spree with the HVF. So much for having any friends. Jem copes by chugging a two-liter soda on a bench alone. After the day she had, we wouldn’t have judged her if it was a two-liter of something harder.

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Gary drives by and picks her up. They have a good talk about how everyone freezes up sometimes, and Jem decides to patrol with him. She starts running off into the woods, leaving him behind. It’s almost as if she’s looking to kill something to make up for her epic failure earlier in the day.

Zombie rave: Grab a glow stick, y’all! It’s party time. Kieren takes up Simon on his offer to go to the party. When he gets there, it’s a full-on rave. Henry and Amy are both acting high as a kite. Don’t worry — they’re not doing anything illegal. They’re just getting jacked up on sheep brains.

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Kieren asks to speak with Simon and expresses his concern about there being nothing for him here in Roarton. Simon tells him that he has his family, Amy and him. It would be completely sweet if we didn’t think Simon has an ulterior motive. Amy frolics into the woods for more firewood, which just screams, “Something bad is about to happen.” Across the woods, Jem takes aim at a figure in the fog and fires without even seeing who/what it is. Of course we think it is Amy, but it isn’t. It’s Henry!

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Are you kidding me, Jem? Have fun adding that to your list of regrets.

Can you believe Jem pulled the trigger? What provoked her to be so careless? Did she feel like she had something to prove? What is Maxine’s fascination with Kieren, and when will Simon’s grand plan be revealed? Until next time … #FangsOut.

xoxo,

TeamTSD

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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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