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'Faking It' recap: Effed-up families and fantastic framilies

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Remember the Croquembouche” | Aired May 20, 2014

Faking It has never shied away from exploring family dynamics. From Amy’s blended family-to-be to Karma’s ultra-liberal parental units to Liam’s privilege shame over his family’s wealth, the show has daringly delved into how families function. Families — and framilies (friend families) — took center stage in Tuesday’s “Remember the Croquembouche,” proving that sometimes the family you choose knows you way better than the one you don’t. Here are all the ways blood relatives failed and framilies won at life this week.

Family Fail: Amy’s Mom Asks Lauren to be Her Maid of Honor

Yes, hellbeas-with-a-Southern-accent Lauren is going to be the maid of honor at her and Amy’s parents’ upcoming nuptials. They’ve gone from frenemies to apparent BFFs in the wake of Amy’s coming out, and it’s hard to tell what stings her more, the snub from mom or watching her archnemesis win. Even though Lauren and Amy’s mom bond over shower-planning earlier in the episode (Lauren has volunteered to oversee everything for the event, including ordering a trendy, Cronut-esque dessert called a Croquembouche), this is a reveal that absolutely stings, even as a viewer. While Karma has reaped literally nothing but benefits since their fake outing, Amy has suffered at every turn. At home, her ultra-conservative mother struggles to accept a gay daughter, and her quest to figure out her sexuality and put an end to the potentially friendship-ending feelings she has for Karma are emotionally draining on a epic scale.

Framily Win: Karma Reconnects with Amy

After putting in a good showing for Worst Best Friend of the Year, Karma pulls a 180 and goes totally Amy-focused this week. She shows up with high-calorie necessities like icing and cookie dough and all five Twilight movies for her and Amy to hate-watch during a girls’ weekend. The perfection is cut short when Amy’s mom says Karma can only stay if they help Lauren pick up her pretentious Croquembouche — but in this case, it really was the thought that counted. 

Family Fail: Twincest at the Twain


In his attempts to get over Karma, Liam plans a guys’ night to the Twain with Shane. If you’re remembering that The Twain is a gay bar and doing a spit-take, calm down. Liam doesn’t come out. He’s there to prey on the newly single girls having post-breakup nights out at the gay bar. It’s the sleaziest thing he’s done yet on the show. At the Twain, Liam and Shane see The Twins, hot brother/sister twins that they apparently have been dying to hook up with for some time. Unfortunately, the twins are more into each other than Liam or Shane. Shane quote of the night: “You’ll have to smell the flowers in her attic later. We have to go.”

Framily Win: Lauren and Amy’s Mom Bond

As much as it sucks for Amy that her mom has a new favorite daughter, and as abhorrent as Lauren can be, it’s hard to fault them for finding each other. Amy’s mom is desperate for a daughter she can relate to as she comes to grip with Amy’s sexuality, and Lauren, for all of her blond hair and mean-girl quips, is basically ostracized at über-progressive Hester High. In spite of their massive age gap, they have a ton in common, and they’ve latched onto each other in what’s proving to be a difficult time for them both.

Framily Fail: Karma Offers Liam a Threesome with Herself and Amy

Of course, not every framily moment is a win. Karma fails in a catastrophic way when, after Liam says he can’t handle seeing her when she’s with someone else, she offers him a threesome with herself and Amy. It’s the fail to end all fails. Amy is going to be heartbroken, wildly uncomfortable and horrifically hurt.

Which of the family (or not-quite-family) dynamics on Faking It is your favorite? Which fail shocked you most?

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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