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'In The Flesh' react: Riding in cars with rotters

Season 2 | Episode 3 | Aired May 24, 2014

This show is pure magic. The more we watch, the more we fall in love with it. In the Flesh has so many deep metaphors, our feels are out of control. Tonight’s episode introduced strains on friendships and new lovers showing us what it’s like to rise from the dead and find your wife sleeping with another man in your bed — while you get stuck with the couch. Let’s break down our thoughts on this mind-blowing episode.

Jem struggles with her mistake: Last episode ended with Jem shooting Henry out in the woods for no reason at all. She’s struggling to cope with what she’s done, as one should when you kill an adorable, innocent classmate who makes a beaded bracelet with your name on it. Gary tries to convince her that she was only trying to protect the community from evil and that she should keep it a secret, but she spills to Maxine anyway. Too bad Maxine is anti-rotter in every way and agrees she shouldn’t tell anyone. Between Gary burning Henry’s body and Maxine lying to Henry’s mother about his whereabouts (trying to make her believe he ran away to a PDS extremist camp), Jem is covered. Pretending like nothing happened should make everything better, right?




We’ll just flash forward to the end of the episode, when Gary shows up on Jem’s doorstop, gives her Henry’s bracelet and kisses her. No! Make it stop! We hate this pairing with the passion of a thousand burning suns.










Freddie is fighting for his girl: Local PDS sufferer Freddie has found himself in a terrible situation. His wife, Haley, is now with another man, Amir. What makes it so terrible is that Freddie is living in their spare bedroom.










What’s even more awkward is that Freddie keeps watching their wedding video … while Haley and Amir are asleep upstairs in his old bedroom. Poor Freddie. Look how cute they were when he was alive!











Amir wants Freddie gone, and Freddie wants his old life back. So who will win the battle for Haley’s heart? Freddie strikes first by getting their old car (equipped with an obnoxious clown-car horn) and picking her up from work. It’s her birthday and he wants to show her a good time. They drive out to a spot from their past that overlooks the town, and Freddie suggests they run away together. No dice. She has moved on and so should he. If you think that’s all Freddie has up his sleeve, though, think again.









Freddie suits up and lathers on his makeup from the expensive side of Ulta. He’s ready. He leaves a note for Haley at the house and she meets him at his storage unit. He has string lights and a blinding neon Vegas sign lit up to set the mood. Freddie is pulling out all the stops, but it’s still not enough.









Haley hasn’t changed her mind about choosing Amir.  Can we really blame her for wanting to move forward with her life? Well, we shouldn’t, but we do. #TeamFreddie! All of sudden, Freddie’s nose starts leaking his black juice, and he tells her he forgot to take his “anti-brain-eating shot” today. Of course they’re locked in the storage unit with no escape, but there is a functioning phone in there. Hmm … convenient. Amir and Gary come to her rescue. Kieren gets wind of it when Gary calls to tell Jem, so they’re all trying to get into the unit while Haley dodges a ravenous Freddie. Kieren manages to get inside and save the day. Thank God!










That was close. Gary busts in there with his macho attitude acting like he’s going to shoot Freddie. Kieren tells him to stop being a dick and that he just needs his meds. Gary throws Freddie in the back of his truck and spews a bunch of hatred toward Kieren. Pretty sure Gary just drove Kieren to Team Simon.










Yes, Simon — we’re talking about you.

He loves me, he loves me not: Amy, madly in love with Simon, asks Kieren if he said anything about her while they were at the PDS bonfire the night before. Kieren, being a good friend, dances around the question and says some generic BS about how Simon cares for her. Fortunately, Amy just likes to hear herself talk about how much she loves Simon, so she just ignores his lack of detail.










To hate or not to hate Philip — that is the question: Philip is creepy; let’s just admit it. We can’t decide whether to give this a free pass or secretly wish a rotter would forget their meds and maul him to death. The PDS folks in Roarton now have to put in a number of volunteer hours to “give back to the community they ate.” Part of this outreach program lies within the control of Maxine and her still unknown agenda for all the rotters in Roarton. Philip is there to help assign tasks to all the PDS folks. He assigns Amy to be his assistant at the main office. Amy is clearly less than thrilled to be answering phones on behalf of Philip all day.



















Simon says: Simon and Kieren get assigned to the hospital where they take untreated rotters to be held until they can be taken to a treatment facility. Because an untreated rotter has no concern for humanity, they also have no regard for hygiene. Kieren and Simon are tasked with scrubbing the place down so it doesn’t smell like B.O. and decaying flesh.











On their way there, Kieren confronts Simon about his feelings toward Amy. He wants to be sure her heart won’t be crushed if Simon’s just leading her on. Simon says that he loves Amy but not in a romantic way. He shows her affection because she “needs it.” He pretty much says that Amy is insecure and needs affection to feel loved.








This is all a part of Simon’s alternate agenda to be the cult leader of the undead. Simon clearly has ulterior motives and is disgusted that the rotters are being held in cages like animals. He tries to tell Kieren that they need to embrace who they are and not succumb to whatever the rest of society thinks they should do. He even holds an undead support group at his house. Simon wants his fellow zombies to be who they are and be proud. Live your life! It’s a beautiful message, really.









Um … what?: After volunteering all day and the whole Freddie/Haley incident, Kieren is beyond overwhelmed. Clearly disheveled, he heads over to Simon’s crib. Amy is hanging in the bedroom when Simon greets Kieren at the door. They share a longing look, and Kieren grabs Simon and they start full-on going at it.


















What is Amy going to do when she finds out? All she ever talks about is how much she’s in love with Simon, and Kieren is her bestie of all besties. This relationship could tear Amy and Kieren apart! Whether Simon wants to admit it or not, his “generous” affection toward her is leading her on, and if he and Kieren’s relationship continues down this romantic path, it’s going to crush Amy even if she pretends it doesn’t bother her.










Our biggest takeaway from this episode: Don’t get locked in storage units with zombies. No, but seriously, this episode raises some important questions:

1. As Freddie proved, no matter what meds they’re on, PDS sufferers can still be a threat. How can fear and hatred be eradicated in the village when things like this keep happening?

2. Maxine also mentions that she’s concerned because Vicar was gathering information on groups that were trying to bring about a “second rising.” She says people are coming to Roarton to find the “first risen.” Who the heck are the first risen and what does this all even mean? What is Maxine planning?

3. We still don’t know what Simon’s mission entails. Can we trust him?

4. Most important, are you for or against a Simon/Kieren relationship?

Sound off with your thoughts and predictions. Until next time … #FangsOut.



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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