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'Submissions Only' finale recap: The Kardashian School of Law

Season 3 | Episode 8 | “Reason to Stay” | Aired June 8, 2014

Hop over, Hugh Jackman: The Submissions Only finale has got more bounce than your Tony opening could ever hope to leap to. But seriously, folks — best episode of Submissions Only ever! Despite never making it back to Gay Gardens, Cameron and Steven have been the cherry on the sundae throughout all of season 3 of Submissions Only, and the season finale was no exception. As predicted, their engagement party was not only a celebration of their relationship, but a perfect backdrop for the season finale. There was a whole lot of happy at this party. Light Me Up is headed to Broadway, Nolan and Tim seem more comfortable together than ever, and Aaron got off the wait list at Cardozo (aka Cardamon aka the Kardashian School of Law).

The Submissions Only season 3 finale was incredibly satisfying. Penny may be back (temporarily) as a reader for Tim, but the continuity between season 1 episode 1 and season 3 episode 8 ends there. Penny is in a totally differently place emotionally than she was three years ago, and is a much happier, more confident actor. Even though Penny and Tim have both seen a lot of recent success, they are happily plugging away at the same old thing. That is the world of stage acting.

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After Penny’s success in Jeremy’s Fort, everyone wants a piece of the Penny Reilly brand — including tenaciously impatient manager Sharon Duvall (Judith Light). There have been a lot of amazing guest stars on Submissions Only, but it’s obvious why they saved Judith Light for last. She’s incredible as Sharon Duvall, sporting a crazy animal-print shirt and massive rings as only a truly dedicated manager can. Sharon suggests that Penny give L.A. another go now that she has some momentum, and asks Penny what is keeping her in New York. Well, with Aaron headed to Wisconsin and Jeremy’s Fort over, there’s really no reason for Penny to stay.

At the Light Me Up reading, Gail is extremely nervous. This is the first show Tim Trull Casting has worked on that she cares about. Say you hate caring all you want, Gail, but your pride in this show is obvious. Serena Maxwell is in the audience, and so is a scarf-disguised Linda Avery. Everyone wants to see what Vincent has come up with. In typical Submissions Only fashion, the plot of Light Me Up is pretty nonsensical. Vincent says that it “concentrates on one particular story in the pretty epic life of one particular dude, Tommy Edison.”

Light Me Up is about Thomas Edison’s involvement in the film industry, not his inventions, but it doesn’t much matter what Light Me Up is about because it’s a hit! Light Me Up total rocks and it’s funny, too. The reading is so good that Serena even asks Penny to put a good word in for her if the show moves to Broadway. Vincent is ecstatic after the reading and gives Gail a big old smooch on the lips. He is approached by seven producers and wants Tim and Gail to help him take the show to Broadway. If Light Me Up doesn’t make it to Broadway, let’s hope that composer Adam Gwon (the actual genius behind the show) at least develops it for a concert version at 54 Below. A real-life concert, not a Submissions Only one. The distinction gets a little confusing sometimes.


Everyone goes through a pretty big life change in this episode — including Agnes, who is off to New Hampshire for a summer stock show. As she puts it, she gets to “live free or die for 10 weeks.” Maybe Randall will be in Agnes’ summer stock show as Agnes’ son or something. Tim Trull Casting alumni doing summer stock would be the best thing ever. With Agnes off to New Hampshire, Tim is out a reader again, but Penny is happy to oblige. Jeremy’s Fort is closed and Penny is not sure that L.A. is the right next move for her. So why not spend some time with her BFF and read some sides?

Nolan is flying out to be Tim’s date to Steven and Cameron’s engagement party, so Penny is at a loss for what to do without her gay-man arm candy. Tim suggests she bring Gail, which Penny shoots down. Instead, the group decides Gail will go as Nolan’s date so that Penny can go with Tim. It’s all semantics. Nolan has been a mystery all season, and unfortunately will remain one. Tim and Nolan look happy at the party, but their relationship is still very unclear. It’s OK, though, because everyone else’s relationship is glaringly clear. And Submissions Only wouldn’t be Submissions Only without a little gray.

Gail and Tim deliver the Light Me Up news to everyone and the party is going perfectly when the only thing that could make it more perfect walks in the door: Aaron Miller. Aaron told Penny that he wasn’t coming to the party since he is moving to Wisconsin, but he shows up anyway. Aaron’s presence is a sure sign to us that he got off the wait list at Cardozo, but it takes Penny a little more time to make the connection. Aaron’s pink shirt is out of place at Steven & Cameron’s black-and-white party, but Steven and Cameron (and Tim) might be even more happy to see Aaron than Penny is. Finally those two crazy kids are going to work things out.

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After an interlude with drunk Stacey (if you missed drunk Stacey in season 2 episode 6, you should watch that; it’s awesome), Aaron is awkwardly chatting with Kim when Steven and Tim finally shove Penny over to him. Aaron came to the party baring a letter from Cardozo, which Penny still can’t pronounce, and a question. Should he stay in New York? You can feel Penny’s friends willing them to kiss as Penny takes the letter from Aaron and stares at him, stunned, as he yammers on about why he’s there. For a split-second it looks like Penny isn’t going to make the leap, but she is not the same girl she was in season 1. This Penny puts the past behind her and plants one on him. It is perfect. All of her friends watch Aaron and Penny make out and everything is right in the world.

Penny and Aaron have their happy ending. It was a messy road to get there, and really could have ended with Aaron in Wisconsin, but thanks to the Cookie Monster School of Law, Aaron and Penny finally get a chance to be together. They’d better not screw it up. One of the best things about Submissions Only is how close it sticks to reality, but it was great to see the show break out of its shell a little bit for the season finale and end on a high note. The picture-perfect moment of Aaron and Penny finally without any interruptions was the kiss fans have been dying for. The agony of being an Aaron/Penny shipper was well worth it.

Season 3 of Submissions Only wrapped up the series nicely. With no talk of a season 4, this could be the end for this wonderfully funny web series, and that’s OK. Submissions Only creators Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-Bolger bring passion and heart to every episode of the show. They wrote a clever, intricate series that holds up against any sitcom on traditional television. Submissions Only is charmingly intimate look into the Broadway world, and after watching the Tony recipients talk about the “Broadway family” for three hours, watching Submissions Only feels like our own slice of the Broadway family. So grab your Tim and your Penny and watch the season 3 finale again — because when it comes down to it, this show is all about friendship.

You can watch season 1 and 2 of Submissions Only at SubmissionsOnly.com, and season 3 at BroadwayWorld.com.

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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