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Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Triangle” | Aired June 18,2014

This week’s episode of Jennifer Falls, “Triangle,” has it all — except suitable boundaries. From emotionally closed off beer guys to mean girls to silly bands, this week has what you need — unless, of course, you need appropriate parental boundaries or meaningful romantic relationships.

Jennifer’s mother, Maggie, is a therapist with little or no regard for the confidentiality that job should entail. She sees little wrong with inviting her patients to make a snack in the kitchen while waiting for their appointment to begin. This means Jennifer bumps into them pretty routinely. This week we meet Cheryl (Kathleen Wilhoite, making a cheryl_jennifercameo), and we get a sense that Jennifer is feeling a little crowded, as she has to share her raisin toast with her mother’s patients.

Once Jennifer is at work, rocking that sexy ref uniform, and away from trying not to make eye contact in the crowded kitchen, she and Dina start to objectify the hot new beer guy. He saunters up, shoots her a quick wink, then saunters away. Dina senses a “sparky spark” between them, prompting Jennifer to giggle like Jan jenniferdavid_kissingBrady, and then Jennifer gets bold and heads over to him. She makes out with him a little, and Dina, thinking he’s just easy like that, goes in for her turn.

Joke’s on us, because Jennifer has been seeing David (Ben Lawson) for three weeks, but didn’t want to tell anyone until she “was sure it was going somewhere.” Some gross, awkward sexual innuendo follows, they make out some more, and David walks away, carrying an empty beer keg (insert the “I love to see you go” joke here).beerguy_behind

While Jennifer spends sexy time with David, Wayne tries to get to know Gretchen a little better and takes her for coffee. Ethan Suplee plays Wayne so sweet and genuine that when Gretchen unknowingly jokes about his intended gift of silly bands, you really want to punch her in the face. Doesn’t she know that “they’re really hard to find and sort of expensive”? That’s what he tells her as he puts them back in his pocket after she mocks the gift. While Wayne goes to get extra sprinkles on his coffee (and take a break from the uncomfortable silence), some girls from Gretchen’s school walk by and get all Mean Girls on her and Wayne. His defense is pretty weak, probably because he’s got chocolate sprinkles on his face, but most definitely because he uses the phrase, “What up, shorties?”

UntitledStephanie gets wind of those Regina George wannabes and takes matters into her own hands. She confronts them and “out-means them” because she was them, and now that she is “older and smarter,” she knows exactly who they are. Apparently her verbal abuse has an effect because they are nice to Gretchen after that, until Wayne acts like a spaz and his voice gets really shrill and accusatory. But at least she is back to calling him “Uncle Wayne.”

Jennifer and David’s sexy time is not quite as fulfilling as she hoped, and Dina questions her about how much shedina actually knows about him. Dina wonders if she even knows where he’s from, and she sorta does. She tells Dina, “It’s America. It’s gotta be.” Jennifer confesses that she doesn’t really know all that much because he’s not a real talker and just won’t open up. Every time she tries to ask him about himself, he uses his wizard skills to turn the conversation back to her. They deduce, “Maybe he’s just a dude.”

The next morning, as Jennifer goes for her coffee and raisin toast, she runs into … wait for it … David!!! It turns out thatmainimage1 David is a patient of Maggie’s and has been seeing her for a while. When Jennifer confronts Maggie, Maggie spills just enough of his secrets to make Jennifer incredibly curious (and make Maggie lose her license in most states), and it becomes painfully obvious that Maggie knows more about David and Jennifer’s relationship than Jennifer does. Maggie warns Jennifer that he has some healing to do, then reveals that David told her “it was mostly physical, but he’s hopeful about the relationship, except for …”. It’s here that Maggie’s professionalism returns and she cuts off the conversation abruptly.

d5nac64chIt’s the “except for …” that Jennifer can’t live with, so she enlists Dina to do a little petty breaking and entering. They conspire to break into Maggie’s office and read David’s file. The files don’t yield much, aside from Maggie’s grocery list and pro/con list about going blond at her age; this just ratchets Jennifer’s crazy up a notch.

In a huff, Jennifer barges into Maggie’s office while she conducts a session with David and lays down an ultimatum: Give up therapy with Maggie or continue to date her — he can’t have it both ways. In an unexpected turn of events, David chooses therapy with Maggie and dumps Jennifer on the spot. He eventually has a change of heart, admitting the “except for …” was his feelings of unworthiness.

They celebrate with sex, but unfortunately David begins to open up; what comes out is a giant ball of eyer633douchiness. Jennifer rolls her eyes as she gets dressed, having had enough of his grody stories, and decides she liked it better when he didn’t talk.

The episode wraps as Jennifer and Maggie discuss David and his problems, and Jennifer realizes that Maggie was just trying to look out for her. We are supposed to see that Maggie isn’t all that bad, but frankly I like her better when she’s being all that bad. Keep it up, Maggie.

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Jennifer Falls, rated TV-PG, airs Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30 C on TV Land.


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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