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Young & Hungry: Gabi (ABC Family)

'Young & Hungry' recap: Stolen rings and stolen hearts

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Young and Ringless” | Aired July 3, 2014

The second episode of Young & Hungry saw Gabi going to her first official day on the job as Josh’s personal chef.  They mention this being Gabi’s first day, even though the pilot episode clearly showed her working on two separate days: the night of the infamous dinner, and a separate morning a few days later once Josh and his fiancée, Caroline, rekindled their relationship. But apparently those were just trial-run days and this morning was her first actual day of work. A minor plot hole.

The morning doesn’t start well, as Gabi is tasked with bringing breakfast to the very happy, and very engaged, couple while they’re still in bed wearing very little clothing.  Caroline is so enamored with the extremely large ring Josh gave her that she haphazardly leaves it on the nightstand while she takes a shower. When the ring goes missing, Caroline accuses Gabi of stealing it for basically no reason. It is obvious from the get-go that Caroline does not like Gabi or approve of her becoming a member of Josh’s staff, and that is before she has any inkling of what went on between the two of them on that fateful night when they slept together.

The episode is filled with that sort of irony. Caroline has plenty of reasons to dislike Gabi, but she has no idea what those reasons are. She accuses Gabi of stealing her ring, when the only thing Gabi stole was his heart—for one night and one night only.

If being accused of stealing from her boss’s fiancée wasn’t enough, Gabi’s other big first task is preparing a fancy dinner for Chinese businessmen coming to visit Josh later that night. Even though Gabi has claimed on her resume to be a world-class chef despite her lack of any formal training or actual cooking background, she somehow manages to make perfect meals. She really is a “food mind reader,” like she said during her initial interview, or probably just really, really lucky—for now.

In this episode, it’s painfully obvious that hiding what happened between Gabi and Josh is going to be a lot more difficult than they expected. There is very little actual sexual tension between the two. In fact, Josh says toward the end of the episode that he is “proud” of Gabi for pulling off the dinner, which makes him come across as a big-brother type rather than someone she could potentially end up with. This shows that despite any feelings that may be lingering, the only problem will be making sure more people don’t find out about their secret affair.

In future episodes, I hope we get to see more from Sofia, Gabi’s roommate. Sofia adds extra emphasis to Gabi’s terrible financial situation and they have a 2 Broke Girls vibe to them—admitting to having to steal toilet paper from coffee shops and walk around because they can’t afford gas in their cars. This is a good subplot that adds extra comedy—I’d like to see more.

Next week’s episode will feature a guest-starring role from Ashley Tisdale, who serves as executive producer on the show.

Young & Hungry airs Wednesdays at 8/7C on ABC Family.

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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