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'The Almighty Johnsons' recap: Like a virgin

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “This Is Where Duty Starts” | Aired July 18, 2014

Let the quest begin! Well, really, the only Johnson brother who has become obsessed with the quest is sweet-talking Anders. He even started researching girls in the area who are of Scandinavian decent whom Axl can meet. Anders pretty much pressures Axl the whole episode to stop sitting around and start meeting and connecting with the ladies. Anders is not the only one who is keeping a close eye on Axl; we also learn that the goddesses are watching from a distance. Now that the window of opportunity has passed to kill Axl—and if you kill Odin, a natural disaster will take place—the goddesses are turning to genealogy to track down Frigg before the brothers.

Axl finds everything a wee bit overwhelming and seeks advice from brother Ty. Though more reasonable then Anders, Ty is still kind of a Debbie Downer. Ty reveals that it may take Axl years to find the Frigg; there are a million of women out there who could be she, and when they find her, there is no guarantee that she will also be 21, single and good-looking.

Things get a wee bit complicated when Axl meets Jamie, a friend of his flatmate Gaia (Keisha Castle-Hughes), and asks her out on a date. It is safe to say that Anders is not fond of the whole idea of Axl dating—unless it is the Frigg. After some not-so-encouraging words from Anders, Axl goes on a date with Jamie and it goes pretty well. Anders, of course, pops over the following day to see how the date went and to propose the first chick on his Frigg list. At this time, we learn that poor Axl is still a virgin and does not want his first time to be with some chick … aw, romantic! Anders convinces Axl to attend the sporting event in which the maybe-Frigg will be partaking, causing Axl to cancel his second date with Jamie.

We also get a bit of Mike backstory in this episode, which might explain why the eldest Johnson brother seems to have a permit stick up his bum. Mike and his wife, Valerie (Roz Turnbull), have been trying to have a baby, but nothing seems to be working. Could it be that Mike’s god sperm just does not work with Val’s human eggs? We also meet Coma Rob, Mike’s friend and Val’s old lover, who, well, is in a coma. Though after a visit to see Coma Rob, it seems like he maybe getting ready to wake up. Rob has been talking some Olaf-like Norse talk in his sleep.

Back to the popping Axl’s cherry: After the sporting event, Axl, Anders and maybe-Frigg head back to Anders’ apartment. The nervous Axl enters the bedroom with maybe-Frigg and starts to do the deed. Mike, Ty and Olaf all arrive at Anders’ at this exact moment to stop Axl from making a huge mistake. A naked Axl comes running out the bedroom announcing that he thinks that he killed maybe-Frigg … what a truly awful “first time” experience. Lucky Ty’s cold hands bring maybe-Frigg back to life, and it is clear that the boys can check her off the list of maybe-Friggs. Turns out that it can be pretty dangerous to have sex with Axl if you are not a goddess.

On the way home, Mike shares with Axl why having godlike powers can be a real challenge sometimes: See, Mike put Rob into that coma. Right after Mike turned 21, he wanted to test out his new powers, which lead to a pool-hall fight that ended with poor Rob hitting his head and entering a coma.

Another perfect example of “with great power comes great responsibility.”

The Almighty Johnsons airs Fridays at 10/9C on Syfy.

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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