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'Derek' recap: Kev's job interview

Season 2 | Episode 2 | Aired Apr 30, 2014 (UK Channel 4)

After a series pilot of uncertainly and upheaval, we know three undeniable truths: Geoff is a complete ass, Hannah’s hell-bent on a baby bump, and Kev has a serious drinking problem. The third bit is what gets tackled in a funny, uncomfortable and honest second episode.

We open with Tom and Hannah running off to do some quick conception loving. After Tom’s grandmother offers to lend them her room if they’ll be quick, Kevs promises to time them. Derek agrees and when the pair walks back in, Kev stops the stopwatch. Eight minutes. After Tom’s grandmother quips that it couldn’t have been that much fun for Hannah, Derek asks Vicki to tweet, “Sex makes you talk funny” on his behalf. Brilliant.

Tom and Hannah tell the camera what we already know. They’re trying for a baby and, according to Hannah, it’s a bit of a gamble, but one worth taking. Tom is taken aback by Hannah’s comment, which leads to an awkward conversation about the unknown of Tom’s fertility and the pressure of being parents. It’s nice to see them have an honest, uncomfortable conversation yet still have the awareness to have a laugh at it.

Derek - S2 - E2 - Tom and Hannah

As they’re talking, Derek rushes in to post “new results.” Apparently, Derek has been keeping track of the couple’s sex times and has been publicly posting his findings. Hannah begs Derek to give her the chart but Derek doesn’t want to. According to him, it’s an interesting experiment.

Back in the day room, Derek, while putting one of the residents in a wrestling hold, tells us Dougie is moving to Manchester. Since Derek and Kev have been living with him, they’re going to move into a caravan (a mobile home, for us Yanks) situated in the home’s parking lot. It’s a donation from the successful grandson of one of the home’s residents.

Hannah also lets us know the home will be hiring a new caretaker to replace Dougie. Geoff is filling in for the meantime (boooo!!) but Hannah has allowed Kev to apply, provided he clean up his act. Kev takes it one step further and asks Hannah if she would have sex with him once he’s quit drinking and maybe taken a shower. Despite Hannah’s firm no, Kev keeps on trying, bringing up dozens of different sexual acts they could do in lieu of traditional intercourse.

Finally, Hannah tells Kev to go to an AA meeting, smarten up a bit and maybe do a little oral hygiene. Derek is excited at the prospect of helping Kev quit his vices, even going so far as to recommend a tie. He desperately wants Kev to land the caretaker job and is convinced that if Kev cleans up and is the best man for the position, he’ll get it. Hannah, who’s really doing this as a reason to get Kev on the right track, gives the pair a “we’ll see.”

Derek - S2 - E2 - Kev Dressed

The “Screw You, Geoff” Moment: Geoff complains about having to apply for a job he’s already doing. According to him, they already have a young, capable British guy working there, and it’s only political correctness that’s forcing him to reapply. The fact that he angrily emphasizes “British” implies he doesn’t like the idea of working under a non-Englishman, and had a natural disdain for our Scottish Dougie. Dick.

As Kev gets showered, dressed and cleaned up by Derek and Vicki, he comments how it’s nice to have people care for him. The fact he’s trying to do something with his life has given him a boost of unexpected confidence. It’s nice to see Kev start to care about himself thanks to the care of others.

Later, the caravan arrives, courtesy of the successful grandson mentioned at the top of the show. He’s quick to drop it off and leave, but after a gentle nudge by Hannah, he sits with his grandfather for a bit. His grandfather tells a sweet story of him and the businessman as a boy going on camping holidays together. He taught him how to fly fish and, while they were good times, he doesn’t see his grandson much anymore due to his high-profile position. A sad reminder of how our busy lives can get in the way of the important stuff.

After his first look at the old caravan, Derek is ecstatic. The grandson can’t quite figure out why someone would want to live there, but Derek can’t be swayed. As Derek takes a look around, Kev breaks in his bed by simulating a variety of sexual positions, much to horror of everybody watching. With each position more strange than the last, it’s clear Kev will always be Kev, regardless of how well he’s dressed.

Derek - S2 - E2 - Kev Hump

Back in the day room, Kev and Derek enjoy a jar of two-year-old pickled onions they found in the caravan. The grandson looks on in disgust and, without being asked, starts talking loudly about his position at a very large investment back. He clearly wants the world to know how important he is. When nobody cares, he tries to explain how his job is to make rich people more money. Derek is baffled by this and through a number of direct questions, proves how silly the grandson’s job really is. Another example of Derek’s simple morality. He has everything he needs right there, and his contentment with his lot in life is more fulfilling than the grandson’s lofty position.

After a long discussion about Derek’s lack of care for personal finance and how he loves working in the home because of all the stories people tell, Derek asks the grandson how to make fishing lures. Seeing his confused look, Derek explains that the granddad told him stories their fly-fishing adventures. The grandson pauses for a moment and seems to have a moment of understanding. Derek reminds him that every moment with family is important because you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

The Derek Makes a Difference Moment: As Derek explains to the camera about the importance of old people, the grandson takes his grandfather to the home’s garden to do some “fly fishing.” The pair pop a beer, dip their lines in the tiny pond and share a moment. Derek looks on and, without a hint of self-satisfaction, smiles approvingly. He’s not happy he made a difference. He’s glad something was set right.

Derek - S2 - E2 - Grandson and Dad

Later in the day, after some advice from grandma on proper sperm maintenance, Tom and Hannah have one more try in the parked caravan. Hannah explains it’s literally the worse possible place for conception, but when you’re tied to your job, it’s the best option.

After the trailer-home coitus, Kev tells Hannah and Derek about his recent experience in AA. It looks like he’s on his way to recovery, and as a part of the program, he has to apologize for wrongdoings. Kev then proceeds to admit to Hannah, in graphic, awkward detail, his sexual fantasy revolving her. The odd part is that the dream doesn’t even end with them having sex. Even in Kev’s fantasy, Hannah rejects him, leaving him to finish himself off behind a wardrobe. Another sign of Kev’s sad mental state.

We next find Hannan conducting interviews for the caretaker position. After meeting a number of less-than-reputable candidates, Kev walks in. Kev is heartbreakingly nervous and when Hannah asks why he wants the job, Kev tears up. He wants to give back to Derek, Hannah and a group of people who make him feel nice. For the first time in his life, he’s trying to do something, and although he has no real qualifications, his heart is in the attempt.

The “Booooooo” Moment: As Kev leaves the interview room, Geoff saunters in wearing a high-priced suit. Booooooo …

Derek - S2 - E2 - Kev Drink

Back in the day room, Hannah has selected Geoff as the caretaker and has to tell Kev the bad news. Kev realizes it before she can even speak, and despite the sadness in his voice, tells Hannah he understands. Once she leaves, in full view of Derek, Tom and the rest of the residents, Kev angrily cracks open a beer. Other shows would have had Kev win out over the asshole, but Derek prides itself on emotional honesty. The ending is devastating but truthful. The road to recovery isn’t easy, and the smallest setback can slide an addict back into familiar vices. A sad but important lesson learned.

Episode 3 is right around the corner. Until then, try to #BeLikeDerek.

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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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