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Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Liquor Store; Exterminator; Car Wash” | Aired July 22, 2014

This week, we are blessed with three, not the usual two, business-improvement schemes. It makes me wonder how many vignettes were actually filmed for the season and how many are unused. I may just be overflowing with love for this show, but the segments just keep getting better and better.

2014-07-23_0757A liquor store is looking for business; why not advertise that they sell liquor to minors? The legal loophole, Nathan reasons, is that they can’t actually take the alcohol home. Nathan and the owner implement a coat-check tagging system for them to pick up in … say, two to five years. But Nathan’s business acumen tells him that it’s not really the liquor, it’s the bragging rights about buying the liquor. He sets up a mock “cool basement” where the teens can take pictures with their liquor. Well, Nathan’s idea of “cool.”

Still, how can he get the word out about this liquor store? Go into deep cover with the youth. Nathan hires a teen actor to infiltrate the local high school, and Nathan coaches him on what kids are into these days:

The liquor store achieves success—until Nathan has another surprise for the owner, which includes some trickery and a male stripper. Because, of course.

Nathan continues on his winning streak and pitches his plan to Javier, an exterminator: Hotels are reluctant to hire exterminators because it may cause patrons to think there are problems, so Javier should disguise his business as a “hotel awards” company. Nathan arranges for a huge, obnoxious trophy, which is secretly hiding exterminating equipment. Nathan has also arranged for a maid’s cart with a hidden bottom for Javier to hide in to sneak him into the rooms.


How can Nathan make this even more over-the-top? To remove bedbug-ridden mattresses, it makes perfect sense to disguise them as a ceremonial Chinese dragon, of course.


This is where Nathan Fielder really shines: intentionally concocting bizarre business plans that ironically cost time, energy and finances that render the business idea completely unprofitable, much like the ridiculously expensive gravestone. Nathan is best when he ventures into bizarre territory; I’ll go ahead and say he is quickly becoming a modern-day Andy Kaufman.

Finally, Nathan helps a car-wash business: If more birds crapped on cars, people would be more likely to go to the car wash across the street. Nathan brings in chicks, pigeons and finally a peacock to sit on a high tree branch. He then distracts the cars’ owners to stay long enough to have the birds drop their business onto the cars. He even “took some in the mouth,” a moment you’ll want to DVR and rewatch several times, and hilarious because it isn’t planned or staged.

“Well, I guess we had a few more cars than usual,” the owner admits, and Nathan asks to be employee of the month. Of course, he demands a ceremony in front of the other hardworking employees, a trophy and $200 in cash. Nathan heads out into the world again, achieving some great business success, but once again without love or friendship.

I have to wonder what the budget is for the show, especially since the schemes are getting even more complicated. Especially his notorious “Dumb Starbucks” stunt, which we finally get to see in next week’s episode. It looks like it was worth every penny.

Nathan for You airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30C on Comedy Central.

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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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