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'Jennifer Falls' recap: Get over yourself

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Dogs and Dads” | Aired July 30, 2014 |

Remember how I’ve been wishing for a love interest for Jennifer? Well, Jennifer Falls delivered big time with the scruffy, hipster-cute Chris D’elia as Jennifer’s ex, Adam. Jennifer comes face-to-face with her own baggage when Gretchen’s dad comes around with a big surprise.

jenniferGretchen turns 16 this week and Jennifer feels regretful that she can’t give her the big, extravagant gifts she originally promised. All she can afford now is a trip to Little Italy and a pizza—as long as Gretchen doesn’t go crazy with the toppings. She tries to plan a fun birthday party, but when Gretchen’s dad calls and makes plans to come, Gretchen is skeptical that he will even show up. Adam is a notorious flake, as super-handsome musicians sometimes are, and has been in and out (mostly out) of their lives since Jennifer got pregnant shortly after high school.

His flakiness doesn’t stop all of the other women from having shameless crushes on him; both Dina and Maggie want to adamget blowouts in anticipation of his arrival. I can totally understand this inclination, because when Adam shows up to the party, it is none other than my favorite smartass cutie, Chris D’Elia (Undateable).

He arrives at the party with a big surprise for Gretchen, who has one foot out the door on her way to the next party stop. Before Gretchen goes, Adam lays on the charm pretty thick—which, admittedly, made me swoon just a little—and presents Gretchen with a pink box with a keychain in it. Of course the keychain has the key to her new car on it, and Jennifer is completely upstaged and feeling a little less capable.

Suspicious of the car’s origins, she questions how he came upon it (did he steal it?) and is shocked to learn that he used adamcarthe money from his record deal to buy it. She is also a little embarrassed to admit that he is so much hotter now that he’s successful, which is a big change from the boner-killer he was in his money-borrowing days.

That night, Jennifer runs into Gretchen in the hallway, and Gretchen tells her mom that she is hopeful that this time is different; she thinks Adam is going to be around a lot more. Dubious, Jennifer warns her not to jump to any conclusions, and then Jennifer immediately jumps into bed with Adam, who is waiting for her in her room. Sexy, right?

adamwindowIn a less sexy move, Adam exits through the window in the middle of the night, and in doing so, he sees Taylor leaving Gretchen’s room. An extremely awkward family confrontation ensues and the police are called; probably by the nosy, alcoholic Gundersons from across the street.

Jennifer turns to Dina for more advice, and as Dina fixes Jennifer’s car, she also adjusts Jennifer’s attitude. Dina calls her out on begrudging Adam’s presence in Gretchen’s life, and Jennifer realizes that it’s not the worst thing in the world for Gretchen to have her dad back.

Abashed, Jennifer jumps in her newly fixed car, and sets out on the saddest car chase ever, so that she can tell Gretchencarchase and Adam that she’s not mad. They think she’s going to yell at them, so they try to dodge her, resulting in her getting a ticket. All’s well that ends well as they pick her up from the side of the road, and she gets to tell them what she had been trying to at every stoplight. After Jennifer gives Adam and Gretchen her blessing, he announces that he has postponed his tour so that he can spend more time with Gretchen, and Jennifer has mixed feelings. (Not me. I’m thrilled).

In other news, Wayne adopts a dog, Hank, but can’t train him, which makes Stephanie feel both vindicated and guilty about her decision to lie to him about her birth control pills. Stephanie confesses her secret to Hank, but can’t bring herself to tell Wayne. When Hank eats an entire piece of chocolate cake, Wayne rushes Hank to the doctor and then spends the entire stephwaynehanknight nursing him back to health. This makes Stephanie realize she can count on Wayne as a parent after all, but she still can’t bring herself to tell him the truth.

Who else is as excited for Chris D’Elia to join the cast of Jennifer Falls? Do y’all want him to be the love interest I’ve been hoping for?

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