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'LeAnn & Eddie' recap: Deer jerky

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Grand Ole Dad” | Aired July 31, 2014

The two biggies this week on LeAnn & Eddie are LeAnn’s appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, and Eddie’s complete ineptitude at impressing her dad. At least, that’s what I was interested in this week.

OncouchWhen LeAnn is invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry, they decide to (sorta) stay with her father in Nashville. Well, Lebanon, Tennessee. It becomes clear before the plane ever leaves LAX that Eddie is going to be a “fish out of water.” He balks at this characterization, making the contrast of their Malibu home with the rural farm all the more striking; however, even though LeAnn is the one doing the teasing about Eddie not fitting in, she has packed like a royal princess. When Eddie calls attention to his one carry-on bag, she retorts, “Do I look like the kind of girl to care about baggage fees?” At least she’s self-aware.

The ride to her father’s house is purely expositional, as we learn a little background on LeAnn’s family situation. Her father, Wilbur, was previously her manager and producer, but there was a lawsuit between them when there was suspicion of mismanagement of her money. Just when I had my heart set on an extremely awkward family reunion, she tells us that they have repaired their relationship and have moved past all the ugliness. I was disappointed for purely selfish reasons. I’ll admit it: I’m a little bit of a monster.

When they arrive, LeAnn reveals that she and Eddie will be staying in the giant eyesore of a tour bus that is parked in her dad’s front yard for the two nights they are in town. They say their hellos and promptly take a tour of the bus, reminiscing, a little awkwardly, about old times. The talk turns to … what else but deer jerky? To LeAnn’s credit, she tries to fancy it up by calling it “venison jerky,” but the effort is lost on everyone else.

Since LeAnn will be super-busy with her Opry appearance, Wilbur and her little brother Cameron volunteer to entertain EddieEddie at home, and by “entertain” I mean “humiliate.” They start with a little steer roping because … why not, right? Eddie is terrible at it, and Wilbur tells him as much. When LeAnn strides up, gives Eddie her purse and makes the shot on the first toss, Eddie starts to think his attempts to impress Wilbur aren’t going to be enough. LeAnn’s story about shooting a raccoon with a shotgun when she was four doesn’t offer much reassurance to Eddie about Wilbur.

To further drive the point home, Wilbur and Cameron put Eddie on a horse. Eddie has an extremely inflated streak of confidence that stems from his time on a movie set with Chuck Norris (and he’s equipped with all the requisite jokes to boot). His confidence is short-lived because he promptly falls off the horse. Sorry Eddie, but this was the highlight of the half-hour. I told you I was a monster.

Eddie shows up to LeAnn’s performance with a limp, and she is about as sympathetic as I am. The backstage scene at the Opry is full of energy, and she meets and chats up Amy Grant before she goes on. When she finally does hit the stage, she really reminds us of how she earned those Grammys. Say what you will about her and her antics, but she has an amazing voice. And apparently, if you can believe next week’s previews, an amazing ass.

What did you guys think about meeting LeAnn’s family? What insights does it give y’all?

LeAnn & Eddie, rated TV-14, airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30C on VH1.

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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