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Season 2 | Episode 15 | “Viva Las Vegas” | Aired Feb 26, 2001

Since I last wrote, there’s been lots of drama involving Michael. He received a large sum of money from the family of a girl who turns out to be semi-related to Michael in a complicated way. We already knew that our favorite aliens are actually hybrids with human DNA, and that DNA had to come from somewhere. Michael’s “donor” was this girl Laurie Dupree’s grandfather. Long story short, her guardians pay Michael to leave her alone.

Naturally, then, Michael doesn’t feel comfortable keeping this money, so he’s desperate to spend it all in one place: Vegas. He initially only invites Max, but word spreads through the grapevine and the whole gang ends up skipping out on school to get a head start on their vacation. Out of everyone, Liz is the most reluctant to go because Vegas was where she and Max eloped in Future Max’s timeline.

Once they arrive in their fancy penthouse suite, Michael fixes everyone’s IDs with fake names and legal birthdays so they can all leave him alone. Kyle takes an interest in the table games, but Michael really uses his powers to his advantage when he and Max are playing. They end up in jail for cheating, which is always a good place for friends on this show to be honest with each other. The reason Michael wanted this trip to be just he and Max was because they’ve been too busy discovering their otherworldly identities and previous lives; they never make the time to be normal guys anymore.

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Maria is off auditioning for what she thinks is supposed to be a lounge singer, but it turns out to actually be a call for strippers. The last thing she wants to do is bail Michael out of jail, but she should be lucky she did. Contrary to her belief, Michael does appreciate everything she does for him. He’s so sweet when he arranges for her to sing onstage at the supper club at the end.

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Isabel is off doing her own thing too. She gets invited to a stranger’s wedding in a Vegas chapel after she uses her powers to remove a stain from the bride’s dress. Her interest in older men continues when she and the best man take off for some alone time in his hotel room.

Alex is surprised when Isabel joins everyone at the fancy dinner Maria had planned. That’s when Isabel says that guy was everything she wanted from Vegas, but she couldn’t go through with anything. Alex deserves a lot better than the games she plays with his heart. It says a lot about his character that he still puts up with her, even though he swears he’s got a new perspective on the situation after his trip to Sweden. He doesn’t want to be the pathetic puppy lusting after Isabel forever, but it’s clear he’s always going to have a soft spot for her. Poor guy.

Liz may have needed the most convincing to go along on this trip, but she was the easiest to please once she was there. She folds under pressure and blows her and Tess’s cover when they’re carded on the casino floor. Now they’re stuck in the kiddie arcade. Of course, neither of them is happy to be together with the other, and they make that known. Glad to see there’s no change there!

Max had a strange case of déjà vu when he saw a couple who just got married. He saw himself as the groom and Liz as the bride. For a brief moment after he tells Liz about this later, it looks like she’s about to tell him the truth about the life they almost had together. I do wonder: If she did spill right then, would their future have already changed enough?

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Valenti crashes their party when he shows up in their suite after this fun night out. He’s more mad that they didn’t tell him where they were going because he knows the kind of trouble they could easily get in. Having since lost his job as sheriff, Jim is taking on the most important role in his life: a parent to Kyle, Tess and, in a way, this whole group. He’s taking Kyle and Tess home with him and, of course, he’ll be calling everyone else’s parents.

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The next episode I’ll cover is “Cry Your Name”—but I highly suggest you watch/rewatch the prom episode as well. It’s a nice transition from this innocent fun to the life-changing drama that soon unfolds. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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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