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'LeAnn & Eddie' recap: BootyGate

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Eating and Tweeting” | Aired Aug 7, 2014

By now, we get the rhythm of LeAnn & Eddie. There are usually a couple of main plot points, and a whole lot of silliness in between. Those lines get a little blurry this week as the main crises of the episode turn out to be sheer hilarity.

As handsome and charming as Eddie seems to be, I love that he is such a giant dork. He doesn’t know what his assistant means by “BT dub,” and when he tries to convince LeAnn of his trendiness, he cites knowing how to twerk and use emoticons and “give someone knuckles” as evidence. You just can’t help but laugh at him. There is a bit of an age difference between them, and LeAnn cites this as the underlying cause for being out of touch. I’m not convinced.

The first of the major plot points comes via text, when Eddie discovers he has to do a photo shoot for Men’s Fitness by the pool, ostensibly in a swimsuit. He immediately pushes his pancakes away, and starts plotting his new regimen of starvation and two-a-day workouts. LeAnn tells him he’s in good shape, but when his worry persists, she changes tactics, saying, “You’re being a bitch.” That’s one way to motivate, LeAnn.

Next up, BootyGate explodes over breakfast as LeAnn discovers she’s inadvertently tweeted a picture of her backside, cellphonetweetwearing thong only. While trying to tweet a picture of her pancakes, she didn’t realize that making breakfast in your apron, black panties and thong might backfire on her.

The fallout isn’t really as bad as she makes it out. She gets a little good-natured teasing from her mother who calls her out immediately at their family barbecue: “What’s this I hear about you tweeting your butt on the Twitter?” Mom’s mostly okay with it, since Eddie makes sure to compliment LeAnn’s mom on her contribution to the “good butt jeans.”

leannmomMy favorite part of this barbeque scene, however, is Eddie’s struggle to avoid the buffet of delicious red meat. While he picks over a green salad, complaining about it the whole time, MJ is making mouth-love to a slab of ribs right in front of Eddie. I love that Eddie is not pretending that keeping in shape just comes naturally. I also love that once the photo shoot is over, every scene from then on is of him scooping some sort of sweet treat into his mouth—including a cake that says “Happy Birthday, Lisa” without a Lisa in sight. Hilarious.

I can’t leave this recap without at least mentioning Eddie in the tanning booth. He’s self-aware enough to be embarrassed about it, but a good enough sport to still let it air. I like him more and more every episode. He tries to assess where this activity might fall on the masculinity scale, and he puts it somewhere between mani-pedis and full-body waxes. We obviously have different barometers for masculinity, but I love that is letting that vanity flag fly. Moretanningbooth power to him.

Even if LeAnn’s mom wasn’t all that upset about her booty-tweet, LeAnn’s publicist loses her mind. As it becomes apparent that folks are talking about it and coming up with brilliant hashtags (#RimesWithBooty), they have a series of meetings to strategize about how to do damage control. I get that LeAnn is a little embarrassed, but let’s be honest: This butt shot is about the least of her Twitter transgressions, and she looks great in it anyway. I don’t really get the big deal, but I’ve never accidentally tweeted a private part, so I maybe I am underreacting.

buttshotLeAnn finally comes around in the perspective department and decides to fight humor with humor. Instead of coming out to the press all straight-faced and apologetic, or getting all sue-y, she enacts a plan in which she tweets a picture of Eddie’s butt. Smart thinking, seeing as nobody minds seeing Eddie Cibrian’s booty—especially now that he has a magazine photo shoot to promote (which didn’t feature one picture of Eddie in a bathing suit). All that work for nothing.

I don’t know about y’all, but the more I watch them, the more I love ‘em. I find their willingness to laugh at themselves completely endearing, Brandi is mentioned less and less, and their dynamic as couple is starting to emerge.

What’s your opinion? Love ’em or hate ’em? Tweet me all about it.

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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