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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Jennifer’s Song” | Aired Aug 13, 2014

The season finale of Jennifer Falls started out promising, but left me feeling a little cheated as Jennifer, once again, found herself on the losing end of a terrible situation. Even though Chris D’Elia’s arc as Adam had great promise, the season ended with another disappointment for Jennifer and for us. I thought they were going to make a go of it … until that happened.

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 1.41.08 PMEverything started out well enough, as Jennifer comes into work with a smile on her face and an apology to Stephanie. Jennifer didn’t even act self-satisfied when Stephanie got weirded out at her happiness. Jennifer confides to Dina that she and Gretchen have been spending a lot of time at Adam’s house lately, and they are starting to feel like a real family. Dina starts to feel a little insecure about losing Jennifer again, but is reassured that there will always be a place for the crazy aunt in the tool shed.

We are further bolstered by the displays of affection in the next scene, as Adam proclaims his love for Jennifer’s stretch pants. The hope for them hits a high note when Adam asks the Jennifer and Gretchen  to move in. Gretchen is on board immediately, but Jennifer is far more reluctant. She says yes anyway, but you can see the panic start to set in.

Dina says what I’ve been thinking all along when Jennifer calls her to break the news: “This is how it all starts.” She’s Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 1.43.36 PMreferring to the suburban dream of living in a moderately affordable area of town four miles from a Six Flags. Just as I began to think this season was going to end up the way I wanted, Adam’s wife, Sherry, shows up at the door. Yes, you read that right.

To Jennifer’s surprise, Sherry knows a lot about her and Gretchen, and when Jennifer asks Adam about it, he assures her it was merely a green-card marriage for a band mate. While Jennifer believes Adam’s story, Dina is suspicious and predicts it’s a scheme for money. Because isn’t it always?

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 1.43.13 PMRealizing she and Adam have accidentally swapped phones, she is now tempted to snoop. Dina gives into the urge and they call the last number dialed, which is the unemployment office. Dina and Jennifer visit the ladies in the office, and there are quite a few laughs had at Jennifer’s expense. It was my favorite scene by far.

Although she didn’t get much information out of the ladies of the unemployment office, Jennifer is now officially suspicious, so she enlists Dina to do a little investigating at Adam’s apartment. Dina uncovers all sorts of secrets: Sherry is not really a band mate, but a nurse practitioner. She paid Adam to marry her. Just to be sure Adam is lying about pretty much everything, Dina and Jennifer visit the recording studio, where it is discovered that Adam owes them $8,000 and one Greek yogurt.

The final straw occurs when Gretchen’s car gets repossessed, and Jennifer confronts Adam about his lies. He feels bad adamondumsterenough, but when the moment presents itself, he tries to sneak out of the bar bathroom like a convict, but Jennifer catches him in the act. She’s not fighting mad, like I would be, but he comes clean about everything he’s been lying about.

Both Jennifer and Adam go to tell Gretchen the bad news about moving in together, and as she’s packing her suitcase, Adam attempts to come clean. Jennifer rescues him from breaking Gretchen’s heart and takes the blame for backing out of the move.

stephconfessesStephanie is getting closer to telling Wayne the truth about her birth control pills, and confesses to Maggie in a session for which Maggie will pay via barter. She presses Stephanie to tell the truth, but Stephanie won’t relent. As it turns out, she won’t have to come clean, since Wayne discovers her secret when the pharmacist sends him home with her freshly renewed prescription for birth control. He’s surprised, of course—but we are going to have to wait until next season to see the fallout.

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Jennifer Falls 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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