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‘The Almighty Johnsons’ recap: There’s a new god in town

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Goddesses, Axl, Come in All Forms” | Aired Aug 15, 2014

It was a busy episode for the Johnson family. “The Quest” is in full swing, the Johnsons come face-to-face with the goddess squad, and they meet the God of Thunder—though this is starting to feel like a normal cycle for the Johnsons.

The August 15 episode opens with an older lady standing outside her house, where she gets hit by a freaking meteorite! Anyway, both Olaf and the goddesses’ oracle, Ingrid (Rachel Nash), see this as a sign of the Frig, so of course a road trip is in order. Olaf, Anders and Axl are a go for team Johnson, and Michele and Ingrid are taking one for the goddess squad.

Deciding to stay behind, Ty spends more time with Dawn … though Ty is beginning to believe that he is entering the friend zone with Dawn. Poor Ty: He just wants some good old-fashioned love. Well, it actually turns out that Anders told Dawn that Ty is not interested in women.

Once Dawn realizes that Ty is actually really into her, they have a full on make-out session! Get it, Ty and Dawn!

The groups of gods and goddesses both show up for the funeral being held for the older lady. The goddesses confront the gods and let them know that they are no longer trying to kill Axl; they just want to find the Frig before them. Game on!

During the church ceremony, both Olaf and Ingrid get a strange feeling about one of the members of the departed’s family. Though the group may have been looking for a goddess, they found a god. And not just any god—intro to Thor (Geoff Dolan)!

Unlike the Marvel Thor we are more used to, The Almighty Johnsons‘ Thor marches to the beat of his own drum. Thor is a bit of a mad hothead who believes his daughter, Delphine (Olivia Tennet), is the Frig.

Anders and Olaf leave Axl at Thor’s and join Michele and Ingrid at a motel. So starts the ship of Olaf and Ingrid!

Axl is having an awful time with Delphine, who is totally not the Frig. Delphine admits that she’s in love with another dude, and is actually pregnant with said dude’s child. Axl is so over all of this, and is ready to confront Thor with the news. When Axl tries to make a clear break, Thor goes kind of mad and traps Axl in his house.

Axl calls Anders to come rescue him. Michele and Ingrid bail and Anders and Olaf head out to save Axl from Thor. Though it seems like Axl is starting to put on his big-boy pants as Odin, Axl takes charge! They escape Thor’s mountain and return home, no closer to finding the Frig.

“Odin has spoken; we are all cool.” Yep—welcome Axl Johnson to the big-boy club!

The Almighty Johnsons airs Fridays at 11/10C on Syfy.

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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