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'Married' recap: Moving on

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Invisible Man” | Aired Aug 21, 2014

This week, Married is all about moving on. Russ is moving on from his vasectomy, Lina is moving on from having babies, and Shep is attempting to move on in his career with a new music client named Tammy (which majorly turns Jess on).

Russ worries he’s becoming invisible when a teenage girl changes in front of him at the pool. “Don’t worry, no one’s here,” she says to her friend within earshot of Russ. Then, later at the doctor’s office, he is turned away because he can’t pay his $550 copay. Stressing about his apparent invisibility, he asks for Lina’s help. She advises him to march back into the office, take down the receptionist’s name, and threaten to let it go to collection. “Being broke makes you crafty,” Lina says with a grimace.


Russ goes back to the doctor’s office, and hits the receptionist, DeeDee, with a less-than-successful ultimatum/threat, which somehow ends up with him warning her that she will get fired if she doesn’t let him keep his appointment. Luckily, his doctor swoops in at the last minute and lets him in (not knowing Russ can’t make his payment).

Meanwhile, Lina is dropping off garbage bags full of old baby stuff at a local Goodwill store and attempting to emotionally disconnect from the nostalgia of her girls’ childhood. “Do you think I could meet the person who gets my stuff?” she asks the uninterested Goodwill employee. Answer? Nope.


Shep has studio time booked for his singer, Tammy, but she flakes out on the recording session. Tammy calls Shep and tells him that she’s late, literally and figuratively—she’s pregnant, and has decided to put her music career on hold. Shep’s chance at reigniting his career is gone, and Jess isn’t ready to give up. She advises Shep to ask Tammy to consider “getting rid of” the child. “Tell her that having kids is going to ruin her life,” Jess says, getting into a real fight with Shep. (Is it just me, or does everyone on this show just really hate their children?)

At his doctor’s appointment, Russ learns that he is recovering perfectly from the surgery and everything is “perfectly boring down there.” The last thing he has to do is give one more semen sample. But of course, the depository room is right next to DeeDee’s desk, and the main lobby where a young girl and her father are studying for a math test. They also don’t have the exact kind of porn that he prefers.

Russ calls Lina and asks for “help” with giving his sample, and despite being in the middle of a thrift store, she obliges, which leads to an incredibly long and awkward phone-sex scene, complete with Lina moaning loudly in front of a dozen thrift-store customers and Russ screaming, “I’m gonna put a baby inside you!” loud enough for the entire doctor’s office to hear.

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On her way out of the thrift shop, Lina runs into the customer who bought her bassinet: a woman with a bright blue mohawk and a nose piercing. But she’s not buying it for a baby—she’s buying it for her pet ferret. And not even as a bed for him, but as a coffin to bury him in. Because he has cancer.

Shep decides not to recommend an abortion to his client, and Jess is visibly a little disappointed. She just liked seeing him excited and motivated by something for once, and didn’t want to lose that energy. They have to keep making money somehow, so she declines Shep’s invitation to watch a movie, to go into the office and get stuff done instead. But instead of going to the office, she actually ends up alone at the bar. And when a guy with long hair wearing a motorcycle jacket hits on her, she doesn’t shut him down.

As Russ and Lina finally find some peace of mind in their relationship this week, they pass the Unhappy Marriage Baton off to Jess and Shep, further proving that Married is a show preoccupied with discontentment and depression. Someone must always be fundamentally unhappy, because apparently, that’s how real life works.

Married airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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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