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'The Awesomes' recap: School is in

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Tim Goes to School” | Aired Aug 11, 2014

The life of a superhero, dear reader, is a hard one. One minute you’re busy saving the world from a disgruntled former accountant; the next moment, you’re being shot down by an army of prejudiced ape-men at a destination wedding on Catalina Island. While it seems there is no rest for the truly heroic, there are some tasks that are more mundane than others. And so, we find the Awesomes this week dealing with the public education system.

While he may be one of the most powerful and heroic superheroes on Earth, Tim is also an 11-year-old boy; as it turns out, the law says that he has to go to school. And who should show up to enforce that law but the Awesomes’ token buzzkill, Joyce Mandrake, head of the Government Office of Superhero Affairs (voiced by Rachel Dratch). Longtime viewers will remember that the last time Ms. Mandrake visited Awesome Mountain, it was to arrest Perfect Man on accusations of treason. And while our heroes succeeded in breaking Perfect Man out of prison, they have not yet found him a better home than the meeting room of Awesome Mountain, which made it a bit awkward when Ms. Mandrake came back around.

With Perfect Man posing as a cardboard cutout of himself in the corner, the Awesomes discuss the issue of Tim’s schooling. Ever since California Man and his flying surfboard mistook San Francisco for the capital of California instead of Sacramento, it has been government policy to require all superheroes to get a full education. Coincidentally, Muscleman and Frantic also never finished school, so the whole team heads back to middle school! Prock, Concierge, Impresario and Gadget Gal all pose as members of the school staff to ensure Tim’s safety. And while the Awesomes can do a lot to keep Tim safe as a team, he is the only one who can control his ability to transform into a gigantic, raging sumo wrestler, so the team makes him promise he won’t lose his cool.

Meanwhile, Prock confides in his best friend, Muscleman, about lady problems. Apparently, ever since last week, when Prock saved Muscleman’s sister with CPR, she has been sending him inappropriate messages. Prock doesn’t know how to deal with the situation, but it’s making him feel terrible when he is with his actual girlfriend, Jaclyn Stone, the lawyer from Perfect Man’s case (voiced by Amy Poehler).

At school, Tim is making friends almost as quickly as he’s making enemies. On his first day, a girl named Kate Walker takes him around and shows him the ropes. At the end of the tour, though, the school bullies are staked out by his locker. And while they try to get a rise out of the new student, Tim just imagines a beautiful sunset and keeps his cool the entire time. It seems like Tim might just manage to fit in at the school.

In an entirely different part of the world, Malocchio Junior is trying to put together a team of supervillains to defeat the Awesomes. He has already recruited Elliot Levy-Apelstein and given him the evil superpower serum. While it’s still unclear how the potion works, it seems to give everyone their own special superpower. For Elliot, this means the ability to stretch his body into any shape or size. Malocchio Junior tells him he must also take on a new evil name. After much consideration, Elliot Levy-Apelstein decides to become Jeff Levy-Apelstein. Tremble before him, tiny humans! Together, Jeff and Malocchio Junior form the Primates Really Into Crime and Killing Sprees. You can feel free to do the math on what their special evil anagram is.

Back at Spiro Agnew Middle School, Prock is having an even harder time keeping his team in line than his class. With Muscleman and Frantic as poorly behaved as ever, Prock struggles to get through an algebra lesson without distraction. However, it turns out that plan was ill-fated from the beginning, when the gorgeous Miss Sampson comes strutting in asking to borrow some chalk. Miss Sampson is totally into Prock and makes no secret of it.

At lunch, Tim struggles to keep his powers a secret when the bullies start making fun of his new friend, Kate. He keeps it together fairly well for a little while, but eventually loses it and goes full sumo, scaring the bullies away. When he turns back, Kate is unfazed, and the two finish their sandwiches together.

The next day, the bullies are back and urging Tim to sumo out. They tell him it is really cool, and that it makes them want to hang out with him. With Tim in sumo mode, the group skips school and makes trouble around town. It seems like Tim has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Fortunately, after school that day, Prock gives Tim a talk about doing the right thing that ends with Tim promising to do better.

The next day at school, Tim tells the bullies he can’t hang out with them anymore. They don’t take that very well. In fact, they break into the vice principal’s office to make fun of Kate over the PA system. When they mock her for being poor, Tim does his best to control himself. He walks down to the office and confronts them using his words. He tells the bullies that Kate is an awesome person and they should be nicer to her. After Tim sings the love song he wrote for Kate, the bullies reveal the mic is still on and the whole school heard him. Tim goes all-out sumo, losing control and raining mayhem on Spiro Agnew Middle School.

With the help of Metal Fella, whom longtime readers will recall is secretly Prock’s ex-girlfriend Hotwire in disguise, the Awesomes try to haul in the sumo. But when Hotwire hears about all the women clambering all over Prock these days, she bails on the mission. Fortunately, a new hero comes in to save the day. It’s Tim’s new friend Kate, who, it turns out, has secretly been a superhero all along. She blows bubblegum bubbles to stop the police from firing on the sumo, then talks Tim down from his perch atop the school flagpole. All in a day’s work.

After the Awesomes have packed it in at school, the rest of the students are heading out at the end of the day. But on his way out, the head of the bullies, Pablo, is pulled into a limo by an elastic ape arm, and a shadowy, accountant-shaped figure offers him a new career as a supervillain.

Will Malocchio Junior’s supervillain league come together? Does destroying an entire middle school get Tim out of having to earn a high school diploma? What does the future hold for Prock and his many women of interest? And when will Hotwire tell her team that she’s still alive? For these answers and many more, tune in next week, dear reader! Same Awesomes time. Same Awesomes channel. Until then, leave some love in the comments to let us know what you’re thinking about the Awesomes.

The Awesomes can be seen on Hulu.

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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