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'LeAnn & Eddie' recap: A matter of taste

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “The Elephant in the Room” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

I have been very forgiving of LeAnn and Eddie so far this season, suspending my belief in moments that I really shouldn’t have. That’s the spirit of reality television after all, but I feel like this show might be stretching my willingness to look the other way a little too far with both of the major plot arcs this week.

LAE4The story in which LeAnn and Eddie argue over designing their Malibu home is far less contrived than the scenes with LeAnn and her line of clear handbags but does feature a mischievous Eddie pulling a prank on his princess-y wife, and I always love it when he’s teasing her.

In the opening scene, we see LeAnn and her interior designer Jonathan having a long conversation about tables: where they should go, where they should be moved to, how many there are. Among all this talk about tables, Eddie walks in and gives his opinion, when asked, about said tables and LeAnn promptly does the opposite of his suggestion. This scene is meant to establish a pattern of LeAnn’s, in which she doesn’t care about others’ opinions, unless they agree with her own. Check.

Eddie and LeAnn take a ride on the freeway, dodging paparazzi and Eddie brings up the exchange at the house. He calls her out on her inability to listen to anyone else and refuses to be appeased by her obvious attempts to appease him. In response, LeAnn gives him the opportunity to show off his designing skills in their media room, and Eddie makes her promise not to offer her advice unless asked.

The ensuing bit gets pretty funny when Eddie, LeAnn and Jonathan go shopping at a home store. Everything LAE2LeAnn suggests, Eddie vetos. Everything Eddie likes is so tacky and over the top that LeAnn can’t help but chime in with her disapproval. Seeing the twinkle in Eddie’s eye when he shuts her down, reminding her she can’t offer an unsolicited opinion, is enough to get me through the next few scenes, which explore LeAnn and Eddie’s new venture of clear handbags.

These moments feel so rehearsed and contrived that I couldn’t even pretend to be interested. Even when LeAnn’s friend Liz suggests they put naughty products in the bag and goad the paparazzi into snapping pics for free publicity, I was yawning a little. LeAnn gets up to go to the bathroom right in time for a mom from the boys’ school to stop by, and then that same mom conveniently cancelled a play date with one of Eddie’s sons. LeAnn assumes it was the tequila, vibrator, pregnancy test and handcuffs that were in the bag, but when she asked her, it was really just because of morning sickness. They might as well have been reading off cue cards, it was so wooden and predictable.

LAE1All the while, Eddie and Terrell are working hard at making the media room looks as terrible and ugly as possible, so when LeAnn sees the real media room prepared by Jonathan, she’ll feel tricked, and we’ll all get a good laugh at her expense (thus the need for the scene at the top of the episode). These are my favorite versions of LeAnn and Eddie. I love Eddie when he’s naughty and mischievous, and I love LeAnn when she’s being a pouty diva and knows it. LeAnn wound up loving the room and conceded that Eddie did, in fact, have good taste when he had help from a designer.

I am intrigued by scenes from next week’s season finale. The preview hints at a pregnancy, and I, for one, am rooting for one. I know that’s probably not popular opinion, but I think it would be cute. What do y’all think?

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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