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Season 1 | Episodes 8 and 9 | “Breakups” / “Separate Lives” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

NBC pulled a fast one on us and aired a special online episode this week. I’m glad I watched it because that particular episode had quite a few twists and turns involving four main characters. If you haven’t seen it, you will be thoroughly confused. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. I’ll fill you in on what you need to know. (You can watch the full episode online. It’s only available until Sept 27.)

Emma’s friend Marcus is coming to crash on the couch for a couple of days. Bruce develops a major man crush on Marcus. They bond over backpacking stories and the movie Tootsie. Bruce’s tune quickly changes when Emma asks him to stop drooling all over her ex-boyfriend. Bruce freaks and Emma soothes his nerves by telling him you never end up with your first love.

Welcome to SwedenViveka has decided to leave Birger because he’s so predictable. She wants a more spontaneous life! Birger literally drops to the ground clutching his chest when she tells him. Marcus hops in and saves the day. Bruce is relieved when they find out Birger is going to be OK. He suggests that he and Emma leave for New York the next day. She is appalled that he would still leave in the midst of a family crisis. They hug, kiss, and cry before he leaves for the airport without her. The episodes ends with Bruce looking out the window of a cab with one single tear rolling down his face. Let the record show that we also have our first pair of milk braids of the series.

Don’t you feel all caught up? I knew you would appreciate the milk braid part. Moving on!

Bruce hits an all-American restaurant the minute he lands. He’s overwhelmed by the menu and equally underwhelmed by the waiter who mistakenly thought he was both European and gay based on his perfectly tailored wardrobe. Bruce orders two apple pies and a cup of weak coffee just to spite him.

Back in Sweden, Emma and Gustaf console their father in his hospital bed. Gustaf wants to know if Birger saw a light, or an angel or his hamster when he died? Emma is concerned that her mother has not visited yet. She finds Viveka in her office, cursing her computer. How hard is it to change a relationship status from married to “it’s complicated?” Viveka finally notices that her daughter is stressed out. She prescribes the perfect medicine: girl’s night!

Bruce finds Amy Poehler behind a desk hiding from the IRS. She has fired her entire staff except one guy named Pepe who doesn’t know he’s been fired because he doesn’t speak English. Amy asks Bruce how to say “fired” in Spanish. Bruce mumbles “fuego” and Pepe hands him a lighter.

I don’t know about you, but Pepe is slowly becoming my favorite cast member.

Amy drops the first of many bags of shredded documents on Bruce’s desk and makes fun of his Welcome to Swedenjoke tie. Spoiler: it wasn’t a joke. It was just Swedish. After pouring over the files, he stands at the copier confused. He has no idea how to work it. Pepe explains in perfect English. He’s been faking it so Amy doesn’t fire him. His name is actually Gary, and he’s Cherokee.

I love Pepe Gary.

Amy bullies Bruce into afternoon drinks when he starts whining about Emma. Amy wants Bruce to stay in America and is willing to buy Bruce 10 shorter Emmas to replace the current one who is way too tall.

Speaking of Emma, the tall blonde arrives home to the waiting arms of the other tall blond. Marcus consoles his depressed friend by offering to have sex with her. Emma’s look of disgust is followed by Marcus claiming he was just kidding. Uh huh.

Amy orders four tequilas at the local watering hole. Her mission? Get Bruce drunk so she can remind him that he is American. When he asks the barkeep to put on the soccer game, it hits Amy that Bruce is worse that she thought. It’s time to call for reinforcements.

Bruce isn’t the only one watching the soccer game. Viveka took Emma to a bar so they could mingle with boys. Emma is embarrassed by her mother’s belly shirt, tight pants and that she keeps referring to herself as a cougar. Viveka looks into her daughter’s eyes and tells her that there are so many things she has never done before. She’s never been skinny dipping or run through the street barefoot.

Then Viveka gets a wild look in her eyes. She strips off her shoes and jogs down the street with Emma calling after her. Naturally she steps on a piece of glass. This is exactly what our parents warned us about when we were kids.

Emma: Would you like to go skinny dipping before the hospital?

Marcus drives Emma and Viveka to the hospital. Emma glows when her father hobbles down the hallway, searching for his wife. Marcus wants to celebrate that fate brought them together. Emma assumes “them” is Viveka and Birger. We know “them” is Marcus and Emma.

Emma suggests a corner hot dog stand. Marcus takes her to a nice Italian place. There are violins, oysters, candlelight and wine. Emma mellows enough to apologize to Marcus for being so difficult. He holds her hand, as one friend comforting another (please), just as the dessert menu is placed on the table. Emma opens it up and discovers a diamond ring. She freaks out at Marcus’ audacity to waltz in and ruin her life. She storms out of the restaurant leaving a dazed Marcus at the table.

As it turns out, the ring accidentally dropped in the fold of the menu. It belonged to the waitress.

Bruce is now officially inebriated. He hasn’t talked to Emma due to the fact that Aubrey purposely dropped his cell phone in a glass of water. She tells Bruce that Emma has more than likely moved on and the best thing he can do is take another shot.

Welcome back to the U.S., Bruce!

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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