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'Welcome to Sweden' finale recap: I have a dream

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Home” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

Bruce, our fearless friend who gave up everything in New York to move across the world so he could begin a new chapter with the love of his life, wakes up half naked in Aubrey Plaza’s bed. This is not a good start to his three-month stint back in the States.

Welcome to SwedenBruce: Did we have sex?
Aubrey: Yes!

Bruce: How was it?
Aubrey: Amazing.
Bruce: Now I know you’re lying. No one has ever said that to me.

Aubrey complains to Bruce that he’s too Swedish. All he did was talk about Emma in his sleep, along with IKEA, Volvos and herring. Bruce decides right then and there that he is Swedish and he wants to spend every minute with Emma.

Emma is still reeling with the separation of her parents. Her mom is perusing dating sites and choosing men who look exactly like her father. She and Gustaf console Birger by taking him to the summer house. Gustaf encourages his father to embrace his singleness. Emma jerks him away to figure out his motive. Gustaf assumes that if their parents get divorced, they will have two celebrations with each holiday. That’s twice the presents and food! Emma reminds him that if their parents get divorced, Viveka will replace Gustaf with a new man and he will be forced to live with Birger. Who will wash his clothes and pay for things? On that note, Gustaf is officially on board with reuniting Viveka and Birger.

Welcome to SwedenBruce is trying desperately to reunite with Emma. There aren’t any flights into Stockholm, which is odd. (Read: Amy Poehler bought them all.) Bruce tries to win over the girl at the counter by comparing his situation to a romantic comedy. She is unfazed but can get him on a flight that has quite a few stops and a middle seat that doesn’t recline next to the bathroom. He is forced to take it after another man isn’t willing to give up the ticket he purchased for his dog.

Emma tells her father he must do something to win Viveka back. Birger puts on his old sea captain uniform and tries to woo his wife. It doesn’t work. Gustaf suggests they attend a group meeting that teaches people how to cope with being alone. The group just happens to be for widows, but they embrace his loss and give him a new perspective. He has a chance to make things right. His wife is alive, and he should do everything he can to make her happy.

Gustaf and Emma escort Viveka to the summer house. Birger comes out wearing a nice suit and his captain’s hat. He tells her that he wants every day to be an adventure with her. And then he sticks a for sale sign in the yard. He sweeps her up and carries her off into the sunset. Well, he almost carries her off. His back gives out about 20 steps in. It was still romantic.

Emma leaves for the airport to catch her flight to New York. While she is riding up the escalator, Bruce is riding down. He professes his love and she professes it right back. They meet at the top and share a kiss. Just like the movies!

Welcome to season 2, 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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