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'Drunk History' season finale recap: Run the world

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “First Ladies” | Aired Sept 10, 2014

Drunk History has always been on a mission to tell history’s lesser known stories, so it’s fitting that the second season should end on America’s first ladies. No one seems to know anything about them, and when they do, they judge each woman based on how toned her arms are and how well she throws shade. First ladies have so much more to teach us. Let Drunk History show you the way.

1. Shine bright like your husband, the president, is telling you not to.

When Grover Cleveland (Bobby Moynihan) took over as president in 1885, he was unmarried. By default this made him the most eligible bachelor in the country, but he still needed his sister Rose to play his matchmaker, which doesn’t say anything good about Grover. Rose invited a woman by the name of Emma Folsom (Paget Brewster) to visit the White House, but Grover was more taken by Emma’s 21-year-old daughter, Frances (Alia Shawkat). Emma went so far as to send Frances to Europe to try to shut that down, but Grover proposed to Frances in a letter and she accepted. (“It was like a Khloe and Lamar sort of nine-day wedding situation.”)

The President’s new, young wife quickly became an “it girl,” and companies exploited her image to sell anything that needed selling. Frances decided to make the most of her fame. (“If everyone’s gonna be paying attention to me, let’s make sure they’re paying attention to me for the right reasons.”) She met weekly with the working women of Washington, who lined up around the White House to talk to her. An encounter with two young girls eating out of a dumpster inspired Frances to start a charity called The Home for Friendless Colored Girls. Like narrator Molly McAleer, “I’m gonna say, like, that’s a brutal name for a charity,” but the public loved her. Grover tried to put a stop to all of this activism, as he didn’t think any woman—much less his wife—should be engaged in politics, but Frances kept fighting for women. On her last day in the White House, 23,000 people came out to meet her. Remember Frances, and don’t let anyone tell you how to be famous.


2. With a few photographers and some strategically placed pillows, you too can run the country.

With 18 months left in the White House, Woodrow Wilson had a stroke. His wife Edith (Courteney Cox) knew that he would want to finish his term in office, so she hid his condition from the public and started making presidential decisions. (“Shut up. Sit down. I am in charge now. Can I get my cheesy bread I brought?”) She promised Congress that she was only there to run memos to her husband, but in reality, Edith was running the show.

Eventually, Congress grew suspicious and sent Senator Albert Fall to see about the president’s true condition. (This was actually an episode of Scandal, am I right?) Edith cleverly propped up Woodrow so that he looked like he was working, and Fall bought it. She later did the same thing with an official photographer to appease the American public. So basically, Americans find it easier to believe that a comatose man is running the country than to believe that a woman can do the same.

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3. Parties can change history.

Dolley Madison (Casey Wilson) was first lady while the White House was still being decorated, which also happened to be during the War of 1812. British soldiers had landed and were heading for Washington, so President James Madison (Ian Roberts) decided to meet them himself. (“I’m gonna get on a horse and I’m gonna go there, and I’m gonna be like, ‘Guess what? Knock knock, president’s here.’”) Dolley was left behind at the White House. She was determined not to leave, to show everyone that they didn’t have to be afraid, but when even the men who were securing the White House fled, she realized that it was time to do the same.


Dolley collected the curtains and the fancy silver, and she instructed the servants to take a portrait of George Washington. She treated the painting with care and wouldn’t allow anyone to roll it. (“This is not a Jimi Hendrix poster.”) As they were leaving, Dolley remembered to grab the Declaration of Independence—imagine having so many nice things that you’re capable of almost forgetting the Declaration of Independence—and they were out of there just before the White House was burned to the ground. In the aftermath, Congress considered moving the capital to Philadelphia, but Dolley didn’t want anyone to make that decision out of fear. She threw four months of parties and convinced everyone that the White House was worth rebuilding. Now, Dolley’s portrait hangs directly across from George Washington’s, watching out for him.

4. British soldiers took selfies too.

When narrator Jenny Johnson pauses in the middle of her story to take a photo of the crew, we see a British soldier (Derek Waters) stop and take a photo as he prepares to burn down the White House. Historical figures: They’re just like us!

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Casey Wilson, always a fun guest on this show, plays Dolley Madison with perfect party girl backbone, and Courteney Cox is exactly the right choice to bring to life a woman who ran the country. Monica Geller would have done the same. Paget Brewster also gives us some great scandalized faces as the mother of Alia Shawkat’s self-assured Frances. Were you familiar with these first ladies’ stories? And what were your favorite stories in this second season? Let’s talk about it!

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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