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Season 2 | Episode 6 | “MadeMan” | Aired Sept 1, 2014

We always knew that there were heroes before our version of The Awesomes; in fact, the show starts with a collection of the world’s finest heroes all up and quitting the team due to Mr. Awesome’s retirement. But we certainly never had a sense of how long the team’s history was—that is, until this week, when we met some of Gadget Gal’s old friends: MadeMan, Copilot, JazzMan, The Human Television and Facebook.

While Impresario visits a therapist to try and work though his issues with his mother (particularly, the fact that she appears in every magical conjuring he creates), Gadget Gal and her friends play a game of poker where everything is on the line. But MadeMan is drawn away from the table when his interests are taken by Impresario’s mother who has come for a visit. The two disembark on a romantic montage, much to the chagrin of Impresario himself.

Ultimately, Impresario’s mother and MadeMan decide to move in together. Impresario is beside himself with anger about this, and the threat that it poses to his sugary, fruit-flavored treats. He storms out of the house and smashes the jewel his mother gave him to complete his super costume. With the jewel smashed, Impresario finds that none of his conjuring feature the face and voice of his mother anymore.

While Impresario is demanding that his mother show MadeMan the door, Perfect Man has his own. Tired of hiding from the law, he wants a new identity. So, in Godfather style, he goes to MadeMan to ask him for a favor, which MadeMan is suspiciously happy to oblige.

Back at the therapist’s office, Impresario is happy to show off his newfound freedom. The therapist encourages Impresario is seek out his own identity. It seems Perfect Man has taken the same advice, as he is currently living in rural Italy disguised as a non-super-powered farm hand—that is, until he catches a look from a cute Italian farm girl, and his ego starts to get the better of him.

While the team goes the full Italian on a night out to MadeMan’s new fancy Italian restaurant, Impresario struggles with his solidarity. To try and fill the time, he starts playing video games, a pastime his mother never allowed him. Realizing his few found powers can allow him to do pretty much anything, Impresario conjures up a replica of himself to play against in video games, fuze ball, or just to pay for the pizza. As the need for more and more people arises, he just clones himself over and over again until versions of himself have overflowed all the way out to the Awesome Mountain basketball court.

Back in Italy, Perfect Man’s love interest has decided to throw herself from a bell tower so as to not marry the man her father has chosen for her. Unable to watch her die, Perfect Man flies up so save her before wordlessly lowering her back to the ground. The two stare into each others eyes before parting, she with her fiancé and he with his broom.

Things are not much better at Awesome Mountain, where Impresario is losing control of his clones. The clones have developed the ability to replicate themselves as well and are completely overrunning the city. And since Impresario didn’t directly create all the clones, he is unable to get rid of them. Since his powers can’t harm himself, his clones are immune to his own powers.

Fortunately (read: awkwardly), Prock has designed plans for the destruction of every team member, just in case any of them ever become evil. Revealing his arsenal of weapons that can destroy Impresario’s conjuring, he instructs the team to arm themselves and take to the street, shooting any Impresario clones they see. Impresario, who is not ready to deal with a mission that involves killing himself 1,000 times, hangs back at HQ while the team, still in full Italian mode from their trip to MadeMan’s restaurant, drive down the street tommy-gunning their enemies left and right, because “wha’da ya gonna do about it?!?!”

In Italy, Perfect Man storms the wedding of his beloved on horseback and saves her from the man she does not love. The two ride away, while the fiancé pursues on motorcycle. While the team seems impossibly trapped by Impresario clones, Perfect Man escapes his pursuer. Fortunately (read: awkwardly, again), Impresario walks in on his mother and and Made Man taking a metaphorical roll in the hay. He runs out of the room screaming and scarred. The up side is that his close encounter also impacts the psyche of all his clones, who throw themselves off of bridges and in front of buses just to escape the horror. Meanwhile, Perfect Man and his love take a literal (and, one would assume, metaphorical) roll in the hay on a train back from Italy.

We end with a clip of the therapist’s office where one last surviving Impresario clone is working through the issues caused to him by the by-proxy viewing of his mother and MadeMan. When he leaves the office, he is confronted by the P.R.I.C.K.S., who want to recruit him to help destroy the Awesomes. He enthusiastically signs up, and we are left wondering when and how this evil team will actually strike.

Also, Tim and Gadget Gal emerge from the poker game having apparently won everything, but lost Tim’s childhood innocence.

Will The Awesomes keep up the hilarious style of riffing on famous movies? What other spoofs are you hoping for? How might prominent SNL actors play in? And when will the P.R.I.C.K.S. make their move? Sound off in the comments below and don’t forget to check back each and every week for the update on the most recent episode of 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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