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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Hawaii Five-Ohhh” | Aired Sept 3, 2014

It’s terribly stressful to be LeAnn and Eddie, so to cope with all the anxiety, they head to Hawaii on vacation—with both sets of parents. Although Hawaii sounds nice, I’m not sure this was the vacation either of them had in mind.

Without much to-do about travel and getting there, the episode picks up in Oahu, Hawaii, as Eddie and LeAnn and their parents arrive by helicopter. With all four parents and LeAnn, it gets a little hectic. I’ll bet Eddie is pretty glad he got to ride up front. LeAnn immediately starts regretting inviting all four parents, which tells me this episode is about how annoying we should believe their parents to be.

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 1.43.03 PM Eddie says he has a “fun family vacation” planned, and his dad is completely adorable as he takes pictures of everything. When the family arrives in the suite, there is a conversation about who gets what room. LeAnn actually calls the room negotiation a “growth experience” since she and Eddie are used to getting what they want on vacation, but I would call it a show of sheer brattiness. Eddie and LeAnn wind up with the room with two beds, and Eddie teases LeAnn about his-and-her beds, which is cute, until they get so snooty about the room’s view. What a tough life.

The family hits the beach, and Eddie’s dad starts to plan the events. He suggests paddleboarding, scuba Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 1.43.14 PMdiving and some general exploring. Eddie seems dubious, thinking that vacations are for relaxing, but the parents won’t be deterred. The lady talk gets a little more awkward when LeAnn’s mom brags about her clean living, saying, “I’ve never drank, smoked or ran around on my husbands.” I can feel LeAnn blush from here when she laughs, “I’ve got you beat on that one.” Yikes.

At dinner that night, LeAnn declines alcohol, so the talk naturally turns to babies. Eddie hedges the conversation and LeAnn gets frustrated, thinking he might be having second thoughts. It’s not as apparent to LeAnn, but from where I sit, Eddie is past second thoughts, and possibly into third or fourth thoughts. It’s hard to watch LeAnn want it so much and Eddie be so ambivalent.

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 1.42.33 PMThe family hits the beach for paddleboarding at 7 a.m., and Eddie thinks this will appease their parents’ sense of adventure. He is wrong. Paddleboarding looks pretty fun, if your idea of fun is falling off a board over and over. From there, they go eat lunch, and the talk turns to babies again. LeAnn reveals her period is late. LeAnn is super-excited, and it’s sort of embarrassing how far ahead of herself she is getting. I just want to tell her to slow down a bit, especially since she’s doing this all with an audience judging her reactions (and I don’t just mean the parents).

Before we can find out if LeAnn is or is not pregnant, we have to watch them swim with sharks, which is far less exciting than it sounds. They are in a cage and sharks come near them, but nobody gets eaten so … on to baby news.

Speaking of hard to watch, LeAnn breaks the news to Eddie about being “late,” and his reaction is closer to that of panic and terror than joy. His words are saying, “I’m ready,” but everything else about him is suggesting he wants to run for the hills. The scene at the breakfast table when LeAnn walks up holding a wineglass full of urine is equally hard to watch because it’s gross and horrifying. When the pregnancy test says negative, I feel sad for her in that moment, and a little bad for judging her a few moments earlier.

What do you guys think? Is Eddie really ready? Is he as excited as he claims? You think we’ll see a second season?

 

 

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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