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Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Rogue” | Aired Sept 10, 2014

Now it’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, “Martin Odum! This ISN’T your life!” First up is the only contestant we could possibly have on this show, Martin Odum! (Cheesy game-show theme song plays.) First question: Who are you?

Episode 5 of Legends is all about finding the truth about Martin Odum’s past. After angrily walking out on his mandatory psychiatrist session, Martin is back at home, washing his face and hearing voices. I knew Proactiv caused hallucinations! They don’t sponsor this site, do they? Anyway, once the voices go away, Martin’s wife, Sonya, shows up for a nice, casual dinner. Wait. Your ex-wife shows up all smiles after repeatedly telling you that you’re losing your mind? This didn’t sit well with me, especially when she started reciting a lost memory of Martin’s in way too much detail.

After Sonya leaves, Martin is still piecing broken bits of the past together, when he remembers the book he was given by Robert McCombs. He sees several pages dog-eared in the book, and decides to give Maggie a call with the page numbers. They meet the next day, and Maggie relays to Martin that the numbers are a phone number belonging to Dennis Evans. Now we’re getting somewhere!

While Martin is busy investigating his life, Agent Tony Rice is still using his free time to investigate Martin. Does this guy have an actual job? Shouldn’t he be looking into missing bus passes, or tracking down fraudulent E-ZPass users? Rice has now teamed up with Crystal and given her the whole story from the last three episodes involving Gates, Odum, and McCombs. Crystal, always happy to stick it to Martin—professionally, you pervs—teams up with Rice to kick his detective work into overdrive.

Rice: I’m investigating Martin Odum.

Crystal: Can I sleep with you?

Rice: I’m married.

Crystal: Sleeping with people is kind of my thing, but OK, I guess this can work. We’ll “just investigate.”

Rice: Please don’t use air quotes when we’re talking.

Meanwhile, Martin finds Dennis Evans, who is an absolute looney tune! Evans is your standard “They’re all trying to get me! You’re not Martin Odum! We were in Iraq together! Am I using too many exclamation points?” kinda guy. He shows Martin a picture from Iraq in 2004 that includes himself, Odum, and McCombs. Looks like our favorite hobo was right after all. You’re not Martin Odum! Tell him what he’s won! It’s sadness. He’s won sadness.

Evans also gives Martin the name “Kyle Dobson,” who, he says, has more information on the picture from Iraq. Martin leaves to meet up with Maggie again, and the two plan Martin’s trip to Houston, which is where Dobson is located. Odum decides it’s time to resurrect another one of his legends for the trip. We’re briefly introduced to the twang of “Len Barlow” before Maggie gives him that uncomfortable “Oh good, it’s crazy time” smile.

Crystal and Rice continue to investigate and are catching up to Odum rather quickly. After viewing some disturbing footage of McCombs from a VA hospital, the two track down Evans. They arrive just in time to find him dead. Surprise! People do not live long on this show. You should know that by now. Next up is a visit to Martin’s apartment, but Odum is already on his way to Texas. A quick look through the garbage scores Rice a piece of paper that says, “You dropped the ball.” BOOM! Suck it, Rice!! No, it has the name “Len Barlow” on it, which Crystal recognizes as one of Odum’s legends. She also finds a bunch of super-sane-person scribbles on the bathroom mirror. :::whispers::: Sane people don’t scribble on mirrors.

Martin Goes RogueAfter Martin lands in Texas, he reconnects with Paulie, an old CI of his, to gain intel on Kyle Dobson’s whereabouts. Odum then transforms into Len Barlow and tracks down Dobson’s girlfriend, Tara. She is a delight. Barlow beats the crap out of Tara’s friend Campbell, and the two head over to Dobson’s auto body shop. Once the two come face-to-face, Dobson vaguely recognizes Barlow, but can’t place the name. That’s when the guns comes out. You don’t need a reason to have a good old-fashioned gun fight in Texas, or so I’ve been told. After an intense shootout that sees most of Dobson’s friends breathe their last, Barlow kidnaps Dobson in a car and they speed away. Before they can make it to the White Castle drive-through, a truck plows into them at a very high speed and the episode ends.

I’m glad I was taking notes during the show because they packed a ton of new information into this episode. Oh! Also, Sonya calls Martin while he’s “legending” as Barlow, and goes over an old car-accident memory again. Then Sonya turns to someone in the room and asks if her conversation was good enough. Got ya! I knew something was up with her. Great writing this week, as we finally have proof that Odum is not Odum. We’re at the halfway point of the season, and the writers have done a spectacular job building to this reveal while still not giving everything away. I can’t wait until next week to see how Odum handles his rapidly disappearing sanity.

TNT: How great was Sean Bean’s Southern accent?

Legends airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on TNT.

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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