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Loving them is wrong

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Alex Is Pregnant” | Aired Sept 16, 2014

No, Alex, your husband will not stay home from work to comfort you through your morning sickness when he knows the baby can’t be his. If there’s one character that frustrates me in If Loving You Is Wrong—aside from Edward, ’cause everyone agrees he can go—it’s Alex. For a woman who’s sleeping with her best friend’s husband, she has some nerve acting high and mighty, which is great, so we don’t have to feel any type of sorry for her.

Actually, what makes the show entertaining is how unlikeable the majority of the characters are, because it lets viewers tear into them for not knowing better—because, of course, we would, right?

Most wives are entitled to flip out if their husbands choose work over getting them through morning sickness, but when the baby might not be your husband’s, who are you to catch feelings over his lack of interest in your health? Brad’s double-edged swords at his wife are ha-ha-has that she doesn’t pick up on. Then she walks the two steps over to Kelly’s new house to help unpack, where she lectures Kelly for not being honest with her son about Travis not being his father. Really? If that wasn’t enough, her worst offense comes when telling her girlfriends, “You don’t congratulate an oops-baby,” right before asking Kelly for tequila. Yeah, mother of the year!

And what about Randal, cutting the nonexistent patch of grass in the same spot for the half of the episode … when he’s not looking at Alex like those puppies posing in adoption pictures with sad eyes that have you considering adding another furry friend to your family. The hardest part of watching him plead for her attention is how she reacts to it. The Alex that was gripping his bare muscles in the shed back in episode 1 has disappeared, and suddenly she wants nothing to do with him. “He is my husband. We have sex,” she tells Randal in hopes of shattering his heart after he finds out she’s pregnant, only to have him get the last laugh by spoiling Brad’s surprise about the vasectomy. Randal relished breaking the news to Alex, and I kind of did too, while watching him do it. Not that anyone is in Randal’s corner after seeing him shamelessly look Marcie in the eyes and fake his undying love for her.

Meanwhile, Esperanza is still putting up with her crazy ex-husband. Edward gloats to his best bud, Brad, that he shot her boyfriend, Julius—just a flesh wound, so it’s no biggie. A tough guy he is, until he finds himself at the opposite end of the gun, which forces Lushion to save him, proving that he’s still the only logical character. Edward isn’t safe for long, as Esperanza’s boyfriend is ready to get even. I told you that Julius was no good either. Edward was right that she always picks losers—him included. She begs Julius not to hurt her daughter’s father. Shut up, woman! Did she forget how many times Edward has laid his hands on her?

Some truths were revealed in episode 3, while new questions arose. Alex knows about the vasectomy and Randal knows about the baby, but Esperanza is left worrying about what Julius’ next move will be. Natalie is going to let her son come live with her, so woo-hoo for more eye candy, but uh-oh for the extra drama. And I’m still wondering how Kelly is going to pay this mortgage.

If Loving You Is Wrong, rated TV-14, airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on OWN.

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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