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'If Loving You is Wrong' recap: Bad breakup

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The War Begins” | Aired Sept 30, 2014

We’ve witnessed Kelly brag about a marriage proposal she hadn’t yet gotten, buy a house she can’t afford by herself, and fall asleep on the couch waiting up for her missionary boyfriend to never show. But we hadn’t yet seen the inevitable breakup with Travis.

Not much of anything happened this episode: Joey got out of prison and went home to Natalie’s, and Kelly got dumped at the end. These were the only two major moments, scattered with a bunch of repetitive conversations in between.

It kicks off with Randal laying it down on his wife in front of the kitchen window as he watches Alex watching them. Creepy, but according to Marcie, his sex was on fire. Details of their spontaneous lovemaking makes Alex uneasy because her husband doesn’t give her that. When Brad walks in and realizes they can see their neighbors not washing the dishes, he gets angry, then follows it up with saying that maybe he and Alex should give them some competition. “You would never,” Alex tells him. His response? She’s right. Now we kind of understand what’s lacking in their marriage that she found so readily accessible from Randal: spontaneity.

Other than that, the episode proceeds with a bunch of back-and-forth conversation that doesn’t show us any character development. Kelly stops by Alex’s to thank her for having Justice over. They chat with Alex, asking “What’s wrong?” and Kelly answering, “Ah, nothing,” until finally Alex gets Kelly to spill. They hit on the whole who calls whom first in a relationship, which allows married Alex to teach Kelly that those games aren’t ones you play with someone you’re going to marry. Probably not the best-case scenario for this convo, since Kelly is heading in the opposite direction of marriage with Travis. I’ll accept the moment of learning, though.

Then comes more of that back-and-forth between Esperanza and Edward, Brad and Edward, and Lushion and Natalie. There’s no point in rehashing what was said because none of it held any weight in the larger plot of the show.

And then Kelly got dumped. I’ll admit, as I watched Travis break up with her, I felt guilty for how much I mocked her ignorance of their doomed relationship. Travis ain’t right. That man got down on his knees, pulling the ultimate fake-out, just to ask Kelly if she loved him enough to be his friend for life. Are you kidding me? She deserved a better breakup. She looked so helpless asking him to just leave; I don’t know where she found the self-control. And he had the nerve to talk about how beautiful—no, not Kelly anymore—his soon-to-be wife is, the woman he fell in love with on the mission trip. Not to gloat, but I’d predicted he was marrying that girl whom we saw a sneak peek of at his welcome-home party. The whole debacle turned me #TeamKelly. For that wishy-washy breakup, he could have just done it over the satellite phone.

It all wraps up with the shooting in Edward’s front yard. Esperanza tried warning him. Now a war between Julius and Edward is well on its way. But the real battle I’m anxiously awaiting is how Kelly recovers from this breakup. Oh, and how is she going to pay the 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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