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Season 6 | Episode 5 | “The Hot Tub” | Aired Oct 1, 2014

The “Quest for More Testosterone” continues this week on The League as Jenny buys an above-ground hot tub to spice up her marriage. While Kevin is thrilled, the gang rags on them for it being above-ground. It’s hot water in a small pool. Who cares if it’s in the ground or not? Oh, right, Kevin and Jenny could cure AIDS and the gang would still try to take the wind out of their sails.

Taco is one of the unimpressed, and despite his verbal barbs, Jenny is still willing to be his real estate agent. Taco hasn’t cashed his million-dollar check yet, but he’s looking to buy his first house. He’s unimpressed by all of the gang’s different houses, but that doesn’t stop him from testing out the bathrooms. Thanks to Ruxin, Taco is using baby wipes when he drops the kids off at the pool. Unfortunately, this is wreaking havoc on Kevin and Jenny’s plumbing, which couldn’t possibly cause problems later on. Spoiler: It causes problems later on.

Back in Low-T Town, the gang runs into Russell at the bar, and he overhears Kevin talking about his hopes to awaken the “Kev-hog.” I don’t have to spell out what a “Kev-hog” is, do I? Moving on. Russell informs Kevin that his bedroom problems stem from the thickness of his pants. Yep. His material isn’t thin enough. The material on this show sure is. BOOM! Roasted. Remind me again how super-thin pants lead to an increase in testosterone? The League has jumped off the Logic Train this season and is now riding the Insane Express. Did I just make a train joke? You see! You see what this kind of humor does to a person?

Russell takes Kevin and Andre to his special spot, where they meet November, who is clearly a pants specialist. Kevin tries on a few pairs of thin pants with his underwear still on, which is a rule posted on the dressing room door.

Russell: Is that rule because of me?
November: It’s absolutely because of you.
Fans of the Show: I’m glad they gave him a quirky name like November, or I wouldn’t have known he was meant to be a comical character. Hooray!

After selecting a pair of pants, Kevin sets up a romantic night at a hotel with Jenny. He then heads to a flower shop, where he happens upon Sophia Ruxin. Earlier in the episode, these two shared an awkward hot-tub moment, with Kevin accidentally rubbing her hand sensually. I’m sure nothing like that will happen here. #foreshadowing

Sophia insists on helping select an arrangement of flowers for Jenny. The two end up in a tight aisle, with each passerby forcing them to touch inappropriately. After a few rubs up against Sophia’s posterior, we see Kevin’s vinegar strokes, and Sophia Ruxin is forever uncleeeean! Luckily, Ruxin witnesses his wife being accidentally dry-humped to completion, so he’s able to deliver his signature catchphrase.

Kevin returns to the pants store and runs into the dressing room. I’m guessing he’s going to leave the ruined pants there, but we never find out why because Rafi arrives! Rafi witnessed the flower-shop vinegar strokes and is stoked that Kevin has marked Sophia for marriage. Are the writers huffing glue, or colored markers? I have to know how they construct Rafi’s warped mind. Rafi and Kevin spend too much time in the dressing room, so November calls the police. Before they’re arrested, Kevin throws the pants out of the window and they land on Pete’s new girlfriend, Rosette. So instead of going home and changing his pants, Kevin chooses to return to the store an d… you know what? There’s no sense in trying to buy another ticket to ride the Logic Train. I’ll walk.

Meanwhile, Andre takes a date to the McArthurs’ hot tub, after receiving advice from Russell about first dates. Andre is an advice whore the entire episode, but that premise doesn’t lead to anything comedic early on. Inside the house, Taco is busy clogging the pipes yet again with baby wipes, or, as he so aptly calls them, “Pee Bibs.” This causes the plumbing to back up, and Andre and Hat Store Girl find themselves forever unclean, albeit from a larger amount of a truly heinous substance.

This week’s episode started off slowly with all the handholding nonsense between Pete and Rosette, coupled with the recurring “men unable to please their wives” theme. The horse isn’t dead yet, but he’s got some heavy bruising. The whole show was built around the two gross-out moments at the end, and it suffered because of it. The show’s creators, Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, are writing each episode, which in my opinion is causing some staleness. It’s time to hand over the reigns to a few new writers. That said, I still find the show enjoyable, even though it seems to be completely relying on over-the-top, unrealistic gross-out humor. I hope they can spin out of it for a few slightly more original episodes this season. Also, just have Taco cash the damn check! Having him squander a million dollars would be much funnier than using him to make a bunch of real estate jokes. OK, rant over.

The League airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FXX.

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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