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'Manhattan Love Story' recap: Shock and aww

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “In the Mix, On the Books, and In the Freezer” | Aired Oct 7, 2014

Dating is tough. Especially when you and your date have a tendency to break out into tears when bucket lists are criticized or when you’re visiting the Statue of Liberty. But Dana and Peter are determined to give this a go. He breaks out his favorite blazer. She buys sexy underwear. There’s absolutely nothing to be anxious about at this point, right?

Of course not. This is a rom-com. Cue the hijinks.

After confusing a lace necklace for underwear, Dana rifles through a birdbath full of colorful underwear, glances out the window of the lingerie store, and spies Peter standing with a random girl. He’s clearly on a date. Instead of crouching behind something crotchless like a normal person in this situation, Dana chooses to boldly walk out of the store and meet the awkward situation face-to-face.

Manhattan Love Story

Peter introduces his date to Dana as the dreaded “friend.” Dana cordially waves hello, black thong in hand. The girl compliments Dana’s panties and asks if she is shopping for a hot date? Utterly embarrassed, Dana bids the happy couple adieu and turns to leave. The sales lady rushes out the door, demanding that Dana pay for her underwear. As if this weren’t enough, Peter offers to buy the shoplifted undergarment. Pity panties are the best.

Amy embraces the unseemly thong exchange as the universe telling Dana to get out there and mix it up like Peter. And the best way to meet people in today’s social media world is through the Tinder app. Dana has her pick of guys (who try really hard to grow beards) readily available at her fingertips. Swipe away!

The next day, when Peter and Dana meet for their date, he immediately calls out the elephant in the room. Running into Dana with another date was uncomfortable and he’s sorry she had to see that. A cool Dana nonchalantly tells him that it’s no biggie. He can date whomever he wants because it’s none of her business. It’s not like he’s the only one dating other people.

This new information stops Peter in his tracks. He becomes irritated that she has other dates besides him. Hello, kettle? It’s me, pot. You’re black.

The date ends before it even begins. Dana drowns her sorrows in Tinder and lines up a slew of guys to meet the very next day. Peter copes a bit differently. In exchange for Dana’s date information, he will tell David the amount of his bonus check, even though their dad has forbidden them from sharing that information. Peter learns that Dana is going to Brooklyn Heights with a guy she met online.

Peter: Brooklyn Heights? That’s my turf!
Chloe: Okay, West Side Story.

West Side Story

Dana searches the bar for her date. When she spies a guy staring at her, she asks if his name is Henry? He nods, she sits down, and he immediately suggests they hit another bar since the one they are in is lame.

Dana: My roommate told me three rules. Never go to a second location. Don’t drink anything the bartender doesn’t hand you and don’t let the guy get to a certain base. I can’t remember which base, though.

Seconds later, the real Henry shows up and fake Henry sheepishly grins and leaves. Dana is floored that someone tried to poach her, and just as she turns to greet the real Henry, she’s forced to deflect a powerhouse kiss.

Dana: What are you doing?
Real Henry: I read it on Buzzfeed. It’s called the “shock and aww.” You shock them at the very beginning with a kiss and if they like it, they say, “Awwww.”

Dana falls off her chair, deletes the Tinder app, and heads back home. Amy meets her at the door, warning that Peter is inside. She makes Amy admit that her date was horrendous, before insisting Peter admit that he’s only there to see Dana. For once, they outwardly share their inner thoughts with each other. Apparently Dana is a serial monogamist, while Peter is a serial dater. Both agree that dating sucks.

In fact, Dana shares the “shock and aww” move with Peter. He thinks it’s genius and wishes he had done that on one of their awful dates. Dana giggles and is completely shocked when Peter leans in for a romantic kiss out of the blue. Awwwwwwww!

Peter: I think the reason we get into stupid fights is because I care more about what you think than anyone else. I wish I could put you in a freezer.
Dana: That’s terrifying.

I’m still confused by that freezer line, but I’m sure it has something to do with perfect timing. Peter is nervous about having romantic feelings. Dana is nervous she’ll get hurt. But they can’t deny that something is there.

Like I said: Dating is tough.

Manhattan Love Story airs Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC.

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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