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'If Loving You Is Wrong' recap: Boiling points

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Game Night” | Aired Oct 7, 2014

In “Game Night” we realize that while all of the couples are physically present in one place, their hearts and minds are everywhere but where they need to be. Now the drama has become less scandalous and more life-and-death, with the episode picking up where last week left off: that crazy shooting at Edward’s house.

Most painful of all was having to watch those few minutes of Edward’s wife going off accusing Esperanza of the shooting. Though Esperanza does play a role—being the one dating Julian and all—she had tried warning Edward that her ex-boo has cartel ties. Edward gets this same information from a cop buddy at the police department, then decides he believes it. He shows up at Esperanza’s house in a sweaty uproar, asking for information on Julius. Just then, Julius pulls up, and a fight breaks out between the two men. Esperanza needs to get both of these fools out of her life.

Then there’s Joey—out of prison and still no job—and we all know idle time is dangerous. We all breathe a sigh of relief when Joey bumps into an old friend who tries to reel him back into bad habits; instead, Joey makes it known he’s not about that life anymore. That’s about to change, though, since Natalie got him a job at the fast-food spot she manages. It seems like Natalie’s boss chick has a crush on Joey, asking all these questions about him and then convincing Natalie that she should let him work there. There’s a little history there, that’s definitely piquing our curiosity.

Speaking of curiosity, why is Travis so concerned with keeping tabs on Kelly? He has the nerve to show up at her job to tell her how much this is hurting him. He wants to marry another woman, but still have Kelly in his life as a friend on the daily. He’s not fair. We got to see Kelly be strong and fire back at him for making her look stupid. She later drops some of his stuff off at his parents’ home, where the best scene so far this season takes place between Kelly and Travis’ mother. His mom makes a good case as to why Travis and Kelly would have never worked for the long-term, but Kelly stands her ground too. In this conversation, we find out that Kelly swiped Travis’ v-card. It takes two to tango, though, so it’s not on her.

Most awkward of all was game night at Alex and Brad’s house. Marcie is the only one who doesn’t know Alex is pregnant—a minor secret compared to the one where her husband, Randal, and best friend, Alex, had an affair with each other, so that baby could potentially be his. Even though Randal’s creepy, obsessive eyes bug out when he sees Brad and his lover, Alex, together, it’s Alex who starts acting up when she sees Randal loving up on his wife, Marcie.

Alex becomes one of the most unlikable characters on the show by acting like all this sex talk is “disgusting,” when she’s the one engaging in an affair. Someone get her off that high horse! Her jealousy makes obvious that she’s not over Randal, which means it’s inevitable that more trouble is ahead.

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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