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'Manhattan Love Story' recap: British invasion

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Gay or British?” | Aired Oct 14, 2014

It’s episode 3 of Manhattan Love Story and things are cautiously chugging along for Dana and Peter. He joins her to get ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and after a two-hour wait, she can cross that off her official New York to-do list. Peter also laughs when she buys a knockoff Prada on a street corner because Dana believes the guy carrying purses in a trash bag when he tells her the merchandise is from last season.

Fabulous! It would appear that we are finally going to ease into the beginning stages of this love story. Now, if we could just pick up where we left off last week, that would be great. Thanks to Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton’s real-life romance off set, I think it’s time we explore some of that chemistry on set. Shock and aww us, you two! Shock and aww!

Or Amy could inadvertently use Kinky Boots theater tickets to get Dana out of the house during her dinner party. It’s been planned for a while. Peter is bringing a date. And since an uneven number around the dining table is inconceivable, Dana must suck it up and spend her evening with some Tony Award–winning drag queens. Surely that’s on her New York list, right?

Dana assures Amy that she and Peter have a very open relationship and both are free to date whomever they want. Once she secures an invitation from Amy, she promises to find a interesting, well-dressed date. Game on.

Meanwhile, David tells Peter that Amy told Dana about the dinner party. Peter contemplates canceling on his date, when Chloe walks in with a box full of ballroom dancing trophies that David ordered. And they are delightful, except for the fact that the male dancer is sporting some major wood. This is going to be a hard problem to fix, but Chloe steps in and saves the day. She sells them to the Adult Video Awards. Problem solved.

Manhattan Love StoryAcross town, Dana is greeted by her new work colleague, senior editor Tucker Potter (no relation to Harry). Due to Tucker’s lovely British accent and his charming laugh in response to her cockney retorts, Dana decides to really get her flirt on right there in her cubicle. That is, until Peter arrives, looking dapper yet confused.

In true Peter form, he calls a spade and spade and asks Dana if it’s weird for her that he is taking a hot Danish coffee barista named Anya to Amy’s party? Before she can answer, he offers to blow off Anya so they can go together. A frosty Dana guarantees that she will have a date to the party, and Peter can take his generous offer and shove it.

Naturally, Dana asks Tucker to attend the party as her date. Tucker agrees, Dana feels triumphant, and she just happens to miss the hot guy who walks into Tucker’s office for a midday make-out session on the desk. Whoopsie.

That night at the party, Peter walks in without his Scandinavian hottie. He takes his foot and once again inserts it into his mouth when he tells Dana that he heard she tried to find a date but was unsuccessful.

Accio, Tucker.

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The boys eye each other, volleying accolades back and forth as Dana wonders if they are about to toss gauntlets and fight for her honor. Her inner dialogue is interrupted when Amy pulls her aside.

Amy: What happened to the guy you had a crush on?
Dana: He’s over there talking to David.
Lincee: David is wearing a sweet Beetlejuice jacket!
Amy: He’s gay.
Dana: No, no. He’s British.

Amy insists Tucker is gay. Dana begins to launch into a rebuttal, but her brain is flooded with memories of blatant stereotypes. There’s the lifted pinkie while sipping tea. She remembers the “Stay calm and be FABULOUS” motivational poster in his office. How did she not see the boyfriend pic on his credenza? If that weren’t enough, his admiration of David’s well-endowed ballroom dancing trophy and impromptu foxtrot lesson in the foyer sealed the deal. Tucker is indeed gay. And British.

Manhattan Love StoryTucker finds Peter slamming drinks at the bar. He sidles up next to Peter, confessing that he thinks Dana is trying to set them up. Too bad Peter isn’t Tucker’s type. Suddenly, the lights go on and Peter accepts Tucker’s farewell butt-smack as the confirmation he needs to shove this brand-new information in Dana’s face.

Instead, his complete and utter affection for Dana wins out as he crosses the room. He tells her that he’s a moron for thinking she couldn’t get a date. Then he nervously asks what she’s doing next weekend.

Peter: If you and Tucker aren’t …
Dana: I’d love to.
Peter: I’ll call you.
Dana: I’ll answer.

And I’ll keep watching. I may be the only one, but I’m rooting for these two crazy kids.

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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