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'A to Z' react: Internet lies and Internet truths

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “C Is for Curiouser and Curiouser” | Aired Oct 16, 2014

Dating in 2014 involves a lot of homework. If you’re dating online, you get to spend hours crafting your profile to attract the perfect mate, pouring over your best selfies and cropped Facebook pictures for a profile pic that will make potential suitors take notice, and trying to strike that perfect balance of witty and intriguing. And once you meet someone, especially the kind of someone you meet out in the real world, there’s the research time: Googling a comprehensive history of the person you’re about to meet for dinner to make sure they aren’t an ax murderer (because that’s the example we all give, even though that’s not really what we’re worried about) can take hours—especially if you’re dating someone with a common name.

At least, this is the dating world presented in A to Z and it’s not an entirely inaccurate one. “C is for Curiouser and Curiouser” takes Andrew, Zelda, and company down the rabbit hole of how technology can complicate real life things like dating and even work. Let’s play a little round of two truths and a lie.

Truth 1: Everyone is calling Lydia “Big Bird” 

Okay, this one isn’t a dating thing, but it is excellent and hilarious and involves tech, so let’s include it. Lydia AKA “Big Bird,” the head honcho of Wallflower, finds out that she has the right to look through anything her employees say or save on their office computers and she goes a little crazy trying to uncover the truth about what everyone thinks of her. What she finds out: They’re all calling her Big Bird. Frankly, I thought that was the character’s name. I didn’t realize her given name was Lydia until this week because Big Bird just seemed so natural and so her that I must have blocked out any Lydia references. She embraces it because she’s the best. And the worst. But in the best way.

Truth 2: Zelda has been married

Technically, Andrew doesn’t find this out on the Internet. He does search for Zelda—he nabs her old Wallflower profile to get info on her—but she admits to the marriage in person. Still, without him going down the rabbit hole (in response to her Googling him and realizing he’d been arrested at a football game), she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get her secret off her chest.

Much like Parks & Recreation’s Tom Haverford, Zelda is just a good friend who got hitched to help keep a foreign friend from college in the country. Also, like Tom, she and her hubby got divorced the minute the citizenship was finalized. Andrew has a mini flip-out about this, but as big as having been married is, there isn’t much he can say after the “it was totally platonic!” speech.

Lie 1: Stephie and Stu—to the Internet dating community 

Stu, perhaps feeling bad about lying to get into Stephie’s pants, decides to make things up to her by helping her lie to other men on the Wallflower site so she can catch a boyfriend. She balks at the idea, but ultimately keeps his changes (or at least the men who liked her profit as a result of them).

The moral of the story: Google at your own risk.

The unspoken moral of the story: If you do Google your new love interest, don’t get pissy with them for not disclosing their deepest, darkest (or at least most embarrassing secrets) after one week of dating. It makes you look crazy.

Are you keeping up with A to Z? What did you think of “C Is for Curiouser and Curiouser”? Sound off in the comments.

A to Z airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30C on NBC.

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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