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'About a Boy' recap: 'Lonely bi man seeks special boy for deep friendship'

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “About a House for Sale” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

Don’t let the official title of this episode of About a Boy fool you; it’s about much more than selling a house. In fact, it’s not really about selling a house at all. Episode 2 is all about friendship, family, sacrifice, and oh yeah, a lonely bi man. But we’ll get to that bit of fabulousness in a minute. While it’s true that Will’s house is on the market (remember, he’s moving to New York to be with Sam full-time), he’s not really taking the whole moving thing seriously. He’s supposed to be packed and ready to go in two days, but instead, he’s drinking beer and having an epic bubble-wrap sumo wrestling battle with his best 12-year-old buddy (see above photo), who has one simple request of Will before he leaves for New York: “Can you find me a new best friend?”

Will: I’d love to help, but it’s not like you can just knock on someone’s door and ask them to be your new best friend.
Marcus: Why not? That’s how I got you.
Will: Well played.

When Sam finds out Will hasn’t packed or rented a moving van yet, she’s understandably suspicious, but gets that it’s an emotional time for him. Hey! Great idea! She’ll fly out to San Fran and drive back across the country in the moving van with him! Apparently, she’s got a lot of vacation days to use (says the doctor whom Will has been complaining he hasn’t seen much of in the past three months because she works so many hours). Will is excited, but panicked. Because he only has two days to pack up his entire house? Don’t be silly. Because he only has two days to find Marcus a new BFF.

Screenshot 2014-10-21 17.22.24After interviewing potential candidates at Marcus’ school, Will determines that the reason Marcus can’t find a kid-aged best friend is because they’re all beneath him (read: idiotic). His solution is to find him an adult best friend, and he immediately zeroes in on Andy, his own adult best friend. Andy immediately refuses (because he has kids of his own and because he thinks Marcus competes with him for Will’s affection), but when Will offers up his video village (think flatscreen TV, gaming system, etc.), Andy readily agrees. Marcus readily passes.

Still coming up with excuses not to pack up his house (earlier, he offered to build Fiona a “fermentation station” in the dumbwaiter so she could mix up her own doula potions), Will sets up his own version of  The Dating Game. Marcus is on one side of a wall of boxes—adorned with The Dating Game standard groovy flower decals—and his own besties Andy, TJ (Zach Cregger), and Richard (Keith Powell) are on the other as Marcus’ potential best friends. It ends almost as quickly as it begins.

Marcus: If we’re going for a picnic lunch, what would you pack?
Andy: PB&J!

Marcus: I’m 15. Wet shave or electric?
TJ: When it comes to close, nothing beats a blade.

After Richard also gives an answer that Will deems to be potentially deathly to Marcus, he takes over the questions. Then the doorbell rings. It’s Sam, who has decided to arrive early to surprise him! Turns out the surprise is on her when she realizes that Will has not even started packing or rented the moving truck yet. Uh-oh. Will explains how he’s been busting his ass trying to find Marcus a new best friend, because he cannot leave San Francisco without knowing that Marcus is taken care of. He tells Sam that he knows what lonely feels like; he hasn’t made any friends in New York, so he knows what Marcus must be going though. Sam gives Will an “angry” look (which is impossible for her to do because she’s just too pretty to pull it off) and an ultimatum: Pack up in a day or she’s flying home solo.

Having overheard Sam and Will’s conversation (and by “overheard” I mean eavesdropped by hiding under the window), Marcus tells Will he’s chosen Andy to be his new BFF. In somewhat of an O. Henry moment, he decides to play a little dating game of his own for Will by secretly posting an ad for him online. As Sam later watches all of Will’s friends pitch in to help him pack, she starts to realize all that he’s leaving behind. When the doorbell rings and two undercover policemen show up wondering if Will posted an ad seeking sex with underage boys (“Lonely bi man seeks special boy, 12, for deep friendship in Manhattan”—you can see how they might have been suspicious) Marcus ‘fesses up and tells Will he wrote the ad to help him find a new BFF so he wouldn’t be lonely. Oh, and if you’re wondering (which Will definitely was), “bi” means “bicoastal,” obviously.

Things quickly turn emotional as Will toasts all of his friends at a big goodbye dinner. “I’m gonna miss the crap outta you guys,” he says while choking up. “You guys are more than my friends; you are my family.” Will tells Marcus that he can’t say goodbye to him: “I’m not gonna look for a friend like you in New York because there’s no chance I’d ever find one.” Damn you, About a Boy, for making me feel ALL THE EMOTIONS. But wait, there’s more.

When Will and Sam are heading cross-country in the moving truck, Sam has Will pull over. She tells him that while she loves him, she doesn’t think this is what he wants (Will insists it is) and that she knows his friends—his family—are his life. Will insists he loves her and that’s all that matters. Sam gives will a “sad” look (which is impossible for her to do because, yeah, once again—too pretty) and a tearful hug, telling him that she won’t take him away from where he’s supposed to be. OK, not only is she impossibly pretty, but she’s impossibly understanding. It’s an impossibly sad Sophie’s Choice for Will, isn’t it? Or maybe not. Wonder if this is a breakup or if they’ll keep things going long-distance?

Returning to his empty house, Will opens the dumbwaiter (ruining Fiona’s new “fermentation station”).

Fiona: You all right?
Will: I’ve been better.
Fiona: Welcome home.


Other great lines:

Laurie (helping pack boxes at Will’s): HEY! I’m busting my balls here trying to pack up all this crap, so could you put out a cracker or something?

TJ (to the policemen): First I thought you guys were strippers, but now I’m less sure.

About a Boy airs Tuesdays 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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