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'Selfie' recap: Working for the weekend

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Nugget of Wisdom” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

Eliza Dooley just made her real-world followers talk about her all over social media as Selfie upped its game in making itself real-time relevant. It felt like Eliza had taken over the TV with an up-to-date reference that made many say, “How did she do that?!”

Henry tries to give Eliza advice about how to handle her social media usage, such as how instead of sharing pictures of her outfits she can turn her followers onto Ronan Farrow. Eliza’s grateful for his help but she’s also tired of having to do this every day and is looking forward to the weekend for a break.

In the elevator, the two discuss their weekend plans. Eliza is planning to go out and party so she can get more likes on her social media. There’s a competition with her friend Britt (Amber Rose) over who can get more likes on their pics, and though Eliza is currently winning, Britt is catching up. Quick note: Eliza is now saying hello and good morning to people on her own, showing that Henry’s influence is definitely working.

Henry tells her maybe instead she should try to do something and help others. After all, weekends are supposed to be productive. He then starts singing “Working for the Weekend”, which he calls “an extremely catchy pop anthem about people who opt to send the weekend working.” However Henry finds out what the song REALLY means and is not pleased with this news. Eliza decides to take him up on his challenge in that she will do something to help others this weekend but only if he does NOT work this weekend.

Henry’s big weekend plans involve making a big salad with grilled chicken and tortilla strips for added crunch. One of his coworkers deems this to be depressing and then tells him that the children’s vitamin, a chewable orange elephant that Henry helped to rebrand and put their company on the map, is losing in sales and will no longer be relevant. It’s no longer hip compared to gummy vitamins. We also get a flashback to Henry rocking some awesome K-pop style hair.

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Eliza ends up volunteering to help out receptionist Charmonique (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) get ready to see her high school love at their 20th reunion. She heads over to the apartment, where she’s greeted by Charmonique’s son, Kevin, and then led to the wig coliseum, aka a climate-controlled room full of wigs costing over $60,000 each. Charmonique wants to reinvent herself, but Eliza reminds her that you don’t want to reinvent yourself TOO much or no one will recognize you.

Then Selfie somehow becomes instantly relevant by pulling an inadvertent Renee Zellweger reference. Eliza tells Charmonique that even though she looks good, you can’t tell it’s her anymore. This is all sorts of awesome, weird, and freaky because the story of Zellweger’s new look has been blowing up on social media all day. Considering this episode had to have been written at least a few weeks ago, the timing is creepily perfect….or is it, according to a reply from one of the Selfie writers?

On repeat viewings, this won’t have the same effect, but for today the comparison eerily works.

As the wig-trying continues, Charmonique gets a text from her babysitter canceling on her. Eliza gets roped into staying with Kevin as her good deed continues.  Kevin senses that Eliza doesn’t really want to be with him and she spills about social media contest with Britt and how instead of being able to beat her by going out and partying she’s stuck here with him. The kid wisely tells her that the Internet is all about illusions.

Meanwhile. Henry’s idea of an eventful weekend continues with him talking in a British accent as he cleans out his fridge for expired food. Realizing how lame he is, he decides he needs to get out of the house. Lucky for him, Eliza sends him a snapchat of what looks to be her out partying. Henry gets there intending on rebuking Eliza for partying it up with a young child present when he realizes that she and Kevin created their own fun with the wigs, lights, and a mini DJ booth. He sees that they are actually having fun and is roped into the festivities by “DJ PreK,” who gets Henry busting a move with some K-pop.

At the reunion, Charmonique is excited to see Mitchell (Isaiah Mustafa aka “The Old Spice Guy”) but after realizing he’s now a priest, she is quickly put off by his holier-than-thou attitude toward her. He chastises her for being a single mom and tells her that he needs to repent for all his years of sinning. She realizes that she’s proud of who she is and doesn’t need his approval to love herself.

Before the night ends, Eliza and Henry need to put Kevin to bed, but it’s not as easy as they had hoped. Doing the lengthy nightly routine his mom normally performs doesn’t help. The duo is at their wits’ end on how to comfort Kevin when Charmonique calls to check in and advises Eliza to give him chicken nuggets. This not only works for getting him to sleep but it gives Henry inspiration on how to handle the vitamin crisis. His original plan is to make chicken nuggets with vitamin-enhanced breading, but then Eliza points out what will happen if children want to eat more than one?

This becomes a lightbulb moment for Henry as he and Eliza come up with a rebranding plan for the orange elephants. Gummies have great taste, causing children to potentially overdose. Meanwhile the elephants have a pleasant but not delicious flavor, which means children will not eat more than one. By promoting how much safer this makes them, the company will take down their competitors by exposing its strength, which is really its weakness. The president is thrilled with this plan and tells Henry he and Eliza are a power couple and they are perfect together. Henry quickly tries to say they aren’t a couple but then looks at Eliza and they smile. He points out that red-haired Koreans are not a good look….typically.

The weekend turns out to be a success for both of them. Henry enjoyed himself for once, while Eliza helped out someone and won Henry’s respect, which is a much better prize than winning any social media contest.

Selfie airs Tuesdays 8/7C 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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