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Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Shall We Play a Game?” | Aired Oct 22, 2014

You know things are bad when a pant-less Murray knows who is the “cool mom” in Jenkintown. Beverly is hit with a truth bomb when she finds out that Erica and her girlfriends think Bev is not cool at all! Desperate to win the cool factor from Erica and her friends, Beverly tries to channel her inner Madonna, but her moves don’t make the cut. I would just like to state that I think Beverly did a pretty good Madonna.

A computer game-obsessed Adam has grown to be very envious of the JTP. What is the JTP, you ask? Well, it is only the coolest gang in Jenkintown, and the leader is  Barry Goldberg. After watching War Games, Barry starts to realize that computers are not just for nerds like Adam. To join the JTP, Adam agrees to hack into the school computer to change Barry’s and the gangs grades. It does not take Adam long to realize that hacking into the school’s computers is not that easy, so he decides (with the assistance from Pops) to hack the JTP’s brains! Adam tricks the JTP to actually study for their test. The hacking works, and Adam is in the gang—though Adam soon learns that hanging with the JTP is not as amazing as playing his computer games.

Sick of seeing Beverly hurt; Murray blackmails Erica into hanging out with her mother. It does not take Erica long to try to ditch her non-cool mom on their chill date. “Teach me to be cool, daddy,” a heart broken Beverly sneaks cool advice from Pops, which equals shots!

Pops delivers a very drunk Bev home to a very not happy Erica! Erica is then forced to take care of her mother all night, but as Pops points out, what is one night when Beverly has been taking caring Erica for her whole life? After a night of pure hell, Erica realizes how much her mom does for her and everyone else. Sure, Bev may not be the coolest mom, but at least she has respect.

Adam’s fast rise into the JTP is soon followed by a fast fall. After the gang finds out that Adam did not hack into the school computer and actually had the guys study for their test, JTP kicks out Adam and Barry from the group! This leaves Barry heartbroken and Adam trying to pick up the pieces. To get Barry back with his crew, Adam comes up with a plan to do the one thing the JTP was always too nervous to do. Barry and Adam head to Germantown High, with fake computer made hall pass in hand, to steal their mascot, which is, yes a real falcon!

Barry shows up to school with the Germantown High falcon on his arm, and he is a hero! The JTP welcomes Barry back with open arms, and all is right in the world!

Lesson learned
You never really know and respect your mom until you have to clean up her vomit. How did she do that for you for so many years?

Confessions of a resident of suburban Philadelphia
Nothing is more hardcore than stealing the rival school’s mascot, especially when it is a live animal!

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays 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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