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Will and Marcus find a way to battle their demons on 'About a Boy'

Season 2 | Episode 3 | “About a Will-O-Ween” | Aired Oct 28, 2014

Can this show get any cuter? Seriously, after last week’s tearjerker of an ending, I wasn’t expecting a repeat, especially what with this being a Halloween themed episode, but damn if it didn’t make me feel all the feels again—with a hefty dose of laughs along the way. Let’s break down all the spooktacular moments of “Will-O-Ween.”

As you might guess, Peter Pan Will is a big fan of Halloween. His side of their shared porch is completely overdecorated, and he’s as excited about the holiday as all the morning show anchors always like us to believe they are. As you also might guess, Fiona and Marcus are not fans of Halloween. Fiona, as we already know, is vehemently opposed to sugar (and fun), and it seems that Marcus is battling some “past Halloween emotional scarring” stemming from previous years’ incidents. (Inorganic eggs being smashed on his head! Dogs chasing him!) Since their side of the porch is bare, Will insists on taking them to the Halloween store “because you need to make [it] a little less suicide-inducing.” 

While Will loads up his cart with pretty much everything he can grab, Fiona (who only has decorative markers in her basket) observes that Will is masking his feelings about his recent breakup with Sam. Will disagrees, and tells Fiona that when life throws him a setback, he throws a “three B’s party”—booze, bros, and babes. “You loved Sam. You can’t fill a void with three B’s!” Fiona insists. But Will believes his party will get him back to “classic Will—Will 1.0.” To prove it, he invites the hot cashier to his party. Yep, that’s the old Will all right.

Over at Andy and Laurie’s house, the two are trying on their family costumes (Andy and Laurie are pea pods and the kids are the peas) when Will shows up with a Tonto costume for his best bro Andy. Seems every year, the two buds dress as a famous duo, and this year it’s the Lone Ranger and Tonto—not a vegetable medley.

Will: I can’t have you showing up dressed like a giant green penis.
Andy: I am a pea pod!
Will: Take a look in a mirror, dude. You are a penis.

When Will pleads with Andy to wear the Tonto costume, Andy agrees to wear it under the pea pod and strip out the pod at the party.

Halloween night, Will is passing out the world’s worst Halloween candy (seriously, peppermints? I’d egg him), and Fiona and Marcus are on their undecorated side of the porch handing out “affirmation rocks”—rocks inscribed with inspirational quotes wrapped in orange tissue paper. This isn’t going over too well with the bratty trick-or-treaters who are probably already pissed at the crappy candy Will is handing out. When the pea pods show up, Will is excited. He’s got his bro and his booze (compliments of the famous margarita machine, of course), and when a group of babes walk in, he’s ready to party.

Sadly, however, Andy is not. Well, Andy is, but Laurie is not. Big surprise. And when she finds out Andy is wearing the Tonto costume under his pea pod, she unleashes her typical wrath on poor Andy, who dejectedly follows her out the door. Before he lets his bro leave, however, a disappointed Will strips him of his Tonto costume. “You lost your sidekick privileges. You’ve been de-Tontoed,” Will tells Andy.

Meanwhile, Fiona is becoming quite a fan of Halloween. When a truly British “Sherlock Holmes” compliments her on her affirmation rocks (the sound of their accents together is so lovely, it’s making me dizzy) and receives one from her that reads, “Be open to unexpected love and kindness,” she follows him into Will’s party. Before we know it, the mystery Sherlock (all we know is that he’s an architect … and a charming Brit) gets Fiona—who hasn’t had sugar in 12 years!—to chug soft-serve, gorge on cotton candy, and pop gummy bears like they’re soybeans, all before ending the night with a kiss. Oh, please let him be back next week. And the next. I like him, and yes, it has everything to do with the accent.

Marcus, feeling left out, decides to “blaze a trail” (as his affirmation rock reads) and heads into Will’s party to battle his demons. Will, meanwhile, is flirting with a slutty doctor (they just had to go there, didn’t they?) and realizing how much he misses Dr. Sam. When he gets a call from the doctor herself (in New York, looking adorable and not slutty at all, who is calling to tell him that she misses him), he admits to her that he’s not been great, and he realizes Fiona might have been right; this party is just a way to mask his feelings. “Will-O-Ween sucks,” Will tells Marcus, and comes up with a plan to help both of them get over their demons.

With Marcus dressed in the Tonto costume, Will gives him a classic Halloween experience: trick-or-treating and vandalism (in the form of silly-stringing some boys who are egging Andy and Laurie’s house—and Andy and Laurie, and TP-ing their own treehouse). This might not have been the sidekick Will was expecting, but hey, if the Tonto costume fits …

“Next year we’re going as Maverick and Goose,” Will tells Marcus, who doesn’t know who Will is talking about. I pray the writers will remember this promise for next year’s Halloween episode. “Until you find another Sam, I’m available to hang,” Marcus says (cuteness overload!), and then they gorge on all their terrible Halloween candy. Seriously, am I the only one bothered by the hard candies? I might need to go eat a few fun-sized Snickers bars to help myself get over it.

Best line (other than the penis one):

Marcus: Mom hasn’t had sugar in 12 years!
Will: That’s not all your mother hasn’t had in 12 years.

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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