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'Bad Judge' recap: Say hello to my little judge!

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Judge and Jury” | Aired Oct 30, 2014

Lunch at the bar this week finds Rebecca and Tedward training for the Serpico Olympics, an annual bar-game competition against DA Tom and Jake in which the loser has to spend a night in jail. They are gunning to reclaim the title after their one and only loss last year. She and Gary flirt—or what passes for flirting for them—while Tedward’s head adorably pinballs between them. Gary doesn’t get the BFD over bar games. Rebecca: “Is it just a game when we play babysitter?” Depends on what you pay per hour. DA Tom agrees to find a partner by EOD.

In chambers, Tedward chides Rebecca for dumping all her mail in the corner. Personally, I let mine pile up on the cat scratch tower. He bemoans the expiration of the Bed Bath & Beyond discount cards when any serious BB&Ber knows those suckers are always valid at the register. At Harmon’s too. This time, however, Rebecca missed her jury-duty summons, and it starts tomorrow. Can you imagine jury duty on Halloween? Now that’s scary! Tedward is afraid Rebecca will get picked and miss the Serpico Olympics, but Rebecca scoffs that no one is going to put a judge on their jury. Hey, she’d be judge AND jury! That should’ve been the episode titl—oh wait.

jury-duty-bad-judgeAt jury duty, an overly coiffed and stilted Judge Rebecca Wright gives introduction instructions via video while the real thing sucks down a Big Gulp in the plastic chairs with the other potential jurors. When her mobile rings, she’s schooled by guest star Rob Riggle that “rules are rules”—so no eating or using cell phones. She blows him off for taking jury duty too seriously right before her recorded self instructs everyone to take it seriously.

At the bar, DA Tom fails to find a new partner: “Craigslist sucks!” Only on certain pages, DA Tom. He pitches to Gary, who declines given he doesn’t believe in competition. “That’s why I play hacky sack.” Sure. That’s why. Judith offers her services—not like that. She’s not the one on Craigslist—and proves her mettle by hitting a man in the back with a dart because he was between her and the bull’s-eye. Back at jury duty, Rebecca twitches impatiently as she expects her friend Annie, in whose courtroom she sits, to dismiss her for conflict of interest. Except Annie’s on maternity leave and the substituting Judge Pitt has no intention of setting Rebecca loose.

Tedward is already in Rebecca’s kitchen when she gets home, prepped and ready with supplies for their training session (including apricot scrub). She admits they may need an alternate for the Serpico Olympics and suggests Tedward channel Mr. Miyagi and train Gary for the competition. She promises to get out of jury duty using every tactic that’s been used in her courtroom over the years. Naturally, she fails, or there’d be no episode. Tedward starts Gary’s training with some basic high-five maneuvers, which don’t go well. Probably would be better at high-footing given his hacky sack skillz. Rebecca breaks the news of her failure to Tedward but promises she’ll be the jury foreman and lead the jury to a swift verdict. But Rob Riggle is picked as foreman instead, a post that so excites him, he high-fives himself. He should be Tedward’s partner for the Serpico Olympics!

DA Tom taunts Rebecca on her jury duty. “I smell a forfeit!” Rebecca: “The only thing I smell is your Axe body spray.” DA Tom is smug given Judith is a bar-game savant, which she demonstrates by tossing onion rings onto the antlers of the wall-mounted stag head because they’re secretly in a Canadian bar. In the jury box, Rebecca trades insults with Rob Riggle. “You dress like a hooker!” “Those pants give you front butt!” Raise your hand if you think they’ll be dating by the end of the episode!

NUP_165677_0338-550x366Gary’s training is not going well, possibly because Tedward hasn’t told Gary he’s in training. In the jury room, 11 want to convict the defendant for hiring a hooker while Rebecca is the lone not-guilty holdout. She digs in her heels against Rob Riggle’s coercion and declares, “We’re all staying here until each and every one of us get this kid off!” She unhappily breaks the news to Tedward. “There’s nothing I’d rather do than play shuffleboard with urinal cakes!” But she can’t let the kid go to prison for being a horny idiot.

It’s time for the Serpico Olympics! Tedward orders Gary to man up, but he repeatedly declines until Judith goes too far in her trash talk and compares his inability to compete with his inability to lock down Rebecca in a relationship. Gary: “You just called down the thunder!”

Back in the jury room, Rebecca’s making slow progress by encouraging the jury to err toward the spirit of the law. At the Serpico Olympics, Tedward and Gary—in Rebecca’s shirt, which barely covers half his chest (thank you!)—hold their own. Predictably, though, they lose the onion-ring-toss-onto-the-antlers heat because the Canadian judge was biased. Meanwhile, Rebecca gets the jury to an 11 to 1 vote in her favor and goes after Rob Riggle’s hard line to the letter of the law. Finally he gives in. Justice is served!

NUP_165677_0129-600x400Tedward and Gary have managed to win High-Five to Infinity, Coaster Boaster, and Ice Fiasco. DA Tom and Judith have won Onion-Ring Antlers, Napkin Fold-Off and Bathroom. It’s a tie! The tie-breaker is Kick-the-Lime-Around. Tedward freaks out because feet are not his thing. Rebecca arrives just in time to huddle up with the boys. Now it’s Gary’s turn to wax on, wax off, and he promises Tedward all he has to do is “tap the sack!” They hacky sack the hell outta that lime in slo-mo, to the soundtrack of the Chariots of Fire theme, and win the belt. VICTORY!

Bad Judge airs on Thursdays at 9/8C 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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