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Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Leave of Absence” | Aired Nov 11, 2014

Now that Noah is out of the way, Lucy can really focus all her attention on her incest-y feelings about Ian. Will is making a pretty strong showing in the Lucy department, even though she completely blew off his confessions of love and left him stranded in the friendzone. Now here we are in Happyland: downgraded from love rectangle to love triangle again.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.02.14 AMThis week’s episode picks up as Lucy storms out of the unfortunately named Club Happy, followed by a weepy Will. He tries to maintain his dignity, and Lucy continues to shred what little he has left by rejecting him again. Will gives up, and Lucy goes home to confront her mother about seeing her at Club Happy with James Chandler. She berates Elena for a while, but it’s like kicking a puppy; Elena is so hopeful that things will be different this time between her and James.

Lucy is lucky she isn’t my teenage daughter, because all she would get in exchange for her Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.03.26 AMcrossed arms and accusatory tone would be an “It’s none of your damn business.” Elena, as I’ve said before, is much more patient than I am, and tries to explain herself and defend her choices. Lucy ends the exchange with a verbal slap: “You are such a hypocrite.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.04.41 AMAround the Happyland water cooler, Theodore tells Lucy she did well at her scholarship interview, and she tries to make nice with Will after the awkward way they left things last night. He is passive-aggressive when she tries to act normal. His disappointment is pretty evident—even to Harper and Ian.

Harper senses the weirdness between Lucy and Will, and Lucy tells her about Will’s loveScreen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.02.48 AM confession. Harper gives her blessing, and they do a little girl talk about the possibility of Lucy and Will becoming a thing. It seems like Lucy is considering it, especially since Harper seems OK with it. Good for Harper. Maybe she isn’t the vapid little jerk we first thought she was.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.04.17 AMLucy goes home to verbally abuse her mother some more, scolding Elena about her relationship with Chandler. I am growing weary of Lucy’s constant petulance. It’s very unflattering. Will, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to mind. He shows up at Lucy’s door that night to have more feelings. Lucy protests; Will pushes; they kiss. It’s mildly gratifying only because I find Will so cute, but I’m just biding my time for this whole brother thing to play out.

As all of Happyland prepares for the weird wedding, Theodore tells Lucy that she’s won the scholarship. She’s happy until she learns that it comes with a few strings. In order for Lucy to have the scholarship, Elena must take a job in Boston as well.

Lucy has a hard time holding it together during the ceremony, and Ian notices. He suggests that Lucy try to get to know their dad a little. Lucy tells Ian about the conversation between her and Theodore. Lucy is forced to tell Ian about the ultimatum and the burgeoning relationship between James and Elena.

Things get even stickier when Ian’s mom shows at the wedding. As Happyland luck with Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.05.48 AMwould have it, Elena is leading a tour at the exact moment in which James and his family are looking like the perfect family, and it upsets her. Theodore is pretty insistent on playing the bad guy, and when Ian tries to insist that Lucy be considered part of the family, he balks. He wants them out of the picture, but Ian has other ideas.

Elena is drowning her tears in Will’s dad’s bar, and she’s a forlorn sight. Lucy breaks the news about the scholarship and its strings, and Elena agrees to move to Boston with Lucy. Will shows up looking all dashing in his hoodie, and they commence to canoodle in a corner booth, taking advantage of their last six weeks together.

We didn’t have to wait very long for the whole brother-sister thing to come unraveled, because Will’s dad drops a bomb (that many readers predicted already) that Ian might not be James’ son. Y’all called it; I was hoping all along.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 9.06.02 AMIan turns up at Lucy and Elena’s house that night, but he is there to see Elena. He tries to convince her to tell James the truth. Elena is reluctant to agree, but he threatens to tell James if she doesn’t. It’s ultimatums for everyone this week.

How many of y’all saw this coming?

Happyland airs Tuesdays at 11 p.m. on MTV.

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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