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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Your Happyland Family” | Aired Nov 18, 2014

I don’t like to say, “I told you so.” Just kidding—I love it! I knew something was off about this whole Ian-and-Lucy-are-siblings thing, because the writers were just working too hard to show off their chemistry. So, here we are, in the season 1 finale, picking up after that huge bomb last week.

The finale opens with Lucy and Ian practicing for the Happyland Fourth of July waltz, and Lucy gets a little carried away with herself. It almost looks like she wants to kiss him (and we all know she does), but Ian seems a little shocked at the suggestion.

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 8.40.18 AMLucy tries to play Nancy Drew and do some online stalking on James Chandler’s whereabouts during the time that Margot was pregnant. It quickly goes left when James appears at the door looking weirdly surprised that Elena’s daughter would live with her.

James does a little math when he first meets Lucy, and figures out that he’s her father. He leaves abruptly and Lucy feels rejected, so of course she storms off to blow up everyone else’s lives by telling them all she knows. Before she gets a chance to do any damage, she is intercepted by Will. Her scowl is no match for his aww-shucks puppy love, and when Ian and Harper Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 8.41.43 AMjoin them, Lucy has a hard time maintaining her cool. Lucy and Ian share a too-long glance as Ian leaves the table. The foreshadowing is so thick, you could cut it with a knife.

As the Fourth rolls around, a tornado warning interrupts the festivities, and everyone has to go to the park’s underground. Harper whisks Ian’s mom away to safety, directly into Elena’s tour, and the wife and mistress come face to face. Lucy and Ian have to stay in character to entertain the guests, and the dance leads to another rejection by James Chandler. Who knew tornadoes could be so awkward?

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 8.42.55 AMIan corners his dad and forces him to talk about Lucy. He wants him to be a good dad to Lucy, but James didn’t know she was leaving. Will finds Lucy hiding out, claiming he saw the exchange between her and her dad on the monitors (which seems a little creepy), and a kid sees Ricki the Raccoon with his head off. Mayhem ensues, but don’t worry, Will still wants to have their date.

Theodore gives Ian a lecture about being a better son and lets it slip that Ian might not really be a Chandler. Everybody is telling everybody’s business in this finale, and it’s starting to get a little confusing. Oh, and James Chandler revoked Lucy’s scholarship. We know why, but she doesn’t, and of course she’s devastated.

At Harper’s prodding, Will has romance on the brain, and wants his and Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 8.43.15 AMLucy’s night to start as soon as she finishes the waltz with Ian. Will even brings Harper along so she can “take Ian off their hands.” When Ian and Lucy meet up for the waltz, it doesn’t seem like they are thinking too much about Will and Harper.

Ian confides in Lucy about not being a real Chandler, but then gets upset when he realizes she already knows. She one-ups him in the bad-day department, and surprisingly doesn’t storm off. (Everyone storms off on this show.) Ian says he wants to leave his family of liars, and then Lucy puts it on him. They kiss, and I am far less creeped out this time. I’ve been holding out all season for this, and it did not disappoint.

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 8.44.22 AMHarper and Will, on the other hand, are pretty creeped out when they see Lucy and Ian (whom they still think are brother and sister) going at it in the Princess Suite. The episode ends there, but at least we know that neither Lucy nor Ian are leaving anytime soon.

How did y’all feel about that finale? Did it end too soon?

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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