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'Flex & Shanice' recap: Comeback kids

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Facing the Music” | Aired Nov 22, 2014

You’ve got to respect their hustle. Flex and Shanice have let fans into matters that people tend to keep private, and we’re so glad they don’t shy away. Everyone hits their lows, and watching these two on the path back to greatness is beyond inspiring. Last week we got a peek into the future of Shanice’s return to music, and boy does that star shine bright. This week it was all about her hubby.

When times are rough, lean on friends. Flex hits the golf club with an old friend, Chris Spencer—whose claim to fame we’d all be most familiar with is being the co-creator of Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart. Flex wants to ask a favor of his buddy. Spencer owns the Inside Jokes comedy club, a much larger club than the ones Flex has graced on his comeback. The good run that Flex has been having makes him want to up the stakes and hit a bigger stage. Spencer obliges, glad to help his friend out, and has him perform that night. After the show, he congratulates Flex on such a successful routine after being surprised that the rusty Flex he was expecting is nowhere to be found. Instead, he says Flex has got it down better than ever.

While Flex spends the day preparing for his stand-up show, things are all over the place at the house. Elijah has to make a cardboard floating boat that could hold him. It’s a school project and Grandpa’s the man for the job, except that he wasn’t expecting this to be so difficult. Uncle Spirit makes a mystery drink he calls an elixir that supposedly helps the spirit. Ruba takes one sip and assures the rest of us that it is indeed as disgusting as it looks.

“I’m everyone’s emotional punching bag,” Ruba says, venting to Uncle Spirit. Poor Ruba. He’s trying to help Shanice by pretending to be her manager and trying to book her appointments and shows. Crystal walks in and the ex-momager in her starts flipping out knowing she’s been replaced by Ruba. She tears into Ruba and Shanice doesn’t come to back him up. That’s because Shanice is in her onesie feeling ill all day, but it isn’t the sick kind of ill. She’s showing symptoms she’s had during her previous pregnancies. After Ruba fetches some pregnancy tests, she’s sill unsure because one test is positive and the other negative. Being a supportive wife, she keeps it a secret from Flex until after his show. Flex reacts much like she does; they both seem nervous about what adding a baby into the mix could mean when they are so close to getting back on their feet.

In the meantime, Shanice receives a phone call that gets her excited to keep on working. Cory Rooney wants to meet with her and talk music, and he works with some of the greatest singers. Next week we’ll find out if baby three is on the way and how her meeting with Cory Rooney goes. Regardless of what speed bumps are ahead, the family stays close and supports each other, so Flex and Shanice don’t need to feel as if they’re in this alone. Don’t they say it takes a village?

Flex & Shanice airs Saturdays at 10/9C on OWN.

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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