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'Selfie' recap: Party planning committee

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Traumatic Party Stress Disorder” | Aired Nov 25, 2014

It’s a Thanksgiving week miracle! In case you didn’t hear, Selfie‘s back. While the show has not been renewed and is still canceled, the remaining episodes will be shown weekly on Hulu. As 13 episodes were shot, that means we still have six more weeks to hang out with Eliza and Henry.

Henry is being a Debbie Downer, when Charmonique walks in to serenade Henry because it’s his birthday. Eliza sees that he’s visibly uncomfortable and finds out that he’s just not that into birthdays. His idea of a good celebration would be power-washing his carport or watching a documentary on tiny houses.

Not thrilled with the gifts he gets from his coworkers (ranging from a partially used gift card to an ivory tusk letter opener), he seems pleased that Eliza is going to get him a gift. He challenges her to pick something personal and meaningful yet modest. Eliza turns to Charmonique and Larry for help. I’d like to point out that there’s huge character development here because Eliza is sitting down to eat lunch with friends—versus the Eliza in the beginning of the show who ate lunch standing above a trash can by herself. They agree that what Henry needs the most is fun, but he isn’t a party person.

At Henry’s house, Eliza surprises him a few seconds before midnight with his present: tickets to see Blues Traveler. She discovered he is a fan by stalking his graduating class and their photos until she found a picture of him from 1994 with a rat tail and wearing the band’s T-shirt. Henry seems impressed that she discovered this and tells her that she accomplished the task.

However, Eliza isn’t pleased with his reaction, which she discusses with Freddy in bed. He tells her that she should just go ahead and throw him the party because deep down everyone likes parties. Even if he doesn’t think he’ll enjoy it, he will. They come up with the idea to throw Henry an office-themed party. This means inviting folks from work such as Sam, Charmonique, Joan, Raj, and Larry and basically treating it like a normal work day because that’s the kind of thing Henry would enjoy.

Meanwhile, during his birthday dinner with Julia, Henry tells her he wants to go see Blues Traveler. She doesn’t seem very excited but she goes along with it. During the concert, Henry really gets into the whole experience as he sings along very loudly with the band, makes new friends, and even buys merchandise to wear. There needs to be more episodes with John Cho singing. Unfortunately for him, Julia grows weary and uncomfortable, eventually leaving him behind.

Saddened by this, he arrives home to find the party waiting for him. Not in the mood for this, Henry tells Eliza that he had a bad night because Julia left early and now he doesn’t want to be around his coworkers. Eliza angrily tells him that he should be grateful because people wanted to be around him for his birthday—unlike hers, when she was alone.

Henry is stuck cleaning up after his own party when Julia comes over. She apologizes for her behavior, admitting that when she is pushed out of her comfort zone she becomes cold and judgmental. She wants to make it up to him and they kiss—and she offers a present that will be there all night. The next day, Henry tells Eliza that he did have fun and thanks her for making his birthday a good one. She then shows him that he’s made it to YouTube with a video of him singing at the concert. Henry’s attempts to make his singing career disappear fail—he has no idea how to get rid of the video and instead accidentally tweets it to the world.

I’m so glad that the show is back. The two-week hiatus seemed like forever! Even though we’ll only get 13 episodes, it’s worth it to spend more time in Eliza and Henry’s world and watch these two characters grow. The relationship between the two has dialed back down since the grab, but it is in a comfortable spot. They both care about each other, but not so much that their own personal relationships are suffering. I’m thankful that we don’t have to say goodbye forever to Selfie just yet.

Selfie aired Tuesdays 8/7C on ABC.

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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