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'Flex and Shanice' recap: A few Rubas in the rough

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Talk to the Horn” | Aired Nov 29, 2014

Flex and Shanice are on their way back to stardom—and financial stability—until the possibility that Shanice is pregnant pops up. The couple gets to the doctor asap to find out whether a third baby is in the making, and they experience mixed emotions about it.

Flex is a tad bit enthused about the fresh start having a baby would bring. On the other hand, he enjoys sleep and not having to clean dirty diapers. Shanice loves how babies smell, but she also has a lot of meetings lined up for her career and knows firsthand that a pregnancy could pause it all. She remembers being cut from her label the first time she got pregnant. The nurse draws some blood and Flex and Shanice hold their breath until she returns shortly with results.

Turns out Shanice is not pregnant. Her symptoms could be the result of too much stress, probably because she’s been herself and her pretend manager, Heather Hanna. While Flex is relieved at first, he gets teary-eyed thinking about how it would have been nice if she were pregnant. The negative test allows Shanice to continue with her career moves, and the first meeting up is with Cory Rooney. He’s worked with some of the best music artists and she wants him on board. Their meeting is lukewarm. He’s into her new tracks and encourages her to keep pushing forward, but he makes no promises about jumping on her team. Still, the supportive advice he offers is enough to motivate Shanice.

While Shanice is meeting with Cory Rooney, Flex is busy teaching cousin Ed how to overcome his fear of driving. Ed has got an acting gig lined up, but only if he can get himself there. After having a nightmarish driving dream, he can’t manage to get behind the wheel. All that gets washed away when Flex forces him to drive a golf cart around a parking lot.

At the house, things aren’t looking quite as bright—at least, Mike doesn’t want them to. Everyone keeps leaving lights on and water running, with no concern for the impact that has on bills. Mike is frustrated with their carelessness and goes around posting signs and using a bullhorn to get his point across: Turn off the lights! He finally gets them to listen when he disconnects the power.

All that goes down while Ruba is playing his song for the family. Turns out that Ruba wants to be a singer just like his cousin Shanice, so he’s been recording a song with his buddy B. Howard. It seems like his song is a hit with the family, as they all start dancing around, and Uncle Spirit even drops down to the floor while shaking it. Ruba finally has his moment to shine, which is well deserved after he always gets left behind watching the kids and has been fake-managing Shanice. Maybe a Shanice-featuring-Ruba track soon? We want to hear these two work together for real!

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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