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'The Goldbergs' recap: 'Shut up and hover!'

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “I Rode a Hoverboard!” | Aired Dec 3, 2014

There are just some things you should not even share with your best friend. At least, that’s what Adam Goldberg believes in the latest episode of The Goldbergs. The one secret that he has always kept from his best friend, Emmy, is that he is a sucker for George Michael and likes to dance to his music alone in his room. But that secret might not be safe after he shakes it a little too hard and breaks his arm!

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With a cast on his arm, Adam thinks he is on his way to being the new cool kid in school. One problem: he needs to come up with a new story to explain how he broke his arm. Erica tries to coach Adam on keeping his new story simple, like skateboarding. Adam, as usual, takes it one step further and announces in front of all his friends that he rode a hoverboard! It is not until Adam swears on his friendship with Emmy that his friends actually believe his story.

Beverly Goldberg is not getting any respect from her family when it comes to her cooking. Bev has cooked roughly 53,000 meals for her family and never seems to get a break. So Murray suggests that Bev should have a night off. The following evening the Goldberg family dines at China Garden, the one and only Chinese restaurant in town. When the family falls in love with Dave Kim’s mom’s cooking, Beverly Goldberg is not a happy camper. How dare her family praise someone else’s cooking? When Bev tries to get her family banned from the restaurant, Dave Kim’s mom throws down the gauntlet: It is not her fault that the Goldberg family likes her cooking better than Beverly’s. Oh snap, Dave Kim’s mom!

When Adam admits to Erica and Pops that he told everyone he broke his arm on a hoverboard, Erica is forced to give her brother a crash course on lying. Adam becomes so confident with his lying skills that he tells his whole science class he was one of the first people to ever ride a hoverboard. Adam’s science teacher throws a wrench into his lie, declaring that hoverboards do not exist. Adam continues to weave a web of lies and reveals that he has a video of himself on the hoverboard. Adam’s science teacher makes a deal: If he shows the video, the whole class will get an A.

To get back at Dave Kim’s mom, Beverly invites Dave Kim over for shrimp parmesan. Dave Kim loves Beverly’s cooking so much that Dave Kim’s mom agrees to ban the Goldberg family from China Garden. When Pops, Murray, and Barry confront Beverly about their ban, Beverly reveals that cooking her family dinner is the only time she feels needed. They reassure Beverly that they all still need her, she reconciles with Dave Kim’s mom, and the family’s ban from China Garden is lifted.

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Adam makes a homemade hoverboard and has Erica film him “riding” it. Just as the camera begins to roll, Emmy shows up. Heartbroken that Adam swore on their friendship and lied to her, Emmy ends their friendship. In an attempt to patch things up with Emmy, Adam comes clean about how he really broke his arm. That is right, Adam shows his whole science class the video of him dancing to George Michael. Emmy is still pretty upset, but Adam reminds her that they are more than friends—they are family. Emmy forgives Adam and all is right in the world again. (Well, minus Adam’s smelly and itchy cast.)

Lessons learned: Never videotape yourself dancing to George Michael. Never!

Confessions of a resident of suburban Philadelphia: Downtown is Philadelphia, and yes, we would drive there for Chinese food!

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C 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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