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Season 1 | Episode 2 | “And the Sword in the Stone” | Aired Dec 7, 2014

We pick off right where with left off: The potential Librarians flee from the Serpent of the Brotherhood. Flynn lies on the ground while a pair of evil henchmen verrrry slowly creep up to finish him off. They’re slow enough that Eve has time to show up and knock their heads together. Flynn still bleeds from the magical unhealable wound, but a slug from the Oil of Bathsheba slows down the bleeding enough for him to chase after Charlene, last seen in the stacks mumbling about the corridor of doors. Which, I gather, is very bad.

Welcome to The Librarians and the Sword in the Stone.

Lamia plunders the library while Flynn and the Potentials (totally my new band name) flee through the stacks. A bell gongs a countdown. The Library folds in on itself because, as Lamia explains to a stunned Cassandra, “The library lies it its own pocket of reality anchored here. And the First Librarian just cut the anchor chain.” Flynn escapes with the potentials through an open door and straight into Narnia a forest in Oregon.

Flynn and the Potentials Flee The Library

The bad guys take the elevator. Zero imagination.

Jenkins (John Larroquette) awaits them on the side of the road because librarians now moonlight as Uber drivers. Actually, Jenkins curates the library’s secret annex, which features Flynn’s study 2.0 and is hidden in the base of a suspension bridge. When Eve points out that Flynn’s wound still isn’t healing, Jenkins reminds her that it’s magical, so it never heals.

John Larroquette is Jenkins

Over tea, Jenkins explains that The Library Annex interfaces with the main library, separate but connected. They have access to all The Library’s information, catalogued in Jenkins’ covetous, vintage card catalog, but not the artifacts. Upset over failing to notice that the Brotherhood was killing potentials, Flynn beats himself up so much that Eve worries he’ll open his wound with all the flailing. Say, did you know Flynn’s magical wound by Excalibur can’t be healed? The potentials learn how there’s One Librarian to Rule Them All until the current librarian, aka Flynn Carsen, dies, which Eve anticipates will be in the next 24 hours.

Lamia brings Cassandra to Matt Frewer, who mwah ha has about how awful the librarians are to hide magic from the world. Cassandra only cares about whether or not they’re going to cure her brain tumor.

Flynn remembers that Lamia called Excalibur a key, and she needs the lock … like maybe the stone from that Arthur first pulled Excalibur. The stone is now located in modern-day London, which just happens to sit on a massive ley line. Quick! To the magical carpet! What? No magic carpet? Aw, man!

In the Tower of London, with only 12 hours left to live, Flynn and the Potentials steal the emerald Stone of Marrakesh. With a little gum, some string, and a bit of Latin, the staid emerald transforms into an excitable lodestone on a mission.

Underground, the Brotherhood has used the more mundane means of sonar, tunnel digging, artificial light, and murder (zero imagination) to reach the chamber under Buckingham Palace in which the royal family has guarded the magical stone for centuries. Topside, Flynn and the Potentials more creatively crash a charity ball and find the secret passage, which leads them to the same chamber even as Flynn fades ever faster.

Matt Frewer, finally identified as Mister DuLocke (seriously, show, update that IMDb page already), is also a guest of the ball. In the tunnel below, Lamia and the henchmen break through to the chamber that holds the stone of King Arthur. I know a few Scotsmen who’d argue that could be the Stone of Scone, but magical stones are so hard to distinguish these days. Lamia tries to force through the protective barrier, but a henchman disintegrates as soon as he touches it, so that’s out. Cassandra is drafted to decipher the Scrabble-like mystical puzzle on the barrier, written in High Enochian, a mathematical language based on ancient Greek and Hebrew. I thought Enochian was the language of the angels, but guess that’s another supernatural show …

Once the barrier is unlocked, Cassandra is imprisoned as Lamia ceremoniously inserts Excalibur back into the stone. A blue glow fills the room. Upstairs, the lights flicker and Mister DuLocke’s eyes also glow blue. Ten bucks he turns out to be Merlin.

Meanwhile, Flynn and the Potentials creep through a wine cellar that dates back to George III. A second secret door leads them to the Brotherhood’s tunnels. They free Cassandra, who has just the right plan to stop Lamia and the Brotherhood. Flynn engages Lamia in a duel, this time wielding a pipe against Excalibur. With some teamwork and the Brotherhood’s discarded tools, the potentials electromagnetize Flynn’s pipe. Flynn uses it to magnetically zap the crown from Lamia’s head and calls Excalibur from the stone to finish her off.

Excalibur is drained of magic. Seriously, the whimpers are making me teary. Flynn’s final act is to offer the last of Excalibur’s magic to Cassandra as a cure for her tumor. Flynn dies. Overcome with grief, Cassandra instead lays the sword against Flynn’s unhealable wound. Flynn is alive! Sadly, Excalibur doesn’t survive but instead is reabsorbed back into the stone.

Flynn and RebeccaWith magic halted and the world saved, Flynn sends the potentials home. Even though the Annex can access The Library’s information, Jenkins bemoans its loss. Flynn realizes he can look for a way to re-tether The Library to their reality while the potentials do the day-to-day grunt work of saving the world. Turns out The Library was a few steps ahead of Flynn, since the potentials’ plane tickets are really fancy-schmancy invitations. The Annex will be the new base of operations, where Jenkins will supervise the training of the potentials so that they don’t die before they learn where to find the toilet. (Behind the stacks, natch.) Flynn promises they’ll have the chance to save the world every week and twice before Friday. Actually, it’ll be Sunday nights at 8, but let’s not quibble during the inspiring speech. “Oh joy,” Jenkins deadpans.

Eve agrees to protect the potentials despite Noah Wyle doing adorable flustered academic adorably. She gives the waffling Jenkins his verbal what-for, and he gets on board with the thought of using the Clippings Book for cases, since there is a new page about a new bizarre mystery happening every new day.

Say, that would be a great start for a series …

The Librarians airs on Sunday nights at 8/7C on TNT.

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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