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'The Goldbergs' fall finale recap: Barry Goldberg, the supermodel

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet” | Aired Dec 10, 2014

The Goldbergs take on model walks and aliens trying to phone home in its latest episode. Supermodels get discovered anywhere, and for Barry Goldberg that place is the local mall. Enter “model finder” John Calabasas and his perfectly reasonable offer to Barry of 100 bucks for some head shots and classes. Seems legit, right?

Well, to Barry and Beverly Goldberg this is everything they ever dreamed of. Beverly hands over the dough and Barry is on his way to being on the cover of Vogue. “Barry was born to model,” proclaims Beverly when Erica tries to be the voice of reason and persuade her mother that this is just a scam.

With Murray tagging along, Adam and Emmy are preparing to see E.T. for the 10th time. While the three wait to get into the theater, Murray’s mysterious father Pop Pop walks by. The conversation is limited and cold but that seems status quo for Murray and Pop Pop. It is not until Murray begins to cry during E.T. that Adam starts to believe that Murray might be upset about his relationship with his father.

After getting Barry all ready for his big shoot, Beverly accompanies her delicious baby boy to his first photo shoot.

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While Bev is fixing Barry’s hair, Calabasas comes up with a brilliant idea: a mother-son modeling team. Beverly hands over another 100 bucks and the duo start working it together. Once the pair is done, Barry is not a happy camper about having to share the spotlight with his mom.

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Adam wants to get Pop Pop and Murray back on good terms even though Pops advises that it is a bad idea. After a very unsuccessful sit-down between the two, Adam decides that taking Pop Pop to see E.T. may spark some kind of emotion in the bitter man. So with the promise of free popcorn, Pop Pop heads off to see E.T. Adam’s plan fails yet again. Pop Pop does not care for that alien at all and actually sides with the feds. Pop Pop calls Adam a moron for sympathizing with the alien.

Beverly finally comes to realization that the modeling is a scam after Erica shows Bev her head shots from a couple years ago. Beverly plans on breaking the news to Barry, but when Barry apologizes to his mother for freaking out, Beverly does not want to break Barry’s heart. Instead, she marches down and demands that Calabasas find Barry an actually modeling job or she will shut him down. Barry gets his model moment when he becomes the face of Calabasas’ model-finding company.

A heartbroken Adam tells Murray about Pop Pop calling him a moron. This leads to Murray marching over to his father’s house and giving him a piece of his mind. Back at the Goldberg residence, Adam admits that the real reason that he wanted Murray and Pop Pop to make up is because he doesn’t want his relationship with Murray to end up like that. Murray reassures Adam that would never happen.

The Goldbergs gather together to ring in the New Year. Just before the countdown is about to begin, Murray gets an unexpected visit from his father. It seems like a new year may mean a new beginning for the Goldbergs!

Lessons learned: When a stranger approaches you at the mall and says you can be a model, just smile and walk away.

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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