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'Selfie' recap: Hollaback Girl vs. Uptown Girl

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Imperfect Harmony” | Aired Dec 9, 2014

If you don’t like singing in public, karaoke can be a horrible experience. However, in TV land, karaoke is extremely cathartic and characters somehow manage to have extremely good voices. This episode of Selfie proves that Karen Gillan and John Cho need more roles where they will be singing.

Eliza arrives at work, energized and excited—but not because of caffeine or her daily dose of celeb gossip. She’s charged by her newfound feelings for Henry and rushes to tell Charmonique about them. It is really nice to see that Eliza continues to ask Charmonique how she is doing first before every conversation. The reaction is not as she expected when Eliza is reminded that Henry still has a girlfriend and might not feel the same way about her.

Meanwhile, Henry goes to Raj in HR to tell him about what happened in the elevator. Raj asks if he wants to file a sexual harassment complaint. Henry only wanted to tell him just for full disclosure. Raj tells him not to worry and pulls out a thick folder full of Eliza’s interoffice relationships. Since there are so many, both parties in any sort of dalliance must sign forms to get approval. The contract for Freddy is shredded and Henry is handed his own copy.

The office is excited for the annual karaoke party, where it is mandatory that everyone gets up and sing. Henry leaves the meeting room quickly and Eliza rushes after him. She gets distracted, however, by a disheveled and forlorn Freddy. It seems that after their breakup he’s not been himself and can’t even do all of his Jason Statham workouts. He tells her that if she thinks he was getting too serious about their relationship, he can dial it back down to just casual sex. To be honest, he looks very pathetic and I feel like giving him a hug. But Eliza is a much stronger person than I am and tells him that she has other things on her mind. Then she leaves him to go find Henry.

Finally confronting him, Eliza asks Henry why he has been avoiding her. After breaking up with her boyfriend, disrobing in public, and accidentally falling in love with him, she deserves an answer. Henry is taken aback by her declaration of love. (“I exposed myself. It was implied.”) She just wants him to tell her how he feels. He tells her that he needs time to organize his thoughts.

During song selections for karaoke night with Raj, Henry mulls over his feelings; he is conflicted about what to do. Julia is the safe, familiar and nonthreatening option (“Uptown Girl”), while Eliza is complicated, dangerous, and beautiful (“Hollaback Girl”). Henry realizes what he wants is something different: He’s grown to love Eliza and he’ll never forgive himself if he doesn’t go after her.

At the party, Freddy runs into Henry at the bar and tells him that he never should have gotten serious with Eliza because she wasn’t the relationship type. Henry suggests that perhaps Eliza was just scared, to which Freddy says that she’s pretty much just like a “man-eater.” This causes Henry to start doubting his feelings.

Eliza arrives at the party without makeup and not dressed up at all. She is completely vulnerable as she goes to Henry to find out how he feels about her. He tells her that he feels she sabotaged her relationship with Freddy and threw herself at Henry because she was scared to get serious. This makes her angry, and she tells him he’s the one that’s scared. He says that he’s already in a relationship, one that is healthy, functioning, and smooth. It’s just like describing a bowel movement, she retorts. She calls him a chicken and leaves to find that Julia has overheard everything.

The bar beckons her to drink away her feelings, but she sees Henry return downstairs. Eliza rushes to him excitedly because she thinks that Henry didn’t run after Julia and came down for her instead. “Blink if you want me!” she tells him. Henry tries his hardest to not blink and then caves and finds that he can’t stop blinking. Eliza tells him that she loves him, but Henry stops her to say that Julia is waiting for him and he leaves.

Incredibly hurt, she goes to the stage to sing “Chandelier” by Sia. Karen Gillan’s singing is incredibly raw and heartbreaking and you really feel Eliza’s pain. She gets drunk and ends up back with Freddy. Henry receives a call from Julia telling him goodbye. Due to mandatory orders that he still needs to sing, he goes up and solemnly belts out “Wild World” by Cat Stevens, thus revealing that his heart is hurting as well.

Many viewers are probably now “for reals drunk on feels” after watching this. I’m hoping that Eliza doesn’t regress back into her former self. But as she stripped away everything to offer her true self to Henry and he turned her away, it’s possible. In fact, she barely uses her phone at all throughout the entire episode. With only three episodes left, I can only hope that the relationship is going to be somehow fixed.

Other songs sung during this episode:

Joan: “Word Up” by Cameo

Freddy: “Maneater”

Saperstein: “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’Arby

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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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