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'Manhattan Love Story' recap: Stormy, porny nights

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Empire State of Mind Strikes Back” | Aired Dec 11, 2014

Peter and Dana’s Manhattan Love Story is in that wonderful honeymoon stage where you pretend to like cuddling in the bed, even though it makes one’s body temperature rise to that of a resident in the underworld. It’s quite charming.

Morning rituals are adorable too. In the flurry of buttering toast and sipping coffee, local news weatherman Chip Charleston points to the Doppler Radar, warning that a giant storm is about to hit New York. Peter frantically begins packing a suitcase full of tequila and underwear. Dana is optimistic and concerned.

Peter: My family gets together during big storms. We drink, pretend we are about to die, and drink.

Dana is down with a night of frivolity. New York has not been kind to her lately. It’s time to blow off some steam. But she must move her car first, or she’ll get a parking ticket. Peter laughs. What real New Yorker has a car? Dana explains that it’s the only place she can find sanctuary.

Manhattan Love Story 2While negotiating her car into a nearby open spot, Dana’s boss calls. She has been assigned a book to edit! FINALLY! SOMETHING POSITIVE! She hangs up the phone to find a fellow motorist backing into her spot. She jumps out to confront the spot stealer and gets a parking ticket in the 60-second argument. To make matters worse, a bus drives by and splashes her, Sex in the City style. Except not as sexy. New York for the win.

When Dana arrives a soaking mess at David and Amy’s place, David praises Dana for her commitment to a crazy storm-party costume. Although Dana would love to participate in the catastrophe festivities, she has to edit a manuscript tonight. She heads to work for some peace and quiet.

Within the first few pages, Dana discovers that she’s editing lady porn. The story literally starts off with a bang. In the midst of reading about throbbing body parts, Peter arrives to surprise her with Chinese food. Even though it was incredibly kind, she asks him to leave. He sheepishly grins when his family shows up moments later with bags full of party supplies in tow. Chip announced the Doppler Radar has been upgraded to magenta, and it’s expected to reach periwinkle in a few hours. Their apartment is in the flood zone. PARTY ON!

Dana suddenly realizes that she parked her car in the flood zone. Peter and David offer to move it so she can continue researching other words for engorged. There’s one tiny detail he forgets to mention: He can’t drive a stick.

Manhattan Love Story 3Dana’s car grinds and sputters down the road, jerking to a stop with every touch of the brake. Peter is confident he will be able to parallel park somewhere. He may not have a driver’s license, but he has 15 years of Mario Cart under his belt. His name is Peter and he will park this car.

Peter: Hey! I’m Peter the Parker!
David: Classic.

He maneuvers (for the most part) into a safe spot. It’s not quite parallel, but it will do. David asks Peter why Dana would hang on to this car? Peter explains that Dana has had a hard time adjusting, and this car represents freedom from the chaos that seems to follow her. David wonders if it’s a safety net. If she gives up on her dream, she has a way out of this hell hole. Then fate steps in. Dana’s car rolls by the brothers and crashes into a food stand. The point goes to New York.

Back at Stormapalooza/Porn Headquarters, Tucker arrives with his three Pomeranians to check on our first-time editor. Dana is panicked. There are too many distractions and she can’t think of any more synonyms for the word penis. Cue Peter’s entire family rattling off about a thousand examples in 10 seconds. It was glorious.

The storm party isn’t going so well. Peter’s dad took five sleeping pills and is a walking truth machine. He confesses that their mother is in Bogota having a face peel, and David never had allergies. Chloe flirts with Tucker, only to learn that he’s gay. David and Amy get in a fight because David chose to save a statue of Han Solo from the potential flood.

Peter finally admits to Dana that he forgot to use the parking brake and inadvertently crashed her car. He reminds her that she is a New Yorker now and doesn’t really need it. She goes on a rant about how everyone in New York is loud and pushy, and she once saw a roach fight a rat and win. Everything is a disaster.

Peter: Are we a disaster?
Dana: No. We are great. I just feel like New York wants me to leave. How many signs do I need?

And then the electricity goes off. We have reached lime green, people! YOU WIN, NEW YORK.

Dana rushes to the wall of old-timey typewriters and pleads with everyone to help her. They all work together by candlelight, hunkering down from the storm while editing about other things hunkering down.

Not so fast, New York. Dana is taking a bite out of the Big Apple. She may be one of you after all.

Love Notes

Dana: I got kicked in the face by a street performer.
Peter: You have to give those breakdancers some space.
Dana: She was a violinist.

Peter’s Dad: Isn’t “flesh pipe” two words?

Tucker [pointing to dogs]: These are the Ryans. Gosling, Reynolds, and Lochte. I lost Seacrest in a bitter custody battle with my ex.

Peter’s Dad: Life is better with a British narrator.

Manhattan Love Story airs Tuesdays 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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