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'Ground Floor' recap: It's not like I was one of those mean girls

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Baked and Toasted” | Aired Dec 16, 2014

Episode two of Ground Floor finds Threepeat trying hard to fill Brody’s shoes, and Brody trying to claw his way back to the top. Brody is the janitor this week, because hey, why not? All ground-floor positions are interchangeable.

Brody’s prepared a one-two punch to impress Mansfield: Not only does he have a hot new stock tip, he’s revolutionized garbage sorting! There’s no way he can lose! Mansfield enters and makes reference to his “buttery baritone.” I’m picturing that freezing-cold restaurant butter that shreds your bread like Freddy Krueger shredding a teenager, but sure, I guess that works.

Lindsay throws a curveball by giving Mansfield the very stock tip that Brody had in store. He’s been stock-blocked! [Groan here.] What are the odds? Seriously, tell me what the odds are. I don’t know from stocks.

Mansfield disregards Brody’s trash system and reminds Threepeat that tomorrow is his birthday. He’s expecting his traditional birthday toast, which was originally Brody’s job. Now, it’s Threepeat’s. Then he throws in a Gallagher reference, because apparently it’s perpetually 1987 in Mansfield’s head.

Brody returns to the ground floor and interrupts the classic workplace game, Stay Still Until the Motion Detectors Think You’re Gone and the Lights Turn Off. Jenny informs Brody that per HR, she can’t be his boss while they’re in a relationship. So who’s Brody’s new supervisor? That ficus plant over there! No, no, it’s Harvard, of course.

Harvard plans to ride Brody until he quits, but having no actual knowledge of what it means to work, he fails miserably. Go organize those purchase orders! Oh, they’ve been organized, girl. Clean out that stockroom! Honey, all three have been organized to within an inch of their lives. And P.S., Brody’s changed the hold music to his own rendition of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On,” because we, as a society, all agreed after Bridesmaids to go ahead and own our love of that song. No shame!

Harvard vows to give Brody hell tomorrow, somehow. If he holds on for one more day, things will go his way.

Lindsay runs into Jenny upstairs and recognizes her from high school. It seems Jenny was a year ahead of Lindsay, and gifted her with the nickname “Flimsy Lindsay” after she was knocked over by a shuttlecock in gym class. Jenny has no recollection of these events, but tells Lindsay, “Girl, you took a shuttlecock to the face and I nicknamed you ‘Flimsy’? I think you got off okay there.” Lindsay reveals that she was pretty scarred from the ordeal, but feigns excitement when she learns that Jenny works downstairs.

Brody shows up in Mansfield’s office, hoping to impress him with some sort of futuristic pen-ordering device. Mansfield makes a big show of not giving a damn how hard Brody is working to earn back his respect. He then presents to Brody a three-part gesture of “I don’t care,” which hearkens back to Uncle Joey’s “Cut it out” routine from Full House, and once again we’re all cringing and trying hard not to think about the fact that “You Oughta Know” was about Dave Coulier. Or is that just me? Seriously, please file that under “Shit I never needed to know.”

Back on the ground floor, Derrick and Harvard are commiserating over the fact that Brody has ruined their work lives with his go-getter attitude. Then there are some jokes about marijuana, which is a drug that slackers use, according to most comedy movies from the late ’90s.

Threepeat approaches Brody regarding Mansfield’s birthday. He plans to give his toast in the form of a Dolly Parton parody song, which, in all honesty, sounds delightful. I’m hoping he’ll throw in some references to her secret tattoos. Brody is not on board, but he has the perfect plan: he’ll give the speech, bailing out Threepeat and winning Mansfield’s love back. It can’t lose!

Jenny approaches Lindsay in an attempt to reconcile. “It’s not like I was one of those mean girls,” she tells her, even as her list of high school nickname victims grows ever longer. Mansfield interrupts with this pearl of wisdom: “Every person gets three names in this life: the name your parents give you, the name you make for yourself, and the name your friends give you. And that’s the name you have to embrace, because that’s the name that reflects how the world sees you.” So profound. Much Mansfield. Wow. Wow. After learning the name that Jenny bestowed upon Lindsay, he offers a hug and the condolence, “Kids can be so cruel.”

Jenny comes to Harvard and Derrick for reassurance that she’s not a mean girl. Harvard reminds her that she gave him his nickname when she learned that he’d attended an online community college. Oh, snap! She is a mean girl!

Brody arrives downstairs, and he’s acting uncharacteristically mellow. It turns out that both Harvard and Derrick have dosed him with pot-laced food. But, but, he has to give Mansfield’s toast in 10 minutes! How’s the gang gonna get out of this one?!

Upstairs, Mansfield’s birthday celebration begins. All eyes are on Threepeat for the toast, and Brody’s nowhere to be found. Out of options, Threepeat performs “Five to Nine.”

Brody is in the elevator with Lindsay, trying to psyche himself up for the toast. Lindsay mentions that Mansfield hates him, which gives Brody hope; if he hates him, it means he still cares. He wants to go see Mansfield straight away, but he’s in no condition to face him. Lindsay traps him in the elevator by pushing all the buttons. What a hero. All the gold stars for Lindsay!

Jenny runs into Lindsay and offers a heartfelt apology by way of an excuse based on her crummy childhood. Lindsay tentatively accepts the apology, and agrees to be friends (frenemies?). After all, she might not be where she is today were it not for Jenny’s bullying.

The next day, Brody comes to Mansfield’s office to deliver a copy of his speech. He begs Mansfield to admit that he hates him. Mansfield refuses. After Brody leaves, Mansfield reads the speech, and surprise, surprise, he loves it. There just might be hope for these two lovebirds yet!

Ground Floor airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on TBS.

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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