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Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Perestroika” | Aired Dec 16, 2014

One usually doesn’t pay much attention to episode titles, but this is one of the most unusual ones I’ve ever seen used for a sitcom. “Perestroika” is a Russian phrase that was used during the Cold War to refer to rebuilding and restructuring. We see a lot of that going on with Henry and Eliza’s relationship in the newest episode of Selfie.

Eliza is constantly reminded that Henry rejected her. The worst part is that she has to see him every day at work. To cope, she pretends not to see or hear Henry, and even goes all Gone Girl on him, complete with ketchup blood. Even some mediation with Charmonique begging the two of them to just get along doesn’t help. Henry is angry that she is snubbing him when he’s trying to make the best of a very awkward situation.

He’s more focused on his annual performance review. Henry is super-confident that it will go well; he always gets at least a 98 percent. “Just call me Henry Potter, because I make magic like a workplace wizard.” To his surprise, he ends up only getting an 89 percent. “That’s a B! What am I, Hufflepuff?” Saperstein tells him his negative peer evaluation brought him down.

Meanwhile, Eliza’s troubles grow more serious than avoiding Henry. She’s informed that her apartment manager will be increasing her security deposit to take care of plumbing damages she’s caused. Out of money and ousted from her home, she shows up at work begging Charmonique to help her out. But Charmonique tells her she can’t relate to Eliza’s problems since she always pays her bills on time. She needs Henry Potter’s magic to get her out of this.

Henry reads through the peer reviews where his coworkers call him things like a born leader, a consummate pro, and a stone-cold stud. Then he finds the damning review where someone called him a bit of a poop. He immediately assumes it is Eliza getting back at him for rejecting her.

Not wanting to turn to Henry for help, Eliza instead checks into a five-star hotel for the night. Initially she is turned away because all her credit cards are declined, but it turns out she has enough rewards points to book the presidential suite. She and Freddy celebrate the night with champagne, massages and expensive room service. However, she can’t foot all the bills for the night and leaves.

Henry goes to Raj and pressures him to find out if it was indeed Eliza who wrote that evaluation. Raj tries to stand firm with the HR oath of silence but finally caves and confirms that it was not Eliza. Henry is confused. He walks back to his office to find Eliza living there.

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Helping her out, Henry discovers that a lot of her bills are already in collections simply because she didn’t open her mail. Eliza realizes that he isn’t mad at her but just normally disappointed in her. He tells her that he knows that she didn’t write the negative evaluation and then starts awkwardly trying to apologize. She accepts it so he can stop being awkward.

Agreeing to work on a budget plan the next day, Henry invites Eliza to stay at his house. He quickly adds that he’ll stay at Julia’s but in reality he’s going to a hotel. He calls Eliza to check in on her and guesses correctly that she’s been snooping and also waving around to find the hidden cameras. That’s just how well he knows her. Eliza overhears the hotel maid but Henry lies and says it’s just Julia role-playing and now it’s time to have sex. Eliza is confused but then becomes even more so when Julia appears at the door. She’s not surprised to see Eliza there and angrily shoves a box of Henry’s things in her arms.

The next morning, Henry reveals Eliza’s color-coded, organized bill drawer and tells her that he’s arranged a monthly installment plan with the apartment manager. Eliza is sheepish that Henry’s seen how much of a mess she is but he tells her that she’s not, she’s just in her 20s. It’s then revealed that the negative evaluator was Charlie, Henry’s assistant.

That night, Eliza asks Freddy why he didn’t ask her to stay with him when she was homeless. He says if he had she would have freaked out and pulled away. He admits that he would like to have her stay with him every night, permanently. This time Eliza doesn’t freak out.

At first I was wondering the same thing as Eliza but this time Freddy does have a legit point about her behavior. Honestly, if Henry really doesn’t want to be with Eliza and Freddy truly is serious about being serious in a relationship, then I am all about #TeamFreddy. With Eliza now knowing about Julia and Henry’s breakup, it seems like things can get back to normal for the two of them.

Something of note: Every outfit Eliza wears in this episode to work is modest and professional. In earlier episodes, she claimed she didn’t own anything that wasn’t slutty, but it’s clear that she can dress appropriately when she wants to.

With only two episodes left, are you #TeamFreddy, or will #Heliza still prevail?

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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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