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'Manhattan Love Story' recap: Tuck it

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Plus One” | Aired Dec 18, 2014

Our resident Manhattan Love Story lovebirds have hit that awkward phase in the relationship where it’s unclear if the other is ready to define said relationship. Dana knows they are exclusive, but she has yet to officially stamp HE’S MY BOYFRIEND across Peter’s forehead.

This gray area becomes even more uncomfortable when Dana assumes Peter will be her plus one for a classmate’s wedding she and Amy will be attending. In the end, Peter reluctantly obliges, even though it goes against his strict personal rule of never renting pants.

At work, Dana laments to Tucker that she knows Peter will not be interested in tickets she just scored to hear monks play Tibetan music. Tucker suggests she take him instead. Peter would never appreciate the silent spaces between the sound.

Tucker: Gay besties are a privilege, not a right. Don’t take me for granted.

Dana lets Peter off the hook and agrees to come over after the concert. She is so inspired by the “bonging” of the Tibetan bowl that she asks Peter how he feels about jazz? (As in music. Not Utah.) Peter conveniently remembers that he has a poker game with his father that night. He suggests she take Tucker.

Peter: Are you sure you don’t mind Tucking it?
Dana: Sure. I’ll Tuck it.

On the other side of town, David is concerned when he learns that someone else has been covering Amy’s spin classes for weeks. His paranoia is sent over the edge when his family assumes that Amy must be cheating. Unconvinced, he follows her and spies through a window as she drapes herself on the strong chest of a burly Latin man. David is crushed. He tries to catch her in a lie, but Amy is too quick.

David: How was spin class?
Amy: Not as fun as poker.
David: What was your pop-up song?
Amy: “Shake It Off.”
David: What was your cool down?
Amy: Beyoncé. “Drunk Love.”
David: What was your hill song?
Amy: Nothing. I made them sit there and think about what they’ve done.

ElaineAmy admits to Dana that she’s been secretly taking dance lessons to surprise David at the wedding. Needless to say, she may be a whiz in yoga class, but her dance moves are less than desirable.

Meanwhile, Dana has been Tucking it several days in a row. At first Peter thinks that he has it made. Tucker does all the hard work and Peter gets to have sex at the end of the night. Win-win! Peter is able to skirt attending an art exhibit and cooking classes. But he soon realizes that Dana is spending more time with Tucker than she is with him. He’s really irritated when Dana invites Tucker to the wedding in place of Peter. She explains that he shouldn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to do. She’s happy to Tuck it.

It’s a fancy wedding—a bit trashy with a touch of hideous, if you will. Dana’s plunging neckline looks like she is being prepped for open-heart surgery. She and Amy plaster on fake smiles and greet the bride with passive aggressive compliments.

Dana looks around at all the happy couples. She immediately wishes she was there with Peter instead of her gay best friend. Over at the poker game, Peter feels the same way. Chloe and Peter’s dad convince him that he needs to go and get the girl. She’s worth renting pants.

David finally learns that Amy has been taking dance lessons so she can surprise him at the reception. She laughs when David tells her he thought she was cheating. He pulls her into his arms and they swirl around the bride and groom swaying to their first dance, as “Eternal Flame” croons in the background. Amy has the rhythm of a weather vane.

As Dana watches her friends, Peter sidles up next to her. He apologizes for pushing Tucker and confesses that having a miserable time with her is a lot better than not being with her at all.

Peter: Consider this my application to be your official plus one.
Dana: Does that mean our kind of a thing is, like, a thing?
Peter: Let’s make it simple. How about I’m just your boyfriend?

Tucking it can be fun, but labeling it is so much more romantic.

Manhattan Love Story episodes are available on Hulu.

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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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