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'Selfie' recap: Your filter is a little muddy

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Stick in the Mud” | Aired Dec 23, 2014

It’s such a shame that one of the very best episodes of Selfie is the next-to-last episode of the show. This week’s episode gives so much insight into all the characters, specifically Eliza.

Eliza has been ignoring calls from her “perfect” older sister Bethany. There were no baby pictures of Eliza growing up, while there were shrines to Bethany everywhere. Henry remarks that this is why she feels the need to document herself online. The look of confusion on Eliza’s face means that she never thought about that herself. Henry tells her that difficult people surface in life for a reason and that she should think of it as a challenge.

Henry is excited for the annual 10K race sponsored by the company. He’s won it every year and is even the silhouette for the poster. Saperstein, however, announces that this year they will be doing a mud run, the brainchild of Freddy. After the announcement Freddy runs after Eliza, trying to woo her with dirty talk. She stops him, saying that if they are in a serious relationship they need to do more than this. He’s concerned that Henry is trying to dictate their relationship, but she interrupts him because she needs to take a call from her sister because Henry told her to do it.

Henry is in the elevator and is joined by Freddy and Saperstein, who reminds Henry to sign up for the race. Saperstein suddenly drops and starts doing push-ups in the elevator. Freddy starts doing squats. Feeling like he needs to join in, Henry halfheartedly starts doing jumping jacks. (“Bonjour, bloodstream!”)

They haven’t talked in forever, but Eliza’s seen her sister’s perfect life on Instagram. Hearing her sister’s voice brings flashbacks to when Eliza was 5 and we see a very vulnerable side of her. Bethany (Stephanie Koenig) arrives, and immediately Eliza is on edge. She already feels insecure about herself, and it doesn’t help when Bethany interrupts Eliza to tell her that she’s pregnant.

Eliza catches Henry in his office watching videos of Freddy’s mud runs. She tells him the news about the baby, and he is more excited about than she is. She says that it’s all part of Bethany’s plan to make her feel insignificant, including the fact that the baby’s due date is a week before her birthday. Eliza then tells Henry that he should just ask Freddy for help, reminding him of his advice about challenging people in life.

At the beginning of the race, Eliza has gone all out to provide refreshments, but Bethany upstages her with simple water and bananas. It’s interesting that Freddy rushes over to them, while Henry acknowledges that Eliza will kill him if he does and does not. He and Freddy trash-talk each other at the starting line; suddenly it’s now a race between the two of them.

Eliza sees Bethany giving Charmonique encouragement and this infuriates her. She tells Bethany that she just wants everyone else to think she’s a great person and that she wants to make Eliza feel like crap. Her sister says that she just wanted to tell her about the baby. Eliza mockingly congratulates her on creating another person who will think that Bethany is better than Eliza. This causes Bethany to storm off in tears.

Henry and Freddy are doing a pretty good job at keeping up with each other until Freddy is able to pull away after climbing a wall. Henry gets to the other side and doesn’t see Freddy. He think he has lost—until Freddy emerges from the mud pit. They start wrestling, and Freddy lashes out that he’s tired of Henry always talking down and making fun of him to make him feel inferior. Henry fights back, using Freddy’s weak knee to keep him down. He yells that Freddy always challenges everything he says, makes fun of him for his age and his choice in clothing. Freddy argues that Henry is jealous of his youth, his girl, and his hair. He also makes fun of Henry’s constant use of bow ties.

ASIDE: I just realized why Henry wears bow ties!

Henry goes to punch Freddy, but he blocks Henry, throws him back into the mud, and runs off.

Eliza tells her that her sister can’t understand what it was like for her to grow up invisible. Bethany reminds her that their parents were going through a divorce when they were younger and that was why there wasn’t as much focus on Eliza. She admits that it wasn’t fair, but it wasn’t her fault and neither was it Eliza’s.

Eliza reveals that she has always felt that she was the reason their family fell apart and that her sister blamed her and moved away. Bethany again reminds her that it was because she went away to college. Eliza realizes that she’s been taking everything too personally and hugs her sister.

It’s revealed that Henry and Freddy tied for second place. Heavily bruised and black-eyed, the two make up. Eliza blows a kiss and BOTH of them reach out to catch it. The winner of the race? Charmonique! Eliza and her sister make up and Bethany follows her on Instagram. Eliza reaches out to call her mom, with Henry looking on proudly in the background.

This episode shows Eliza’s background and gives a great insight on why her personality is the way it is today. She sees Bethany through a certain filter, and it has clouded her view of her entire life. I just love Eliza’s growth throughout this entire show.

Thanks to the writers for that excellent scene of Freddy and Henry mud wrestling. For what it’s worth, I think Freddy is a good guy. He may not be the right guy for Eliza, but I do feel that he’s growing as well as the show has progressed. Yes, he’s insecure too, but he seems like a genuinely nice guy with good intentions. While I am rooting for Heliza to happen, I want Freddy to find someone as well.

Next week is the final episode of the show. I have no idea how it’s going to all end, and frankly, I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye.

Watch Selfie on Hulu.

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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