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Season 2 | Episode 3 | “Space Invader” | Aired Dec 23, 2014

Tonight’s Ground Floor opens with a slumber party! And by that I mean Brody is staying over at Jenny’s crappy apartment. Clues that it’s crappy: There’s rust in the water, the mattress is lumpy, and her next-door neighbor, Ray, can hear every word they say—and replies as though he’s in the room (::cough cough:: Office Space).

At the office the next morning, Threepeat is jealous of Brody’s new laid-back lifestyle. He’s wearing casual clothes, he leaves work at a reasonable hour, and best of all, he gets to have his bell rung on a regular basis. As a hardworking man, Threepeat is practically celibate. So wait, how did Don Draper manage all that tail?

Brody makes his obligatory weekly attempt at reconciliation with Mansfield, and brings him a peace offering: He’s discovered an important document that was accidentally shredded. Mansfield shreds it again out of spite, and calls Brody out on his attempt to win his heart back. Then he says, “Good day!” just like Willy Wonka, because that will never, ever get old. As soon as Brody leaves, Mansfield tasks Lindsay with piecing the document back together.

Back on the ground floor, Brody’s first paycheck arrives, and he’s shocked by how small it is. I feel like a finance guy maybe would have found out what his salary was before working a job for two weeks, but what do I know? I’m not a finance guy. Harvard challenges Brody to a bet: Whoever has the most money left over from their meager paychecks at the end of the week wins. It’s on!

Threepeat asks Jenny to set him up with a girl, and Mansfield attempts to take Lindsay under his wing and make her the new Brody. Yawn. Moving on.

Jenny comes home to find Brody working on his new budget. He’s figured out a way to save a lot of money: He gave up his apartment! He’s going to crash at Jenny’s place! Without consulting her! What could go wrong? Jenny does that neurotic “Nothing’s wrong!” thing while obviously freaking out, because sitcom women, am I right?

At the office the next morning, Jenny is venting to her new BFF Lindsay about her current living situation. Mansfield overhears what Brody has done, and tries really hard not to care. Spoiler alert: He totally cares, you guys.

Meanwhile, Brody tells Threepeat about his new arrangement, and Threepeat is shocked. Moving in unannounced isn’t like Brody; he’s a romantic. Threepeat advises Brody to make a bigger deal about it, because of course he does.

That night, at the bar, Threepeat again asks Jenny for help getting a girl. She flirts with him to up his curb appeal, then sends him off to seal the deal. Brody approaches Jenny and apologizes for “crashing” at her place. He wants to live together! Like, forever! Hell, they’ve been together six whole months! Jenny, predictably, bails.

The next morning, we learn that Jenny’s advice was spot-on, whereas Threepeat’s was terrible. Shocker. Brody shows up in Mansfield’s office to water the plants (oh, right, he’s the plant lady now!) just as Lindsay arrives with the freshly reconfigured document. Mansfield sits Lindsay down and delivers a conquistador metaphor (is there any other kind?) that, strangely, is perfectly apropos to Brody and Jenny’s current situation. What are the odds?

At home, Jenny apologizes to Brody for freaking out over his moving in, and Brody apologizes for moving in at all. The two agree that Brody is “moving out,” which means he’s going to pay for a second apartment while still spending four to five nights a week at Jenny’s. Man, these silly millennials and their fear of commitment. What are we going to do with them, huh? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Wait—don’t leave yet! There’s still the matter of the bet. Let’s see, Brody just got a new apartment this week, so he probably lost, right? Nope, Harvard did, by a dollar, because he spent his money on candy. Classic Harvard. As the loser, he must visit the top floor in the nude, because workplace sexual harassment is absolutely not a thing on television shows. Whee! See you next week!

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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