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'Ground Floor' recap: Like a bag of lukewarm hot dogs

Season 2 | Episode 4| “The Break-Ups” | Aired Dec 30, 2014

Ground Floor‘s latest episode opens with Mansfield hungry for more Chinese money but facing a suspiciously empty office. Lindsay breaks the news to Mansfield that his competitor, Jasper McCabe (Brent Morin), has been poaching employees.

Down in the lobby, Brody is working on his trash-man game when he runs into McCabe, who has a weird quirk of R&B riffing, because why not? Brody rushes to the ground floor to share the news, but his co-workers only care about poaching the personal belongings from the poached employees’ desks, and why do I really want an egg right now?

Brody tries to explain to his fellow basement dwellers that multiple openings upstairs could mean he’s back in the game, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

Brody goes upstairs for this week’s obligatory Mansfield shoot-down … and is shot down. Threepeat is once again ignored by everyone. You probably ignored him, too. Whatever, he doesn’t need you, anyway!

Oh, here’s an interesting development: Lindsay has incredibly low standards and thinks that Harvard is a catch, but he’s out of her league! She swoons while watching him steal coffee accoutrements, and Jenny offers to set them up.

Upstairs, Mansfield can’t figure out how McCabe is stealing all his employees. Brody, much like your friend’s way-too-friendly dog whose nose is always in your crotch, is right there to point out that McCabe has been camped out in the lobby.

Mansfield goes down to confront McCabe, and utters my two favorite lines of the episode. One compares his handshake to “a bag of lukewarm hot dogs” and the other is a threat: “I’m gonna kick your assophone.” My god, I’d love to use that one day. What can you say to that? You sort of just have to accept it and back down, right?

McCabe runs into Brody the Trash Man again and, upon learning that he was once Brody the Super Amazing Mansfield Protégé, offers him a job. Brody declines, saying Mansfield is like a father to him.

On the ground floor, Jenny works her matchmaking skills by literally throwing Lindsay at Harvard and running away. It does not go well. Derrick tries to talk some sense into Harvard, but he’s still holding out for Jenny. Derrick tells Jenny she needs to “break up” with Harvard.

And here comes Brody’s third-act Mansfield suck-up. He waves the job offer from McCabe in Mansfield’s face, saying that he turned it down to hold out for Mansfield. Waaaait a minute, that sounds familiar! We’re then treated to a back-and-forth of Mansfield and Jenny breaking up with Brody and Harvard, respectively. Mansfield tells Brody that he broke his heart when he blew him off for Jenny, and Jenny tries to make Harvard realize that he’s completely delusional.

Lindsay enters Mansfield’s office and tells him he has a visitor from downstairs. Mansfield is elated. He’s made a mistake! He wants Brody back! Only it’s not Brody; it’s Derrick. Brody has accepted McCabe’s offer, and will now perform awkward R&B riffs with him for all of time … or will he?

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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