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Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Mano-a-Mansfield” | Aired Jan 6, 2015

It’s a big day on Ground Floor. Brody is about to start his new job with Jasper McCabe, and he’s all gussied up with novelty socks (hey Brody, I’m in my rainbow stripes today!) and a special tie from his special guy, Mr. Mansfield. Jenny tries and fails to compete with the powerful love that exists between these two, as always.

Over at Remington Trust, Mansfield has a parallel tie narrative going on, because rich men like ties. He’s grumpy because of a perceived slight against his tie. I would be, too; it’s a lovely purple number that definitely didn’t come from the Jerry Garcia collection at J.C. Penney. Lindsay and Threepeat compete to see who can cheer Mansfield up, and he does that cool whistle with his teeth that I miss from Scrubs. Then he calls himself a dragon, and calls Threepeat “Brody.”

Down on the ground floor, Harvard is still not over Jenny, of course. Jenny tells him to move on, and Derrick recommends a dating app called Pynchr. Jenny calls it a delivery system for dick pics, and now we’re seeing Harvard in a gross new light. Thanks for that, Jenny.

Brody arrives at work, and is lulled into a a false sense of security by McCabe, who’s offering hugs and professional massages. Real talk: There are many, many people who are not interested in being touched by strangers and near-strangers. I feel like this could be a really hostile work environment for them. Not for Brody, though. That is, not until he learns McCabe’s plan: He’s going to use Brody to take down Remington Trust! Dun-dun-dunnnn!

Back at Remington Trust, Lindsay and Threepeat continue their rivalry over who can crawl farther up Mansfield’s butt. Lindsay is currently in the lead. She reveals to Threepeat that her trick is to confuse Mansfield by presenting him three objects at once. As an example, she offers him a TPS report (see what I did there, Bob Slydell?), a Wall Street Journal, and some candy. #BossHack complete. I have to say, I’m rather disappointed to see that Mansfield has a weakness.

Downstairs, Jenny helps Harvard with his dating profile and nobody cares about Harvard so back to Mansfield, please.

Threepeat tries and fails to use Lindsay’s trick on Mansfield, then rolls over and shows Mansfield his belly as a sign of submission. Mansfield accepts and begins to bond with Threepeat, but wouldn’t you know it, Brody shows up! He’s here on business, and you can tell because he has a business file. No flash drives for this captain of industry!

Brody reveals McCabe’s plan to take Mansfield down, and our hero* is not impressed. Brody turns Super Saiyan and changes his warning into a threat. He steps out to take a call from McCabe and invites Mansfield to peruse his business file, which proves that he is wise in the ways of business.

Biznis Kitty

Then there’s a commercial for the season premiere of Cougar Town, and I fantasize about John C. McGinley guest starring and getting into an argument with Christa Miller. #Scrubs #GoneTooSoon #OrMaybeNot #ThatLastSeasonThough

Mansfield and Brody are getting back into it, arguing over who needs whom more. Mansfield tries to deny his Brody love, until he’s confronted with Lindsay and Threepeat’s weirdness. They are no match for his little businessman.

Harvard has fallen for a Nigerian prince scheme. No1curr. Back to Mansfield yelling.

Mansfield tricks Brody into admitting that he does want to come back to Remington Trust. The negotiations are swift and end with a very awkward hug. You guys! They’re getting the band back together! This is what we’ve been praying for lo these five episodes!

Jenny talks a bit of sense into Harvard. Brody tells the gang that he’s back. Harvard flirts with Lindsay. Wait, I thought we were done with that!

Darth Vader nooooo

*Did you really think Brody was the hero? Oh, honey, no.

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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