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'Looking' season 2 premiere react: A house in Virginia

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Looking for the Promised Land” | Aired Jan 11, 2014

First of all, does anyone else want that painting of Scott Bakula for their own house? What a beautiful work of art.

Looking season 2 starts quietly, with an introspective episode focused on the friendship of our three leads. It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve seen our favorite San Franciscans—Patrick, Agustín, and Dom—and a lot has changed for each of them during the break. Patrick has secretly continued to hook up with his boss, Kevin (who still has a boyfriend!). Agustín is living with Patrick again, done with art, and in his own words, “doing nothing.” Murray is officially dating Scott Bakula’s Lynn, and they have an open-relationship agreement. One thing that’s remained the same is the hypersexuality of the show, as we see Patrick and Kevin have sex in the woods while Dom fellates a random gentleman he met at the “Promised Land” party in the woods, where the boys (and Doris, of course) go and take molly.

Patrick’s continued involvement with Kevin shows us what the off season has been like for him. After his breakup with Richie, he’s been so emotionally broken down that even goody two-shoes Patrick doesn’t seem to mind that he is hooking up with not only his boss, but also a man who has a boyfriend. At the end of the episode, he finally tells Agustín and Dom about the affair, and neither gives any real sense of disapproval, but instead more of surprise. This is not something they would’ve ever expected from Patrick, but it’s not necessarily a direction they mind him moving in, solidifying my worry that these two can indeed be a negative influence on Patrick.

Agustín has not recovered from his breakup with Frank. Early on in the episode, he accuses Patrick and Dom of using their weekend getaway as an excuse to do an intervention for his drinking. It’s clear Agustín has always been someone who acts out irrationally, and even more so when he’s hurt, so it’ll be interesting to watch how far down the rabbit hole he goes here. He’s to the point of giving up completely on his art, and he needs to find something else to dedicate his life to—which is where Mean Girls’ Daniel Franzese comes in. Franzese plays Eddie, a big bear who works with homeless gay and transgendered teens. He attracts Agustín’s attention, and has a house in Virginia, if you follow.

Looking operates as a slow burn, putting emotional development before plot points. This was a fairly quiet episode, letting us see the direction Agustín will be heading this season and giving us a small sense of Patrick’s new relationship with Kevin. Dom didn’t get to do much, but it seems like we’ll get get to see what his relationship with Lynn is like next week. The best episodes of Looking are introspective ones, and this was just that. It reminded me of all the things I love about the show and made me wish next week’s was here already. I’m looking forward to Doris being more active in the show, and I cannot wait for Richie’s return. The Richie-Patrick-Kevin triangle is why we all watch, right?

Looking airs Sundays at 9:30/8:30C on HBO.

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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