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Season 2 | Episode 10 | “About a Boy Becoming a Man” | Aired Jan 13, 2014

While I was on vacation last week it seems I missed an important About a Boy Manniversary where Marcus and Will celebrated a year of friendship and ribs, and a newly bearded Mr. Chris and Fiona finally did the deed. I’d raise a festive drink with an umbrella in it in belated congratulations to all, but I’m sorry to say I’m back in the frozen tundra I call home, and anything I’d raise right now would be as frigid and bitter as my soul. Happily, this week’s episode begins with an appearance from Parenthood‘s Crosby Braverman (one of my faves) sitting at Will’s poker table, which makes my heart as warm as the beach I just left. Cheers to that!

While betting corn chips instead of poker chips (finances are still tight due to the “Runaway Sleigh” funds being frozen because of the ongoing lawsuit that I just realized we haven’t been updated on in awhile), Will divulges to Crosby and his buddies that he’d like to record some new songs he’s written (news to me) if only he had some contacts in the music industry. Andy chimes in that his friend Tammy (from “Toddler-Time Sing-Along”) says that the digital age is actually all about having an innovative producer.

Will: Ooh! You know Toddler-Time Tammy? Do you also know the Muffin Man?

Turns out, Toddler-Time Tammy is married to Johnny Idalis (not Peter Cottontail or John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt as the boys drily suggest), who is one of the most influential music producers in the biz. When Will learns that Andy is going to Idalis’ son’s upcoming bar mitzvah, he insists on being Andy’s “plus one” instead of Laurie so he can show Idalis his new songs. Super idea. What can possibly go wrong?

After an afternoon shag (because that’s what the Bri-ish people call it), Fiona tells Mr. Chris it’s time to do the walk of shame … secretively. Seems she hasn’t exactly told Marcus that she’s doing his teacher (because that’s what we call it in America), being that he’s still not quite over the death of Maya Angelou and she doesn’t want to traumatize him even more. Understandable.

Meanwhile, bad influence Shea has another bad idea brewing (because that’s her most important character description, in case you haven’t gotten that yet). When she discovers that Fiona will be out, she convinces Marcus that he’s old enough to stay home alone (the image of that butcher knife sticking out of his foot makes me disagree, but I’m a mother so of course I do) and invite her over after Fiona leaves. Um, forget the butcher knives, this sounds waaay more dangerous, not to mention INAPPROPRIATE. Marcus presents Fiona with a graph detailing why he should be able to fly solo while she’s out “doing night things,” which is what Fiona has cowardly been telling him she’s been doing the past week or so. FYI, from here on out, Mr. Chris will now be referred to as “night things.”

Cut to the “South Pacific”-themed bar mitzvah of Joshie, the son of music mogul Johnny Idalis (guest star Greg Germann). When Andy shows up with Will, he strangely cannot decide how to introduce him to Tammy Idalis and bumbles his way through the introduction so much she assumes that Will is Andy’s partner. And I don’t mean business. “I always thought the ‘Laurie story’ was a lie,” she giggles. I don’t get why Andy just couldn’t have said, “This is my best friend, Will,” but then I guess we wouldn’t have an A storyline for this episode, so I’m just gonna go with it.

Back at Marcus’ house, Shea has shown up, and despite the tropical fruit snack island and crossword puzzle station Marcus has set up for their evening of debauchery, Shea has a different idea about how the night will unfold. Telling Marcus to “suit up,” they hit the bar mitzvah to party crash. Joshie’s bar mitzvah. Oy. Later, when Fiona can’t get hold of Marcus (Shea has instructed him to ignore all calls from his mother), she ditches the six-course vegan meal Mr. Chris “night things” has prepared and rushes home to the empty house. “Night things” uses the “find my kid” app on his phone and discovers that Marcus is at the hotel, where he’s having the time of his life with Shea, crashing the heck out Joshie’s party.

Shea and Marcus crash a bar mitzvah

Oblivious to Marcus’ presence, Will is about to make his move on Idalis and give him the thumb drive with the new songs. Before he can do it, however, Idalis confides that he knows his son is gay and hiding it from him (all the waiters are hot men in sailor uniforms, after all). He wants Andy and Will to talk to Joshie and let him know that he’s okay with it. Will is happy to do it, especially after Idalis tells him he’ll owe him one.

Will finds Joshie and lays it on thick. “I’m loud and proud, queer and here, having no fear, and slapping each other on the rear.” Real thick. Like cement. Just as Will starts to make his pitch to Idalis, Marcus shows up, and then Fiona. “Mom, what are you doing here with Mr. Chris? And why are you wearing that ‘I don’t respect myself’ dress?” Suddenly, everyone’s houses of cards come tumbling down, and everyone’s truth comes out. I think Joshie’s admission is the only one that is met with approval.

With his bluff called, Will follows Idalis, trying to convince him he’s a big deal, and Idalis tells him to get lost. And with Marcus not speaking to Fiona because she’s a “teacher lover” (harsh!), things end sadly. Quick, someone bring me some sad muffins.

About a Boy airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30C on NBC.

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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