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'Hindsight' react: Tears and more tears

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Square One” | Aired Jan 14, 2015

I don’t know about y’all, but I expected Hindsight to be a silly, frothy, ’90s romp that exploited my Generation-X nostalgia. I am happily mistaken, because this show makes me have feelings. Lots and lots of feelings.

Last week, Becca and Lolly burst out of that church like they were fleeing a hostage situation, and we cheered and laughed right along with them. But Sean didn’t think it was so funny. Seeing Becca smoking it up in a bar so carefree and happy must have been really painful, so I’m glad Hindsight decided to get into it with Becca and Sean.

Craig Horner makes Sean look good on

When Sean shows up at said bar, he and Becca exchange some hard truths, and I cry a little. I don’t even flinch when he says, “So now you know the future,” because the tension is so thick, I can’t think of anything except how sad he must be and how conflicted Becca must be. I mean, come on. Look at him.

Becca stands her ground, invoking the “bad feeling” she has about their relationship, and it’s brutal to watch. I just can’t believe she is really saying no to him, and then Sean actually asks for his ring back while Lisa Loeb’s Stay (I Missed You) plays in the background.

Tears and more tears over here. Becca assesses the situation quite succinctly when she reports, “This is the worst thing that has ever happened,” but Lolly makes a good point, reminding her that it was pretty awful when My So-Called Life was canceled. Touche, Lolly.

Sarah Goldberg is brilliant as Lolly in

Lolly is full of incredible insight, and offers perspective on so many of Hindsight‘s themes: “Time travel? To fix your career? Snore!” The fledgling relationship with Becca’s brother, Jamie, is unbearably sweet and earnest. I am rooting for them so hard, despite Becca’s controlling lectures and thinly veiled judgments. I get that she knows the future, but the facts of the matter are shifting the longer she stays in 1995, so I need her to back off and let them be together.

I hate that Becca spooked Lolly, and I really, really hate that it trickles down to Jamie, although he won’t be deterred. Lolly tries to end it, telling him, “I’m gonna break your heart.” When Jamie replies, “Go for it,” my heart explodes into a million pieces (not to mention my undies). I am happy that they both ignore bossy Becca’s concerns and go at it. I have a feeling their relationship is going to be the most interesting of all.

Sarah Goldberg as Lolly on

The moments when Becca and Lolly are on screen together are my favorite. In fact, I love every scene with Lolly. She crackles with energy, and you just want to be close to her. As she and Becca spend the night watching Back to the Future and musing on the future of technology (yes, Lolly, you will be able to watch any movie, anytime) I fall in love with the two of them, wholeheartedly.

Sarah Goldberg as Lolly on

This moment is so natural that I don’t mind that it is just an expository device, meant to fill us in on Becca and Sean’s tragic history (Or is it future? Time travel is hella confusing). The story itself is so sad and plaintive, you think (for just one fleeting second) that Becca made the right choice. (Then I change my mind a hundred more times.) She tells Lolly how Sean never found success as an artist, and how he took that out on her (SOB), so her job ate her life (SNIFF), and that she never learned to be a wife (WAIL). It’s all just so sad, I think that maybe breaking up with Sean was right after all.

Andy gives Becca an extremely thoughtful gift on

My feelings are further affirmed when she goes to see Andy to “return his gift” (yeah. right), and winds up kissing him. Frankly, Becca should have given up way more than a measly kiss after opening his wedding present: a Tiffany frame with a picture of them as children. Involuntary tears spring to my eyes as Becca looks from the box to Andy, then plants one on him. It was quick and awkward—”an entirely reflexive impulse”—and it was sorta ruined by his superfluous girlfriend, Melanie, lurking in the background.

I’m on Team Andy for about eight minutes, until Sean shows up with his hair and casual lean, and completely undoes me with that accent and heartfelt compassion. He still believes they are meant to be, so when Lolly went to see him, she encourages him to do something about it. He offers Becca her honeymoon ticket to Aruba, and I shout at my TV screen, “GO ON THE TRIP, BECCA. FOR EFF’S SAKE!” Her mom agrees with me too. And just like that, I’m back to Team Sean.Craig Horner as Sean on It doesn’t last. Andy shows up at Becca’s apartment as she’s packing to go on her un-honeymoon with Sean. Before she can even invite him in, he kisses her, for real this time (YAY!), and delivers this swoony line: “I just wanted a second chance at that.” This is happening as Sean waits for her in the airport, realizing that she’s probably not going to come (BOO!)

Becca and Andy share a kiss on

I don’t know what to feel about all this. Both Andy and Sean are so freaking dreamy. Is it possible to explore some kind of polyamorous situation with these three? Is that too much to hope for?

Which is it for you? Team Sean? Team Andy? What’s your shipping situation?

Also, how adorable are Lolly and Jamie? Weigh in please.

Listen to all the music from Hindsight right here.

Hindsight airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on VH1.

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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