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'Ground Floor' recap: You remind me of a young Lisa Leslie

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Love & Basketball” | Aired Jan 13, 2015

It’s a big day on Ground Floor: Brody is back on the not-ground-floor! Top floor? Tenth floor? Have they ever actually covered that? Anyone care to freeze-frame an elevator scene?

Anyway, Mansfield curtails Brody’s pomp and circumstance to announce the annual morale-boosting three-on-three basketball tournament. He names Brody as his point guard, Threepeat as an alternate, and a random temp as the third spot. Of course, the random temp is a suspiciously tall guy who can catch a basketball with one hand. I’m not a sports guy, but Google tells me that Kevin the Temp is played by ex-NBA player Paul Shirley.

Lindsay shows up on the ground floor with a sore back and two intentions: she wants a chair, and she wants Harvard. Like, why? Harvard rebuffs her on both counts. Derrick encourages Harvard to ask her out, but Harvard refuses, because she’s “upstairs people.” Brody arrives, and Jenny asks about his first day back. She does a spot-on impression of me: “Money, numbers, testicles,” in a gruff voice. Jenny, please don’t steal my job. Brody tells her about the basketball tournament, and she reveals that she was a basketball star in high school, until she was injured and lost out on a college scholarship. She wants to play. There’s no way this gets weird, right?

Supernatural bitch please

Brody goes upstairs to ask Threepeat for advice. He doesn’t want Jenny to play, because he’ll be caught in the middle between her and Mansfield. Threepeat advises Brody to outsmart Mansfield (because he’s so good at that). Why are you still asking Threepeat for advice, Brody? He literally knows nothing about anything! Can’t you just use Yahoo! Answers or something?

Hey, guess what! It doesn’t work. Mansfield tells Brody that he should keep his work and personal life separate—but hey, screwing with Brody’s head is his favorite thing ever, so it’s on.

We then cut to Harvard and Lindsay sitting at separate tables in the lobby café. It seems that Derrick has lured both of them there with the promise of a crazy-ass muffin. Oh, snap, he Parent Trapped them! They’re on a date! They bond over recessive genes and sci-fi, and everyone watching at home crosses their legs and grimaces.

Modern Family Mitchell grossed out

Back on the ground floor, Harvard is raving about his date with Lindsay. Jenny invites him to join her basketball team, but Harvard refuses, because he doesn’t want to compete against his “girlfriend.” That is, until Lindsay arrives to tell him that she had a terrible time, and they’re over. Harvard is on board. It’s double on! Well, triple on, I guess, because Derrick is also on the team, although he has no personal stake. But still! Ground floor versus … that higher floor! Seriously, what floor is that? I just Googled it, but all I could find were my own recaps.

And here we are on the basketball court. Mansfield does the signature John C. McGinley whistle again, and fangirls and fanboys everywhere bounce on their couches and clap to themselves. The ground floor team is up. Brody and Jenny try to trash-talk, but just end up being cute. Harvard is happy to see Lindsay in attendance, but she’s just there because her desk is smelly. You know how that is.

Everyone sports a bunch, and it’s very intense, I suppose, but this is EW.com, not ESPN.com. Jenny hurts her knee, Brody steals the ball and scores the winning touchdown, and Mansfield scolds him. Awkward. At least he didn’t turn into a werewolf midgame, am I right?

Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox

In the aftermath, Derrick repairs Harvard and Lindsay’s fledgling love affair (I’m just as grossed out as you are upon typing those words, trust me). Brody apologizes to Jenny, who reveals that basketball has brought up her regrets about never attending college.


Jenny is summoned to Mansfield’s balcony. If you missed season one, be aware that the balcony is kind of a big deal. Mansfield presents Jenny with a “basketball scholarship” check, so she can attend community college. She basically calls him her dad and the three of us (Jenny, Mansfield, and I) all get a little teary-eyed.

But then who gets the credit? Brody. Look at these silly writers, still trying to make this show about Brody. Nope.

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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