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Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Looking for Results” | Aired Jan 18, 2014

Back from vacation and back to reality, Patrick starts to second-guess his relationship with Kevin after he notices a rash on his stomach. It doesn’t help that Doris also refers to it as an affair, a term that rubs Patrick the wrong way and makes his connection with Kevin feel dirtier and less genuine.

Patrick is so kind that he even lets Kevin know that he told Dom and Agustín about them, which raises perhaps the largest question about this whole thing: Why hasn’t Kevin broken up with his boyfriend, John, yet? He seems very much happy to be with Patrick, and it’s clear he cares for him, so why hold on to this old relationship and put Patrick through this?

As if they heard my disapproval of their reaction to Patrick and Kevin, Dom and Agustín have decided this time to offer some friendly concern about Patrick’s involvement with Kevin. Patrick waves them off fairly quickly, noting that he finds the secrecy of it all sexy. The conversation is lighthearted to begin with, and they quickly relent, allowing Patrick to make his own decision about it. Dom notes later that this may have actually produced the opposite effect, pointing out that with Patrick, “The more you tell him he’s okay, the more he finds reasons you’re wrong.”

Patrick’s insecurity about being with someone who has a boyfriend is embodied in his panic about the rash (likely bedbugs) he’s developed, as he becomes worried that he’s contracted HIV. While he’s in the middle of his spiral, Richie returns, bringing a very high Agustín to Patrick’s apartment with him. Patrick decides to tell Richie he’s not seeing anyone, which is either sort of a lie or definitely a lie, depending on how you see his current situation. Patrick asks Richie out to lunch, and Richie politely refuses, remaining standoffish from the man he cared so much for last year (and probably still does).

Patrick gets an HIV test, feeling so guilty about his need for one that he apologizes to the doctor for having unprotected sex like he’s talking to his parents. “I’m sorry. I don’t know why I did it.” He asks the doctor if he’s testing for HIV, and the doctor explains that it’s similar to a pregnancy test where they actually test for the body’s reaction, as opposed to testing for the pregnancy or the HIV itself. In such a weak year for leading men in comedies, Jonathan Groff’s face after saying, “Hey, everyone, I’m pregnant … with HIV,” should be able to earn him an Emmy nomination by itself. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Patrick tests negative for HIV, but the scare is enough to get him to talk to Kevin about his insecurities regarding what they’re doing. To his credit, Kevin is understanding and admits that he’s been freaking out about it too.

Communication is key, people. At the moment, the show is doing a good job of making Kevin more likable, though John is still a big issue. With Raúl Castillo and Russell Tovey both as series regulars, I’m sure this love triangle is going to come to a head later this year.

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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