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'Hindsight' react: That kiss, though

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “I Never …” | Aired Jan 21, 2015

Hindsight is quickly becoming one of my most reliable watches of the week, meaning it consistently brings the happy. This show is so much more than its ’90s gimmick, and Becca and the gang are among my most favorite TV characters right now.

As expected, Becca is still reeling from Andy’s unexpected kiss, and you know it has to be a good one if she invokes The Notebook. What’s weird, and H.G. Wells-ish, is that things are changing a little, and it’s strange that she doesn’t remember “that thing” in Andy’s kiss from before.

As she’s hawking Andy and his new appeal, Melanie, the current girlfriend, gets more and more territorial. I love the female dynamics in this show, and Lois’ party scene is one of the finer-tuned moments of interaction among the lady characters. They spend very little time talking about the men in their life, and their relationships feel like they could exist in the real world. I appreciate the subtlety it takes to draw authentic female characters. Take that, Bechdel test.

I do take issue with one tiny thing. I don’t think any of those 90-pound women could drink like that scene suggests, but the “I Never” game reveals some pretty interesting things about each girl. Phoebe, for one, is a far more complex character than we first thought, and Becca’s insistence that she is a terrible shrew of a person is not entirely the case. I guess it takes a dozen or so tequila shots to make her a moderately likable person in Becca’s eyes, because they wind up having a little moment at the end of the episode.

Melanie spends most of the party making aggressive eye contact with Becca. When her turn rolls around in the “I Never” game, she takes the opportunity to call Becca out. I mean, she puts her right on blast: “I never … made out with someone else’s boyfriend.” She locks eyes with Becca during her turn and doesn’t flinch. It’s pretty obvious Melanie is onto Becca’s feelings and Melanie’s passive-aggressive reaction to Becca closing in on her man is handled in the least clichéd way possible. Respect, Hindsight.

Lois’ party heads to a club, and thankfully, Lois doesn’t get the opportunity to show off all her “Macarena” moves she’s been practicing … alone, in her apartment. This change of venue is the perfect place for Becca to find a one-night stand, because of course you go back in time to sleep with randos. Becca, like me, is grappling with her purpose in 1995. I am dying to get to the bottom of it, too.

The action has been mostly about Becca’s romantic entanglements, but I have a feeling there is a lot more to her journey than whom she sleeps with. In fact, the action slows a little this week, leaving us with the room to get to know her and Lolly a little better.

Becca’s quest to have a one-night stand reads awkward and out of character—and that, oddly enough, makes me understand her a little better. There is a restraint in Becca that I can relate to, and even when she’s acting all rigid and self-righteous, she’s doing so in a completely sympathetic way.

The hands-down most interesting part of this show is the budding relationship between Lolly and Jamie. His soft-spoken introspection is the perfect complement to her untethered flakiness. I love, love, love them together. He’s all coy whisper and she’s all silly shout, and I want them to be together so badly. Lolly does too, but she’s plagued with Becca’s sense of impending doom.

How can you not just want to smash them together after Jamie spends the entire night watching her list of movies? For Pete’s sake, people, he figures out what the movies all have in common just because he knows her so well. (The directors’ first and last names all start with the same letter— just like hers.) That is some Notebook-worthy stuff right there. My swoon meter is currently in the red, and Becca is steadily you-know-what blocking these two because of her arbitrary ideas about time travel.

You can’t really blame Becca for being fuzzy on the rules; the time-travel mythology is so murky in this show. I can’t tell what effect Becca has on past or future events, or even establish how the show wants to handle it. For instance, in the first episode her mother gives her a wedding bracelet that she didn’t get the first go around, yet Becca seems completely convinced that Jamie and Lolly are doomed to repeat the past. Which is it? Do things change based on different choices, or is there a set destiny? Becca herself even laments how she doesn’t believe in predestination, yet she is constantly trying to right past wrongs.

As convenient as it could be to ignore the time-travel implications, Hindsight has to address them sooner or later, and the stakes need to be higher than making sure Phoebe meets and falls in love with Courtney. All of these little seeds that have been planted since episode one must come to harvest sooner or later, or else why even bother?

I need you guys to weigh in. What do you make of the time-travel bit? How much of an effect do you want it have on the plot?

Next week is Halloween and I CANNOT WAIT to see Sean in an Axl Rose costume. Be still, my ’90s heart.

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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