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Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Wicked Wedding” | Aired Jan 20, 2015

We have a visitor on the top floor of Ground Floor tonight. It’s Mrs. Mansfield (Emily Rutherford, aka New Christine). If you were expecting a female version of Remington, you’re in for a surprise; she’s all hugs and kisses and “call me Abby.” The Mansfields are planning their daughter’s wedding, and Abby has Big Plans. Like, RSVP carrier pigeons for each guest big (I don’t judge; I ordered 150 live butterflies for my wedding).

Down on the ground floor, Lindsay and Harvard are canoodling. This is just something we’re going to have to accept. Jenny and Derrick are having as hard a time watching as you are. Brody arrives with tickets to Wicked, and Jenny is pretty meh about it. They poke fun at the RSV-Pigeons, and Jenny makes an offhand comment about how, due to her mother’s impressive six-divorce track record, she never plans on marrying. You know how Brody feels about that.

Upstairs, Mrs. Mansfield is torturing Mr. Mansfield with color swatches he can neither differentiate between, nor give two shits about. Threepeat walks in, and surprise, surprise, he’s all about those swatches. He’s tagged in as Abby’s helper.

Downstairs, Harvard shows up late to work, eager to show off his new tattoo: it’s the face of his new girlfriend. His new girlfriend of six days. Because he’s Harvard and #YOLO. Derrick makes him realize that is a bad idea, and they rush to the dermatologist to get it removed.

Brody takes Jenny to Wicked. He’s so excited to share it with her, but Jenny’s not into it. As in, she falls asleep. But seriously, girl, how can you fall asleep with all that screeching?

Beyonce is flippant about your feelings.

Back at home, Brody can’t understand how Jenny slept through the show. She tries to cover, but it doesn’t work. Brody vows to take her again.

Meanwhile, Threepeat has been kicking wedding planning ass. Mansfield is impressed, but laments that he misses spending time with his wife. Aww! Threepeat offers to cede to Mansfield, but he declines.

Harvard is back at work with a nasty scar, and now Lindsay shows up with a surprise for him: a tattoo of his face. These knuckleheads are made for each other. Harvard quickly ducks out to replace his tattoo. Of course.

Brody tells Threeperat the sad, sad tale of Jenny’s Wicked betrayal, and Threepeat questions Brody’s insistence that Jenny like the musical. Brody sees it as a trial: If he can convince Jenny to change her mind about Wicked, perhaps he can change her mind about marriage.

The next showing of Wicked doesn’t go much better. Jenny does her best to stay alert, but repeated shushing causes Brody to get kicked out, and she’s left to her own devices.

Upstairs, Abby arrives and questions Threepeat for no-showing at their latest appointment. He and Lindsay do a terrible job of pretending that he’s too busy with actual work, and Threepeat admits that he was just trying to get the Mansfields back together.

Jenny comes home and admits that she just doesn’t like musicals. “You don’t have to sing every little thing!” (Girl, don’t I know it. I rolled my eyes through Dreamgirls so hard that I came out with a headache.) Brody is becoming increasingly frustrated.

Brody comes to Mansfield on the balcony for advice. Mansfield points out that although Jenny doesn’t like musicals, she sat though one twice, for Brody, and that’s true love. He reveals that Abby wasn’t the marrying type, either, until he convinced her. It’s all very sweet, and then there is some pigeon poop, because this is still a sitcom.

Back at home, Brody walks in on Jenny cooking and singing along to the Wicked soundtrack on her earbuds. I am the least romantic person I know, but his face! His face when he hears her singing! It’ll bring tears to your eyes; please try to catch this episode on TBS.com if you missed it. And then he says “Marry me,” and she says “What?” and he says “Nothing,” and I can’t anymore, I just can’t.

Lucky for us, the writers refuse to close this on a sappy note, so we’re taken once more to the ground floor to see Harvard presenting his rough new tattoo to Lindsay, and Lindsay casually referencing that her tattoo is temporary. Well, shit.

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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