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'Looking' scorecard: Kevin sleeps over

Season 2 | Episode 3 | “Looking Top to Bottom” | Aired Jan 25, 2015

The more episodes of Looking I watch, the more I realize that the heart of everything is the Richie-Patrick-Kevin love triangle. Therefore, going forward, in lieu of recaps, I’m going to do what I’m calling the Looking scorecard. Each week, I’ll give or take away points from Richie and Kevin based on their actions in that episode. Hopefully, by the end of the season, the scorecard will lean one way, and we’ll see who Patrick should really be with. Let’s go in chronological order with the slate clean:

Richie: 0, Kevin: 0

The first point goes to Kevin for his amazing French bulldog sweater that he avails himself of in the opening. You can see the edge of it in the photo below.bulldog sweater
Richie: 0, Kevin: 1

Unfortunately, Kevin messed up very quickly after this by assuming that Patrick would be willing to cancel his plans just because Kevin suddenly became available. Minus a point for Kevin. However, Kevin then asks if he can come along with Patrick, a nice gesture that shows Patrick that Kevin is actually willing to be seen together in public. Plus a point back, so Kevin is going to break even here.

Richie: 0, Kevin: 1

Next, we see Richie approached by Agustín, who thanks him for getting him home in the last episode. Richie and Agustín have a heart-to-heart, and Agustín also apologizes for how he acted last season. Richie decides to be the bigger man and accepts the apology. Point, Richie.

Richie: 1, Kevin: 1

Richie goes ahead and trims Agustín’s terrible beard, earning him at least a point.

Richie: 2, Kevin: 1

Kevin and Patrick spend time together in a bar before Dom’s “gay rugby” game. Kevin opens up to Patrick about his past, talking in detail about his mother stepping out on him and his dad. It shows how much he trusts Patrick, opening up and being vulnerable about his family history. Solid point here for Kevin.

Richie: 2, Kevin: 2

We are all tied up now as Kevin and Patrick arrive at Dom’s game. Eddie takes a liking to Kevin and asks him if he has a boyfriend. Kevin says he does and tells Eddie about John. Eddie then says he had assumed Kevin was with Patrick, which Kevin DENIES. I’m a little conflicted on this one. Kevin doesn’t want to go around telling everyone that he’s cheating on his boyfriend, which is totally understandable, but he knows that Dom knows, which means Eddie is going to know soon. Denying it only takes an unintentional stab at Patrick’s pride. I’m sure it didn’t seem that way to Kevin when he said it, but all I could think about was how his answer must have been hurting Patrick. I’m going to take away half a point, because I do understand where he’s coming from, but this just brings up the disappointing reality that Kevin isn’t fully committed to Patrick right now.

Richie: 2, Kevin: 1.5

Kevin later starts a chant for Dom, which Dom clearly appreciates. Kevin and Patrick then share a passionate kiss away from the others. I see you, Kevin. Point for you.

Richie: 2, Kevin: 2.5

Kevin and Patrick head home and have a wonderful date night. As they’re lying asleep in bed, Kevin gets up, sneaks out, and CALLS JOHN while Patrick lies secretly awake, listening to the man he cares for talk to his boyfriend. Tsk tsk, Kevin. Right as I was about to finally like you. I was going to deduct five points for this egregious move, but it seems unfair to bring either to negative points. We will just sink him back to the start instead.

Richie: 2, Kevin: 0

You’d think his limited appearance in the episode would have hurt Richie, but he still came out on top here thanks to Kevin’s roller-coaster ride of actions. We will start from this score next week, so Kevin has got his work cut out for him.

See you next week for some more Looking scorecard, and let me know if you think I missed some points somewhere.

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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