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Season 2 | Episode 11 | “About a Hook” | Aired Jan 27, 2015

Picking up right where we left off two weeks ago when About a Boy was last on (apparently the State of the Union is more important than Marcus’ adolescent crisis—whatever), Marcus still isn’t so sure that Mr. Chris should be schooling his mother in the bedroom, and Will still is sure that music mogul Johnny Idalis needs to hear his new song. So sure, in fact, that he stalks him in Andy’s minivan while he’s out jogging.

Uncool, disturbing, and arguably psychotic? Um, yeah, at least according to Idalis, who tells Will that if he comes up with a good hook, he’ll maybe give it a listen. Challenge accepted.

Speaking of challenges, Marcus is being a big one to Fiona, who just wants her precious chicken to accept the fact that she’s involved with his teacher, whom Marcus is finding to be insufferable in and out of class. (For the record, Mr. Chris is insufferable, but I love him and his pompousness anyway.) When Fiona invites Mr. Chris to join her and Marcus at “paint your feelings night,” Marcus paints Mr. Chris right off his mountain and has him explode into a giant fireball. Yeah, I’d say his feelings are pretty clear.

Fiona begs Marcus to make an effort, but he just can’t accept Mr. Chris into their perfect life. “You and me have this perfect little love bubble. Messing with it could pop it,” he tells his mother. But Fiona has “adult needs,” and as much as she loves Marcus, isn’t ready to give them up. (You go, girl.) Marcus can’t—and won’t—take it, and runs away from home … to Will’s side of the house.

Seeking guidance from her spiritual animal, Fiona is torn, but realizes that Marcus needs to find his way back home on his own (thank you, raven), and asks Will to keep him for one night. It’s what Marcus needs. 

Having a new roomie isn’t what Will needs, though. What Will really needs is a good hook so Idalis will listen to his song. But with Marcus there, plugging up his shower and turning it into a bubble bath that leaks through the ceiling, watching him sleep, requiring that Will apply his bedtime creams, and basically creating a lot of Marcus-havoc, Will’s focus is shot. Actually, Will’s focus was shot long before Marcus moved in, but that’s not news. 

Frustrated, and really needing some space to write that hook, Will tells Fiona that her mistake was in letting Mr. Chris invade Marcus’ space, and suggests she let Marcus and Mr. Chris take some time to sniff each other’s butts. Okay, he doesn’t actually suggest that per se, but does tell Fiona the story of when he got a new dog as a boy and how the old dog had to sniff the new dog’s butt first. Same thing.

Under the ruse of a dinner out, Will brings Marcus to a restaurant where he’s blindsided by Fiona and Mr. Chris. While Mr. Chris drops his arrogance without batting an eye, and Fiona eats it up as ravenously as she’s eating up the quinoa mushroom balls, Will and Marcus make a mockery of everything he says.

Fiona pulls Will aside and points out that if he’s nice to Mr. Chris, then Marcus will be, too (and then he can go home and write the hook). But Will just can’t do it. Mr. Chris is way too fun to make fun of. In the midst of all the pomposity, Mr. Chris drops the fact that he was at the 49er championship game when they beat Dallas, and suddenly, Will, a die-hard Niner fan, is Mr. Chris’ BFF.

Marcus is outraged. “First you stole my mom and now you’re stealing my best friend, too?” he says as he stalks out of the restaurant, taking the plate of quinoa mushroom balls with him, obviously.

Will finds Marcus in the treehouse, where Marcus has relocated. It’s not the Mr. Chris thing that’s bothering him the most; he’s sad and hurt that his mom hasn’t missed him—and he’s been gone for a whole 23 hours and 18 minutes. Will has Marcus listen to the 87 voice mails Fiona has left him in the (almost) day since Marcus ran away. (Really there were only about five, but the long, emotional, and lovingly overbearing messages made it seem like 87.) Fiona comes out and reminds Marcus that they let Will into their love bubble, and it didn’t pop. “There’s always room in my love bubble for you,” she says.

Sounds like Will just got a great hook.

Idalis likes it, but begs Will to stop stalking him in Andy’s minivan. And as for Marcus, well, judging by the three easels he sets up for the next “paint your feelings night,” I’d say it’s pretty clear that he’s decided to let Mr. Chris into the bubble.

Made me laugh:

Marcus: If I were a violent man, I’d take a swing at this pillow.

Marcus: If I don’t get a good soak in at night, I’m basically useless in the mornings.

Will: You need to get your “awakening man boy” out of my womb home.

About a Boy airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30C on NBC.

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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