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'Eye Candy' fan recap: Unwanted birthday gifts

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “HBTU” | Aired Jan 26, 2015

Birthdays are a time to celebrate. It’s a chance to party with friends, listen to music, and have fun. If Eye Candy taught us anything this episode, there’s always time for a house party, even during a murder investigation. Some look forward to their birthdays, but in the case of Lindy Sampson (played by Victoria Justice), she’s had more pressing thoughts on her mind. Like, for instance, her mysterious stalker and the latest victims. That’s definitely not the best birthday gift.

At the end of last week’s intense Eye Candy cliffhanger, Lindy is pulled into a game of cat-and-mouse. The serial killer is two moves ahead, tormenting and forcing the dynamic trio—Lindy, her roommate Sophia, and her “BFF” Connor—into protective police custody. When it seemed like bad boy Reiss might be the stalker, the killer dropped the latest bomb. Reiss isn’t the killer; he’s the next victim.

The killer likes to toy with Lindy and her cop friend, Tommy. Jigsaw from the Saw series would be impressed with the games. Reiss is missing, and instead of making the next move, the killer is leaving clues for the pair to find.

The first clue is a bunch of hanging teeth, pulled from an unfortunate victim. Luckily for Reiss fans, the teeth aren’t his; he’s still alive. They belong to Julia Becker, a girl missing since the first episode. She didn’t survive, and neither did the victims in the killer’s latest arts and crafts project. A love letter was left for Lindy to find, featuring an image of her and her missing sister, Sara. Who knew the killer could be so sentimental? He’s not.

Lindy has a keen eye, possibly from her hacker nature. She figures out the picture was made from crime-scene photos of past victims. The killer has kept busy on Eye Candy. The body count keeps rising and no one can figure out what to do next. It’s up to Lindy to make the biggest (and most obvious) connection yet.

Flirtual, the popular dating app for every 20-something New Yorker, is the key that pulls the story together. Instead of hookups and awkward texts, the killer is using the app to hunt down victims. Julia, Peter, and the collage victims were all targeted on the app. If online dating wasn’t scary enough, Eye Candy offered the scariest scenario yet.

Luckily for Lindy, the investigation took a turn for the better, as a big piece of the puzzle is finally uncovered: the killer’s connection. While doing a little digging with coworker George, she determines the killer is obsessed with perfection. He lures out unsuspecting daters on Flirtual, then kills them based on their flaws. Though, the question now remains: Why is the killer obsessed with Lindy? Is she the perfect muse or the next flaw to fix?

Sometimes people need a break, and Eye Candy took the time to party. It is Lindy’s birthday, after all, and Sophia wants to celebrate. She planned a surprise birthday party and everyone is invited. Well, not everyone.

Connor gets officially uninvited. Even when he tries to enter, he’s stopped by Sophia’s latest crush. He spilled the beans of the investigation and shared Lindy’s dirty little secret for the whole world to read. Connor is a blogger, working for a trashy online site in need of hits. Fearing for his job and the wrath from his boss, he sees the opportunity to get a leg up. Speaking of his boss: Did anyone else get a weird vibe from him? There’s something suspicious about him that is just too creepy to ignore.

The betrayal hits too close to home. Tommy is shocked, Sophia is upset, and Lindy, needs to hit someone. She crashes Connor’s workout and knocks some sense into him. The killer had better watch out, because Lindy has moves of her own—she knocked Connor to the ground in seconds. In Connor’s case, he’s lucky Lindy pulled back. She was ready to fight, and he might be feeling the pain for a while. However, he has the time to heal anyway, now that his social life has cleared up.

Connor isn’t the only unexpected guest. Among the tutus, colorful costumes, and bevy of party guests, Jake—Lindy’s stunning Australian suitor and current suspect—shows up to surprise the birthday girl. He wants to get close, but the police are closer to catching him instead. They found a break in the case.

Reiss has been found. Well, his burned clothes have. The evidence was found in Jake’s apartment building and the cops are ready to make an arrest. (Say it isn’t so, Jake!) Tommy seemingly ends the nightmare with the arrest. But it’s Sophia who spots the latest mystery. Where is Lindy? The birthday girl is missing.

Lindy soon awakens, drugged and confused, in an abandoned building. The killer has kidnapped her, but why? After taking a few dizzying steps, she spots a terrifying scene. Reiss is still alive, but not for long. The killer strikes, leaving the brokenhearted boy to die in front of her as the killer gets away.

Lindy isn’t lucky in love. Anyone who tries to date her ends up dead. The killer wants to be number one, and his latest gift is the most unexpected one yet. Nestled in a small box is a gold bracelet—a bracelet that belonged to her sister! Did the killer know Sara? The killer’s game just took a new turn.

Eye Candy airs Mondays at 10/9C on MTV.

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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