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Season 2 | Episode 8 | “The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner” | Aired Jan 27, 2015

Tonight’s Ground Floor opens with Jenny at home, taking her first test for college. When Brody sees that it’s for Econ 101, he offers to help. Jenny repeatedly declines, so of course Brody just changes her answers when she leaves the room, as one does.

The next day, ground-floor dwellers Jenny and Harvard pay a visit to their upstairs lovers, Brody and Lindsay, and yes, I used the word “lovers” to gross you out. Did it work? They all kiss a lot, too. Picture it. There is lap sitting involved. Just let that sink in.

Jenny announces that she got an A on her test, and she wants to invite Mansfield over for dinner to thank him for financing her education. Brody and Threepeat tell her that he never accepts invitations to socialize outside of work. Mansfield shows up and accepts the invitation. Threepeat tries to get in on the action and is shot down.

Mansfield tells Brody and Threepeat that the financial news channel wants someone from Remington Trust to do the end-of-day market wrap-up. Since he and Brody have dinner plans, the job falls to Threepeat. He expresses his confusion over whether to wear evening or formal attire, and lets Brody know that he’s allergic to pheasant and grackle. That must be super tough for him, because rich people love them some pheasant. Not sure about the grackle, though. I think that’s more of a raccoon food than a people food.

Downstairs, Brody is worried that Jenny’s dinner won’t be fancy enough for Mansfield, so he tells her he’s made a reservation at an upscale restaurant, and offers to pay. Jenny is having none of it. Harvard and Lindsay show up, and the boys and girls pair off. Lindsay tells Jenny she bought Harvard a new wardrobe, and Harvard tells Brody that he and Lindsay do sex. Sex, sex, sex. I wonder if he keeps his turtleneck on. Somehow, they get themselves invited to the dinner party.

Threepeat and Derrick are practicing the market wrap-up, and Threepeat is doing a terrible, awkward, stilted job. Derrick reveals that he has acting experience; he was the dancing “Pasghetti Kid” in a popular commercial as a child. He offers to coach Threepeat, and Threepeat accepts.

Brody comes home to find that Jenny has decorated the apartment with Christmas lights, and is making her mother’s meatload recipe (that’s not a typo). It consists of ground beef, a layer of hot dogs, more ground beef, and a hell of a lot of bourbon. It’s still not as crazy as half the stuff KFC and Taco Bell sell.


The doorbell rings, and it turns out that Brody has ordered a backup rack of lamb. Jenny promptly throws it out the window, which is very Three’s Company, and I love it. Jenny tells Brody that she doesn’t need his help with dinner, just like she didn’t need his help with the test. Of course, Brody’s face betrays him, and she learns that he corrected her answers. She begins to lambaste him, but Mansfield arrives, so she puts the fight on hold until after the party.

Over dinner, Mansfield asks about Jenny’s A, and things become tense. Mansfield tells the kids that you should never keep things bottled up, which causes Harvard and Lindsay to starting yelling at each other about clothes and sex and oh god, Harvard’s getting naked. The two of them go into the bathroom to naked-fight in private.

Mansfield returns to the subject of the test, and Jenny tells him that Brody changed her answers. Mansfield is disappointed … in Jenny! He isn’t surprised that Brody corrected the test, because he’s a know-it-all, but he knows that Jenny could have done better herself if she hadn’t half-assed it.

The three then settle in to watch Threepeat’s TV debut. He’s taken Derrick’s advice a bit too literally, and dances while talking about stocks and such. Why not?

In the morning, we learn that Harvard and Lindsay had makeup sex in Jenny’s bathroom, because of course they did. Conan shows a clip of Threepeat dancing and ridicules him, but Threepeat is just fine with that, because now he’s famous. I’m really beginning to wonder why Threepeat works in finance, when it seems like his interests and talents skew more toward reality-show wedding planner, but hey, what do I know? I’ve never been on Conan.

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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