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Season 1 | Episode 4 | “A Very Important Date” | Aired Jan 28, 2015

So far, in this season of Hindsight, everything is about redoing Becca’s past. Every decision, every choice, every move she’s made has been about reordering the events in her life that went wrong.

Tonight’s Halloween episode concerns itself with Becca’s future, and it is such an interesting sampling of where I hope this show is headed. Now that most of the time-travel housekeeping is handled, this show can concentrate on what it does best: giving us more about the characters we now love. And Sean in an Axl Rose costume.

Tonight’s episode spends a lot of time on my two faves, Jamie and Lolly, henceforth known as Lamie. Hindsight could have taken the easy way out and made them all gooey and heart-eyed for one another, but showing their cracks as individuals makes a better show. My heart grows 10 sizes seeing them roll around in bed together, and I don’t even mind when Becca interrupts them in a flurry of  surprised huffs and scrambled eye-shields. Lamie is truly adorable, and I want to just crawl into their relationship and live there forever.

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I can’t even begin to communicate the joy I feel when Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun” plays over a Halloween montage of them costume shopping. Then it’s a Pulp Fiction-themed makeout session in the dressing room, and I fall apart all over again. It’s like Hindsight knows all my favorite things and just crams them into one 60-minute installment.

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Even when their insecurities start to wear through, I still want to root for them. Lolly’s fears crop up almost immediately after Becca tells her about Jamie’s overdose following their breakup. I wish Becca didn’t do this, AT ALL. Becca’s future-knowledge is not a gift for everyone, and this new news puts all sorts of pressure on Lamie’s budding relationship. Becca ruins the future left and right in this ep, spoiling both Friends and Axl Rose for Lolly, all in one hour.

Now that Lolly knows what could happen, both she and Becca treat Jamie like a fragile bird, constantly reminding him he can talk to them if he needs to. Lolly seems afraid to really get mad at him, even when he’s acting like a real tool—standing her up for Halloween and dragging his frat-boy buddies along with him.  Too bad Becca can’t go back in time and undo the conversation where she tells Lolly about Jamie’s breakdown, because it’s hanging over them all like a black cloud.

Tonight marks the start of Becca’s official movement forward. She crushes several job interviews, mostly using her future-knowledge, but ultimately doesn’t take any because, well, they are really, really boring. She finally lands a really cool gig in a print magazine (remember, those still existed in 1995!) that has the potential to produce some super-interesting plot lines for her going forward. This seems like progress in not only Becca’s growth, but the growth of the show. This demonstrates a transcendence of the ’90s gimmick I was afraid, at first, that this show couldn’t overcome.

In fact, this is more interesting at the moment than her Andy-versus-Sean conundrum. In terms of Andy, I don’t like the desperation he brings out in Becca. He is, after all, somebody else’s boyfriend, even if Melanie’s condescending tone and grating uptalk make you want to choke her. Showing up dressed as slutty Alice in Wonderland to Andy’s White Rabbit seems beneath Becca, especially since we already know he falls in love with her. Does she really need the fishnets? It’s overkill, if you ask me.

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Sean is still working out his lingering feelings for Becca, and gets all aggro on Andy when he finds out about their kiss. This, coupled with his Axl Rose costume, makes lady-viewers swoon all over America (including this one).


For some reason, it has little effect on Becca. She seems like she’s closed that door completely. She only seems mildly ruffled when she sees Sean kiss the new girl, Paige, and barely wrinkles a forehead when she learns they’re a thing. She seems a little too at peace to move away from Sean and toward Andy, and I predict some upsetting shenanigans in the near future.

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This show is doing interesting enough stuff, and I am starting to look forward to all the existential talk about choices and risks each week. I don’t think it’s an accident that the Hindsight writers are asking us to draw parallels to Alice in Wonderland. Like Alice, Becca has fallen down a rabbit hole and is trying to navigate a bizzaro version of her life. Unlike Alice, however, Becca is much more adept at controlling the chaos. Thank goodness.

Hindsight airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on VH1.

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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