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Season 2 | Episode 9 | “The Proposal: Part 1” | Aired Feb 3, 2015

Listen, we need to address this. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors that Ground Floor might be canceled. I know; I’m hurting, too. I started this season rather surprised and only mildly pleased that the show was still on, and I’ve been astounded every week at how great it’s become. I’ve grown to love it. You have, too. And it might be over in seven days.

It’s up to us at this point. We can cry about how the new CEO of TBS, Kevin Reilly, is a crazy person for possibly canceling one of the funniest sitcoms on TV, or we can make him renew it—or perhaps make Netflix want to pick it up. Or, at the very least, enjoy what little time we have left together. At any rate, I hope you had fun this week, and I hope you have fun next week. Let’s get into it.

Tonight marks the countdown to Mansfield’s daughter’s wedding, set to take place in 72 hours on Super Rich People Island. Brody knocks on his desk for luck, as one should always do. #ThanktheLeprechauns. It’s a thing, man. Mansfield laughs in the face of luck (and leprechauns?) and is instantly punished with a volcano leveling the island.

Downstairs, Jenny is showing off her birthday gift for Brody, a $300 pen. Is there really such a thing as a $300 pen? Because if there is, I finally get what those whiny college kids were complaining about when they camped out in all those city parks three years ago.

Upstairs, Mansfield tasks Lindsay with finding a new wedding venue. Threepeat, Future Wedding Planner to the Stars, pops in to suggest Vegas, and is rebuffed. I love Threepeat, but I gotta say, I love watching Mansfield hurt him even more. Does that make me a bad person?

Jenny is all set to give Brody his gift when a tornado touches down. Just kidding, it’s only Heather, Brody’s ex. She’s back from Hong Kong, where she took over Brody’s duties, “crushed it hard,” and made partner. Of course, Brody and Jenny are super-psyched to see her. Oh, and she got Brody a birthday gift. Guess what it is. No, guess. Did you say “a better version of the thing Jenny got him”? Congratulations, you should pursue a career in sitcom writing! Or maybe you could become a phone psychic. Is that still a thing?

Miss Cleo

Threepeat arrives, and Heather instantly makes him her bitch. Okay, now I’m starting to feel for the guy a bit. Maybe they could write in a scene where he’s eating a really amazing ice cream sundae or something? This is a little much.

The next few minutes are a whirlwind. Mansfield puts Brody in charge of the ring. I mention this because, duh, it will totally come up later. The new venue is in the Alps—no, never mind, there was an avalanche. Threepeat suggests Vegas again, and is shot down again. Now it’s in Africa. Jenny is searching for a new gift for Brody online, and Helpful Heather (I’m trademarking that; don’t bother) directs her to his now-defunct Myspace page, where she finds a bucket list. No word on whether ‘N Sync autoplayed when the page loaded.

Jenny goes upstairs to peruse the list with Brody, and tells him her gift will be to help him realize one of his Myspace goals. Mansfield pops in to tell them that Africa is off the table, as there was a chain-reaction mauling of epic proportions at the game reserve. Threepeat gets his wish: We’re going to Vegas!

Another whirlwind: The gang arrives at Caesar’s Palace only to learn that the best ballroom has been booked by a bar mitzvah boy …

Jacob, the Bar Mitzvah Boy

… whom Lindsay promptly bribes to give up his reservation. You don’t want to know what she bribes him with.

Harvard prances around the casino expressing his disdain for gamblers, until Derrick teaches him that you can gamble against gamblers by betting “Don’t Come” (tee hee) at the craps table. Brody witnesses Heather having a minor nervous breakdown at a blackjack table, and learns that Hong Kong pretty much destroyed her. Jenny arranges for Brody to go toe-to-toe with a drunken UFC fighter, because we were all idiots back in our Myspace days. I blame you, Tom.

Tom from MySpace

In the aftermath, we learn that Harvard has unwittingly won $260,000, Derrick hooked up with two hot chicks, and Brody got his ass kicked. Brody casually mentions that this was his best birthday since last year, when he met Jenny. Oh, shit. It’s their anniversary, and that sentimental so-and-so just assumed that Jenny knew. She dashes upstairs to throw together a surprise.

Then Heather and Threepeat make out because #Vegas #YOLO #Whatev.

Upstairs, Jenny is frantically assembling a romantic encounter (rose petals, champagne, lady with no pants) when she goes into Brody’s suitcase looking for condoms, and guess what she finds in there. No, guess. Yes, I know you’re not a sitcom writer, or a phone psychic, but you did catch the title of this week’s episode, right?

Fine, lazy, it’s Mansfield’s daughter’s ring. But Jenny, of course, assumes it’s for her. TO BE CONTINUED.

And seriously, if you don’t show up next week, we’re not friends anymore.

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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