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'Hindsight' fan react: Almost a disaster, then totally awesome

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “… Then I’ll Know” | Aired Feb 4, 2015

Hindsight is the kind of show that calls up a lot of feelings for me, and I swear it’s not just because I’m nostalgic for a misspent youth (although I did tear up a little tonight when I heard Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song“). These characters make me so homesick for my 20s that I can feel myself slipping into a time warp right there on my couch.

It’s hokey, but Hindsight gives me feelings I usually only get when I look at old high school yearbooks or college picture albums. It’s not just that Hindsight invokes choker necklaces or a super awesome playlist. It’s that it’s about what once was; about going back to do it over, and doing it like you should have the first time. Who doesn’t want that?

Becca, Lolly, and Paige head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to see REM on their Monster tour. This show really knows how to pluck a heartstring, let me tell you. Taking a trip like this, the kind of no-reason wandering you are only allowed in your 20s, is one of those divine luxuries that you can only appreciate once you get some distance from it. That’s how I feel when I watch this show, like I’m looking back on something that was so fun and special, but only now do I understand how beautiful it is.

Becca and Paige share some awkward moments on the ride up, mostly about Sean, and we also get a little backstory about Lolly and her dad. Apparently, Lolly’s dad lives in Chapel Hill and she spent time there growing up. This makes her a little Southern, which makes me love her even more. I am currently starting a petition to demand that Lolly speak in a Southern accent from now on.

Alan Ruck plays Lolly

Lolly’s dad is kind of a jerk, but he’s also a grown-up Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (also known as Alan Ruck, in real life), so we can’t stay mad at him for long. Their relationship can be summed up in one line of dialogue from Lolly, muttered after arriving at his house to find a very young girl wearing only her father’s shirt. She asks, in a very practiced tone, “Are you my new mom?”

Of course their road-trip fun is thwarted by, as Paige calls it, “a series of unfortunate events.” There’s a flat tire, a backwoods sheriff, and the lack of a GPS system. All this gets Becca and Paige off track, and they miss the concert. Becca acts like an uptight, spoiled princess, and Paige just blurts out whatever harsh or salty thing pops into her head, because she’s the “cool girl.” They don’t bring out the best in each other, but I like them together. Their dynamic reminds me of Vanessa and Serena from another beloved show about a different world, Gossip Girl.

Becca and Paige wind up making up, and the girls get to watch REM from a nearby rooftop. They celebrate, as 20-somethings tend to do, with lots of “woo-hoos” and raised red Solo cups, and I have to admit, my heart is in my throat. Being in that moment with them, hearing “What’s Your Frequency, Kenneth,” is about as close as I will get to time travel, and that’s why I love this show. Well, this and all the hunky guys.


Before the girls all come together, however, Lolly runs into her childhood friend Kevin, and they participate in a little nostalgia themselves. Kevin is cute. I mean, really, really cute, which is still a bit of an understatement; he is a damn dreamboat, but he’s trouble for Lolly. More importantly, he’s trouble for Jolly (stop mean-tweeting me, people, I’m giving up on Laime). Lolly is pulling away from Jamie and comes close to breaking up with him right before he leaves, kind of calling him selfish.

The outing with Kevin is just another way for Lolly to put some distance between her and Jamie. Maybe some things are destined to turn out the same, no matter what. Maybe Jamie’s struggles have to play out without Lolly, but their chemistry is impossible to deny. This is just my bias, but it seems like such a waste for everything else to go so differently, and still see Jamie’s future remain exactly same.

Jamie decides to broker a bro-tervention for Sean and Andy, in the hopes that Lolly will see that he’s not really all that selfish. He makes a cryptic comment to Melanie about the difference between acting selfish sometimes and being selfish that feels like foreshadowing. The writers are building toward something in Jamie’s near future, and it looks dark. It screws up the dramatic irony when we already know a version of what could happen, and Jamie’s downward spiral is not far off, I fear.

Becca waits for Andy on

The boys’ afternoon ends with Sean and Andy mad all over again, and Melanie storming off. The girls’ trip ends at Spring Lake, the childhood lake house where Andy and Becca spent their summers together. It’s apparent, after much prodding to make a decision from (literally) everyone on the show, that Becca chooses Andy. She calls him to meet her at the cabin, which completely alters the course of events, and I have about a million questions about how Hindsight will see this through. The previews for next week suggest Andy is in a car accident, but I’m waiting until then to say that out loud.

Share your nostalgia. What puts your heart in your throat?

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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