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Shonda Rhimes Thursdays: Sleeping alone or not sleeping at all

Shonda Rhimes’ #TGIT nights are heating up with more drama, heartache, and romance than ever. With tumors bigger than golf balls, a missing fixer, and a crazy kidnapper, Thursday night had fans on a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end. Let’s get to the reactions!

Grey’s Anatomy

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Although a crazy big and fast -rowing tumor story was interesting, that was not the draw of this episode. After discovering their son has a possibly fatal disease, April (Sarah Drew) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) decide to get the baby tested and learn once and for all what type of disease their son has. Jackson wants to discuss their options in case their baby is Type 2, the fatal kind, but April doesn’t want to deal with it until they know for sure. She believes their baby will be Type 3 and survive.

Unbeknownst to Jackson, April has called her mother for help, leading to a whole new level of drama. Jackson wants to terminate if the baby is Type 2, but April’s mother does not. April finally snaps when her mother and Jackson fight, and April sticks up for herself. You go, April!

The episode ends with a possible cliffhanger, but it seems that the baby does have Type 2, since Arizona had to call in the “big guns,” aka Dr. Herman (Geena Davis), to deliver the news. Fans won’t know for sure until next week, unfortunately.

Meanwhile, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is still dealing with the absence of Derek (Patrick Dempsey); Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Callie (Sara Ramirez) realize they’re still not over their exes; and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) almost loses confidence in her methods to remove Dr. Herman’s tumor. She gets over it when Dr. Edwards (Jerrika Hinton) is able to figure out Amelia’s methods.

Scandal

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After realizing the truth of her situation, Olivia (Kerry Washington) begins to think of a plan to get out. Leaving what Huck (Guillermo Díaz) refers to as “bread crumbs,” her team is able to track down her location. Unfortunately, by the time they find her, it’s too late. Oh, Liv. If only you stuck it out a little longer, you would’ve been saved. Instead, her kidnapper took her away and is preparing to sell her to the highest bidder. This terrible situation just gets worse and worse.

Everyone pulls out all the stops to #SaveOlivia. Huck chops up Elizabeth North’s (Portia de Rossi) back, and Mellie (Bellamy Young) gets down and dirty with the VP just to steal his phones. Of course, it’s all a waste in the end, but maybe they can all team up together and somehow find Olivia before the price gets too high.

Although the episode itself is great, the idea of “selling” Olivia is a bit off-putting. This idea of Olivia only being worth something because of her relationship with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) completely goes against the strong, independent ideal of Olivia. She is being used and sold by a white man because of another white man. Something about all this reminds me too much of Olivia’s Sally Hemmings-Thomas Jefferson comment back in season 2. Even so, Olivia held her own in this episode, negotiating with her kidnapper to get out of her cell … at least, for now.

How to Get Away with Murder

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Things are really heating up on HTGAWM. The arrival of Sam’s long list sister throws everyone off their game, making the Keating Five very nervous—although, through the Christmas flashbacks, it’s clear that Keating’s students were already struggling. Michaela (Aja Naomi King) can’t keep it together at all, accusing her fiance and his coworker of having an affair, leading her fiance to postpone their wedding. Wes (Alfred Enoch) can’t sleep, and Laurel (Karla Souza) has serious family issues.

The only one that has it remotely together is Connor (Jack Falahee), who’s finding comfort in rekindling his romance with Oliver (Conrad Ricamora). Although Oliver has his reservations, he can’t resist kissing Connor and grabbing him with his soapy hands. It turns out Connor’s love is Oliver’s drug. Don’t feel bad, Oliver—that’s how we all feel.

Annalise (Viola Davis) gets to work on Sam’s sister and almost has her in the palm of her hand until Sam’s remains are found. By the looks of next week’s preview, Annalise is the number-one suspect. How’s Annalise going to get herself and her students out of this one?

Star Players

  • Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew continued to play their roles flawlessly. As their storyline gets more and more complicated and tragic, they hit their marks with each episode. Drew almost had me in tears with her performance.
  • Tony Goldwyn and Bellamy Young did an excellent job with their terrace scene. Pretending to be intimate while Fitz told Mellie the truth about Olivia was amazingly well done. When Mellie told Fitz to do what he had to do, my heart broke for her. Telling your husband to start a war just to save his mistress is so messed up—only Shonda could write something like that.

 

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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