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Season 2 | Episode 13 | “About a Cat Party” | Aired Feb 10, 2015

Raise your hand if you’re not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Keep it up if you’re really lying. That’s what I thought.

Secretly, we all love Valentine’s Day even if we claim to hate it, don’t we? And while the title of this About a Boy episode may have you thinking it’s all about a cat party (whatever that is), that’s a lie, too. Because this episode is about the charm of the holiday, no matter how fabricated it may be.

Valentine’s Day begins with Fiona making Will heart-shaped pity pancakes for breakfast because he’s alone. However, Will has big plans for the night. He’s hitting the local bar with wingman TJ (Zach Cregger) to resurrect an old game they like to play called “sad Cupid.” Fiona is immediately repulsed, and even more so when Will describes the game in detail. It’s skanky and deceitful, and exactly the type of game playboy Will (and pre-Dr. Sam Will) liked to play. 

After receiving her Valentine’s Day gift from Mr. Chris—the tooth of a baby gibbon he befriended in Indonesia, naturally—Fiona gets her first doula call to the hospital. She leaves Mr. Chris at home to chaperone Marcus, who has invited Shea over to hang out. Shea, by the way, is one of those girls who openly hates Valentine’s Day. Because she’s a bad girl? Nah, because she’s a teenage girl. (Trust me, I have two of them, and the party line is that Valentine’s Day is senseless, which is code for “I don’t have a Valentine so I’ll mask my sadness with indifference and bitterness.”)

Marcus suggests they hang out on the couch and watch a movie, but Mr. Chris is cramping his style. “You’re C-blocking me,” Marcus complains to Mr. Chris, which he then explains means “cuddle blocking,” restoring the blood flow and oxygen to Mr. Chris’ momentarily stopped heart.

Meanwhile, at the bar, Will is waiting for TJ and trying—unsuccessfully—to pick up girls, much to the amusement of the bartender, a cute ponytailed brunette (Christine Woods) who can see right through Will’s games. When TJ shows up with a girlfriend (whom he met on the way to the bar), he tells Will his days of “sad Cupid” are over.

Back on the couch, Shea is acting hostile. I mean, more hostile than usual. Marcus panics and makes an emergency call to Will, who tells him she’s pulling the old “I hate Valentine’s Day” routine. Will tells Marcus to go into his present closet and choose something for Shea (but not to open the top drawer marked “special gifts,” which I’m now dying to see).

When Marcus brings Shea a stuffed teddy bear, she’s thrilled. See? Even girls who say they hate Valentine’s Day and don’t want anything don’t really hate Valentine’s Day and would like anything that comes in chocolate … or diamonds. (The previous sentence was directed at my husband, btw.) When she presses the button on the bear’s paw and hears a recorded, sexy message for Will, however, she rips its head off. Back to the closet.

Not finding anything that he thinks Shea would like, Mr. Chris steps in and tells Marcus that he’s looking in the wrong place. Top drawer? Hell no. (Mr. Chris looked inside and is scarred for life, it seems.) He tells Marcus to give Shea a gift that’s as unique and special as she is. A punk rock lip-sync performance of “Anarchy in the U.K.”—the song Shea was blasting on the PA system when Marcus met her—is the perfect gift. Shea loves it.

Will isn’t sharing his luck with the women, however, and the cute bartender finally takes pity on him and steps in to help. She sends a hot girl a glass of wine from Will and tells him to play it cool, which he does by chatting easily with Liz (the bartender) and listening to her “read” the other people in the bar. When it seems like Will might be turning his charm on her, she attempts to C-block him (and I don’t mean “cuddle”) by telling him she’s got a 12-year-old son and works two jobs. Not his type. (If you’ve seen the movie, however, you know she’s about to be exactly his type.) Will gets invited to a cat party by the hot girl, and he reluctantly leaves. “What would you say about me?” he asks Liz. “I’d say you’ve had your heart broken,” she tells him.

Will and Liz meet cute at the bar - 2/10/15

At the cat party, which is indeed a party where everyone is dressed up like cats, Will immediately feels out of place, despite his hastily painted-on cat whiskers. Everyone is a lot younger than he is, and he instantly realizes he’s over that kind of life. Maybe the return of playboy Will was just a reaction to his broken heart. Returning to the bar, he finds Liz. “You were right about my heart being broken,” he tells her before kissing her. Looks like the sad Cupid might not be so sad anymore.

Made me laugh:

Mr. Chris: Hi, Shea! Nice to see you outside of detention.

Fiona, whom we sadly didn’t see much of this episode, gets thrown out of the delivery room because the doctor didn’t like her uke. Or her flute.

About a Boy airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30C on NBC

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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