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'Eye Candy' fan recap: Let's play a game

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “IRL” | Aired Feb 9, 2015

All good plans need a little luck and a lot of preparation. Lindy and friends are tired of waiting for the Flirtual killer to strike again on Eye Candy—they’re ready to stop the killer once and for all. But can they do it?

We last saw Lindy working with Tommy to solve the mystery of The Stowaway. The Flirtual killer took a break for the week; though, it looks like the killer is back to start the fun again on Eye Candy.

Police and psychopaths never really get along, and the killer decides Tommy needs to clear his mind—and his apartment. An online ad causes him to get robbed, and his adorable dog is almost put to sleep. The killer has crossed a line; no one messes with the dog! But Tommy isn’t the only one getting a lesson.

Connor isn’t in the clear. Since his first post went viral, his boss has used Connor’s blogging handle to write daily posts. The killer is over the attention—he wants Connor to learn.

At a “dining in the dark” restaurant, Connor brings his new beau Oliver for an important second date. While things are looking up relationship-wise, the killer is stalking nearby. Originally planning to kill Oliver, the killer instead slices the throat of a loud party girl and leaves her tongue for Connor. That plate will definitely keep tongues wagging!

Naturally, he’s freaking out. The recent death is scary enough, but the idea of not getting a third date is absolutely terrifying. Lindy and Tommy blame Connor’s recent articles, but it wasn’t him. It was his boss.

Hamish is enjoying all the press with the posts. He wants to celebrate, so a party is in order. A “we’re not afraid” party is begging for the killer to show up.

The event at IRL is the best way to catch the killer. Sophia is against the idea; she doesn’t want her club to lose its hip status with police around. But with some coaxing, and a promise of no polyester (an important rule, mind you), she agrees.

A plan is underway. Everyone shows up at IRL, including Lindy’s Australian boy, Jake, and Connor’s date, Oliver. The only familiar face missing is Tommy.

While stepping outside the club, a man confronts Tommy, saying he’s sleeping with his girlfriend—he didn’t do it. The Flirtual killer is setting Tommy up! The man attacks him and leaves him bloodied and beaten on the floor.

Things aren’t looking too good inside the club either. A mysterious message changes the plan. Now the killer wants to play a game.

The rules are simple: (a) A million dollars is up for grabs, and (B) no one can leave or everyone loses. Challenges get more serious as the dollar values rise. Kiss a neighbor for $250, snap photos of your underwear for $1,000, lick the sole of a shoe for $10,000. The chance at winning cash is too tempting.

Hamish is suspected of being the killer. It’s his party after all, and he has the money to create this game. Like I said in a previous recap, there’s something suspicious about him. Connor’s date may be on the hunt to smell out the Flirtual killer, but Hamish is definitely hiding something, even with an alibi.

Jake is finally putting two and two together. The cops who arrested him are at the club and they’re chatting with Lindy. He thinks she’s a cop too, but Lindy decides it’s better to tell him the truth. Even with the hidden motives, he still likes Lindy. He supports her and joins the team to catch the killer.

Is this the work of the Flirtual killer? No. The killer is someone at IRL, but these festivities belong to another. “Bubonic” is a hacker who caused the death of countless innocent people in the hopes of taking down the government. Lindy knows the hacker well; she was going to work with him.

Bubonic reveals the next task, and now guests can punch each other for $25,000. Someone attacks Oliver, but Connor protects his date, scoring a kiss in the process. The prize may be cash, but Connor is feeling like a winner.

Unfortunately for Lindy and Jake, the game isn’t over for them. Bubonic has placed a homemade bomb in IRL, and once the money is gone, it will detonate. To make matters worse, Jake is handcuffed to the bomb!

Bubonic raises the stakes with the next challenge: Cut off a finger for $50,000. Only a few are willing to do it, yet money is disappearing fast.

Lindy finds the hacker waiting for her. He blames the police for his girlfriend’s suicide and wants revenge. However, he’s willing to play nice.

He offers the code to stop the bomb in exchange for freedom; Lindy takes the deal and the counter rewinds. The game is over and everyone gets the consolation prize: bruises, lipstick marks, and missing fingers. With these parting gifts, they’re lucky they didn’t get the grand prize.

Everyone is celebrating their win. Jake and Lindy kiss, Sophia forgives Connor, and things are looking up between him and Oliver. But let’s be real: There is never a happy ending on Eye Candy.

Bubonic returns for a meeting with his benefactor, Hamish. A million dollars is hard to get, and the hacker needed a loan for this game. I guess those nagging suspicions about the egomaniac are right.

The Flirtual killer isn’t done, either; our favorite stalker is back to finish the job. Oliver returns to IRL to find his phone, and the killer surprises him with a rope around his neck. The killer pulls him up to the rafters, leaving his phone behind. Connor’s date is the killer’s next plaything … and just when his love life was turning around.

Eye Candy airs on Mondays at 10/9C on MTV.

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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