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'Ground Floor' season finale fan recap: I'm not the marrying type

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “The Proposal: Part 2” | Aired Feb 10, 2015

First things first: Is this the season finale of Ground Floor, or the series finale? We still don’t know, kids. We still don’t know. So let’s try to look at it both ways, and hope that no matter what, we leave satisfied. Mind you, tweeting with the hashtag #SaveGroundFloor certainly couldn’t hurt.

We open with Jenny and Threepeat running into each other in the hotel hallway, both doing their own walk of shame. Threepeat spent the night with Heather, his best friend’s ex, and Jenny spent the night trying to avoid a proposal from Brody that isn’t actually happening. Different strokes, y’all.

They both agree that the best course of action is to hide from Brody—so, of course, out he comes. Brody tells Jenny he has to ask her something, and kneels. She hightails it out of there, and it turns out he was just asking her to work out with him, and simultaneously tying his shoe. It’s corny and perfect—and also, that’s how I’d respond to an invitation to exercise.

Meanwhile, Lindsay and Harvard are debating the best way to celebrate Harvard’s $260,000 windfall. She declines to gamble, as she has self-control issues, and opts instead to cruise down the strip topless. As one does.

Down in the casino, Brody finds Jenny. She adeptly pawns him off on Mansfield, who’s about to meet his son-in-law to be, Ned. Ned arrives, and Mansfield hates him. Brody pushes him to make nice, and Mansfield invites Ned for a walk in the desert. Personally, I don’t care if it’s my future in-laws, my best friend, whoever—a stroll in the desert is an invitation that you do not accept, right? Just me? Also, the exercise thing? Maybe I’m just lazy.

Harvard and Lindsay are back from their adventure, and they’ve acquired furs, lobsters, and a painting of some sort. So nouveau riche, am I right? They kindly offer Brody their leftover lobsters. What is it with Harvard giving Brody used meat? Is this, like, their thing? He doesn’t throw it out the window this time, of course, because as we all know, casinos have no windows.

At the front desk, the concierge informs Harvard and Lindsay that although their room was comped, they’ve racked up a $50,000 caviar, truffle, and macadamia nut bill. Lindsay reveals that she was a professional gambler back in her MIT days (weren’t we all?), and although it’s painful for her, she’ll gamble one more time in order to pay the bill. There’s no way this fails.

Back in Brody’s hotel room … How can I put this? He’s eaten the lobster, used the restroom, and the air quality is now less than ideal. He just happens to knock over a vase of roses and kneels to pick them up as Jenny enters. Real talk: that is exactly how my husband proposed to me, minus the seafood farts. So I totally empathize with Jenny when she walks in and assumes the worst. There’s a classic Three’s Company-style misunderstanding: She freaks out over the nonproposal, Brody thinks she’s freaking over the stank, and it all wraps up nicely. Just kidding. She says she won’t marry him, he says I wasn’t asking you but what the hell, and then she runs away.

Brody finds Jenny at the pool and tries to get to the bottom of her marriage aversion once again. She brings up her string of crappy stepfathers, but all I can think is, how is that giant slice of pineapple not causing her plastic cup to tip over? Pineapples are really heavy. I don’t get it. Did they weigh down the cup?

Back in the casino, Lindsay wins $50,000 and wants to keep playing. Harvard is supposed to be her “rock,” but fails. Threepeat tries to break up with Heather, but fails. Mansfield returns from his desert adventure without Ned, who has … wait for it … failed.

But wait! Ned arrives just behind him! Mansfield then comes up with a few more excuses as to why Ned isn’t good enough for his daughter, all of which Ned and Brody refute, but to no avail. Mansfield says he’s not going to the wedding.

Jenny comes to Mansfield’s hotel room for advice. He tells her she’s wrong. Then he says he’s not going to the wedding, and she tells him he’s wrong. He does the whistle and they decide to support each other’s stupid choices and play video golf instead. This is why Mansfield is a great friend.

Harvard enters his hotel room to find Lindsay packing. She tells him that he’s bad for her, calls out the tattoo, and I’m okay with that. You?

Brody shows up to Mansfield’s room and insists that Mansfield attend the wedding. He says that the real issue is that Mansfield is scared. Then he drops truth bombs such as “When you love someone, it’s worth doing something that you’re scared of,” and “The only risks you regret are the risks you don’t take.” Hmm, whom else does that apply to? Jenny makes this face:


…and then takes off. Then Mansfield calls Brody his son, and we all get a little damp in the ocular region.

Brody tracks Jenny down, and it turns out that his magic TV double-meaning lecture has worked: She proposes to him. She proposes to him!!!

In the final scene, we see a limo with a tacky “Just Married” sign on the bumper. The limo contains Threepeat and Heather. Ugh.

So that’s it, folks. I have to say, if this is the end, it did wrap up nicely. We can assume that the wedding goes off without a hitch, Brody and Jenny get married, and Mansfield probably gives Brody away. A happy imaginary ending.

But are you okay with it only happening in your head? No? Then get to Twitter, and tweet #SaveGroundFloor, damn it! Otherwise, it’s been great watching with you, and thanks for reading.

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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