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Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Tragic Kingdom” | Aired Feb 11, 2015

For everyone complaining about last week’s slow installment of Hindsight, I hope you’re happy with yourselves. This week more than made up for last week’s slowdown, and now we’re in a murky gray area of consequences and repercussions.

Aptly named “Tragic Kingdom”—probably after the 1995 No Doubt album (I probably didn’t need to tell you guys that, did I?)—things just went terribly awry this week.

The only real plot development last week was Andy’s probable car crash, so the first few minutes of tonight’s episode pick up as Becca arrives at the hospital. Becca is naturally panicked and upset, but it’s the guilt over changing the past that’s really overwhelming her. She pleads with her father, begging him to reassure her Andy will be okay, and when she heads to the chapel to pray to a variety of creators, she insists that Andy has “to be one of the lucky ones.” She winds up confiding in her dad about her feelings for Andy, and it seems like she is going to own her decisions (more on that later).

Say what you want, but Laura Ramsay is amazing as distraught Becca. She is about as authentic in these scenes as I’ve ever seen her. After all her bratty tantrums on their road trip last week, it was really nice to see her come around and be the girl Andy is in love with (and everyone else, for that matter). Ramsay is best when she acts like a real person and not just some ’90s archetype. Although her conflicted feelings about which boy to choose is becoming a little wearying, it reveals an existentialism in her that is more about wrecking the future for everyone than it is about whom to love.

Becca seeks comfort from her dad while she waits on news about Andy on

Once everybody gets to the hospital, what has the potential to be incredibly awkward quickly turns into a really sweet moment between Melanie and Becca. As hard as I’ve been on Melanie in the past, she’s merely acting exactly like any girl would who knows the man she loves loves someone else. She says as much to Becca, mostly taking the high road (she does sneak in a little skinny-shaming), while still trying to assert her ownership over Andy. It’s hard to know whom to pull for in that moment, especially since both women think Andy’s accident is their fault. (Just so we’re clear: He was going to see Becca, natch.)

Once Andy wakes up, however, things quickly take an unexpected turn. I for sure thought he and Becca would throw their arms around each other and declare their undying devotion, and we would all have to feel terribly sorry for Melanie. It didn’t really turn out that way. The moment the nurse tells Andy he is one of “the lucky ones,” a light bulb goes off in Becca, sending her down the rabbit hole of what-ifs and probably-maybes. Becca thinks Andy is okay because of her spiritual bargain and breaks up with him right there, telling him, “You’ll be safe with Melanie.” Safe? Ugh! Who wants to be safe?

Andy has to process Becca

Sean and Paige feel like a distraction put in our way to create tension for Becca and Sean, but the relationship has conflict built right in. I guess altering the space-time continuum isn’t dramatic enough.

Sean asks Becca in after she comes back, again on

Speaking of heartbreak, this week is (maybe) the end of Jolly, and I’m really, really mad about it. What the hell, Lolly?!?! I get that Jamie has really been showing his age in the previous weeks, but I just don’t buy that Lolly could so quickly lose interest. If Lolly were in front of me, I would slap her openhanded, Moonstruck-style, and yell the appropriate, “Snap out of it!!!” (see below)

This is what Lolly needs on

The breakup is brutal. She draws it out in a series of horribly uncomfortable scenes, first turning away from Jamie in bed, then avoiding eye contact at dinner and using small talk about turtle cheesecake and dyslexia. Jamie is no dummy, and as much as Lolly wants him to be a fragile little boy ,he knows exactly where this is headed.

I am, and will always be, a giant fan of Lolly, but she didn’t just break Jamie’s heart this week. Sarah Goldberg plays Lolly in a way that makes it almost impossible to dislike her, so when Jamie’s poorly executed bold gesture failed to melt her heart (like it did mine), I am disappointed. In what (TV) universe should a girl reject a guy who calls her his unicorn?

Jamie makes a bold gesture for Lolly on

I strongly doubt this breakup is completely about the new guy, Kevin. I think both Becca and Lolly are so afraid of doing something to screw up the future that they can’t really see how badly they are affecting their present. Instead of playing things out on the path she’s chosen, Becca heads backward toward Sean, and Lolly tries to make her future as tidy as possible by avoiding an ugly ending with Jamie. It’s a difficult tug-of-war that keeps everybody unsteady, including the audience. I can’t decide if this is what I love about this show, or this is what I hate. Tell me what to think!

Any thoughts about how doubling back will affect the space-time continuum?

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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