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Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Summer Thunder” | Aired Feb 18, 2015

We open in Wampum, Pennsylvania, with the always-chappeaued, often-sleeveless Derek Fitzgerald making a fart joke. Strong start, Kart Life. The cadets—Dylan Tavella and Gio Bromante—head out. Gio’s working to stand on that podium “because that’s where he belongs, baby,” chortles John “Boss of all Bosses” Bromante.

Dylan’s tuner sees Gio’s bumper is too narrow for regulations. Gio could be disqualified, which “would be karma, wouldn’t it?” Phil Tavella says, barely hiding a wide grin. (Phil’s referring to John Bromante’s squawking in the pilot episode about Dylan illegally fixing an engine that led to his disqualification.)

The kids set off. We’ve got a new announcer calling this race, who spouts gems such as, “Who wants the second position? No one, that’s who.” It’s a photo finish between Dylan and his rival from last week, with the spoils going to Dylan, by 6/1,000 of a second.

David Malukas’ hand is red, blistering, and sore, but tuner Wes gives precisely zero f—s. David’s kart is tuned so perfectly, Wes tells us, that “my grandmother could get in it and go fast.” (Ahem, TruTV. New series idea: Granny Karts.) If David can’t turn the wheel right, then all of Wes’ contemptuous coaching will have been for naught. The juniors—Sasha Brun-Wibaux, Savannah Fitzgerald, and David—race. Francois Brun-Wibaux wants a top-five finish from Sasha, and “there’s no reason that can’t happen.” Au contraire, Francois.

His baby girl finishes 13th, Savannah comes in 10th, and David doesn’t finish. He shakes his hand in pain before he spins out and crashes. In the pits, Wes has graduated from a passive-aggressive coach to a full-fledged dick. “David has a little injury; his pinkie hurts or something. That’s when he quits, so …” Henry Malukas looks to the man he hired to critique David’s driving for a critique of David’s driving. Wes instead critiques David’s life.

“David f—ed up the whole race,” Wes begins. “Guys who win races push through that,” meaning David’s aching paw. Wes now does an impersonation of David. This consists of Wes waving his hand in the air and shouting, “Everyone, my blister hurts!” Wes isn’t very good at impressions. Or possessing tact.

Henry tries to steer the conversation back to actual strategy, but Wes shuts that right down: “No, no, no. There’s no other critique than David doesn’t want it enough. So if he wants to sit in a chair and get pampered and Band-Aided and we can put, like, fur coats on him [… what?], that’s when he quits. I should take him out of his five-star hotel and put him in a tent next to his kart.” Psst, Wes. You do realize these people, like, pay you, right?

John Bromante learns Gio has been disqualified because someone narked about the bumper. John and wife Stacey speculate about the identity of the tattletale. TruTV helps us out by replaying footage of Phil Tavella speculating about Gio’s bumper, in black and white footage, which makes him look extra nefarious. Phil learns of Gio’s DQ and replies, “Good. There are a lot of head games in karting. It’s like a chess match. The best teams play these games well. This week I’m the bad guy.” It’s unclear whether this is a meandering, cryptic confession or a poor metaphor.

Sasha Brun-Wibaux is sandwiched between two race boys, snapping duck-lipped selfies before her next race against David and Savannah Fitzgerald. Sasha going to drive cautiously as she doesn’t want to crash into her teammate and crush, Ryan Norberg. She does indeed drive cautiously, running in the back of the pack. Francois does his impression of Sasha driving. It’s more inspired than Wes’ impression, but neither will be booked for a review in Vegas anytime soon.

Sasha finishes 13th, but she has no time to dwell on horrible driving: Her crush was just run over. Dramatic music swells as she bites her lip and stares at Ryan limping his totaled kart along. Ryan cries and Sasha rubs his back and rests her head on his shoulder and generally tries to combine their two bodies into one. She reiterates Ryan is a “good friend” before giving him the same lustful look a Real Housewife gives a bottle of pinot grigio.

Rodney Dangerfield Shirley Tavella tells a group of track mothers karting doesn’t get enough respect: “Lacrosse kids get banners after wins, but no one cares when Dylan comes in with a world championship trophy!” Another mom complains, “My kid’s school doesn’t think it’s acceptable for him to miss 39 days of the eighth grade!” Meghan Welage laughs that “the county doesn’t think I’m a good parent,” per their letters about son Jason’s truancy. Oh, those silly administrators and their not wanting children to miss eight weeks of school!

Henry Malukas carefully tells Wes, “maybe today, like, no coaching, like nothing.” Wes tells us, “David feels bad and I want to make sure he does. For the entire day.” Wes is starting to seem like the kind of fellow who would kick a puppy, though he claims, “It’s the psychology of racing. If David’s got something to prove, he’s going to work hard.” A storm rolls in and the skies darken before unleashing. “Woah! It’s raining really fast,” says little Ryan Tavella. Little Ryan Tavella would make an amazing weatherman.

Racing in the rain is more dangerous, multiple people—and common sense—tell us. David and Sasha drive onto the slippery track. It’s a mess, with kids spinning out every few turns, but the officials only call the race after lightning strikes too close for comfort. Three hours later, the sun’s out and so are the juniors. Sasha doesn’t finish; David brings it and wins.

Afterward, Wes greets Henry by saying, “There’s nothing wrong with a good ass kicking, you understand?” Henry must because he bear-hugs Wes into the air before cracking Wes’ back, because that is apparently a thing Henry Malukas does when he’s happy. David dumps the smallest bottle of water ever over Wes’ head. Everyone smiles and laughs and forgets about how Wes was a total asshole before. Ah, resolution.

Kart Life airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on TruTV.

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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