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Season 2 | Episode 13 | “Van People” | Aired Feb 18, 2015

The Goldbergs have to learn to embrace who they really are in the latest episode.

Stand-up comedians are having a moment in the ’80s, and Adam Goldberg worships them. Adam takes great pride in bringing laughter to his follow classmates, which leads him to the conclusion that he is a shoo-in for “Class Clown” in the yearbook. Adam is very surprised to find out that he was actually nominated for “Nicest Guy.”

How did this happen? Where did he go wrong? Well, according to his siblings, Adam is not funny at all. He is, however, a nice guy.

Murray and Erica Goldberg have been battling for years over “the rules” that are restricting Erica from her freedom. Erica takes after her father, and the duo may just be the most stubborn individuals in all of Jenkintown. Things come to a boiling point when Erica forgets to fill the gas tank in the car; thus begins the Battle of the Gas Tank.

Adam seeks advice from Pops regarding his comedy act. “Keep it personal,” Pops suggests. Adam tests out his new stand-up routine on his beloved family, but insulting his audience did not go over very well. It seems like it is back to the drawing board for the little Goldberg.

Erica recruits Barry to join her side for the Battle of the Gas Tank, which is pretty easy due to his rage issues. Erica’s big power move against Murray is to purchase a car with Barry’s financial help. Murray will never again be able to say, “My car, my rules.” Due to Barry’s “cheapness” and garbage eating, Erica and Barry can get any car. Erica of course wants a cute sports car, but since Barry holds the wallet it looks like the A-Team van it is. What up, Hannibal? Barry is legit in sitcom heaven!


Adam decides to try pulling a prank to get some laughs at school, and makes a fake cake for his sensitive science teacher. The joke goes over poorly and leaves both Mr. Woodburn and Adam feeling awful. Adam’s girlfriend, Dana, informs him that she was the one who nominated him for “Nicest Guy,” because he is a nice guy and shouldn’t pretend to be someone else.

Back at the Goldberg home, Murray and Beverly are shocked when Erica and Barry show up with their A-Team van. So begins phase two of the Battle of the Gas Tank. Murray pulls “my house, my rules” regarding the van that is now in his driveway. Erica counters by saying she does not need to live in his house because she can live in her van. Poor Barry and Beverly—they are stuck in the middle. Barry is loyal to his sister, and Beverly promised she would back up Murray.

Beverly and Barry cannot even last one night before crossing enemy lines. Barry Goldberg can’t eat out of a can, and Beverly Goldberg will not let her baby go to bed without a warm meal.


Murray and Erica discover the betrayal and are not happy. Murray takes advantage of weak Barry and buys him out of the van: “My van, my rules.”

Adam’s little prank is a cause for concern at school. When a nice kid like Adam acts out it is believed that there may be some issues at home. Principal Ball starts to question Murray and Beverly about the rumors that their children are living in a van. Cue a defensive Bev and Barry bursting into the meeting to inform his family that Erica is about to board a bus and run away to New York City. To the A-Team van!

The Goldbergs never make it to the bus stop because the A-Team van breaks down. The family returns home ready to track down Erica, only to find her sitting on the porch. Murray decides it is now time to have a chat with his daughter. Sure, they both may be stubborn, but maybe it is time for them to embrace that. Adam Goldberg also makes the choice to embrace the fact he is a nice guy, because the nice guy does not always finish last.

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC.

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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