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Shonda Rhimes' MVPs: The ladies kick butt and take names

Everyone knows Shonda Rhimes loves her leading ladies. But on last night’s TGIT, it wasn’t Meredith, Olivia, or Annalise who saved the day. Instead, it was three other beautiful, smart, and caring women who took the lead—and they did it flawlessly.

Let’s review ABC’s Thursday-night celebration of Shonda’s three amazing shows.

Grey’s Anatomy

Over the past 11 seasons, Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) has given some amazing speeches. But with this episode, she may have topped them all. After Ben’s brother, Curt, reveals that she is transitioning into a woman, Ben doesn’t handle it well. Continuing to refer to Kurt as a “he” rather than a “she” and not being supportive of his now-sister’s transition, Dr. Bailey tells Ben to find his own stage. What Curt is going through isn’t about Ben and never was. It’s her life, and she has the right to live it the way she wants, whether Ben agrees or not.Grey

Dr. Bailey then gets Jackson to help Curt, who wants to change her name to Rosalind. Both Jackson and Dr. Bailey talk Kurt through the transition process, helping her get the medication she needs so she can transition safely.



Let’s be real: Olivia Pope wouldn’t still be alive if it weren’t for Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield). After being told she isn’t a Gladiator anymore (even though she’s the real O.G.) and no one in the White House is telling her anything, Abby is fed up. Her best friend is missing, and according to David Rosen, she is as good as dead. Fresh out of options, she uses David’s Attorney General connections to get in touch with Interpol and call an old friend. In comes a blast from the past, Stephen Finch, a Gladiator from season one. Despite ignoring Abby’s calls, Cyrus recognizes Finch and stops the missiles before Olivia is unnecessarily killed.

Hopefully everyone will now give Abby the respect she deserves, and Olivia had better be grateful. Also, kudos to Stanchfield. She was absolutely flawless in this episode. Stanchfield/Abby, you’re the real MVP.

How to Get Away With Murder


Speaking of women who are constantly underestimated, Bonnie (Liza Weil) stepped into her own this episode, taking over and winning a case without the help of Annalise. Despite being second-guessed and questioned by the Keating Five, Frank, and the hospital’s lawyer whom Bonnie was working with, Bonnie stands her ground and stands by the side of her client—a female nurse accused of raping a male patient. After it is revealed that her client lied to her, Bonnie then has to set out and prove the sex between the nurse and patient was consensual. Bonnie starts to teeter, however, when Connor and Oliver discover the patient was gay and she intentionally outs him in court.

Thankfully, after doing some more digging on the patient, Asher discovers he went to the hospital’s legal department after the alleged rape. Bonnie quickly figures out that the patient and the hospital’s lawyer were working together so that they could split the settlement of $500,000 and run off together as lovers. The case is then thrown out of court. Annalise would be proud.

After such a huge win, Bonnie then celebrates by hooking up with Asher, the only person who never lost faith in her. Too bad Frank was watching. Busted!

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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