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'Episodes' fan recap: The Matt LeBlanc road

Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Episode 7” | Aired Feb 22, 2015

As Pucks winds down, and with the end of Episodes‘ fourth season also approaching, Sean and Beverly prepare to start on The Opposite of Us. While they’re excited by the model of the house that will comprise the set of their new show, Matt shows no interest. Sean feels hurt that Matt hasn’t read the script and doesn’t seem to care about it at all, but Beverly suggests that he might have read it and just not liked it. “Maybe he’s just trying to spare our feelings,” says Beverly. “Does that sound like him?” asks Sean.

Later, over drinks, Sean brings up the show, but Matt isn’t in the mood to talk about it. When Sean confronts him, Matt agrees to give the script a read, likening Sean to one of his whiny lady friends. “By the way, I know I don’t say it enough, but you’re the prettiest girl in the room,” says Matt (no doubt to be seen on TMZ).

Come Monday, though, Matt still hasn’t read the script, much to Sean’s dismay: “It’s twenty-eight pages, not The f–king Goldfinch.”

Elsewhere, Carol panics over her relationship with Helen, which she thinks is moving too quickly. After Helen gives her a key to her place, Carol freaks out to Beverly. Helen has also apparently invited Carol to her daughter’s graduation from Stanford in June: “Not this June, next June!” Beverly advises Carol to simply tell Helen how she feels, but Carol worries that doing so will hurt her feelings.

Matt finally does read The Opposite of Us, and loves it so much that he wants a part in it—or, rather, two parts, because of the show’s doubling thing—to which Sean and Beverly kind of, sort of, accidentally consent. “I’m Anderson and Riggs?” asks Matt. “Apparently so!” says Sean. Each Lincoln tries to accuse the other of allowing this to happen; Beverly thinks this is all Sean’s fault for making him read the script in the first place. “We have been down the Matt LeBlanc road; it is bumpy and ends in a cliff,” says Beverly.

Out of gratitude for being “offered” the parts, Matt invites the Lincolns to his beach house for steak, and they agree to go. “We didn’t stop the train!” whines Sean. “We added a dining car!” says Beverly.

Carol’s attempts to take things slow with Helen are thwarted when Helen proposes that they not only get a dog, but also move in together. “We’re gonna crash!” says Carol, telling Helen that this is too much too fast. As she feared, Helen gets upset, but Carol consoles her by explaining that she isn’t used to being treated so nicely, which scares her. Carol adds that Beverly has been giving her advice about dating Helen, who reveals her suspicion that Beverly is in love with Carol. “She doesn’t even like me most of the time!” protests Carol, reminding Helen that Beverly is straight and married. “Look at her hair,” counters Helen.

Sean and Beverly arrive at Matt’s beach house; Beverly had forgotten how nice it is. “When were you here?” asks Matt, forgetting that this is where he and Beverly slept together. “I’ll wait!” says Beverly (it hits him after a moment). To make matters worse, Matt’s mostly deaf mother (Rhoda Gemignani) is there, meaning that Sean and Beverly can’t break the bad news to Matt that they don’t want him in the show.

Over dinner, Matt pitches costume ideas for his two characters, prompting Sean and Beverly to tell him that the network doesn’t want big names. This isn’t exactly a lie, but it keeps them from admitting that they are wary of working with him again. Matt thinks he might be able to convince Helen that he’s right for the show by flirting with her, but Beverly sets him straight. “You’re never gonna crack that deck, not even to shuffle,” says Beverly. “Many Queens, not so much with the Kings and Jacks.”

One quick phone call to his agent reveals that Helen knows nothing about the Lincolns “wanting” Matt for The Opposite of Us, exposing their lie. Asked if they even want him in the show, the Lincolns can’t bring themselves to answer and excuse themselves as Matt glares, silent and fuming. Mrs. LeBlanc helpfully gives them tiramisu when they’re trying to leave, forcing them to sit down and finish it. “We will remember this,” says Sean. “Forever.” After wolfing it down, they back away, apologizing profusely. “We must do this again!” says Sean, his British manners getting the best of him. “What’s wrong with you?” says Beverly. “I don’t know,” says Sean.

If the previews for next week are any indication, Matt won’t be quick to forgive Sean and Beverly, though they’ve certainly bounced back from worse (see: the last beach-house incident).

Stray Observations

  • Sean and Beverly shouldn’t worry about Matt’s son’s vagina drawings, because it’s not the six-year-old doing them, it’s the eight-year-old.
  • What would Matt do with a drone? “Drop s–t on Burt Bacharach’s house … it’s a whole thing, but he’ll know.”
  • Matt is “reading” a book on tape about what would have happened if Hitler had won the war: “We sure dodged a bullet there!”
  • The jury is still out on Myra’s pregnancy, though she is thought to be in her 11th or 12th month.
  • By the snack table, a crew member tells Sean about her screenplay about a woman whom nobody ever notices, so she decides to kill her coworkers by poisoning them slowly. “Can I show it to you when I’m done?” she asks. “Yes, I’m very interested,” says Sean.
  • Matt’s method for testing his mother’s deafness: “Ma, look out, Koreans!”

Episodes airs Sunday nights 10:30 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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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