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Season 2 | Episode 14 | “Barry Goldberg’s Day Off” | Aired Feb 25, 2015

Goldberg? … Goldberg? … Goldberg?

In the latest episode of The Goldbergs, the sitcom pays an epic tribute to the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In classic Goldbergs fashion, the show perfectly parodies the film while adding just enough Goldberg magic. Hands down the best episode of the season—bravo, Goldbergs!

Adam and Barry are obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and are always debating who is the “Ferris.” Whereas Adam knows the type of person he is—the AV nerd—Barry lives in a dreamland; he thinks he is the most popular kid in school. When Barry Goldberg does not make the homecoming court and Lainey does, he decides that what he needs to get his mojo back is an epic day off like Ferris.

Meanwhile, Beverly Goldberg has been haunting her family with the fact that she could have been a lawyer but decided to be the world’s best mother. So to get back at her kids for not appreciating her, Beverly decides to get a part-time job at best friend Virginia Kremp’s flower store.

Of course Barry decides to pull a Ferris on Beverly’s first day of work. Bev was super close to staying home to nurse her sweet baby boy, but Murray, in attempt to prove a point, says he can stay at home with Barry instead. With Beverly gone and Murray in his favorite chair, Barry is able to slip out of the house with no problems.

Barry heads over to Pops to pick up some sweet wheels—only to be greeted by little brother Adam, who is also having a day off. Pops agrees not to narc on Barry and Adam because, frankly, the two need a day off. Pops, Barry, and Adam hop into the Thunderbird and head to school pick up Sloane aka Lainey.


Unfortunately, the whole “your grandmother died” phone call Barry makes to get Lainey out of class does not go over well. After failing miserably at picking up Lainey, the trio takes on Philly Ferris style. They hit up the art museum and a Phillies game.

It should be noted that Erica Goldberg is legit acting like the not awesome Jennifer Grey.

At the flower shop, Beverly Goldberg is having an awful first day of work and steals the van to check on her baby boy. Keeping her promise to Murray, Beverly does not walk through the front door but scales the house. Of course Murray finds her, and the two check on Barry. Murray and Beverly Goldberg are a wee bit cleverer than the Buellers—they actually realize that Barry is missing. After getting a call from narc Erica, Beverly goes on the hunt for Barry.

After the baseball game, Abe Froman, the Cheesesteak King of Philly, and Gabe Froman, the Emperor of Soft Pretzels—aka Barry and Adam—head to a fancy restaurant. But the two become very enraged when they are actually offered a table (in the movie Ferris had to rely on his wit to get a table). Pops, Barry, and Adam walk out, only to discover that the Thunderbird has been stolen and will never be seen again.

Erica Goldberg is fed up with her brothers and heads to the police station to report the Thunderbird stolen. While waiting to be questioned, Erica has a run-in with Charlie Sheen, who reprises his role from the film.


After losing the car, Barry goes from being a Ferris to a Cameron. Unable to snap out of it, Barry jumps into the pool—classic Cameron—and is saved by his mommy.

So yeah, Barry gets grounded and again becomes a Cameron. Erica then informs her brother about a little theory about Ferris: that he is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination. Thus even a Cameron can be a Ferris!

Barry sneaks out again and heads to homecoming to win his girl back. Barry pulls a full Ferris and shakes it up baby on the homecoming float. In that moment, Barry Goldberg is the coolest kid in all the land. While watching his brother perform, Adam Goldberg realizes that he doesn’t want to be Ferris.

“I wanted to be John Hughes,” Adam says. “Of course, no one could be. But I might as damn well try.”

So Goldbergs, what ’80s classic will you honor in season three?

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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