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Shonda Rhimes' MVPs: The ladies continue to reign supreme

Despite the lack of Scandal crazy on Thursday night, Shonda Rhimes kept us entertained with Grey’s Anatomy and the two-hour season finale of How to Get Away with Murder. With Dr. Shepherd—Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), that is—preparing to save Dr. Herman’s (Geena Davis) life and finally discovering who was really behind Lila Stangard’s (Megan West) murder, TGIT had fans on a roller coaster of emotions.

This week the ladies continued to be the key players, standing up for themselves and doing what they believe is right. Both Amelia Shepherd and Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) stood their ground last night, refusing to buckle for anyone.

Here’s how it all went down:

Grey’s Anatomy


As the clock winds down, it’s getting closer and closer to the time when Dr. Herman will need to have her brain surgery, and Amelia is barely keeping it together. Although she’s ready and willing to do whatever it takes to beat the tumor, she’s beginning to get scared she won’t be able to win.

Thankfully, Edwards (Jerrika Hinton) is there to snap her out of it. After Amelia snarls at Edwards, Edwards tells Amelia that she believes in her and is ready to learn from her. But if Amelia can’t step up to the plate, she at least has to pretend to—because otherwise Edwards feels she’s wasting her time. Amelia is then ready to step back up to the plate and answers everyone’s questions at the seminar she’s giving on the surgery.

When Callie asks if Amelia will have help and if Derek will be coming, Amelia falters, but then says she’ll be doing the surgery herself. That’s all there is to it. Good for you, Amelia! Hopefully this all works. Fingers crossed.

How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away With Murder

Since the beginning of the season, Michaela Pratt has been under estimated. She was seen as little miss perfect, so no one really gave her a second glance. But Ms. Pratt can hold her own, and has been throughout the season. However, when it came to her fiancé and his overbearing mother, Mrs. Walker (Lynn Whitfield), Michaela often took a step back, letting them take the reins. That is, until last night. Fearing Mrs. Walker wanted to have lunch with Michaela to take back her engagement ring, Michaela was unprepared for Mrs. Walker’s offer.

Claiming she was wrong about Michaela, Mrs. Walker has come to convince Michaela to talk to her son, Aiden, and try to convince him to end their break and get back together. Tired of playing pretend, Michaela tells Mrs. Walker she is the girl from the “backwater bayou.” She’s done pretending to be someone she’s not. She then tells Mrs. Walker that her son is gay (or bi or experimental) and he doesn’t love Michaela—but Michaela loves herself and she’s done.

Well done, Michaela. Also well done, Aja Naomi King. Her Southern accent is flawless and completely unexpected. Plus, she delivers her speech perfectly, putting Mrs. Walker in her place. All the awards, Ms. King. You deserve them.

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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