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'The Slap' fan recap: Anouk about town

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Anouk” | Aired Feb 26, 2015

This week, The Slap takes a break from the all the angry yelling, legal, plotting, and child-bashing to delve into the life of Anouk, a character who is far too interesting to be hanging out with the rest of these people.

After Anouk and her sorta-boyfriend Jamie leave Hector’s party that fateful afternoon, Anouk’s very first thought is to question why anyone would want to be in a relationship, let alone have children (and after three episodes of this show, I’m inclined to agree). She and Jamie agree that Hector and Connie definitely have something going on, and if they haven’t slept together already, they will soon.

Anouk tells Jamie she has too much work to do and he shouldn’t come over … but of course he does anyway. As much as she doesn’t want to admit it, Anouk is seriously falling for him.

The next day, Anouk, Aisha, and Rosie meet for lunch. Rosie comes sailing in, happy as a clam because of Harry’s arrest. The other women are less thrilled, and Anouk advises Rosie to drop the lawsuit. Rosie implies Anouk only feels that way because she doesn’t have children, which is clearly a bit of a sore subject for Anouk, who leaves abruptly to go see her mother.

The Slap episode 3 season 1: Anouk, Aisha, and Rosie meet for lunch to discuss the lawsuit. NBC.

Anouk’s mother, Virginia (Blythe Danner) is a venerated British psychology professor—and now we see where some of Anouk’s issues stem from. Virginia notices her daughter doesn’t feel well and, after inquiring about her symptoms, she asks if Anouk is pregnant. Anouk denies it—so obviously now everyone watching at home knows she is with child. (In the history of television, no character has ever wondered if she’s pregnant, and then found out her period’s just late, or she has food poisoning, or it’s actually jet lag. On TV, merely the thought of a pregnancy is enough to implant a fetus into any character’s unsuspecting womb.)

Anouk tells Virginia about the slap, and about seeing Hector and Connie together. Virginia advises her not to say anything to Aisha, because there’s nothing she can do to help her friend’s marriage. Also: “Saving someone from upsetting news is not the same as lying.” Hmm, could Virginia also be “not lying” to her daughter about anything?

After that enlightening chat, Anouk heads over to Hector and Aisha’s house. Conveniently, Aisha’s not home yet, so Anouk works up the courage to confront Hector about his affair. She begs him not to ruin his marriage, because he and Aisha are like the only family she’s ever had, and they’re precious to her.

Next on her grand tour of New-York-in-a-day, Anouk goes to Red Hook to see Jamie’s band play. Halfway through the set, she has to go to the bathroom to throw up. Oh no, I hope it’s not the flu. Just kidding, it’s absolutely a baby. Finally wising up, Anouk takes a pregnancy test once she and Jamie get home. Surprising exactly no one, it’s positive. Stunned, Anouk walks into her living room to find her boyfriend (who smoked a little weed before his set) watching cartoons and eating candy—not exactly the position you want to find your baby daddy in when you first discover you’re about to spawn his offspring.

The next night, Anouk and Jamie go to Virginia’s apartment for dinner. In the middle of the entrée, Virginia casually drops the bomb that she’s selling Anouk’s childhood home and moving to Scotland. Bad timing, mom. Anouk doesn’t take it well, and she and Jamie leave.

The Slap episode 3 season 1: Anouk and Virginia discuss Aisha

On the set of her TV show the next day, Jamie catches Anouk off guard and makes a surprising announcement: He’s figured out she’s pregnant. (Looks and brains? Oh my.) He’s excited, he’s ready to be a dad, and he wants them to get married. Anouk has a different take on the situation: She breaks up with him, saying, “I don’t want this and I don’t want you.” Ouch.

Extremely upset, Anouk goes to Aisha’s office, where she asks her friend for a referral to an abortion clinic. Aisha, in what has to be a breach of medical ethics as well as Girl Code, tries to talk Anouk out of it. Anouk sobs that she doesn’t know how to be a mother. She explains that her father passed away during his divorce from her mother. Afterward, she found the divorce documents, which showed that Virginia hadn’t wanted custody of her. Anouk grew up knowing that the only reason her mother raised her was because her father died.

In response, Aisha explains that no parent really knows what they’re doing. Take her son, Adam, for example. Adam has just discovered pornography, she tells her distraught friend who has come to her seeking advice on where to terminate a pregnancy. Aisha knows this because Adam can’t figure out how to clear the computer’s Internet history.

This informative conversation gives Anouk an idea. She goes back to Virginia’s apartment where, conveniently again, Virginia is not in at the moment. She sits at the computer and pulls up her mother’s search history. Literally every single search is for stage four neuroblastoma: Virginia has brain cancer, and her treatment center is in Edinburgh.

The Slap episode 3 season 1: Anouk and Jamie decide to keep the baby. NBC.

Weighed down by all this knowledge and dazed by her very momentous week, Anouk goes over to Rosie’s apartment to apologize for her rudeness at lunch the other day. She does stand by her opinion, however, that they still need to drop the lawsuit. Of course, we can hear Hugo being generally obnoxious in the background.

Then, she schleps back to Virginia’s apartment, and she and her mother have a real heart-to-heart. Anouk confirms she’s pregnant, and that she’s okay with Virginia moving away.

Finally, Anouk returns to the Red Hook bar, where she finds Jamie wistfully playing the piano. She confirms that she does want to keep the baby (and I guess Jamie can stay too). After the credits role, I assume she collapses from exhaustion after traveling the entire length of the New York City subway system so many times.

The Slap airs Thursdays at 8/7C on NBC.

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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