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Season 1 | Episode 9 | “All I Want for Christmas Is You” | Aired Mar 4, 2015

For all you Hindsight fans who want to come after Becca for her bratty behavior and questionable romantic choices, I hope this week changes your mind—at least a little. Sure, she’s pulled some dick moves; leaving Sean at the altar was not her finest moment, nor was going after Andy when she knew he was with Melanie. But she’s doing the right thing by Kevin and Lolly. You have to admit it must have been hard to quit Kevin and that face. One thing about Hindsight—they know how to cast a male lead. But I digress …

The writers also know how to cultivate one hell of a love triangle, and here we are again, smack-dab in the middle of another one (well, two if you count Sean’s thing, which I’ll get to in a minute). This week moves from mildly uncomfortable to downright complicated. Although Becca didn’t really do her best work in the Becca-Sean-Andy version of the love triangle, in the Becca-Kevin-Lolly version, she does all the right things this time. I know some of y’all are dying to disagree with me, but hear me out.

Becca knows the future for her and Kevin. She knows how it went down with Lolly, and she even knows how she and Kevin will break up. Because 2003 Kevin never got a chance to know how Lolly felt, Becca’s nudging her to come clean about her feelings might just be the most selfless decision she’s made all season. Essentially, Becca forgoes any feelings she has, so Lolly can have the chance she never got. Once Lolly opens up to Kevin about how she feels, Becca has done her due diligence, and the universe is free to rearrange itself accordingly.

Thanks to Becca, Lolly has the courage to confess, even though the way it went down made my soul ache. I love Lolly dearly, and I think Sarah Goldberg does an incredible job fulfilling the manic/pixie/dreamgirl trope, but her silly fortune cookie bit is too flip. It felt like a wasted opportunity for Goldberg to show us Lolly is not as frivolous as she pretends.

Moment before Lolly gets the bad news from Kevin on Hindsight

Nothing stings like hearing “I love you like a sister” from the man you love, but at least now we know. We know Becca didn’t “steal” Lolly’s man, and we know that Kevin and Lolly just weren’t meant to be.

Directly on the heels of the fortune-cookie incident, Becca turns on Kevin and gets all “the lady doth protest too much.” She drags him to the roof to scold him for not reacting the right way to Lolly; she lays on the guilt, then shames him by (once again, carelessly) invoking her future knowledge of “that look.” Kevin finds this strange, while I find it completely exasperating. I need Becca to stop tipping her hand and learn to be a better liar. Period.

Becca has to tell some truths on Hindsight

Becca and Kevin share a moment on the roof in that scene that foreshadows how the rest of the episode will go down. Becca asks him, “Do you know how hard it is to have feelings for someone when they’re sleeping in the next room?” and he gives her that face. Heart melted.

Lolly is depressed, but in the fun way, and they decide to have a party to help her forget her boy troubles. God love Lolly, she won’t take no for answer. So of course she invites Kevin, so the party turns into this weird mash-up of crushes, exes, unrequited loves, and odd pairings.

Becca and Kevin share a moment in the study in which Kevin tries to explain his feelings for Lolly. Becca acts coy, asking him why what she thinks matter so much to him, and he simply says, “It just does.” It’s the look. Who in the world could resist that?

Kevin gives that face on Hindsight

Jamie is back from the Dominican Republic and Becca doesn’t recognize him with “this haircut, a cranberry button-up, and all this good advice.” I guess that’s what happens when you stumble into a ton of money using your dad’s prescription pad to illegally sell drugs. You know what else also happens? You have sex with Lolly under the pretense of making her crush jealous, but then act unconvincingly nonchalant when she’s immediately regretful.

Lolly uses Jamie this week on Hindsight

Sean and Paige are also at the party, but their chemistry is starting to fizzle. Sean spends time with Noelle, who obviously taps into his ambition and need to be adored. This upsets Paige, but she turns angry and mean, and Sean pretends not to know why. Sigh.

You don’t go through life with a face and body like Sean’s and not learn a little something about women. She has to spell it out for him, explaining that her grouchiness is “because I like you, Sean.” Then he gets it. Oy.

Thankfully, we have Noelle to make this love triangle interesting; otherwise, I’m not sure I could care much about Paige and Sean on their own. Noelle might just make Sean into the man that Becca thought he was going to be all along. Too bad he will have to sleep his way to the top. Wait, just kidding. It’s not too bad at all. For anybody.

Nobody complains when Sean takes his shirt off on Hindsight.

The party ends, but not before Lolly winds up making a fool out of herself with Kevin—she gets the dreaded forehead kiss, then uses Jamie in a really unkind way. Kevin heads straight to Becca and confesses his feelings for her, and I am all about Team Kevin from then on. Come on: I want to lie down on the floor and die when he asks her if she believes in a parallel universe. And I’ll just stay dead forever after that kiss.

If rooting for Becca and Kevin is wrong, I don’t want to be right. It’s obvious that Becca’s only purpose in this dimension is to find a man, so why can’t it be Kevin?

Did Becca redeem herself with you guys this week? Even just a little?

Hindsight airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on VH1.

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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