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Shonda Rhimes' MVPs: Taking control of the situation

Although How to Get Away With Murder‘s season is over, Shonda Rhimes still kept fans enthralled this week with back-to-back intense episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Dr. Weber (James Pickens Jr.) steps back into his teacher roll on Grey’s, helping Dr. Amelia Shepherd get her head back in the game to finish Dr. Herman’s surgery. On Scandal, Olivia (Kerry Washington) jumps right back into work despite just returning home from her kidnapping. Then she gets pulled into a racially tense situation.

Grey’s Anatomy


While performing surgery, Dr. Shepherd stops because she can’t figure out a path to remove the tumor from Dr. Herman’s brain. Seeing that she’s frozen, Dr. Weber goes into the O.R. and asks Dr. Shepherd how he could help. She tells him to call her brother, Derek, and get him on a plane so he can help her. Thankfully, Dr. Weber knocks some sense into Dr. Shepherd and convinces her this is terrible idea because no one knows this tumor better than she does. “You are on your own here,” he says. “No one can help you, and you don’t need them to.” A slow clap for Dr. Weber, who’s been giving motivational speeches since 2005. Taking Dr. Weber’s advice, Dr. Shepherd is able to push forward in the surgery. She saves Dr. Herman’s life.



For Olivia Pope, there’s no such thing as “taking things easy.” Jumping right back into the thick of things, Olivia is called to help the police calm down black residents in southeast D.C. after a young black male is killed by a white officer. However, before the coroner arrives to take the boy’s body, his father shows up with a gun and says he won’t let anyone touch his son until they bring him the officer who killed him. So much for keeping everything calm.

The situation quickly gets out of hand as Olivia scrambles to find the truth about what happened. Being pulled by both sides—the police and the black activists—Olivia struggles to figure out whose side she’s on. Thankfully, the boy’s father, Clarence Parker, refuses to budge. The police claim his son, Brandon, reached for a knife, which is why the cop shot Brandon. Clarence refuses to believe his son had a knife—even when they move the body and find a knife under Brandon.

After Quinn, Huck, and Jake take another look at the video, they find someone else was at the scene. They discover the cop actually had someone else in his car that he had arrested earlier. The cop took that suspect’s knife and put it under Brandon’s body to make it seem like it was Brandon’s. Brandon had actually been reaching for his receipt for the cell phone he’d just bought, to prove he hadn’t stolen it.

Despite being questioned and bullied by both sides, Olivia keeps her wits and gets down to the truth about what happened to Brandon.

Shonda Rhimes also deserves all the awards for this episode. She poetically illustrated the massive racial tensions that are still occurring in the U.S., with Ferguson, the Eric Garner case, and so many others. The episode did the topic justice and handled it well. Good job to all those involved.

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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