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Season 1 | Episode 4 | “Manolis” | Aired Mar 5, 2015

This week, the Apostolou family patriarch tries to rein in his progeny, Harry is an even worse creep than we thought, and the lawsuit looms large.

The episode kicks off with Manolis (Brian Cox) tossing and turning in bed. He believes it’s his job to resolve the whole situation regarding the slap and, as Victor Garber’s all-knowing voice-over tells us, Manolis believes, “No one else can save our family.”

The next morning, his wife, Koula (Maria Tucci), nags him to visit someone named Dimitrios. He’s annoyed by her womanish chiding, so he goes to see a friend from the old country, Thanassis, instead. Thanassis (Michael Nouri) is a powerful lawyer, and you can tell he’s no good because he encourages Manolis to “fornicate a little”—apparently it does wonders for your health. Manolis declines, but he does set up a meeting between the two of them, plus Hector and Harry, to try and sort out Harry’s legal troubles. Manolis leaves the office feeling in control of his dynasty once more.

That afternoon, all the Apostolous gather at Manolis and Koula’s house for a barbecue. Did they learn nothing from this show’s previous episodes? Harry doesn’t physically strike any minors this time around, but Aisha’s giving him the cold shoulder anyway, so he confronts Hector. Hector reveals that Aisha’s officially taking Rosie’s side on this one.

Manolis realizes he can get to Rosie through Aisha, so after lunch he pulls his daughter-in-law aside. His strategy to win her over involves going on a rant about global warming and then bringing up some quite interesting but entirely irrelevant studies about the emotional lives of octopi, before finally getting around to his point: What kind of world are we leaving for our children? Aisha’s not buying it, so next Manolis attempts to win her loyalty with upgraded airline seats for their trip to Greece—which, can we all just acknowledge, is never going to happen? Aisha sticks to her guns.

Over at Gary and Rosie’s house, Gary is working on a giant painting of a wild boar, drinking, and generally looking unhappy at the way his life has turned out. He hears screams from another room, and finds Hugo bashing a toy truck against a brick wall as hard as he can, while Rosie coos “not so rough.” Gary looks even more unhappy, and keeps drinking. (Thomas Sadoski gives great sad face this entire show, and I wish he was getting his own episode, if only so we could learn more about his fascination with porcine imagery.)

The next afternoon, Manolis, Thanassis, Harry, and Hector have their lunch meeting. Immediately upon arrival, Thanassis brings up Harry’s past antics as a wife and child beater, and suggests he go on beta blockers, like, yesterday. I think I like this guy. All my goodwill immediately vanishes, however, when Thanassis reveals that he came to play dirty: He’s dug up Rosie and Gary’s marital status (they’re not), as well as their legal histories: Gary has a DUI and was arrested twice at Occupy Wall Street, and Rosie had some “trouble” with social services.

Hector’s not willing to let a sleazy lawyer tarnish his friends’ reputations, even if Harry is his cousin. Manolis feels the same. But it’s too late. Harry is happy to have found a lawyer as unscrupulous as himself, and basically hires Thanassis on the spot. Manolis realizes that instead of mitigating the situation, he’s only made everything worse. He leaves the restaurant, but has some chest pains outside.

Afraid he had a heart attack, he goes to Aisha’s clinic. She checks him out, and assures him that everything’s fine. Good; now that that’s over with, Manolis feels free to start badgering her again about getting Rosie to back off the lawsuit. Aisha refuses, and tells her father-in-law that Rosie and Gary deserve to see justice for what Harry did.

Manolis starts to argue, but then Aisha plays her trump card: Seven years ago, Sandi came to her one night after Harry beat her up. She still has a scar on her face, which she carefully hides with makeup, but you can see it if you look closely. Aisha admits that she treated Sandi, and then helped her cover up the abuse, even though she knew it was wrong. (This makes two weeks in a row now where Aisha blatantly ignores medical ethics. How does she still have a license?) Aisha ends her speech by telling Manolis that this time, she’s going to make sure Harry’s crime isn’t swept away.

Manolis is confused and angry. He goes to confront Harry at his car dealership. But like any practiced abuser, Harry’s got his story all lined up. Of course he never hit Sandi. He would never do that to his wife, and besides, does Manolis really think Sandi would stay with him after that? Aisha made up the story because she’s so loyal to Rosie. Manolis is completely satisfied by this answer (because apparently he has the critical thinking skills of one of his beloved octopi).

Before he goes home, Manolis takes a trip to see Dimitrios, his old friend who’s currently dying slowly of some unnamed disease (proving definitively that this show can’t go even an episode without wheeling in some treacly cliché to steer the characters toward their grand revelation of the week). Manolis and Dimitrios—who, despite barely being able to breathe or walk without assistance, can still down a shot like nobody’s business—reminisce about their youths and generally have a grand old time.

Finally, Manolis heads home. When he gets there, he asks Koula why Harry and Hector seem to have so many problems. Did they raise them wrong? Koula absolutely does not care about their petty problems, and she tells her husband not to sweat it.

So he doesn’t. Manolis goes to bed, contented that, whatever happens, he did all he could. Um, that’s cool that you’ve absolved yourself of all responsibility, but what about Sandi, who is most definitely still stuck in an abusive relationship? And indeed, the episode ends with a final, chilling shot of Sandi lying in bed next to her sleeping husband, a scar clearly visible on her cheek.

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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