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Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Adam and Eve … and Andrew” | Aired Mar 8, 2015

“Everyone’s still dead,” Phil utters after a long, scary wedding dream sequence in the opening of episode three of The Last Man on Earth, “Oh, thank God.”

Just like last week, Will Forte’s sexually frustrated, bizarrely charming post-human-race character starts off the episode with a statement proven later to be absolutely false. For the most part, the episode’s events manage to distract us from this obvious foreshadowing. However, in retrospect, it is one very long setup.

Unlike last week, I was just not terribly surprised by the plot. Carol predictably plans so much for the wedding that she pastes a tuft of hair (thankfully, we do not learn where that hair came from, and oh my god, now I can’t stop wondering) to the mini-Phil Groom at the top of her eggplant cake. Meanwhile, Phil’s “ONE JOB” in obtaining wedding rings is not accomplished, as he is too busy hanging setting piles of toilet paper and blond mannequins on fire.

But the characters and the enormously talented actors who play them once again save the predictable moments in this dystopian comedy. While most of the credit should be given to the writers, Will Forte and Kristen Schaal are responsible for making or breaking every scene. If you think that comedy is easy, I direct you toward Mark Wahlberg’s “I’m a peacock!” scene in The Other Guys, which will often pop into my head, making me feel embarrassed for Mark Wahlberg. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT FEEL EMBARRASSED FOR MARK WAHLBERG.

Anyway, turn on some Marky Mark beats, grab some raisin balls, and take a look at this episode’s finer points with me.

One of the most laugh-out-loud moments of the episode arrives early on, with Phil officially being voted President of the United States. Carol’s secret ballot whisper deserves to be played over and over again. That said, I have captured it in GIF form below for your viewing pleasure.

Carol votes for Phil.

Carol brings up the topic, then immediately takes herself out of running, as she has a fear of public speaking. I’m beginning to wonder if we’re very far off from an episode where Carol admits that stopping at stop signs, getting married, and creating any other completely unnecessary post-apocalyptic problems is fully intentional. On the one hand, it would be pretty cool to see Carol admit it’s just an attempt to feel normal. On the other hand, nothing about this show is normal. Parks and Rec (R.I.P.) did an incredible job of balancing the completely unfathomable with real, heartfelt moments. As my official replacement for the last, great NBC comedy, I’m hoping Last Man on Earth can balance this as well.

I made it pretty clear last week that the balls were my favorite part. This week, not only are there raisin balls, but we see the return of the entire sporting ball crew of Gary, Jimmy, Greg, Kevin, Anton, Trevor, Terrence, Trent, Darby, Brice, Marshall, Peter, Thomas, Max, Dashal, Diego, Clementine, and Jerry (yes, I went back and wrote them all down). With Gary as the clear leader (he is a volleyball, after all), it seems Kevin the tennis ball will also be a favorite of Phil’s—if Phil stops lighting him on fire. The commitment to this joke may be wearing on some people, but I swear I could watch Will Forte talk to his balls all week long. His sporting balls, that is. Or his raisin balls.

But balls once again play a big role in this episode. Phil (again) messes up and goes to Carol for forgiveness. She explains she doesn’t want no scrubs. (Which reminds me, I’ll be recapping Scrubs starting this week, starting with episode one. Just click on my author byline.) Phil eventually admits that he would rather have raisin balls (a life with Carol) then no balls at all (a life without Carol and blue balls). They get married.

From Phil and Carol

It’s kind of sweet. Moving on.

The only part of the episode that did not have me laughing out loud—possibly because I was so uncomfortable—were the sex scenes. There are a few gems here and there: Carol immediately eats a can of beans right after; there’s Phil’s shocked face; and Carol declares, “I can’t believe I just had sex with the President of the United States.”

But I can’t stop thinking about what would come after their children because, inevitably, repopulation means incest. Will the writers bring this up? Will it be funny? Should I have brought it up? Are you uncomfortable? You decide, uncomfortable America. But in the end, these scenes were most certainly a setup for that final joke.

It’s almost a pity to see January Jones. We were just treated to Phil’s first two-player racquetball game in probably a long time. Things in suburban Tuscon were looking up. But I’m already over it, and you should be too after watching the previews for next week.

Phil actually admitting he could be happy with Carol, immediately followed by the arrival of Jones, was even punctuated with the editing.

Screencap from end of episode 3

“Starring January Jones” pops on the scene right after we see the look of horror and confused excitement on Phil’s face. This has me excited for next week’s episode.

With Phil Miller technically off the market (especially if you’re an ex-girlfriend mannequin), the introduction of a third, rather attractive woman is sure to make next week especially hilarious. Probably the best part about this show is that it’s easy enough to understand the concept even if you haven’t seen the previous episodes. So grab your friends who are mourning the death of Parks and Lil’ Sebastian, and sit them down next week for this already impressive show. Then sit them down again Monday night and read my recaps out loud, laughing constantly.

I give this episode 7.9 out of 10 Kevins.

7.9 out of 10 kevins

It loses points only for using the Phil-messed-up arc again, and 0.1 for making me think too much about repopulation. Overall, it’s another incredible episode of my favorite new show on television.

The Last Man on Earth airs Sundays at 9:30/8:30C on Fox.

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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