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Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Candace’s Boyfriend Walks Into a Bar” | Aired March 24, 2015

It’s been two weeks since the new waitress started working at the bar, and Justin feels like Candace needs a relationship intervention. The name of the show is Undateable, after all. It would be imprudent to give her a loving boyfriend while the others are treading water in the deep end of the dating pool. Danny, however, is not on board, and his live-action voiceover implores the others to leave Candace alone.

Justin does not back down. He approaches the situation like a father. He’s a listener (check), a teacher (check), and a hardass (no check.) And if his future son asks to quit the football team to join the school production of Grease, little JJ will be grounded if he doesn’t follow his dreams. Clearly Justin is just the person to talk some sense into Candace.

Justin gently tells Candace that Trent hit on Leslie. Candace defends the d-bag, while launching into accusations against the others. Her mother warned her never to trust rich boys in nice khakis. (Cue Danny’s relentless laughter.)

The next morning, Candace visits Danny at his house to discuss the Trent situation. She admits that he uses her, embarrasses her, and borrows money without paying it back. Danny reminds her that she’s a big girl. She should trust her gut. Candace thanks Danny for being so cool, while the vein in Justin’s head pops.

Later that day, Justin complains to everyone that Danny had the chance to help Candace, but he did nothing. After a quick voiceover battle with Justin, Danny is surprised when Candace announces that it’s her fault Trent makes her feel horrible about herself. She’s asked Trent to move in with her and she has Danny to thank!

Undateable - Season 2In other news, Brett discovers that he is a horrible kisser. Leslie and Shelly take it upon themselves to figure out the problem. Leslie volunteers to be the guinea pig and immediately confirms that it feels like Brett’s teeth are in front of his lips. Brett becomes frustrated. He never wanted to kiss his date in the first place. Then it hits Leslie—Brett is an emotional kisser. To test her theory, Shelly asks Brett to envision his perfect man.

Brett: “That’s easy. Zac Efron’s abs, Bradley Cooper’s eyes, Colin Farrell’s accent, Matt Damon’s chin, Matthew McConaughey’s smile, and everything else of Michael Fassbender.”

Brett closes his eyes, imagines ZaBradCoMcDamonBender, and passionately kisses Leslie. She returns the favor by asking him to reconsider his homosexuality for her sake. Shelly is forced to rip Leslie from Brett’s impeccable lips. Brett’s back in the game!

Meanwhile, Justin and Danny head over to Candace’s apartment so Danny can tell her the truth—Trent has got to go. Danny uses a Magic Mike analogy that confuses the task at hand, but Justin commandeers the moment, explaining that Mike didn’t have to strip to make ends meet. He could have been a paralegal.

Danny brings it home in the end. He tells Candace that she is a great person who doesn’t have to keep Trent in her life just because she’s afraid of being alone. She has an entire group of friends at the bar, and an overbearing mother in Justin. They are her family now.

Candace decides to end it with Trent. He responds by taking a breakup selfie. Justin cries. All is calm in the Undateable world.

Pickup Lines

Trent: I dig your dump truck. I’m talking about your butt.
Leslie: You’re a pig. And second of all, thanks. I’ve had a rough day.

Candace: Trent is a DJ.
Danny: I’m a DJ, too.
Justin: No you’re not.
Danny: I have a computer and headphones and I know how to jump up and down and press play on iTunes, so yeah—I’m a DJ.

Shelly: I’m an excellent kisser.
Burksi: It’s true. Just ask any of his old girlfriends or his childhood Miss Piggy doll.
Shelly: I made that piggy squeal. And I made the frog watch.

Undateable airs on Tuesdays at 9/8C 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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