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'The Goldbergs' fan recap: Take me out to the ball game

Season 2 | Episode 16 | “The Lost Boy” | Aired March 25, 2015

What do the Phillie Phanatic and a bedazzler have in common? Both play a role in the latest episode of The Goldbergs. Relationships are tested and limits are pushed when Adam gets lost at the Phillies game and Erica and Barry take a stand against their ultimate smother, Beverly Goldberg.

Beverly Goldberg has been working the guilt angle for years. Bev even has a signature move: Pull over the car—I will walk home. Though it seems that Erica and Barry are starting to get fed up with their smother. After bailing on spending the day bedazzling with Beverly, Erica and Barry are guilted into having her join them to see a “scary/sexy vampire” movie. FYI: The film they are going to see is The Lost Boys.

With her bedazzled jacket on, Beverly breaks the news to Murray that he cannot go see his one true love, the Phillies, because they can’t leave “the baby” aka Adam home alone. Murray will not miss the Phillies game and decides to bring Adam to the game with him. The game seems to be going well until Adam has to use the bathroom. Murray and Adam make their way to the most disgusting room in the world, the men’s room at Veterans Stadium (RIP). Adam is so grossed out that he gets stage fright and is unable to “go.” Adam storms out of the men’s room.

After returning from the movies, Erica and Barry confide in Pops about Beverly’s guilt trips. Pops teaches his grandchildren how to defeat their mother. It is time to combat Beverly by living by a new motto: “It’s not real, don’t feel.”


After spending six straight hours with Beverly, Erica has had enough. Following a freakout, Beverly pulls her signature move—but this time Erica and Barry do not fall victim to this guilt trip and leave Bev on the curb.

Back at the game, Adam is feeling the pain from drinking all that Mountain Dew. This time he will be heading to the bathroom by himself—time to man up, Adam. He decides to search for a cleaner bathroom and ends up getting lost and cannot find his way back to his seat and Murray.


Eric and Barry return home feeling like winners. But when they tell Pops they abandoned their mother on the side of the road, he turns it around and guilt trips them. They hear a knock at the door; it’s a policeman who picked up Beverly on the side of the road and brought her home. Erica and Barry are now getting shame from Pops, the policeman, and Beverly. It seems like it is real, and they are feeling it.

Adam is aimlessly walking around the Vet trying to find his way back to Murray. A world without cell phones is scary. Meanwhile, Murray walks around yelling Adam’s name throughout the stadium. He comes up with a great idea: make an announcement to the whole stadium. Then Murray has a run-in with a security guard and gets kicked out of the Vet.

As a peace offering, Erica and Barry make a bedazzled sweater for Beverly. To make up for abandoning her on the side of the road, Beverly wants a lot of “huggies” from her two children. Beverly is actually thrilled; she has Erica and Barry right where she wants them, at home with her bedazzling everything in sight. Pops is in pain seeing what Beverly is doing to Erica and Barry and decides to tell her to let her kids go and stop forcing them to hang out with her. Beverly takes Pops’ advice and stops guilt tripping Erica and Barry … for now.

After searching for Murray and a run-in with the Phanatic, Adam decides to just meet his father at the car. One problem: Adam, of course, doesn’t remember where the car is parked and is forced to wait until every other car leaves the parking lot. When he finally finds his father, Adam is ready to tell Murray he was wrong to question his son’s manhood—but Adam ends up just hugging his father.

The Goldbergs learn that sometimes letting go is not easy, but you always find your way back home.

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC.

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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