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Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Episode 2” | Aired Sep 30, 2014

After an exciting series premiere, the second episode of Peaky Blinders welcomes even more drama—complete with a pregnancy scandal, the first use of the blades sewn into the gang members’ hats, and the continuation of an elaborate scheme involving the horse tracks.

Episode two jumps into the action right away. Thomas and the Peaky Blinders go to see a man about a horse—one who’s the head of the Lee family on the outskirts of Birmingham. Thomas plays a coin-toss game with Mr. Lee to barter a ride in the Shelby family car for the Lees’ prized racehorse. Both men get what they want—that is, until some of the other Lee family members start poking fun at Arthur Shelby. Thomas gets defensive, and soon an all-out brawl unfolds, with the Peaky Blinders members slashing their razor-blade-laden hats at the faces of the Lee family. The Shelbys come out on top, and they take the horse and leave before the Lees can retaliate.

Meanwhile, the police barge into town and start knocking down the doors of known Communists. Unfortunately for Freddie and Ada, who were in the middle of a sacred, loving act at the time, this causes the two the run out of Freddie’s house and scale the walls of numerous homes—before Freddie is forced to leave town for a few days.

Thomas and the rest of the Peaky Blinders catch wind of the police brutality that’s been taking place in their town, and Thomas arranges a bonfire for the town to burn portraits of King George V. He then goes out of his way to speak to the reporter who attends the festivities—ensuring that a certain inspector will hear all about them.

The following morning, Ada comes down to breakfast, and Aunt Polly soon discovers that Ada is in fact pregnant. She asks who the father is, and whether he will marry Ada if need be. Ada tells her that the father has left town for a few days, but Polly doesn’t believe he will come back and begins to consider alternatives.

With the newspaper story out, Campbell promptly receives an angry phone call from Winston Churchill, and is scolded for the way he’s been handling his police force. Churchill tells him to let the people be so as to not cause public strife. Campbell should remember the only reason why he is in Birmingham in the first place—to find the government’s stolen guns. Campbell then begins new efforts to arrange a meeting with a reluctant Thomas Shelby.

Meanwhile, Aunt Polly tells Thomas about Ada’s precarious situation, and he is furious. He confronts Ada at the movie theater in town, and she tells him who the father is—his former best friend and Army comrade, Freddie Thorne. To this, Thomas storms out of the theater.

Thomas goes back to his house and puffs on what looks like opium to escape the night terrors that the war seems to have cursed him with. In the midst of another war flashback, Thomas is awakened by someone yelling his name from outside, who tells him to come to the stables quickly. It turns out that the horse stolen from the Lee family is “cursed”—or the Lees placed a seed in its hoof—because it can no longer stand on one of its legs. Thomas is furious, and he puts the horse out of its misery. Afterward, he walks in the rain until he arrives at the now-closed bar. Grace, the new barmaid, lets him inside, and they share a few words. Thomas tells her she should buy a dress and attend the upcoming horse races with him. She agrees—but only if he allows her to sing in the bar on Saturdays. He agrees, and then asks her to sing him a sad song.

The next day, Thomas finally says he’ll meet with Campbell. He presents Campbell with a list of demands, which include having his force look the other way when it comes to the family’s gambling business, in exchange for what Campbell is here for—the guns. Thomas tells him he staged the bonfire to put Campbell in hot water with Churchill, and that if he even dares report Thomas to the police, he will give the order to ship the guns off to Ireland and sell them to the IRA. Campbell eventually agrees—a victory for Thomas and the Peaky Blinders. That night, Campbell meets Grace at the opera and gives her a new mission: to get as close to Thomas Shelby as possible, no matter what the cost.

Meanwhile, Aunt Polly brings Ada to the train station to get her out of town. Freddie is there, however, and he proposes. Instead of leaving town—as Thomas has suggested—Freddie says he isn’t scared of the Shelbys and decides to stay.

The next day, the bar is lively, people are singing, and the Peaky Blinders are enjoying a brew in their private room. Suddenly, two men enter the bar holding guns, and silence falls over the establishment. A man then walks in asking for someone named Shelby, shooting the ceiling in the process. The Shelbys emerge from their back room and tell the patrons to go home. The man turns out to be the horse track head, Billy Kimber (Charlie Creed-Miles), or “King Billy.” Kimber is not happy with the fact that Thomas fixed a horse race without his permission (set up in episode one). Thomas manages to turn the situation around, however, when he points out they both share a common enemy in the Lee family, and they should form an alliance. It turns out that Thomas planned the fixed race and the fight with the Lees specifically for this purpose—the genius that he is. Kimber says he’ll consider it and tells him he’ll see them at the upcoming horse races.

With that kind of ending, episode three promises to be interesting. Hopefully we’ll see what goes on at these horse races once and for all, and how far Grace will go to get in Thomas’ good graces.

Peaky Blinders is available on Netflix.

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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