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'Barely Famous' fan recap: Hollywood mommies and ducky socks

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Favorite Socks | Aired Apr 1, 2015

This week, Barely Famous took on Hollywood mommies and pre-project meetings. I’d like to really hand it to the Foster sisters. As always, they handled themselves with poise and professionalism. Here’s what happened:

We open on Sara trying to give her daughter strawberries and granola for breakfast, but when the little diva announces she she’s allergic to strawberries, Sara is forced to halt production. They have to find a new actress to play the role of Sara’s daughter. It’s exhausting. How can she be expected to work like this?

When they do find a replacement for Little Miss Picky Eater, this one wants her daddy. It’s a disaster until Sara saves the day. They find an older actress, but to clear up any misunderstandings, the little girl must say that Sara was a teen mom.

This prompts the producer, in their interview, to ask, “What kind of mom are you?” Sara refuses to answer. She doesn’t want to talk about her personal life. Geez, stop prying.

Erin chimes in, “I feel like you’re the kind of mom whose kid says, ‘Why is Mommy always sleeping?'”

Sara is exhausted, obviously, and says as much to Nicole Richie on their visit. Nicole Richie, on the other hand, is never tired. Her children actually give her more energy, and family meditation sessions are the key. Everyone knows that, Sara.

Nicole gives Sara and Erin the Hollywood Mommy routine on

Cool it with the mommy-judgement, Nicole Richie. Even if your kid goes to Inner Smiles, Sara is a good mom too! She’s such a good mom that she tells a lie that her daughter not only got accepted to Inner Smiles, but she also did the required internship at a doctor’s office. Take that, Nicole Richie!

Preschools are the last thing on Erin’s mind, as she heads to a meeting with her manager, Frank. Lately she’s been dissatisfied with her and Frank’s dynamic. Frank is so demanding. He just doesn’t understand what it means to be the pilot in their relationship.

Sara points out that Frank is far from the pilot. At this point, “He’s just the weird dude that takes your tickets.”

Frank warns Erin that it might not just be her lack of work ethic that keeps her from getting jobs; it is definitely her social awkwardness. She gives a great first impression, but then it just goes downhill. Like the time she met with Judd Apatow and drank from his tea glass. Can you believe some folks don’t like that?

Franks pulls through one more time with a project with Courteney Cox, and sends Erin to a meeting at her house, but warns her, “Don’t be weird.” (I’m paraphrasing).

Sara, in the meantime, pops by the Inner Smile school for a quick little chat with the dean, but the counter girl is downright obnoxious. She announces that Sara is definitely NOT on the list, even though she can’t confirm or deny that there even is a list.

Luckily, Sara runs into the dean, but she’s not receptive. Even when Sara takes off her reading glasses, “because I read so much, like, trilogies and stuff, ” the dean doesn’t melt. It’s time for Sara to up her game.

On the way to the meeting with Courteney Cox, Erin stops by Sara’s room for a pep talk, but interrupts a strategy session between Abby and Sara. Sara needs Abby to locate the exact official she must sleep with to get her kid into Inner Smiles. Because, Sara notes, “I’ll do it. I will absolutely do it.”

Abby’s aggression towards Erin is picking up steam; Erin thinks it’s because Abby views Erin as an obstacle to climbing up Sara’s ass and living there forever. (Again, I”m paraphrasing).

A dual debate ensues about Erin’s ridiculous blue socks with the ducks on them and Erin’s fake Louis Vuitton. Obviously you can’t wear stupid socks AND take a fake Louis to a giant star’s house. Tacky.

At the meeting, Courteney won’t allow the crew in. She made Erin take her shoes and blue ducky socks off, then soak her feet in warm water for 45 seconds. It’s probably because the whole house is white and Erin’s sheer presence makes it dirty. But I’m only guessing.

The meeting goes well, except that Erin leaves behind the ducky socks—the socks that her mother bought in Sedona, that are warm and soft, and that are her absolute favorite. She is not leaving Courteney Cox’s house without them, but the snarky assistant presents Erin with someone else’s dingy gray athletic socks. Not cool, assistant. Not cool.

Sara, like any good Hollywood mommy, has thrown money at her problem and donated her Louis Vuitton purse to the school’s silent auction, but Erin won’t let Sockgate go. Even though Sara needs her to be her wingman at the Inner Smile school Backyard Charity Event, Erin spots Courtney Cox and confronts her.

Courtney Cox tries to distract her with praise about their meeting, but Erin won’t be deterred. Erin questions her about the missing socks, and Courtney has the nerve to deny it. Can you believe the gall?

Erin spots the duckies peeking up from Courtney Cox’s shoes. Indignant, Erin rips off the right boot. Vindication at last … at least for the right one. Courteney Cox still maintains that the left one is definitely hers.

Courteney Cox stole Erin

Barely Famous airs Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30C on VH1.

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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