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Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Muffin Buffalo” | Unaired

This unaired episode of Wonderfalls begins with Jaye and Aaron doing their version of sibling bonding—having a stakeout in Jaye’s trailer. Jaye hasn’t seen one of her neighbors in a while—an overweight guy she has nicknamed both “Fat Pat” and “Fatsquatch.” Now she’s hoping to catch a glimpse. In Jaye’s always eloquent words, “What’s the point of living in a trailer park if you can’t take in the local color?” Aaron, meanwhile, is still suspicious of Jaye after the whole cow-creamer incident, and asks if their parents know she talks to inanimate objects.

Aaron’s interrogation of his sister is interrupted when Marianne Marie Beattle (Beth Grant), a professional muffin baker and fellow resident of the trailer park, comes to Jaye’s door. She hasn’t been receiving her disability checks and wonders if Jaye has perhaps gotten them by mistake. Upon checking, Jaye discovers she does in fact have Marianne’s checks. Before Jaye can give them to her, the buffalo embroidered on Marianne’s apron tells Jaye to “keep them here,” so she lies.

The next day at Wonderfalls, Jaye is talking to Mahandra when one of the stuffed barrel bears demands she staple a customer’s untied shoelace to the floor. This leads to a series of events resulting in the customer’s baby flying through the air and straight into Jaye’s reluctantly waiting arms. Everyone applauds her heroism, which naturally horrifies Jaye. Her baby-saving exploits even make the newspaper, which makes Jaye worried that people will start to think she’s actually the good person the animal muses so often make her out to be.

When Jaye returns home, she is surprised to find Fat Pat (Eddie Kaye Thomas) waiting for her in her trailer, examining the books of surveillance photos she has of him. But … he’s no longer Fat Pat, having lost hundreds of pounds. He wants to know if she’s stalking him, and Jaye does a very poor job of talking her way out of the compromising situation. After Pat leaves, she feels guilty and follows him to his trailer to apologize. Jaye insists she never meant to be malicious and urges Pat to leave home, even though he doesn’t feel he can until he loses the final 12 pounds to reach his goal weight.

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Jaye convinces Pat to join her at the Tyler family’s game night. She is dismayed to see Aaron has reattached the cow creamer’s head, and he spends the entire night watching his sister like a hawk. Afterward, Jaye brings Pat to the Barrel in her next stop on the “reintroduce him to society” tour. Unbeknownst to Jaye, Pat thinks her obsession with him is romantic, which he excitedly tells a dismayed Eric. When Jaye and Pat return to the trailer park, he sneaks into her bed and gets naked. Jaye realizes there has been a huge misunderstanding. Pat thinks Jaye introducing him to her family meant she was really interested, but she points out she wouldn’t let anyone she was actually trying to impress ever meet her family. Pat is now convinced the entire thing was a plot to further humiliate him; he storms away.

Meanwhile, Aaron is talking to Dr. Ron about Jaye and the cow creamer. Aaron considers himself an atheist theologian, and immediately rejects Dr. Ron’s suggestions that Jaye may be talking to God. Dr. Ron is beginning to think Aaron is schizophrenic. When the head falls off the cow creamer, setting off a chain of events that reveals the words “cow” and “talk” on a couple of magazine covers, Aaron can’t believe his eyes. It seems Jaye is not the only Tyler the muses can torment.

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Jaye arrives at work to find she has been named Employee of the Month for her baby-saving exploits. This is essentially Jaye’s worst nightmare, but she happily takes the afternoon off as a reward. Her family takes her to lunch to celebrate, complete with fondue. Aaron is freaking out after the incident at Dr. Ron’s, but Darrin and Karen write it off as an existential crisis that was probably inevitable for a theology scholar.

Back at the trailer park, Jaye discovers that Pat, distraught by her rejection, has essentially kidnapped Marianne with the intent of forcing her to bake him comfort food. She makes batch after batch of her famous muffins, and Pat eats them all. When Marianne says she’s nearly out of supplies and won’t be able to continue her Muffin Buffalo business without her disability checks, Jaye finally caves (not without first checking in with the embroidered buffalo, who remains silent this time).

Pat’s overeating lands him in the hospital, where he’s shocked to learn he reached his goal weight due to the unexpected laxative effect of the muffins, which were actually fat-free all along. Marianne asks him to be the spokesperson for her healthy snack-food company, which she now has money to pursue once again.

Eric shows up at Wonderfalls and nervously asks Jaye if Pat is her boyfriend. Jaye reassures him he’s not, and is clearly very pleased that Eric would be concerned by such a thing. Eric tries to convince Jaye that she really is a nice person, which makes her realize the animals never told her to be nice to Pat—she did so all on her own. Perhaps our unlikely heroine has been learning something after all.

Odds and Ends

  • The character of Marianne Beattle also appears in an episode of Pushing Daisies, where she enters a bake-off against Ned (played, of course, by Lee Pace). Additionally, the character pops up again in the pilot of Bryan Fuller’s now-defunct Mockingbird Lane.
  • Aaron asks Jaye if she’s like Dr. Dolittle, which may be one of the closest pop-culture comparisons to her situation.
  • Beth Grant, who plays Marianne, has appeared on many TV shows over the years. She is currently stealing scenes as Beverly on The Mindy Project.
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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