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'One Big Happy' fan react: Everything's coming up Lizzy

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Crushing It” | Aired Mar 31, 2015

One Big Happy is totally “Crushing It” in this week’s awkwardly adorable episode, which finds Lizzy landing the renowned Baby Whisperer as her OB/GYN and getting her gawky flirt on with a fellow gym rat.

Luke points out Lizzy’s crush to Prudence while they’re working out. For three months, his best friend has been ogling a cute, weirdly inflexible brunette. Prudence, being Prudence, forces the two ladies into a blundering flirtation on the treadmills that ends up flinging Kate (the delightful Erinn Hayes) off the back of the track and humiliating her into hiding in her locker. Lizzy is charmed. Luke is impressed. “This is amazing. She’s more awkward than you.”

Despite her mortification, Lizzy convinces Kate to join her and her “bowling league,” aka fam and friends, for some tenpin. At this point she’s not entirely sure her date is actually gay, so her team does some not-so-sly scouting on her behalf. “Winner, winner, lesbian dinner!” That’s right: Kate has a crush on Lizzy too.

It would appear everything is coming up Lizzy. She’s being treated by the best baby doctor and she’s dating a cute girl who just might be “the one.” ( Jodi Foster would officiate, of course.) No sooner does she say “maybe it’s not as complicated as I thought” than Kate walks in as her nurse.

If things were awkward before, they’re downright squirmy-uncomfortable now. Questions that are already difficult coming from medical personnel are now twice as cringeworthy. Lizzy and Kate do an adorkably strained dance between getting the facts, painful flirting, and evasive maneuvers to maintain some mystery.

Lizzy’s mortified reaction to being weighed is one every woman can readily relate to, pregnant or not. (Elisha’s sound effects and facial expressions were positively priceless. To say I adore her would be a really, really, big understatement.)

Despite the appointment ending with Lizzy spilling her urine specimen onto Kate’s Keds, she manages to get the nurse to join league night again. Only, Kate tells her they can’t date until she’s no longer a patient, a mere 238 days away.

While Lizzy and Luke feel like they’re crushing it as parents, Prudence is questioning where she fits into the current dynamic. She wants to feel like she belongs in the baby’s life and not as if Luke has two separate families. Being British, she doesn’t know how to talk to her new husband about her feelings. She comes from a hearty English stock of optimists, but it’s getting harder and harder for her to feel like an outsider and smile through the pain. Leisha finally convinces her to speak up and complain as all Americans do. When Prudence finally lets loose, Luke is taken aback, but promises that they’ll find a place for her.

The episode ends back in the doctor’s office, with Luke, Lizzy, and Prudence seeing their baby’s first ultrasound and hearing its heartbeat. It’s a moment that stuns everyone and really cements the reality of their growing family.

This was the best-rounded episode yet, with a superb balance between heart and humor. Not only did it deliver on solid one-liners, but it deepened the characterizations. I only wish Prudence’s concern about belonging had been better acknowledged, particularly by Lizzy. Especially because one of my favorite things about the show is seeing how Lizzy’s family and friends—Prudence included—always have her back. The first scene in the Bowl Hole is a perfect example. To my mind, a clever nickname gifted to Prudence would have been the perfect inclusion, even if Lizzy is still understandably hesitant.

Sweet and silly, with a ridiculously charming cast, One Big Happy is quickly becoming a favorite I can’t wait to watch.

Worth Repeating

Prudence: Mother, father, daddy’s shower buddy. Have to come up with a better title than that.

Luke: Look, there’s never going to be a perfect time for you to meet somebody, unless it’s last call at a convention for type-A pregnant organized lesbians who enjoy board games.

Leisha: Sissy, you excited for your date? Just wait until you’re married. The most excitement you get is when you phone buzzes ’cause you forwarded yourself an email.

Prudence: Lizzy, just think: First you and Kate are walking on a treadmill, then you’re walking down the aisle—in head-to-toe denim and sensible shoes, I’m guessing.

Luke: Well, here comes Kate, so let’s play everybody’s favorite game, gay or nay?

Prue: On the bright side, if you look at it from a dog’s point of view, she’s your territory now.

Luke: Oh, it’s spineless, just like my dad.

One Big Happy airs Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30C 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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