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Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The Wedding Deception” | Aired Apr 2, 2015

The Odd Couple is invited to the wedding of someone from their old college crowd—which means Felix’s ex-wife, Ashley (Christine Woods), will be there. It’s Felix’s opportunity to prove he’s changed for the better since living with Oscar. As he puts it: “After a month under your sloppy tutelage, old fussy Felix has been upgraded to Felix 2.0. Lots more fun, same great posture.”

Oscar agrees to attend and tout Felix 2.0’s virtues to Ashley, in order to hook up with the bride’s sister, Olivia (Andrea Bogart). Olivia was someone he lusted for all through college, and came close to hooking up with—until Felix had an allergic reaction to the wheat in beer.

When Felix learns Ashley is bringing a plus-one, he asks a besotted Emily to be his fake date at Dani’s encouragement. Emily couldn’t be more thrilled to attend with her crush, until she’s tossed around like a hot potato at the wedding.

When Felix learns Ashley’s plus-one is a gay friend, he passes Emily off as Oscar’s girlfriend. Oscar shoves her away to flirt with Olivia, until Deena (Lisa Colleen Simms)—an important but amorous advertiser for his radio show—hits on him. Suddenly Emily is upgraded to fiancée. All the poor girl wants is a chance to dance with her crush. Felix obliges, and she tries to share her feelings, but he’s only got eyes for Ashley. Emily sadly passes him back to his wife with advice on how to loosen up.

Felix goes out of his way to show his ex the many ways he’s changed, but she’s not interested in getting back together. She cares for him a great deal—and even stabs him with an epi pen, which she still carries, after he has another allergic reaction. Then she says a fond goodbye.

Oscar takes his roommate home, with Olivia now under the false perception that he and Felix are a couple, thanks to a gay man’s broken gaydar.

You might be able to fake who you are and fake dates, but you can’t fake funny. The Wedding Deception mistook foolhardy for funny, and dragged out clichés that should’ve stayed in the closet.

The best parts of the episode fell to the women.

Lisa Colleen Simms was a force to be reckoned with. I hope it’s not the last we see of her. I want Deena to throw Oscar off-kilter and make him jump through some harrowing hoops. Maybe she could even knock some smarminess out of him.

While it might be hard to imagine who would marry fussy Felix, Christine Woods beautifully played the woman who’d fallen for a “sweet, strange man” who eventually became too difficult to live with, but was still someone she held deep affection for.

Finally, Lindsay Sloane was allowed to shine. Not only did she steal our hearts with her awkward crush on Felix, but she delivered the best lines of the night … what few there were.

Worth Repeating

Emily: I’m a great fake date. I went to all my cousins’ proms.

Emily: Why don’t you grab your wife’s hand and spin her around like a Dyson ball vacuum?

The Odd Couple airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30C on CBS.

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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