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Season 2 | Episode 18 | “I Drank the Mold” | Aired Apr 8, 2015

Changes are happening in 1980-something for the Goldbergs. The future of music has landed in the Sam Goody with the invention of the compact disc; and Adam Goldberg and his friends get into some trouble once they decide to have a “sleepover” instead of a “slumber party.”

While browsing their local Sam Goody, Erica and Barry Goldberg discover the brand-new invention of the compact-disc player. The two eldest Goldberg children HAVE to have their own compact-disc player—the only problem is that it costs $900. It is time to work their charm on their father, Murray. The two try to convince their father that owning a compact-disc player is crazy important, because music is their “thing.” Murray quickly reminds his children that everything is their “thing,” and he has spent a lot of money on “things.” Erica and Barry cut a deal with Murray: If they can write the world’s greatest song, Murray will buy them a compact-disc player.

It’s Adam’s birthday, and he just wants to hang out with his friends at the arcade—but when has Beverly Goldberg ever just sat on the sidelines? Bev surprises Adam with a birthday slumber party with his best friends and the principal’s son, Gary Ball. The boys decide that slumber parties are for little kids but sleepovers are for teenagers, and sleepovers are all about breaking the rules. Out comes a bottle of Gary Ball’s dad’s homemade beer! Yep—it just got real in the basement of the Goldbergs. The boys pass the bottle around, but before Adam can even take a sip, the other boys start throwing up. Beverly walks downstairs, and boom—the boys are busted.


Meanwhile, Erica and Barry are working super hard on writing the world’s greatest song. They decide to combine the themes of “Jersey” and “love” to create the lyrical masterpiece that is “Love Ninja.” Before bringing the song to Murray, the kids decide to test it out on Pops. Pops admits that the song is awful! Ninjas and sharks are two confusing themes. Pops tells his grandkids that it doesn’t matter what they write because Murray isn’t into music. Erica and Barry have a brain blast. Since Murray doesn’t know anything about music, they can just steal an already-great song.

Following the slumber-party failure, the parents hold a meeting to discuss what happened.


Turns out the boys drank an old batch—aka straight-up mold—of Principal Ball’s beer. It does not take long for all the parents to start blaming one another for what happened at the party. After a bit of a yelling match, they decide it would be best if the boys stop hanging out together.

Erica and Barry are ready to get that compact-disc player. They perform the Elton John classic “Your Song” for Murray and Pops. Murray agrees it was a great song and Elton John does deserve a CD player because he was the one who wrote the song. Sure, music may not be Murray’s “thing,” but he does live on Earth and has heard the Elton John song. Pops lets Erica and Barry know that the only “thing” their father had when he was growing up was raising his brother.

Adam is more than angry with his mother when he finds out he can no longer hang out with his friends. Beverly Goldberg’s angel has fallen, and to prove a point, he returns home and drinks the remains of the moldy beer.

Erica and Barry decide to give the gift of music to Murray by buying him a CD player. Yep, the two traded in all their old stuff to purchase the stereo. Murray isn’t impressed by this gesture since it was “a self gift.” In a fatherly, grand gesture, Murray gifts Erica and Barry the CD player. Murray’s sorry that he got a little crazy before, but is happy that his kids have “things” and live a different childhood than the one he had.

After seeing how miserable Adam is without his friends, Beverly holds another meeting with the other parents. Beverly thinks that the boys should be able to hang because they need each other, and that the parents need each other, too—growing up is scary. The parents agree to show a united front and the ban is lifted. Beverly heads home and informs Adam that she wants him to have the birthday party he really wanted, once he’s done being grounded. She also lets him know that he can see his friends again because, “bad apples make the best pie.” Although Adam’s in middle school, he still wants his mommy to rub his upset tummy. Adam has got his friends back, and Beverly has found a new support group. Growing pains aren’t so bad.

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC.

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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