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Season 2 | Episode 4 | “A Stray Dog Walks Into a Bar” | Aired April 14, 2015

Each week the writers of Undateable raise the bar for what it means to be a smart, witty sitcom on television. Their dialog, combined with the impeccable comedic timing of a “go big or go home” cast is the reason why people are tuning in on Tuesday nights. Throw an adorable dog into the mix, and you’re sitting on comedy gold.

The dog is a stray Candace found by the dumpster. Everyone gushes over the lovable canine, except Justin. He’s adamant that the dog can’t stay at the bar. When Candace tells him she named the dog Mo, after the Motor City, Justin softens. Like Detroit, this dog is a survivor. HE MUST BE SAVED.

Candace checks animal shelters to see if anyone has reported a missing dog. In the meantime, she learns that she couldn’t adopt the dog until she had an interview with the shelter. I’m not sure why she couldn’t just keep the dog since she found it by the dumpster, but clearly the writers needed a way to perpetuate the storyline that Candace cannot tell a lie. Apparently you need a yard to adopt a dog in Detroit, and Candace doesn’t have one.

UndateableEnter Brett. He’s about to teach Pinocchio how to skirt the truth. Because the greatest liars in the world live in London. Oh wait, that’s a lie! Kudos to David Fynn’s hilarious lie tutorial, including the bit where he switched to an American accent. I love how the writers are giving him more to do than stand behind the bar, wiping down the counter.

Danny and Justin arrive at the bar discussing their annoying neighbor Kevin. Danny is irritated that nice guy Justin offered Kevin the use of their shower and that Justin gave Kevin his coat so he wouldn’t have to walk home in the cold in nothing but his underwear. Justin explains that he offered him the coat to warm his heart—not his body. He chooses to see the good in everybody and there’s nothing Danny can do to change that.

To prove him wrong, Danny shows Justin their separate rent checks. Justin’s is higher because Danny has been taking advantage of him from day one. The good news is that he’s been sneaking money in his pockets for several months. The bad news is that Justin is about to lay the smack down on Danny. Or the equivalent of whatever that looks like in Justin’s world. Instead of explaining, I’ll let Brent Morin and Chris D’Elia’s chemistry speak for itself.

It seems that people take advantage of Justin, because there are no ramifications if they do.

Danny: If I took this knife and stabbed you, what would you do?
Justin: Well, I saw on Dateline that most stabbings are a crime of passion, so to be honest, I’d be quite flattered that you cared that much.

Danny slams the knife down on the bar, deeming Justin hopeless. He really didn’t mean to chop off the tip of his finger! After getting a few stitches, Justin returns to the bar just in time for the cops to arrive (hours later) to check out Candace’s emergency stabbing call. Justin takes great pride in telling the officers it was Danny who passionately wielded a knife in his direction earlier in the day. Book ’em.

After spending 90 minutes in the slammer, Danny saunters into the bar and stares Justin down. He folds like a chair within minutes, apologizing for this uncharacteristic mean streak. Danny encourages him to take that darkness and point it in Kevin’s direction. He needs to get his coat back! Danny rushes out the door to wreak havoc.

Meanwhile, Candace comes in to tell Brett she’s ready to throw all of her convictions out the window. She’s going to lie to get her dog! Brett and Danny are so happy with their good deeds, they recreate the celebratory end of a movie with a freeze frame. I laughed when Danny chastises Leslie for talking over the credits.


But Leslie is right. They should be thankful for Candace’s sweet spirit and Brent’s kindness. In the end, Brett tells Candace that he spent his entire life lying about being gay—that’s why it comes so easy to him. He’d rather their dirtbag friends adopt the dog on Candace’s behalf than make her nose grow.

Later that night, Justin walks into the bar wearing his coat. Danny admits that he doesn’t want Justin to change, but Justin says he’s tasted the bad life and he likes it. Then Danny notices the tag on his coat. Justin is a good guy after all. J-Bone and D-Town, together again. FREEZE FRAME!


Undateable Pickup Lines
Maybe I just wanted to wear a vest.
Leslie: Is there a Marty McFly lookalike contest somewhere?
Note: Check out the cover photo of this post!

Justin: You’ve read the book, now meet the man. I am Chicken Soup For the Soul.
Drink me in. Let my broth warm your insides.
Danny: Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of man broth.
Brett: Me neither. LIE.

Danny: You’d get your ass kicked on Sesame Street.

Undateable airs on Tuesdays at 9/8C 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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