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Season 1 | Episode 5 | “A Tale of Two Hubbies” | Aired Apr 21, 2015

Like a pair of middle school students, Prudence and Luke are celebrating their two month anniversary with a return trip to Las Vegas. Only things aren’t One Big Happy when they learn the weddings and bail bonds chapel they got hitched in was actually a front for the mob, and none of the marriages performed there were legal.

Prudence’s visa expires in one week, but rather than repeat their quickie nuptials in Sin City, Lizzy convinces them to return home and plan a traditional wedding. She never got to be Luke’s best man and see him properly wed, so now is her chance.

Her first order of business is to fly Prudence’s father in so Luke can meet him and personally ask for her hand in marriage. Only Martin (Steve Valentine) turns out to be Prudence’s not-so-ex ex-husband—one Luke never knew she had—as he never signed the divorce papers. And he doesn’t intend to now.

Lizzy decides the best course of action is to get the “shifty” Martin sloshed and then have him sign. But Prue claims no one can out-drink the wanker, so a pregnant Lizzy pretends to match him shot for shot— most of which gets tossed over her shoulder into her poor sissy’s face.

They later drag the bugger home, and Lizzy is saddled with getting him to sign the papers, as Prudence and Luke are too cheesed off to deal with him. A gormless Martin turns his nonexistent British charms toward Lizzy. She cautiously plays along, but before he can complete his signature, he passes out.

The next morning, Prudence and Luke ask Lizzy to continue with her charade until the papers are signed. Martin is so knackered that he thinks the two of them slept together. Lizzy doesn’t correct him until after he scribbles his name. He then takes her admission of being a lesbian as a big get—one he can’t wait to boast about to his buddies.

The twit even brags to Prudence, who promptly tells him she never loved him; she only married him to get away from her family. Why else would she marry him after three days?


A gobsmacked Luke thinks he’s been snookered too. Prudence says it’s not the same: When she married Martin, she was young, bloody poor, and desperate to escape her seven sisters. Besides, she married Luke after five days. Luke says it seems like she’s got a pattern of wedding to get what she wants, and he takes off.

Gutted, Prudence turns to Lizzy for comfort, with only days to spare before she could be deported.

To be continued …

There’s only one episode left in the season! Lizzy may be the lesbo who went to market, but I don’t want to see this little comedy run wee wee wee all the way off the air. The writing is peppered with sharp one-liners and could easily stand on its own. But when you take the dialogue’s rhythm—almost musicality—and combine that with this cast’s talented delivery, you can’t help but laugh out loud through the episodes.

When it comes to Elisha Cuthbert being a standout, I can’t help but repeat myself. She inhabits Lizzy with such charm, quirk, and hilarity that she shines in a way she never did as Happy Endings’ Alex Kerkovich.

But in “A Tale of Two Hubbies,” it is Steve Valentine who steals the show as skeevy Martin—a cad somewhere between a swift-talking used-car salesman and a devilish, diverting con man. Between his jocular verbal tussle with Luke, his drunken burp in Lizzy’s face as he’s coming on to her, and then slapping her bum the “morning after,” he delivered the best moments of the episode, and draws awesome, animated reactions from his counterparts.

I feel like Prudence did when Luke walked out with the measuring spoons—stunned and a bit perplexed. You’ve made me love you and now you’re leaving? Say it isn’t so! Don’t deprive yourself of One Big Happy: Watch this show and pray for a second-season pickup.

Worth Repeating

Prudence: What’s more romantic than sharing a Julius suite with my new husband and the woman he got pregnant?

Lizzy: So this is where you got married and perhaps contracted one or more hepititi.

Lizzy: What house of God doesn’t have a stripper pole?

Lizzy: Yeah, I guess the key to being a great best man is being a woman.

Marcus: Dude’s in a drinking contest with himself. And he’s gonna win.

Luke: Okay, I think he’s drunk enough. He just exposed himself to our neighbor’s dog.
Poor Coco.

Luke: You’ve got to take one for the team.
Lizzy: I don’t play for that team.

Martin: Hey Lizzy, fancy another British invasion?

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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