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Season 2 | Episode 22 | “Dance Party USA” | Aired Apr 29, 2015

The two main themes of the latest episode of The Goldbergs are magic and awkwardness. We’ve seen Erica Goldberg evolve from awkward to awesome, but after a chain of unfortunate events, Erica goes from awesome back to awkward. Meanwhile, Adam comes to the realization that Pops may not be as magical as he once thought.

Erica and Lainey are getting ready to make their regional-television debut on Dance Party USA when Barry begs to join the ladies on the show. Barry thinks dancing on Dance Party USA will help elevate his status from awkward to awesome at school. Barry does have one problem: He’s an awful dancer. Both Erica and Lainey agree Barry should just stay at home.

Pops and Adam go for a big day out. The two tell Beverly that they are heading out to play tennis and then hit the art museum, but really, the two hip dudes hit Atlantic City. Pops works the tables at the casino, taking advantage of the good luck from a watch that has been passed down to him. Adam admits to Pops that he hopes he will get Pops’s magic one day. Pops tells his grandchild that all Adam has to do is believe in himself. The next day at school, Adam decides to give magic a chance and challenges Gary Ball to finger football.


After playing double-or-nothing way too many times, Adam loses all this toys to Gary Ball! Clearly Adam is not sold on merely believing in magic anymore.

Pink-eye infected Barry keeps begging Erica to let him dance, but she won’t let him dork it up next to her. It would seem that karma’s a bitch, because Erica catches pink eye and is forced to wear her oversize glasses. It just gets worse: Erica runs into a locker and is forced to get her braces back to readjust her teeth.

Adam sits in the dark alone, mourning the loss of his toys. Murray tells Adam not to get too upset because all gamblers lose, even Pops. Beverly, of course, overhears Murray and refuses to let Adam believe that Pops is anything less than perfect. Beverly promises Adam that she and Pops will go to school and deal with Adam’s debts. Beverly has a chat with Principal Ball, but things do not go so well for her. After losing several rounds of “war,” Beverly is not allowed to be on school property for a whole week. Pops tries his luck, and also loses to Ball.

Barry enlists Coach Miller to teach him some dance moves.


Now that Barry has moves and Erica has gone full-on awkward, Lainey thinks it’s best if Barry goes to Dance Party USA instead of Erica. Now Erica knows what it’s like to live as Barry.

Beverly and Pops decide to let Adam believe that Pops was a hero and won back his toys. But no one can fool Adam when it comes to his toys. Beverly and Pops admit that they bought all new toys for Adam because they didn’t want Adam to find out Pops isn’t as amazing as he thought. This leads Adam to believe that Pops is nothing more than a liar.

After getting the “uggo speech” from Coach Miller, Erica is having a pretty awful day. Barry brings his sister some pity pudding. Barry thinks Erica should go to Dance Party USA with him and Lainey. Barry saw Erica becoming more like him, and he never wants to see her like that again. All three go to Dance Party USA and have a grand time—even though Erica gets very little airtime.

Adam was able to get his toys from Gary Ball with the promise that Gary will get Adam’s desserts for the next year. Murray reminds Adam that Pops may not be magic, but Pops has always been there for Adam. Adam, of course, forgives Pops, who then passes down his lucky watch to Adam.

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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