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'One Big Happy' finale fan react: Wedding vow or final bow?

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Wedlocked” | Aired Apr 28, 2015

It should be One Big Happy wedding day for Luke and Prudence, but he’s still upset by last week’s bombshell. Lonely and crushed, Prudence crawls into bed with Lizzy. After they share a heart-to-heart about secrets—and set another ship a-sail among fans—Prudence persuades her to talk to Luke on her behalf.

Luke has been punching walls and taking tender comfort at Marcus’. Now his friend wants payback. To impress a cute girl, Marcus told her he was a police officer. He’s meeting her and her friend at the Orion, and Luke has to go with him on the double date. Never mind that he’s supposed to be getting married tomorrow!

Lizzy shows up with Luke’s suit and, to his shock, stands up for Prudence. He wants to know why she’s taking her side. Hasn’t she always wanted her gone? Didn’t she hate how Prudence threw a wrench in things? In fact, didn’t she sabotage their marriage by flying Martin in?

Lizzy is adamant that she did no such thing, but after her sister recalls how she can sometimes be a monster, she second-guesses herself. It seems this one time at Paula Abdul dance camp, a happy Leisha boogied down and left little, jealous Lizzy in charge of her Rodney Dangerfish. He got no respect. Leisha returned to a dead pet when Lizzy “forgot” to feed him. Every. Single. Day.

With four hours to spare, Lizzy makes up her mind to right her wrongs. She just needs to remind Luke and Prudence how they first fell in love. She gets Prudence behind the bar at the Orion, where Luke first saw her. The ploy works like a charm, until his date interrupts.

Luke takes after Prudence and finds her packing. He assures her he was just doing a favor for Marcus and nothing happened. She believes him, but worries he’ll never trust her after the whole secret ex-husband fiasco. He asks if she’s keeping anything else from him and she purges herself of every little shame—including being a former ugly duckling and having a fake ear following a trolley accident. Charmed and touched, Luke forgives her.

He rushes back to Marcus’ to get his suit—and his date is lying in wait. She handcuffs herself to him and then passes out, following a mix of nine beers and antipsychotics. A winning girl, to be sure.

With 55 seconds to spare and no groom, Lizzy marries Prudence to keep her in the country for Luke. When he does show up—unconscious date in tow—he’s thrilled that Prudence is safe and that Lizzy would do something so epic for him.

And that is the short and sassy season of One Big Happy. Yes, you could see the groom swap a mile away, but the finale is all the things I love about the show—sweet, funny, quirky, and all about the relationships.

The ending certainly set the stage for a fun second season. You just knew they were going to get investigated by immigration, which should’ve led to some hilarious scenes between Prudence and Lizzy. I also looked forward to seeing Lizzy’s progressing pregnancy and watching the growing family dynamic between the trio and Leisha, Roy, and Marcus. Plus, you have to wonder just how far they might have pushed the Lizzy and Prudence ship.

Unfortunately, with rumors running rampant of the show’s cancellation, those six episodes are likely all we’ll get. It’s a shame, because there’s so much potential here. My fingers are crossed for One Big Happy miracle, but if that doesn’t happen, I will follow the cast and writers to their next project, because they’ve got a fan in me.

Go ‘head, sing that last little bit to Toy Story’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

Worth Repeating

Lizzy: So, wait, you’ve never slept alone before? It’s like they have their own gravitational pull.

Lizzy: Well, we’re about to déjà vu that bitch.

Lizzy: I don’t always like you, but I have kind of grown to love you.

Lizzy: Oh, our wife is not going anywhere.

Leisha: Dude, my sister married your wife.
Roy
: Yeah, man, I think Lizzy might be your mom now.

Prudence: Lizzy just gay-married me so I could stay here with you.
Lizzy: Yeah, that’s why we fought so hard.

One Big Happy aired 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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