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Season 1| Episode 21| “The Peer-ent Trap”| Aired Apr 29, 2015

Four more episodes left of black-ish before the big season finale! It will be sad to see this series go on a season break. But for right now, we’ve got Zoey’s shenanigans to discuss!

Zoey has always been a bit of a rebel—seeing how she doesn’t really like hanging out with her mother and her love for popularity sometimes outshines her sisterly duties—but this week, Zoey’s been on one, for real. She’s not just blowing off her mom; she’s wearing Andre’s earrings (or “man jewelry,” as he calls it), tying up Jack and Diane instead of babysitting them, and driving without a license. Andre feels it’s time for him to lay down the law. However, Rainbow, what with her childhood filled with experimentation and near-death learning experiences, feels that Andre shouldn’t be so tough. Zoey is bound to go through a rebellious streak since she is a teenager, she says. Of course, Andre and Pops don’t agree. Especially since there’s the threat (according to Andre) that Zoey could get pregnant and flush her baby down the toilet. Andre doesn’t want any toilet babies!

The fear of toilet babies gets worse when, after hacking into Zoey’s phone, Andre finds that Zoey has been using e-cigarettes and has been near a motorcycle (which Rainbow points out is just a Vespa). But the imagery is enough to send Andre into a loony tailspin, developing the hugest tome of parental rules ever created.

All of the kids are freaked out by this rule book, except Andre Jr., who is not only familiar with rule-following, but embraces it. The main reason he does, though, is because he knows that for every rule, there’s a loophole. As he later tells Jack and Diane, if they want to eat candy in the house, all they have to do is eat it outside of the house—by sticking their heads out the window to eat it.

Zoey is, naturally, the most upset by these rules since most of them are aimed at her. Because she can only go out once a week now, she either has to choose to hang out at the movies with her friends (and the one guy she wants to date) or go to the spring social. Once Rainbow learns that this could be a way for her to get closer to Zoey, she takes the bait and runs with it in a very un-motherly fashion. In short, she acts like her daughter’s friend. Not a mom-friend, but a Girlfriends girlfriend. (Get the joke? I hope you do.) She tells Zoey how to work around the system Andre has put in place, which includes telling him he looks skinny.

Zoey gets to go to her movie date, as long as she doesn’t miss her curfew. During the wait time, Pops gets to see Andre punish Andre Jr. for disobeying the “no eating after dinner” rule by making him chug his loophole: a hamburger-and-fries smoothie. That’s fun, but the fun is over once the curfew rolls around and Zoey is nowhere to be seen.

Once she does come home, Andre begins the parental duty of berating her about being late and interrogating her about why she didn’t call. She says her phone died, but Andre takes it anyway, using the lifted fingerprint he’d used to hack into it the first time. Unfortunately, he finds that his wife has been working with his daughter the whole time.

Andre waits up for Rainbow in the dark, startling her, and asks why she would undermine his authority like that. She states she gave in to her desire to bond with Zoey, but that Andre isn’t in the clear, either. She says he’s too scary, and strangely enough, his friends at work agree.

So Andre comes to terms with the fact that he needs to back off a little, but Rainbow, who had agreed to take Zoey to her spring dance, unleashes her maternal warrior side when she realizes Zoey has been driving her car, too. No dance for Zoey, and more emasculation of Andre by Pops, who states that Rainbow has more balls than him.

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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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