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'The Goldbergs' fan recap: Murray Goldberg makes a friend!

Season 2 | Episode 23 | “Bill/Murray” | Aired May 6, 2015

That’s right Goldbergs fans, the man that takes off his pants and hits the La-Z-Boy as soon as he gets home—Murray Goldberg—has found a new best friend. As Murray learns what it means to be someone’s friend, Erica and Beverly put all their energy into getting Erica into her top-choice music school.

Ever since the channel’s launch, Erica and Adam have been cheering, “I want my MTV.” The two spend hours watching MTV, but Beverly doesn’t understand the channel’s appeal. Beverly wants Erica to focus on selecting a college, and after Erica mentions several music schools that are way too far away for Beverly, the two settle on Juilliard in New York City.

Meanwhile, at school, Barry and Lainey get caught making out in a closet. Murray and Lainey’s dad (Bill Lewis, a Cowboys fan) are called into Principal Ball’s office for a meeting about Barry and Lainey and their need to make out. The conversation quickly changes to the fact that, on paper, Murray and Bill have a lot in common and should be friends.


And so blossoms the friendship of Bill/Murray (their friendship-couple name reminds them of Ghostbusters actor Bill Murray … awww). The two bond over good beer, television, cheesesteaks, and their shared hatred of the Giants.

Beverly wants to get Erica into Juilliard, but after meeting with Erica’s guidance counselor, Bev realizes how much flash Erica needs to prove she is the best of the best. With Adam’s help, Beverly sets out to make Erica the perfect audition tape. To help set Erica apart from the crowd, Beverly thinks they should make a music video like the ones seen on MTV. Erica is the future of music, and Juilliard needs to know. All Erica has to do is focus on the music, and Mama will take care of everything else.

Murray seems happy now that he has made his first real friend. But Barry, Lainey, and Pops have some concerns about Murray’s appearance when hanging out with Bill: “You are looking like a Monday morning, but I need you looking like a Friday night,” Barry tells his father. Barry has a lot riding on the Bill/Murray friendship because he wants his girlfriend’s father to like him. For the first couple weeks of the Bill/Murray friendship, they are a dynamic duo—but then Bill shows emotion. Bill opens up his heart about his wife leaving him, and Murray can’t seem to handle it.

Adam is adding all the basic ’80s music-video elements to Erica’s audition tape: an animated cat, fog, wind, big hair, and backup dancers. After a week of editing, Adam, Beverly, and Erica learn that animation is pretty hard—Erica’s audition tape is awful.


Erica knows they are not being realistic about Juilliard, and Beverly’s dreams of keeping her little girl close are dying.

Bill visits Murray at work after not hearing from him for over a week. Murray keeps his walls up and sends Bill away. It’s not until later that night after a thoughtful chat with Pops that Murray realizes he is capable of actually having a friend: Pops has been his friend for all these years. Murray seeks out Bill, and the two make up and continue their Bill/Murray friendship.

Beverly encourages Erica to try to get into Juilliard or any other music school of her choice. No matter where Erica goes, she will always be the best of the best to Beverly.

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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