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'Wonderfalls' nostalgia recap: Because you listen

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Cocktail Bunny” | Unaired

This episode of Wonderfalls begins with a teary-eyed Jaye violently melting the wax lion in the coffee pot at the store. She begs it to tell her the reason for all of this. Devastated over Eric and convinced the muses want her to be alone, she declares she’s done helping them. When a repairman trying to fix the wax-figurine machine produces half a dozen more smooshed-face lions and they tell Jaye she’ll never get rid of all of them, she snaps. Jaye violently smashes the lions in a fit of rage as both her mother and her boss look on in horror.

Understandably back in therapy, Jaye returns the brass monkey to Dr. Ron. It cautions her not to tell the doctor anything, but she stubbornly says that unless it answers her earlier question, she won’t listen. She tells Dr. Ron the truth about the animals, but quickly gets sidetracked into thinking and talking about Eric instead. Dr. Ron is concerned that she does everything the animals say, even when it causes her pain.

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At the Barrel, Jaye cries on Mahandra’s shoulder after seeing Eric and Heidi, the happy newlyweds. Concerned about her daughter, Karen introduces herself to Eric, hoping he will talk to Jaye about whatever is upsetting her. Although he seems slightly validated to hear Jaye is so upset, Eric refuses to become involved again. Heidi confronts Jaye and demands she stay away from Eric, whom she is taking back to Jersey. When Eric gives two weeks’ notice at the bar rather than quitting immediately, Heidi is disappointed, eager to get him away from Jaye as soon as possible. In the midst of all of this, a cartoon bunny on a box of cocktail cherries tells Jaye to “save him from her.”

Mahandra sneaks into the Tylers’ house to see Aaron. She’s starting to feel guilty for lying to Jaye, and even guiltier for being happy while her best friend is so sad. Mahandra hides when Jaye bursts in. Jaye can’t believe that Aaron kept the animals and takes them all back. She doesn’t pick up on anything between her brother and best friend, even when Mahandra emerges from her hiding place.

Back in her trailer, Jaye tells the lion that while she’s intrigued by the bunny’s comment, she needs to know if it’s a trick. The lion tells her to ask the monkey, so Jaye breaks into Dr. Ron’s office to steal him back. He catches her in the act, but not before the monkey says, “She’s going to kill him, and it’s all because of you.”

Convinced Heidi is planning to murder Eric, Jaye spies on Heidi at the Barrel, where she sees the new bride buying some pills from a busboy. Meanwhile, Heidi is doing her own snooping, and while in Jaye’s trailer she comes across the surveillance photos Jaye has been taking of her. She confronts Jaye at Wonderfalls, calling her a psychopath and telling her she’ll never see Eric again. Jaye full-on tackles her in the middle of the store, and the police arrive as she basically has Heidi in a headlock.

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It turns out the police don’t want to question Jaye about Heidi, who isn’t pressing charges, but about Dr. Ron. Someone has been breaking into his office, stealing video of Jaye’s therapy sessions, and leaving unpleasant, smelly surprises in drawers. As we cut back and forth between the police station and Heidi and Eric’s honeymoon suite, Jaye’s behavior grows more erratic when Eric won’t answer his phone. She escapes out the window at the police station and rushes to Heidi and Eric’s hotel, where she announces Heidi is planning to poison him. It turns out Heidi did slip him a pill—a male potency drug, because she’s been frustrated that Eric won’t have sex with her. Jaye remains unconvinced of Eric’s safety.

Jaye, Sharon, and Karen all separately rush to Dr. Ron’s office. Jaye gets there first, tells him she has not been breaking into his office, and takes the opportunity to once again demand answers from the monkey. As Sharon races up the stairs, looking for her missing sister, Karen rides the elevator with a young woman she quickly realizes is dangerous. It’s Angie Olsen (Patricia Zentilli), a former patient of Dr. Ron who infamously tried to kill him. Realizing Angie’s backpack is full of gasoline and other murderous supplies, Karen grows alarmed.

Jaye keeps yelling at the monkey to tell her why any of this is happening, and he says he will if she licks the light switch. She obliges, gets quite a shock, and shorts out the power for the entire building. The elevator gets stuck, and Karen uses the opportunity to reason with Angie. Hair wild from the electricity, Jaye once more demands that the monkey tell her why it talks to her. He responds, “Because you listen”—a simple yet stunning statement that seems to shock Jaye more than the light switch did.

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Sharon, the police, Karen, and Angie all arrive at once. Angie admits she was planning to kill Dr. Ron and frame Jaye out of jealousy over the other girl’s new bond with the therapist. The police note that the power outage saved Dr. Ron’s life, and Jaye realizes that this was what the muses’ warnings were about all along. Jaye apologizes to Eric, admitting she was wrong about him being the one in danger. He still plans to follow Heidi back to Jersey, and they both sadly acknowledge that everything is weird between them now.

Odds and Ends

  • Aaron’s attempts to get the animals to talk continue to be hilarious, especially when he asks the others if the monkey walked away.
  • Cop scenes on this show always have such a fun noir feel, and this episode was no exception.
  • “Because you listen” carries such meaning. Aside from being the answer to the main question of the series, it implies that Jaye isn’t an unwitting victim of the muses, as she’s thought—but simply an ally.
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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