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Season 2 | Episode 24 | “Goldbergs Feel Hard” | Aired May 13, 2015

By now, we all know that the Goldbergs have strong feelings regarding everything, and no feeling seems to have a stronger effect on the family than love.

Clearly, Beverly has no problem letting her three angels know just how much she loves and adores them. She writes them notes in their lunches and showers them with public displays of affection. Where Beverly may be a wee bit over affectionate, Murray is a stone wall when it comes to actually saying the words “I love you” to his children. When Erica gets accepted to a summer music program, Beverly thinks it’s the perfect time for Murray to express his true feelings for his daughter.

Meanwhile, Adam is preparing to take things to the next level with Dana by using baked goods to declare his love. Pops thinks this is a wonderful idea, but of course, Barry thinks it’s an awful idea. Adam is not listening to Barry because Dana is leaving for the summer, and he wants to make sure she knows how he feels. It turns out that Barry isn’t practicing what he preaches, because he mistakenly drops the “L” word to girlfriend Lainey, which quickly leads to both of them freaking out.

After some coaching from both Beverly and Pops, Murray decides he will tell Erica that he does in fact love her. So Murray takes the long walk down the hall to Erica’s room and declares his love for his one and only daughter … her reply is simply: “Thanks.” This reaction leaves Murray feeling both rejected and heartbroken. Murray informs Beverly and Pops that he will never say those words again!

After Barry eats all of Adam’s “I love you” cupcakes, Adam pens a love letter to Dana. In classic ’80s style, Adam sneaks the letter into Dana’s locker. But when Adam witnesses the mess that is Barry and Lainey’s relationship post Barry dropping the “L” word, he has one mission: get that damn love letter out of Dana’s locker.

Beverly Goldberg is beyond PO’d at Erica.


In exchange for Erica saying “I love you” to Murray, Beverly agrees to buy Erica a brand-new leather jacket. It doesn’t take Murray long to put the pieces together and realize that Beverly’s bribing Erica with “leather goods.” Murray announces that he will not accept Erica’s “I love you”s. The two engage in a battle of words, using “love” as the weapon of choice. Erica eventually lets Beverly know that Erica and Murray don’t have to say “I love you,” because they both already know that they are loved.

Coach Miller catches Adam just as he’s about to pull the fire alarm in a poorly planned attempt to get his love letter out Dana’s locker. Coach Miller gets it—he knows a lot about love. Barry interrupts Coach Miller and Adam’s private conversation, seeking the coach’s assistance in winning Lainey back. Barry wants Coach to make him a cheerleader so he can get closer to Lainey again. Coach Miller agrees to help both Goldbergs. There are no open male-cheerleader positions, so Barry becomes the school’s mascot. To help Adam out, Coach Miller conducts a locker search and is able to get the love letter out of Dana’s locker.

Even with Barry as the mascot and closer to Lainey, she still won’t say the “L” word. But when Lainey sees that Barry could be injured while performing at a rival high school, she admits that she does love him. Now that he feels “as strong as all the oceans,” Barry takes on the crazy crowds: Nothing can hurt him now that he knows that the girl of his dreams loves him back.

After witnessing his brother jump into love, Adam realizes that love is worth a risk and races over to Dana’s. Adam admits his love to Dana, and she declares that she loves him back. But true heartbreak is just around the corner, because Dana tells Adam that her family may be moving across the country over the summer. Poor, sweet Adam Goldberg.

The season finale of The Goldbergs ends with the family seeing Erica off to her summer music program. Until next fall, good-bye Goldberg family!


The Goldbergs will return to ABC Fall 2015.

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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