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'Baby Daddy' summer premiere recap: Home is where the Wheeler is

Season 4 | Episode 11 | “Home Is Where the Wheeler Is” | Aired June 3, 2015

After an epic binge-watch of season three and the first half of season four on Netflix last weekend, I am totally pumped for Baby Daddy to come back for new episodes this summer on ABC Family. While it isn’t perfect, it’s one of those feel-good shows that can put a smile on your face, even when the characters are facing some dramatic or heavy moments.

To briefly recap, the last episode left us with Riley (Chelsea Kane) confessing to Danny (Derek Theler) that she has feelings for him during his big game. Danny, who has been harboring a mad crush on Riley for years, is elated by the news, but it quickly goes wrong when she also admits to knowing about his crush on her for a while now. The fact that Riley knew about his feelings but still went after his brother, Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), didn’t sit too well with Danny.

Having ruined her relationships with the Wheeler brothers, we find Riley back home in New Jersey hiding from them. She has given up her apartment lease and is considering relocating to her law firm’s office in Buffalo, “the other city that never sleeps.” Her mom (guest star Alex Kapp Horner) isn’t exactly the coddling type, and keeps sarcastically hinting that Riley’s stay isn’t welcomed. Life without the Wheelers isn’t all that great.

Almost as quickly, the Wheelers realize that life without Riley isn’t the same. Ben is the first to notice that Riley disappeared. He doesn’t hesitate for a moment in looking for her, and he’s shocked when he learns that Riley moved back to Jersey. “No one moves back to Jersey!” he yells, trying to convince Danny that there is must be something really wrong with Riley. Danny, however, doesn’t want to bother with Riley; he’s still hurting from her confession and throwing himself into his relationship with Riley’s co-worker, Robyn (Christa B. Allen).

Ben heads to Jersey and Riley’s childhood home to see what’s wrong, but there’s one big obstacle in his way: Riley’s mother. Apparently—and not surprising at all—Ben has a history of terrorizing Riley’s mom’s garden gnomes and cat. (For the record, he didn’t shave the cat; he waxed the poor thing. Seriously, Ben?) She refuses to let him in, so he decides to take an alternate route, climbing to the roof and trying to get in through Riley’s bedroom window. Riley is so shocked to see him that Ben ends up falling backward off the roof. Ouch.


Resting on her bed with a “wounded” foot, Ben takes the moment to ask Riley what’s wrong. She tells him how bad she feels about how she messed up her relationships with him and Danny. Ben really only talks about their relationship without knowing what exactly went down between her and Danny. He reassures her that they can stay and be friends, and that everyone misses her and wants her to come back to home. Right when she starts believing him, she gets called out of her room. Ben takes the moment alone to call Danny and convince him to come out there and help him bring Riley home. But Danny remains stubborn. Riley comes back and catches Ben afoot—it looks like he really wasn’t hurt. Angry that he lied, Riley tells Ben to leave and sticks to her plan of moving to Buffalo.

All the while, conveniently for Bonnie (Melissa Peterman), Evelyn—the old woman who lived in the apartment across from Ben—has passed away. Evelyn hated Bonnie, but Bonnie doesn’t care because she only sees a new, prime apartment to acquire for her realtor career. (Honestly though, once we found out that apartment is available, it was fairly obviously who would be moving across the hall …)

Tucker (Tahj Mowry) was a friend of Evelyn, and he hopes to inherit some valuable heirlooms from her estate. When all he receives is a cat statue (that he smashes on the ground, thinking something is inside) and a nice note, he can’t help but be disappointed. He is touched by the note, though, and when no one is looking, he runs into Evelyn’s apartment to take a fur coat and her ashes to give her a proper send-off.

Bonnie needs to impress Evelyn’s granddaughter, Ashley, but the girl isn’t sold on Bonnie until she sees Danny, whom she recognizes as a New York Rangers hockey player. To Bonnie’s delight, Ashley is a huge fan of Danny’s, so Bonnie orchestrates some alone time between Ashley and Danny in hopes that something happens between the two, and ultimately he can convince Ashley to give Bonnie the apartment listing. This antic includes Bonnie locking Robyn and herself in the laundry room. Before she knows it, Bonnie realizes that she actually likes Robyn, and admits to feeling bad that she’s trying to break up Robyn and Danny. Robyn is shocked, and in typical Bonnie fashion, she tries to take back what she blurted out.

Riley must figure out where she really belongs on the season premiere of

Funnily enough, Danny and Ashley do connect; when they start talking about hockey, Ashley confesses that she notices everything he does. A quiet moment between them ensues, since Danny knows the feeling of noticing everything a certain person does. Not much later, Ben bursts in and declares that Danny needs to go to Jersey with him to stop Riley. Ashley convinces him to go, and luckily the car she inherited from her grandmother can help them get there faster.

Riley is packing when she hears the Wheelers outside. She looks out her window to see Ben holding Emma up, Say Anything–style, pleading Riley to come back to the city not just for his sake, but for Emma; she needs a role model. Riley is almost swayed … until she looks at Danny, who is hesitant, but then admits that he missed her and their friendship. Tucker arrives right after, only to find out from Ashley that the cat statue he broke was worth thousands of dollars. And oh, the urn he stole from her apartment isn’t Evelyn’s ashes—it’s her cat’s. Nice one, Tucker.

There may be hope for Riley and Danny yet, but things are sure going to be awkward for a while. At the end of the episode, they run into each other outside of Danny’s apartment, where Danny tells Riley he broke up with Robyn, much to her delight. But he also mentions that he’s now dating Ashley, much to her dismay. I can’t believe we are halfway through the fourth season and these two still aren’t together! As if you didn’t already guess it, Riley moved into Evelyn’s old apartment, meaning she’ll be right across hall from Ben, Tucker, and, most important, Danny.

Do you think Riley and Danny will end up together by the end of the season? Or are you rooting for Riley and Ben to work things out? I look forward to seeing what the rest of the season holds.

Baby Daddy airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC Family.

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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