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Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Hide and Seek” | Aired June 8, 2015

Do you think about having children of your own one day and then say, “Hm, better not because they might come and try to kill me in a strange game with their imaginary friend?” Sounds like you’ve been watching The Whispers on ABC.

There’s a LOT going on in this show, including an electric tree, sketchy crime cases, adults who are conflicted with secrets of their pasts and present, and Milo Ventimiglia speaking Arabic. But at the end of the day, what makes The Whispers 100 percent bonkers is how fantastic the child actors are.

Why are the child actors so important? Because they’re playing a game with an imaginary friend named Drill. And apparently a big part of that game is trying to kill your parents. So instead of trying to break down all the mysteries of The Whispers, why don’t we just focus on this game and the lengths these kids are going to win it all.


Harper Weil
(portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson)

You gotta love Harper’s enthusiasm. Even as her mom is dying in the hospital, Harper is SUPER-determined to win this game. She’s a young player—a rookie, if you will—but Harper still gets major points for practically disassembling her treehouse to send her mom plummeting to the ground and into a coma. And when your mom is Summer from The O.C. and you try to kill her, you get like … one million bonus points.

Honestly, Harper has been pretty airtight about Drill, his game, and how to essentially dominate it. She also went and confronted John Doe (Milo Ventimiglia) head-on like a boss last week. In a ploy to get her mom back (ironically), she’s ready to do whatever she needs to do next.

Minx Lawrence
(portrayed by Kylie Rogers)

Minx is true to her name, because she totally schools her friend in a game of “Best in Class,” shades the hell out of her, and then says, “I have a game you can win.” Do you know what you do to win that game? Print off the file that Minx hands you on a thumb drive. What a sneaky snake she is. If you forgot, last week Minx signed up for the game in a play tunnel because she’s lonely, then showed her mom who’s boss by calling out her dad’s secret affair. Minx is NOT above ruining your day to win the game.

Minx’s parents are in an awful place too, because her dad slept with Henry’s mom. Also, her dad is a high up in the government, and her mom is CRUMBLING under the pressure. Minx essentially tells them to calm it down because it was she who broke into her dad’s computer last episode. It’s a nice thing to do to admit it, but she loses major points because of it. As we end the episode, Minx separates her slip-up from Henry because she runs away from home, blankets in hand, following the presence of Drill.

Henry Benningan (portrayed by Kyle Harrison Breitkopf)

Henry Benningan could afford to try harder. I mean, he has his hearing back because of the game. He owes Drill some major favors, and honestly, all he did this week was show up creepily behind his mom after she answered the door. Weak effort, Henry. At the end of the episode, he gets himself caught watching and talking to the TV, almost revealing that his hearing is back. Henry is such a lazy game player, but he does get some creepy points for talking to the TV fuzz and apologizing for nearly revealing the game.


Jackson will always get a mention, because he blew himself up in a closet to win/lose the game. #NeverForget

Grown-Up Talk

  • Claire and Wes’ affair has caused some major rifts, and Wes’ wife is not dealing with it well. You can’t blame her, but yeah.
  • Milo Ventimiglia (who will be referred to as such until his character gets a proper name) spent a good chunk of the episode traipsing around naked, and I ain’t mad at it.
  • Does anyone else get major Clare Danes Homeland vibes from Lily Rabe’s Claire?
  • I’d love to see them use Summer Reaser as something other than a warm body to put in a bed.

Maybe next week Henry will rise to the occasion, but for this week, the winner is CLEARLY Harper. You go, girl. After a strong first-week performance, no one would have been surprised if you delivered a little less this week, but you continue to be the Queen of the Game. Drill is proud, and so are we.

What do you think of The Whispers? How exactly do you think you win the game? Even more than that, who do you think is really the game master?

The Whispers airs on Mondays at 10/9C 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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