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'Resident Advisors' fan recap: Incident reports - conflict resolution

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Conflict Resolution” | Aired Apr 9, 2015

In what seems to be an effort to make her resident advisors hate her even more, Olivia (Jamie Chung) decides to have some conflict-resolution training on a Saturday. Led by a religious conflict-resolution trainer, Constance (Anna Camp), who’s struggling through some serious stomach pains after eating bad Mexican food, the conflict resolution is just another bad day for these RAs.

Rather than resolve any conflicts, the RAs seem to find themselves in even more of a mess. Here’s the report.


Incident No. 1: No cell phones, more problems

In an effort to have everyone focus on the conflict-resolution training, Olivia takes all the RAs’ cell phones. Unfortunately for Olivia, Saturday is the day when all the residents suddenly have conflicts. A drunk student tries to come into Rachel and Leslie’s room, a dog is still running around the hall, a resident won’t come out of the bathroom, and one resident decides to become a nudist no matter what his roommate thinks. Although all the RAs’ phones (and Olivia’s) are receiving multiple texts and calls from residents, no one can hear the phones ringing because Olivia put them outside. Just when their residents need them the most, the RAs are out of reach.

Incident No. 2: Trapped in the building

When RA Tyler (Graham Rogers) decides to leave training, RA Doug (Ryan Hansen) reveals that the doors are locked (or are they?). Now “trapped” inside the building, Doug tries to make everyone get along and build camaraderie amongst the RA staff. Meanwhile, Constance is still struggling with her stomach and refuses to “let it out” anywhere other than a bathroom because “the Lord is watching.”

Just when it seems like everyone is going to reach his or her breaking point, RA Amy (Alison Rich) realizes she actually kept her cell phone the whole time. Amy then tries to go outside for better service, and it’s revealed that the doors were never actually locked. Doug is just a lying liar who lies. Unfortunately, when Amy lets the door close again, it’s really locked this time. They are once again trapped in the building with no bathroom.

Eventually Olivia realizes that forcing her RAs to have training on a Saturday (with no snacks!) might’ve been a bit much. She apologizes for her mistake and comes up with a plan to get the computerized doors to open. In an endless string of bad luck, however, Tyler’s lighter is out of gas. They realize they have no way to set off the fire alarm to open the doors.

Thankfully, this is the moment when Constance just can’t hold it in anymore (anyone else see the Pitch Perfect references here?) and farts like there’s no tomorrow. Apparently her gas is so toxic, it sets off the carbon monoxide alarm, which forces the doors to unlock. Yay, teamwork!

Final Evaluation

Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor made this episode. His one-liners were spot-on (“Black Sam? Like you couldn’t figure anything else out?”), and his dialogue kept the comedy rolling. This episode definitely picked up the funny after the series lost some in its second episode. Hopefully the rest of the episodes in this season also rise to the occasion.

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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