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'Resident Advisors' fan recap: The not-so-motivational speaker

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Motivational Speaker” | Aired Apr 9, 2015

A replacement Doug, a never-ending erection, a crazy motivational speaker, and Elizabeth Banks. What more could you ask for in this episode of Resident Advisors?

Absolutely nothing. This episode was jam-packed with so many hilarious incidents that made me laugh for the whole 23-minute-long episode.

Here’s the report.


Incident No. 1: Replacement Doug

When RA Doug (Ryan Hansen) has jury duty, he sends in a “replacement” he found on TaskRabbit. “Replacement Doug” is a big black man who looks nothing like Doug but sticks to his role as Doug’s replacement and only answers to the name Doug (we don’t even know his real name). Using a pamphlet of “Eight Easy Steps to be Doug Weiner,” “Replacement Doug” gets to work by helping resident Leslie (Daryl Sabara) get rid of his erection, which leads to the next incident.

Incident No. 2: The endless erection

In an attempt to make his … package bigger, Leslie got enhancement pills from Bolovia and took double the dosage. Leslie’s boner is going three hours strong by the time he calls Doug. Although Leslie isn’t fooled by “Replacement Doug,” he’s still willing to take any help he can get. “Replacement Doug” then takes him to Dr. Elizabeth Banks, who tells Leslie she’ll have to stick a needle into his penis to drain the blood for his erection to go away. Ouch!

Not ready to go under that kind of treatment, Leslie and “Replacement Doug” try alternative methods to fix the problem. From ice baths to uncomfortable topics, nothing seems to help Leslie. Finally, just when they’re about to call it quits, “Replacement Doug” comes up with an idea. Enlisting his cousin, Kiki (Girl Code‘s Nicole Byer), to seduce (?) Leslie, Leslie’s erection finally disappears. Kiki didn’t even have to touch him.

Incident No. 3: A not-so-motivating motivational speaker

RA Sam (Andrew Bachelor) hires Dr. Michaela Roberts (Glee‘s Jayma Mays) as the motivational speaker for a program he’s hosting for his residents. However, the speaker isn’t what she seems. She begins her speech by discussing how she was crack baby, leading Olivia (Jamie Chung) to escort Dean Berber’s children quickly out of the room. Dr. Roberts continues to discuss how she was born with chlamydia, and the long list of other issues she’s been through.

Her life story only ends when she catches RA Tyler (Graham Rogers) talking to Sam. Dr. Roberts proceeds to then talk down to Tyler, criticizing him and claiming his family doesn’t care about him. When Sam tries to defend Tyler, Dr. Roberts calls them both up to the stage and asks the audience to say terrible things about Sam. Tyler eventually comes to Sam’s defense and inevitably starts the show’s first bromance. Dr. Roberts somehow turns this “experiment” around and claims she used Tyler and Sam to demonstrate how the audience treated her when she was talking about her life (i.e., like she didn’t matter). In a twist of events, Dr. Roberts actually motivates the crowd by telling them they need to have “heart and balls” to survive in the world. Amen.

Incident No. 4: Dean Berber is in love with Olivia

Just like her RAs, Olivia comes up with some terrible ideas in times of crisis. Her worst idea yet was telling Dean Berber that she’s dreamed of having sexual fantasies with her in an attempt to keep Dean Berber from hearing what Dr. Roberts had to say. Unfortunately for Olivia, Dean Berber returns these feelings. She too has dreamed of what their relationship could be, and is excited that Olivia has admitted her feelings. Now scarred for life, Olivia struggles to find a way out of the hole she’s dug herself into.

Telling the Dean that they shouldn’t do anything and it would be unprofessional only seems to ignite Dean Berber’s passion even more. So much so that Dean Berber kisses Olivia just to get it out of her system before they have to go back to business as usual. Not sure how to tell the Dean that she was only pretending, Olivia accepts the kiss, then immediately tries to wipe it from her mouth (and her memory) forever.

Notable Highlights

After watching Tyler flirt with resident Rachel the whole episode, Sam finally admits he has feelings for her. The ship has officially set sail. Also, Dean Berber’s kids ruined Christmas for RA Amy (Alison Rich) when they revealed Santa isn’t real. Amy turned the tables on them, however, when she reflected on how wonderful it is that parents would pretend to be Santa and give kids the presents they’ve been asking for without taking any of the credit. This makes the kids eternally grateful to Dean Berber when they see her.

Final Evaluation

Resident Advisors is like a fine wine that has only gotten better with age. Each episode gets bigger and funnier, and the guest stars are fantastic. I’m never sure what to expect with the show, but recently it’s been on the top of its game. Here’s to hoping that the last three episodes of this first season are just as good, if not better.

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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