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Season 2 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “Flash Mob/Frieriet” and “Searching for Bergman/Ljuden” | Aired July 19, 2015

Welcome to Sweden‘s second season premiered last night, picking up exactly where we left off last summer. Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) met at the airport, each professing his or her love for the other. It was delightfully romantic!

Fast-forward to the current day, where Bruce is asking Emma’s parents, Viveka and Birger (the wonderful Lena Olin and Claes Mansson), for their daughter’s hand in marriage. After laughing hysterically, Viveka’s answer is a sharp “No.” Who cares that Bruce doesn’t have a job and can’t provide for a family? Emma deserves someone who is taller.

While Viveka tries to convince Bruce that Emma probably has little interest in getting married at all, Emma is trying to win the affection of the new gal in town (hi, Neve Campbell!), who has been hired to rework the bank’s image. Apparently no one wants a hypothetical boring person (not you, Sven) to handle money. And the only way to prove that the bank has its pulse on society is to jump on the social media bandwagon! It’s selfie time!

Once the Board of Directors team selfie goes viral, Emma realizes that she has a boring face in staged pictures. It’s so completely awful that some Internet trolls have made her image into a meme. Think Olympian McKayla Maroney, but worse. Bruce decides to hold off on wedding talk since her mood is less than desirable. Like Sven.

The next day, Amy Poehler (yay for cameos!) asks Bruce to be “the guy” for Stockholm. Bruce is confused. Amy explains that every city has “the guy,” and she wants him to be “the guy” for Jason Priestley. Bruce is uninterested in schlepping Brandon Walsh around town. (IS HE CRAZY?) Unfortunately, Amy already promised Jason that Bruce would do it. It’s time to break out the 90210 trivia board game.

What? Was I the only one who owned that?

More important than Peach Pit trivia is the small task of purchasing an engagement ring. Bruce opts for the traditional Swedish ring with intricate diamonds. The big one costs $25,000. There’s no way Bruce can be “the guy” enough to score that much rock. It’s a good thing it doesn’t matter, since Emma is mediocre about the idea of marriage anyway. Let’s sprinkle rose petals on the roof and find out if she likes it!

Bruce takes Emma’s hand and kisses her normal, boring, Swedish face. He leads her out the door. Surprise! It’s her brother Gustav (Christopher Wagelin)! He’s been kicked out of their parents’ house and is now going to live with Bruce and Emma. Hooray! And as a big thank-you, he’s going to organize a flash-mob proposal for Bruce. What could go wrong?

When Gustav is involved, a lot can go wrong. Although his heart is in the right place (spray-painting pigeons white to resemble doves), the entire plan falls apart when the first two soloists enthusiastically grab Emma. She karate-chops both of their faces and runs the opposite way from the flash mob. Strike two. That night, Emma asks Bruce what he thinks of marriage. He’s all for it! Emma suggests they get married. Especially since her boyfriend is American and will insist on buying her a huge ring. #winning

Bruce puts the engagement on hold again so he can fully concentrate on being Jason Priestley’s guy. Jason has only one request—Ingmar Bergman. Bruce promises he will do everything he can to arrange a meet with the famous film director. Jason rolls his eyes. Bergman died in 2007. All he wants is to meet someone who worked with him.

Bruce tries to locate someone who knew Bergman intimately, but they all seem to be deceased. When Jason threatens to get another “guy,” Bruce panics. He promises an assistant director the next day. Enter Bengt, played by the effervescent Per Svensson.

Bengt is thrilled to learn that he will be meeting Jason Priestley. He decides to channel his inner assistant director and dives straight into the bizarre world of method acting. All the great American actors do it, like Van Damme and Schwarzenegger. As the afternoon progresses, he actually believes he worked with Bergman.

Priestley is happy. Bengt is happy, and “the guy” gets paid.

Welcome to wedding season, Bruce.

Welcome to Sweden airs Sundays at 8/7C on NBC.

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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