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Season 3 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “A Will They Walks Into a Bar” and “A Won’t They Walks Into a Bar” | Aired October 9, 2015

Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel demanded a lot from the cast and crew of Undateable in their season 3 premiere. Not only was the entire show live (including a bit where Chris D’Elia announces his phone number) but audience members were invited to be background players. How do I know this? Because the cast and crew Periscoped during the breaks. Tweeting was encouraged, videos were posted, and D’Elia’s phone was passed back and forth between anyone with a pulse.

This definitely feels like Undateable is embarking on uncharted uses of social media during live television. Since they aren’t a reality show and voting isn’t a part of their process, fans are given various ways to join the show. Whether you participate as a lucky audience member, or you speak to a cast member on the phone, or you check in with Periscope to be swept away in the energy, everyone involved does a great job of making viewers feel included and part of the process. When David Fynn tells you that he will scratch his shoulder for you on camera, you look for that scratch. Trust me.

Don’t get me started on Undateable’s creative writing staff. My advice is that they should ride TV’s Scott Foley train until the wheels fall off. That’s gold. And he’s hot. It’s a win/win if you think about it.

Speaking of TV’s Scott Foley, Justin (Brent Morin) is livid that Danny (D’Elia) erased Scandal from the DVR before he had a chance to watch his BFF. To punish him, Justin tweets out Danny’s number (cue the live phone bit) and then proceeds to explain in great detail everything that happened on the last episode of Empire. A deflated Danny whines about spoilers and it’s Candace (Bridgit Mendler) who chimes in that she likes spoilers. She prefers to know what’s going to happen. Shelly reminds everyone that it’s best to watch stuff when it comes out live. All the cast members break character, throw a fierce look at the camera and nod, acknowledging that what they are currently in the middle of doing is both rare and awesome.

Justin breaks the silence with a baseball update and Brett (Fynn) delivers a well-timed Justin Bieber penis joke. Clearly one of the benefits of live television is how news-related items can easily turn into gags. Well played, writers. Candace and Justin announce that they are going to start dating at midnight (10.10.2015) because the number 10 is symbolic of change and harmony. Then they harmonize. I love when they do that.

Later, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich) walks in with a new short haircut. She expects a big reaction from Burski (Rick Glassman), but he’s too busy with his girlfriend. A pretty blonde walks up, eager to meet Adam’s friends.

Danny: Who’s Adam?
Burski: That’s my first name.

The friends finally figure out how Burski landed such a hot girl—she thinks he’s blind. Leslie urges Burski to come clean. When he doesn’t, she walks over to the table and flashes him. Thanks to his epic reaction, the relationship is now over.

The spotlight on Burski switches to Justin and Candace. In three minutes, they will be an official couple! Unfortunately, Danny decides this is the perfect time to remind the sweet little barmaid that she has more to lose should things go south in the relationship. If they ever break up, Justin would get the friends because they’ve known him longer. Candace pauses, Justin begs her to forget Danny’s ramblings, and TV’s Scott Foley walks in with congratulatory roses and champagne.

After a bro hug with his boy Scott Foley, Justin broods about Candace’s hesitation. He naturally blames Danny for this bump in the road. Danny defends himself by reminding Justin that what he said was true. Things get heated and the roommates launch into a Truth Battle. D’Elia stumbles through a few of his lines making Morin left to shuffle through the bit. It was the only time I felt anxious watching the show.

Justin pleads with Candace to reconsider the strange friendship kink that his been laid before them and asks her if she would like to participate in a Friend Draft? Chris D’Elia jumps in with a hilarious monologue that speaks to the different Danny aliases he could offer during the draft. This goes on for several minutes. By the looks of his fellow cast mates, it’s clear that some of his lines were improv. Was he trying to make up for the glitches earlier in the show? Probably. P.S.: It worked. I love when a live cast can’t hold their laughter back and eventually break.

Back to the Friend Draft! Candace picks Leslie, Justin picks Brett, Candace picks Shelly (Ron Funches), and Justin picks, you guessed it, TV’s Scott Foley.

With Danny left on the bench, the Friend Draft quickly gets out of hand. Ranking friends tends to set people on edge. When Scott Foley calls Leslie’s hair into question, a fight breaks out that ends with Leslie kissing Scott Foley. Oh, to be Bianca Kajlich in that moment. And she gets to do it again for the West Coast feed!

The fight proves that Candace and Justin don’t need to date. Danny feels awful, apologizes to Justin (in his own Star Wars way), and encourages him to make things right with Candace. When all they do is steal glances at each other at the bar, Danny shoves the love birds together, mere inches from each other, and demands they conduct the Chemistry Test. You can’t be that close without kissing. After a LONG time nose-to-nose, Candace breaks and lays one on Justin.

And just like that, the undateable are dateable.

Pickup Lines
I have a huge surprise for you.
Danny: I’ve seen you in bike shorts. At best it’s a medium-size surprise.

Leslie: Give me one good reason why that girl is with him.
Brett: I can give you four: green card, hired escort, organ theft, or Burski created her using a 3-D printer.

TV’s Scott Foley: I was there when Felicity cut her hair, so I know about mistakes.

Shelly: With a great rack comes great responsibilities.

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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