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'Undateable' fan recap: Take it to church

Season 3 | Episode 3 | “A Rock and a Hard Place Walks Into a Bar” Aired October 16, 2015

As the writers of Undateable continue to settle into the rhythm of a weekly live show, a pattern has emerged consisting of the ingredients needed for this cast to slam dunk 22 minutes of comedy. Here’s what you need in order to be a huge success:

Embrace social media.

Not only does Bill Lawrence Periscope table readings, but the entire cast and crew bombard social media in the minutes leading up to and during the live show. The audience feels like we are part of this great moment, and it’s glorious.

Invite a different musical guest each week.
If you’re not big enough to land a gig on Saturday Night Live, Undateable is the venue for you. Kodaline was the lucky band who had the chance to showcase their talents in front of a live audience—and anyone who may be watching NBC on a Friday night.

Always remind audiences that Undateable is live.
In this episode, Shelly decided to see what was on NBC. He flipped on the television and his own face stared back at him. Burski informed Shelly that he wasn’t watching NBC, but a security camera. Cut to a “random crowd” cheering. Say hello to the Undateable live studio audience. The same goes for Shelly’s insistence that TV characters need catchphrases. #TakeItToChurch

Mention a current, trending news item.
Brett: Did you guys read the news? Playboy is not doing nudes anymore.
Burski: Does the Internet still exist?
Brett: Yeah.
Burski: I think I’ll be fine.

Write a bit that has Brent Morin and Chris D’Elia “fighting.”

Danny is upset that Candace convinced a girl he met on Tinder named Jenny (her name was Judy) to not sleep with him because Danny didn’t know Jenny-Judy’s last name. Danny thinks that Justin needs to set his woman straight. When Justin waffles, Danny challenges him and Justin retorts by holding up his dukes—meet Marvin and Gaye. Morin and D’Elia banter back and forth for a solid two minutes, including a little obvious improv for good measure. I could watch this all day long.

Troll Bill Lawrence’s cell phone for a celebrity guest.
Sarah Chalke of Scrubs fame visits the bar this week. She drinks her chardonnay in her Elliot Reid white doctor’s jacket and stethoscope around her neck. Danny makes fun of her for wearing a costume from a show that ended five years ago. Chalke dares him to keep his little show running for nine years and see if he doesn’t wear his signature leather jacket when he goes out for a drink. Hot blond doctor for the burn win!

Justin experiences a meltdown.
Candace is irritated that Danny asked Justin to talk to her about Jenny-Judy. She cuts to the quick by calling Danny middle-aged. Justin begins to panic when he sees his roommate and girlfriend at each other’s throats. When they ask him to choose sides, he officially breaks and hides in his office.

Bring Danny to tears.
Candace apologizes to Danny for ruining his evening with Jenny-Judy. Danny understands that Candace was looking out for him. You know, girl power and everything. Candace admits that doesn’t care about Jenny-Judy. She just wants Danny to find a nice girl. (This elicited an “awwww” from the audience and a perfect “come on” look from D’Elia.) Danny fights the tears when Candace goes for the jugular, telling Danny that she likes who he is as a person. He pushes through the emotions for a solid minute.

No one can resist a sing-along.
Candace knows the only way she can get Justin out of his office is if she starts singing “Summer Lovin'” from Grease. When she belts out the first verse, Justin pokes his head out and finished the line. Even though he’s participating in the sing-along, he still won’t come out unless Danny joins in … with feeling. Cue the entire cast performing their bar version of the beloved hit.

The only thing that is missing from this recipe is another appearance by TV’s Scott Foley. Let’s get on that, Bill Lawrence. I know you’re reading this!

Pickup Lines

Justin: I’ve always dreamed of this—me with my boo, you with yours. If this keeps up, four tickets on a Disney Cruise!
Danny: Don’t make me say the four words you’ve always wanted to hear. You’re my best fr—
Justin: Stop it! I don’t want it like this!

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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