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'The Player' fan react: Mr. Johnson breaks down

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “A House Is Not a Home” | Aired Nov 5, 2015

Something happened on this week’s The Player episode, “A House Is Not a Home,” that I never thought I’d see. We saw Mr. Johnson quake in his shoes.

Mr. Johnson and Samuel, the judge friend who is part of the Council (the group that makes the rules for the House), were supposed to meet and discuss whether there are some folks Mr. Johnson should be wary of (with Cassandra at the top of Samuel’s suspect list). Mr. Johnson takes Saumel’s advice to visit his old neighborhood, in which he’s become a legend. A streetwise kid gives him a message from an unknown person to visit the mausoleum of Teddy Roe, a person who is still a mystery to us, but was apparently very influential in Mr. Johnson’s life.

Samuel is waiting for him … or so it would seem. In actuality, Samuel’s neck has been slit! Someone killed him, and that shook Mr. Johnson to his core. Not only was his friend and mentor killed in cold blood, but Samuel’s death is a message to Mr. Johnson to watch his back. But from what? From whom? Who wants to do Mr. Johnson in?

All Mr. Johnson knows is that he needs his allies to be on his side, so he calls Cassandra, who is currently doing her own independent investigation of Ginny’s disappearance. Samuel had warned Mr. Johnson about Cassandra’s loyalty, seeing how she still doesn’t know the truth about her family (and Mr. Johnson does). Uncharacteristically, he calls Cassandra, half-mourning, half-venting about what he’s just been through, and asks her to stop whatever she’s doing because he needs all the help he can get. She says she’s loyal to him, but if you look at her face, you can tell she’s still going to continue her investigation into Ginny’s disappearance.

All of this gives me more ammunition for my “Ginny is behind it all” theory. Barbara, Ginny’s mother, told Alex in a drunken stupor that Ginny had never lived an honest day in her life. Ginny is such a good liar, she could have been lying about being caught. She’s not a damsel in distress. She’s got to be the one orchestrating what Samuel called a “death by a thousand cuts.” It’s so obvious that Mr. Johnson has got to suspect her. He should have been suspecting her from the beginning.

Supposing Ginny is behind it all, the real mystery is why she wants to bring down the House. Was she a former Player who somehow made it out? Was she wronged by Mr. Johnson at some point (when he was just known by his first name, Isaiah)? Was her relationship with Alex just a plot to get him into the House so she could use his abilities to take it down from the inside while she works from the outside? Who knows? Also confusing is just what her relationship is with Cassandra. Apparently they were friends. But all of this is leading to somewhere I can’t foresee.

The mystery is such a good one, I think, that it’s a shame the show has been “trimmed.” A few of my reacts have ended with me discussing the nebulous future of The Player. The fate of the show has become even more precarious with it getting the “trimmed” treatment, but NBC and the rest of the networks have begun extolling the merits of online views in a way they haven’t before. On the one hand, it’s encouraging. On the other hand, that small glimmer of encouragement could just be false hope, because how feasible is it to keep a show that’s not doing well during its live spot on the air just for the online audience?

Even though they’re being even more aggressive in their discussions about the importance of online viewership, just how heavily online views are being weighed remains to be seen. If a network decides to renew one of their trimmed shows, that’s when I’ll really begin to think there’s a sea change in how the networks do business. But until then, I’m scared for The Player‘s future, as well as the future for other trimmed shows like Minority Report. These shows deserve a chance, and I hope the networks are as willing to give it to them as they say they are.

As for now, I’m hoping we’ll get to the big reveal of Ginny’s underhandedness before we get to the last of the newly trimmed season. If this is to be our last season with The Player, let’s hope we get a reasonable resolution. It might also be good news if NBC decides to move The Player to Friday. It would appear that for NBC (and Fox, for that matter), Thursdays are their “chill” days—as in, many people tune out of those networks and tune in to ABC. NBC and Fox seem to get the lion’s share of their primetime viewership on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, what with their front-loaded hour-long blocks of Gotham, The Voice, the Chicago Fire/P.D. lineup, and The Mysteries of Laura and Law and Order: SVU.

NBC lucked out on Fridays being a hot night once Grimm—a show I thought they were trying to kill by moving it to what was historically a dead night—flourished in the spot without competition from other shows. Since The Player didn’t get the Monday top-billing it deserves, perhaps it should move to Friday to join Grimm. It could be a two-hour night of action, sci-fi, fantasy, and daring do. I think it could work. If Bones and Sleepy Hollow get to share the same night, why not The Player and Grimm?

What did you think of this episode? Give your opinions below!

The Player airs Thursdays at 10/9C 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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