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Season 6 | Episode 3 | “Peg O’ My Heart Attack” | Aired Jan 20, 2016

Unlike some of its sitcom brethren, Mike & Molly has rarely, if at all, tapped into the drama that happens on the other side of comedy. For that reason, it came as a shock when the episode’s plot featured Peggy having a heart attack. But in true Mike & Molly fashion, Peggy’s health crisis didn’t occur without a heavy dosage of laughs.

“What are you doing next Wednesday at 5:30 a.m.?” Peggy asks Molly over dinner with Mike. “Unless I get a paper route, I will be sleeping,” Molly retorts. Still, Peggy invites her along to her church group’s bus trip to a casino in Rockford. Molly barks about why she doesn’t want to go, so fiercely that Peggy keels over after being called a “joyless fun-sucker.” Ouch.

Before Peggy can even fathom forming a formidable girl squad and recreating the “Bad Blood” music video, she’s writhing on the ground in pain with Mike at her aid. Molly can’t find her cell phone to call 911, so she uses the landline to call her cell. Girl runs around with her head in the clouds, but damn if it isn’t hilarious.

Joyce, Vince, and Victoria join Molly at the hospital, but Molly skates around her role in the heart attack when they press for details. Somehow, “I nearly killed my mother-in-law” doesn’t roll right off the tongue. Molly tells them she and Peggy engaged in a “spirited” conversation, and we are all Victoria when she deadpans: “So you were really giving it to her?”

Mike and Molly feel different shades of guilt. Mike fears he hasn’t shown his mother enough love, while Molly spruces up Peggy’s place with fresh flowers to lighten her heavy conscience. Unfortunately for Molly, the flowers don’t do the trick. “Get the hell out of my house,” Peggy first says upon returning home from the hospital—words that cut deeper than any rose’s thorn.

Molly butters up Peggy

Molly, ever the happy-go-lucky fighter, doesn’t take Peggy’s hate to heart. Nope, not all. Denial is one of the stages of grief, of course. She makes Peggy soup, but it leads to a fight with Mike. He throws the nastiest of barbs, asking “Haven’t you done enough?”

But the truth is that neither of them have done enough. Although Molly doesn’t like Peggy, she realizes that somewhere along the way Peggy made Molly love her. Peggy didn’t deserve Molly’s harsh put downs. And Mike realizes that he needs to start thinking about the future of caring for his mother. He gets more than he bargains for when he helps Peggy with her broken shower caddy. Mike hears his mom allude to shaving somewhere he’d never want to know about, he slips, and he falls. Suddenly, the back pain is welcome.

Mike’s fall lands him in the hospital and high out of his mind on painkillers. Molly treads lightly with Peggy, who eventually admits she was hurt that Molly wouldn’t go on the casino trip with her. After everything they had been through together, Peggy started to see Molly as a friend (though frenemy would be more appropriate) rather than her daughter-in-law. One hug later, Molly sits beside Peggy on the bus to Rockford with a group of white-haired seniors.

Mike & Molly has been a consistent player in the throwback sitcom game since its start. But in this day and age, the line between comedy and drama is blurrier than an astigmatic’s vision. The show gently sprinkles low-stakes drama here and there, but considering that we are in the final stretch of Mike and Molly’s story, now is the time to dig deeper. With a talent like Melissa McCarthy in the lead, let the ugly tears fall. We can handle it.

Mike & Molly airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on CBS.

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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