EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Recovery Road' fan recap: Sunday Funday

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “My Loose Thread” | Aired Feb 22, 2016

This week on Recovery Road, it’s the Sunday after Maddie threw the “small” birthday party for her boyfriend, Zach. While her friends are recovering, Maddie is meeting with her guidance counselor, Cynthia, and choosing a sponsor. Giving it little thought, Maddie chooses Cynthia to be her sponsor on her journey through sobriety. Unfortunately, Maddie’s mom doesn’t think it’s such a great idea, and, surprisingly, neither does Wes.

Maddie’s mom, Charlotte, tells Cynthia that it seems like a bad idea for Cynthia to be Maddie’s sponsor because Maddie will have to open up to her about things going on in her private life. Instead, Charlotte believes Maddie should be entrusting her mom with her deepest secrets. Clearly Charlotte doesn’t know anything about teens, because everyone knows your parents are the last people you’d want to tell your deepest, darkest secrets to. Unless your mom is Lorelai Gilmore … and Charlotte is definitely not that kind of parent.

Still, Charlotte demands Maddie find a new sponsor. Thankfully, Cynthia doesn’t really care for Charlotte’s opinions, and although she tells Maddie that she can no longer be her permanent sponsor, she says she can be Maddie’s temporary sponsor … indefinitely. As long as Charlotte doesn’t find out, that is. Let’s see how long they can keep this under wraps.

Besides getting a sponsor, Maddie also made a lot of strides in her sobriety journey during this episode by spending the day with Wes, thereby finally allowing the “Waddie” ship to sail. This is despite the fact that Maddie technically still has a boyfriend. But, let’s face it, he’s irrelevant. From building a model plane to breaking out Wes’ grandma from her nursing home, Maddie and Wes had a very memorable Sunday. And the icing on the cake was hearing Wes tell Maddie that she makes things better for him. She really does.

Unfortunately for Wes, his perfect Sunday was wrecked when his brother, who’s also his dealer, showed up at the sober house asking where their grandmother is. Apparently Wes’ mother wants to know who has power of attorney over Wes’ grandmother. Why Wes’ mom needs this information remains unclear, but one can guess it’s not for anything good. Wes, being the perfect grandson that he is, refuses to give up any information to his brother, at least for now. Their conversation was cut off when Trish came running in, crying because her daughter is missing.

Recovery Road

Trish’s Sunday was already a roller coaster of emotions before she even discovered her daughter was gone. After being hired by Margarita to work as a waitress in Margarita’s restaurant, Trish was excited to get to work. But things didn’t go as planned. Trish struggled as a waitress. She mixed up orders, spilled drinks, and chatted up customers who really just wanted to eat. Annoyed, Margarita yelled at Trish for being incompetent and fired her.

However, after talking to her husband (whom she stabbed a few times before she got sober) and her (very cute) son, Margarita decided to give Trish another chance—just like she’d been given one in the past. Trish is overjoyed and is finally given a place in the restaurant where she excels. After talking to her sponsor, Trish believes she can talk to her mom about getting her daughter back. This, of course, leads to the discovery that her daughter has gone missing.

This episode ended with two major cliffhangers, so fans will have to wait until next week to find out what exactly happened to Trish’s daughter, and just how much of a bad guy Wes’ brother is. Next week could either have a happy ending or end in complete disaster. Let’s hope that for Trish’s sake, it’s the former.

Recovery Road airs Mondays at 9/8C on Freeform (formerly ABC Family).

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

You May Like