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'Fuller House' roundtable: Sister wives

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Moving Day” | Aired Feb 26, 2016

The EW Community contributors have been excited about Netflix’s Fuller House for some time now. This week, Erin Conley, Tamar Barbash, and Terri Clark chatted live as they watched the second episode.

Erin: This shot from the point of view of the fridge is a bit strange.

Terri: Having Ramona—a tween non-family member—move in will be an added challenge.

Tamar: Yeah, and it comes on the heels of these kids losing their father.

Erin: Kimmy’s bacon-and-eggs scarf, though …

Terri: “Come here, sister wife.” I die!

Erin: Terri, I think your prediction was correct that we would get more Kimmy in this episode. Certainly a lot of her, including literally, in terms of this image of her head she just hung up on the wall.

Tamar: Of course Kimmy has a fathead of herself.

Terri: Kimmy is going to be that mother who always embarrasses you.

Erin: I have to say, Candace Cameron Bure is doing a pretty good job of carrying this episode without the original guys. But Max is still upstaging everyone.

Tamar: He’s too much! I wish they’d spread out the original guys a little more, rather than having them all in the pilot and then disappearing.

Terri: I think the plan is to have them “stop by” periodically throughout the series. I’ll bet we see them in about half the episodes. I’d guess we’ll see Stamos more than the others because he’s the executive producer who brought the show back.

Erin: I enjoy how they thought that we may have forgotten DJ works at a pet clinic, despite the fact that she brings it up at every opportunity. Also, what happened to Comet Junior Junior Junior?!

Terri: Good question! Maybe he has his own room.

Erin: Max is Danny Junior Junior for sure.

Tamar: But the obsessive cleaning characteristic is so much more endearing on a little kid.

Terri: Yes, and Kimmy’s daughter is looking like a mini-me version of her, aka the nuisance of the house.

Erin: This scene is clearly meant to point out how Stephanie is now in the Uncle Jesse role. Also, they have really upgraded that kitchen backsplash.

Tamar: Yeah, they really seem to think we won’t get things if they don’t spell them out very explicitly.

Terri: I agree that Stephanie is taking up those reins and they’re being a little heavy-handed. Do you think it would seem as glaring to people who are checking out the show on Netflix and maybe aren’t as familiar with Full House?

Erin: Are people watching this who haven’t seen the original? I honestly don’t think it would be at all appealing if not for the nostalgia factor. “I changed so many of Michelle’s diapers, I feel like there were two of her.” I see what they did there.

Terri: She’d better hope Tommy doesn’t need another change soon.

Erin: I take back everything snarky I said about DJ’s pet-clinic job if it means we get random adorable dogs every episode.

Terri: Okay, I’m sold on the kid who plays Jackson too. Michael Campion is a cutie.

Erin: This car green screen is … a thing that’s happening.

Terri: I knew DJ was setting Stephanie up.

Tamar: But being mad at Stephanie and Kimmy here is silly. Jackson is old enough to navigate around them. It could have happened just as easily if DJ had been home. If anything, I feel she should be telling Jackson to apologize for doing this to his aunt.

Terri: There is truth to all that, especially the apology to Stephanie and Kimmy. However, they clearly weren’t checking on him if he was gone that long. Hopefully Jeff Franklin is just a little rusty. It’s been almost 30 years since Full House, and he’s got to find that voice again.

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Erin: ARE THE CHILDREN DRINKING MARGARITAS?

Tamar: I was just going to ask that exact question.

Erin: At this point, I’m expecting Joey will visit in episode three to hit us over the head with the parallels he has with Kimmy.

Terri: Fair enough. I’ll pay you $10 if that happens.

Erin: I feel like they’re setting up a Jackson/Ramona thing, maybe? I feel weird about it. And I still have questions about whether the children were drinking margaritas.

Tamar: This is what I’m saying. It adds a very different dynamic to the whole premise.

Terri: That occurred to me too, but no, please no. That would be weirdly incestuous, even if they aren’t family. Plus, I’d rather they have a brother-sister vibe as they help each other traverse first crushes, bullies, and all the coming-of-age storylines you’d come to expect from the brains behind Full House.

Tamar: I don’t know. I know they wanted to keep the symmetry with the original with Kimmy/Joey and the switching rooms, but for me, adding Ramona really doesn’t work. Having Joey was legitimately helpful. He was there solely to help Danny. Having a tween makes Kimmy an entirely different kind of resource, and moving rooms because of another kid feels like an unnecessarily unfair transition to push on kids who are grieving.

Terri: It’ll be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out. As the only girl, being a “surrogate” sister to DJ’s three boys could work.

Erin: I’m curious to see if they space out the guest appearances between the original guys, or if they let the “new” family ever stand fully on its own. This episode was less thrilling than the first to me, but still fun.

Terri: I think it was less thrilling partially because they weren’t constantly throwing in fan bait.

Tamar: I worry that without the fan bait, there’s not much to it. The heavy nostalgia feels like the biggest thing it’s got going for it.

Terri: Eventually it’ll have to settle into its own thing. I’m a huge Girl Meets World fan, and it’s done an exceptional job of finding its own footing and creating its own fan base; at the same time, it still occasionally recognizes the original and gives nostalgic nods to Boy Meets World. I hope Fuller House can make that same kind of transition.

Erin: Honestly, this second episode was just really lacking in Comet Junior Junior Junior or any other descendants.

Terri: Note to showrunners: Please introduce more fur to Fuller House for Erin.

All 13 episodes of season one of Fuller House are now streaming on Netflix.

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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