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'Recovery Road' fan recap: Family isn't everything

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “The Weaklings”| Aired Mar 14, 2014

This week’s episode of Recovery Road was all about family, and if you think Charlotte’s parenting is bad, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Rebecca’s older sister, Penelope, has graduated from medical school and her parents are throwing the party to end all parties. Everyone’s invited. Although neither Rebecca nor Maddie wants to attend the function, they’re both forced to go against their will.

For Maddie, she just doesn’t like Rebecca’s parents and hates the fact that her mother wants to play nice with them just so Charlotte can get some new clients. Still, wanting to support her mother, Maddie goes along with it. Well … at first, anyway.

If you remember Rebecca’s flashbacks, Rebecca’s father is the worst—but her mother is no better. At one point during the party, Rebecca’s mom pulls Maddie aside and basically apologizes to Maddie for all of Rebecca’s bad choices and says she hopes Maddie doesn’t think less of Rebecca’s family because of Rebecca’s choices. Because, of course, the only thing Rebecca’s mother is worried about is how she looks to other people. She then proceeds to tell Maddie she’s always thought of her as “one of my own.” Somehow Maddie finds it in her to accept this interesting compliment.

It isn’t until Rebecca’s dad makes his speech to his elder daughter that Maddie just can’t take it anymore. In his speech, Rebecca’s father basically insinuates that some of his children have turned out better than others, and although no parent should choose a favorite, he of course, chooses Penelope, who plans on being a doctor just like him. Unable to withstand the underhanded insults being thrown her way, Rebecca leaves the party, that honestly, she shouldn’t have even bothered to attend in the first place.

But Maddie’s had it. No longer able to keep her mouth shut and smile, she interrupts Rebecca’s father’s speech to question his “support” for his family members.

Unable to stay quiet any longer Maddie finally stands up for Rebecca.

Not holding back, Maddie tells Rebecca’s family and everyone in attendance that she’s staying at the sober house with Rebecca, and she’s seen what a good person Rebecca is. She explains that Rebecca has a disease and she’s doing her best to overcome it. Maddie even admitts to not being there for Rebecca when she needed her but knows now that she made a mistake. And then when Rebecca’s father asks Charlotte if she’ll step in, she stands by Maddie’s side and agrees with her daughter. Charlotte even questions Rebecca’s mother, asking how she could abandon Rebecca the way that she has.

All in all, Rebecca and Charlotte put everyone in their place and walk out hand in hand like queens. The whole moment is inspiring. It’s so inspiring that one would think Charlotte would finally tell Maddie that she was the one that had Cynthia check her locker way back in the first episode. Unfortunately, that’s not what Charlotte tells Maddie.

Instead, Charlotte chooses to continue her bonding moment with her daughter by telling Maddie she’s kind of seeing someone. Maddie tells Cynthia she was kind of interested in Wes, which would’ve made every Waddie shipper’s heart swell with happiness—if it weren’t for the fact that while Maddie was admitting her feelings, Wes was kissing his ex.

Wes kisses Harper

That’s right, Harper’s back, and she’s still just as infuriating as ever. Supposedly, she’s really clean this time and she’s here to help Wes. Turns out Wes’s brother, Asa, lied—not that that’s really surprising. According to Harper, Asa’s friend shot someone, and now Wes has to get rid of the gun before something even worse happens. Without a second thought, Wes believes Harper and takes the gun, hiding it in a hole in what seems like the middle of nowhere—but it’s actually where he and his brother used to hang out as kids.

When Harper asks how Wes knows Asa won’t find it, Wes says Asa won’t remember it. This seems like foreshadowing for next week. That gun is probably going to come back and bite Wes. For now, he and Harper parted ways after a quick makeout session that no one needed or wanted to see. Although Harper tried to convince Wes to go with her, Wes decided to stick with his program in the sober house. Go Wes!

It’s unclear whether Wes will tell Maddie about the kiss with Harper. Technically, he and Maddie aren’t officially dating, but it does seem like something Wes should at least mention before it’s something else that comes back and bites him. For now, Maddie was too busy reconciling with Rebecca to talk to Wes anyway.

Rebecca and Maddie finally bury the hatchet.

After returning to the sober house, Maddie sees Rebecca watching a video of Maddie’s speech at the party. Not wanting to interrupt, Maddie walks away, but Rebecca sees her and runs out of her room and gives Maddie a hug. By the time Wes gets back to the house, the two girls are laughing and crying together in Rebecca’s room. Let’s hope Maddie’s other friends can get along with Rebecca now and vice versa, otherwise, this renewed friendship may not last very long.

Something that definitely won’t last much longer is Cynthia’s engagement. Although she finally told Craig she can’t keep texting him anymore, it’s clear she and her fiancé are having issues. Even with Craig out of the picture, it would be very surprising if Cynthia actually makes it down the wedding aisle.

Next week’s episode looks filled with drama now that Trish is back and Vern is making a reappearance. Who knows what could happen next in the sober house?

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

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