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'Mike & Molly' fan recap: Operation adoption and the doughnut protocol

Season 6 | Episodes 10–11 | “Baby Bump”/”The Adoption Option” | Aired May 9, 2016

Mike & Molly’s countdown to baby is officially on now that operation adoption is a “go.” The deal for Mike and Molly to adopt Frannie’s baby is all but signed, sealed, and delivered (in a few months, that is), and the first matter of business is sharing the good news with Peggy.

She’s certain Mike and Molly’s news pertains to her recent stool sample, as if they actively seek out the results of her medical examinations. Once she realizes it’s not about her diapers, the excitement of becoming a grandmother nearly gives her a stroke.

Meanwhile, Frannie catches herself a stroke of luck living in the Flynn-Biggs household, depending on when you ask her. Sure, she’s thankful to have a place to call home, but when Molly’s feeding you round-the-clock green juices instead of Lucky Charms? Yeah, Frannie’s sidewalk outside the coffeehouse is starting to look pretty cozy.

When Molly catches wind of Frannie’s post-pregnancy plans, she frets for the future of her child’s birth mother. Frannie plans to move to Portland, where she’ll hand out fliers and dance on a speaker for her friend’s heavy metal band. Some plan, huh? Mike’s all set to let Frannie live her life, but Molly can’t help but meddle.

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After some unauthorized investigative work (see: digging through Frannie’s belongings — we’ve all been there) and some help from Mike and Carl, Molly learns that Frannie has an estranged 28-year-old sister living in Bloomington, Indiana. She hopes that reconciling Frannie with a member of her family will inspire her to not dance on a speaker for a rock band. Wrong.

At first, Frannie isn’t too keen on being reunited with her older sister. She’s still consumed with the anger of Maura leaving her alone with their strict parents. But after they get to talking, Maura offers Frannie — and her baby — a new home. A stable environment with her husband and children. Frannie takes the deal, though still vows to stay true to her promise to Mike and Molly.

But Molly knows Frannie wants to keep her baby and raise little him or her with her sister. No matter how badly Molly wants a baby of her own, she couldn’t live with herself if she robbed Frannie of that opportunity. To the sadness of Mike, Molly, and their entire family, Frannie heads off to Indiana and her new life. It’s back to square one of the adoption option for Mike and Molly.

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CBS/screengrab

Proving some things are more severe than Mike’s workplace doughnut protocol, the whole gang must rise above the heartbreak of losing Frannie’s baby and face the rigidity of the adoption agency’s home visit. If Frannie thought she had it bad with Molly’s green drinks, Molly’s family is in for the rudest of awakenings. Joyce, Vince, and especially Victoria are to forget who they are and plaster on new, pristine personalities.

Surprisingly, everyone’s on their best behavior when the adoption agent comes over with her clipboard of questions, but no one could see a doll decapitation and a no-vacancy issue coming. The crib was fastened together incorrectly and with this whole Full House situation going on, the baby won’t have room to grow up. Why they can’t get an apartment isn’t addressed, but it’s on to the next agency.

With next week’s series finale, Mike & Molly will undoubtedly see television’s funniest and most loving couple share their humor and care with a child of their own. It’ll be tough to say good-bye to the show that balances the heart and the ha-has with veritable ease, but there’s a baby somewhere out there for Mike and Molly, and it’s time for their lives to be full of cribs that don’t decapitate and diapers full of stool samples that don’t belong to Peggy.

Mike & Molly airs back-to-back Monday nights at 8/7C 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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