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'Young & Hungry' catch of the week: Lucky strike

Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Young & Bowling” | Aired Jul 13, 2016

When Gabi entered her aunt’s blueberry sour-cream pie in a relative recipe contest, she never could have imagined that she would win the competition or that she’d be forced to reconcile with her estranged family member. She also never could have imagined that her aunt would become a completely different person than she remembered.

Young & Hungry has been one of the most diverse and inclusive shows on the air since the day it began. Even in its fourth season, it continues to open doors that most shows barely crack. “Young & Bowling,” while obviously still humorous, tackled weighty subject matter that walked the tightrope between respectful and offensive. But not once did it teeter into distaste.

Gabi’s catch of the week isn’t some boy, or Josh, or even her award-winning blueberry pie. It’s her Aunt Chris. In order for Gabi to collect her $5,000 in prize money, she needs to track down her aunt. But she hasn’t heard from her aunt, who abandoned her family and didn’t attend her mom’s funeral, in over 10 years. Gabi doesn’t know where she is, but tech wizard Josh locates her in two seconds thanks to her semi-lucrative bowling team in town. Gabi’s about to get the surprise of her life.



While Yolanda hosts a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, aka playing poker and swindling Elliott out of his cherished wedding band, Sofia and Josh accompany Gabi to reconnect with her aunt at the bowling alley. She doesn’t immediately spot her aunt on the Pin Crushers, but there is a man with her aunt’s same name and a “cutie pie” tattoo. Could this man be Gabi’s aunt?

He is, and what Young & Hungry did right with this important but somehow still-controversial-in-2016 storyline was not making it a “thing.” There was never a “very special episode” moment where Chris (played by trans actor Ian Harvie) told his story or dropped definitions. The word “transgender” never came up. It was never meant to educate; it was meant to normalize.

The fact that Gabi allowed the shock to sink in without making Chris’ gender about her says a lot about her character, but it’s a larger comment on how most people don’t react to the trans community. Sure, she was conflicted about the years of resentment she felt toward him, but his gender never mattered. So, she didn’t waive her feelings in the face of being supportive. She still had the difficult conversations while being accepting. And because she’s Gabi, she broke his toe with a bowling ball.



Gabi thinks she’s made a mess of the situation, which is a fair assessment considering her history with making figurative and literal messes. Sofia, or Lil’ So So as she hilariously dubs herself, hires an actress to pose as Gabi’s aunt so she can still cash in on the prize money. But she doesn’t need a stand-in. Chris shows up for Gabi, and they have a heart-to-heart 10 years in the making.

He tells Gabi that he was at her mother’s funeral as he is now, and that’s why she didn’t recognize him. He also tells Gabi that he has wanted to knock on her door and call her for years, but was afraid to, given the circumstances. As hard as we all are on Gabi for being hapless in heels, seeing her unwavering acceptance of her uncle is a good reminder of the humanity behind her cartoonish sitcom character. (And it kind of sparked an interest in seeing Young & Hungry go full political for an episode or an arc. It is an election year, after all.)

But before Gabi and Chris can collect their $5K, they have to patch the hole left in the Pin Crushers. With a little bribing and a lot of pep talk, Gabi coerces Josh, a former bowling prodigy until he fudged a tournament, to fill in for Chris. Gabi and Josh’s friendship, so soon after their latest messy breakup, is a sight to behold. For now, at least. Josh bowls the winning strike and, for once, everybody wins. Especially Elliott, whose wedding band was fake the entire time.

What do you think, Youngries? Is Gabi and Josh’s friendship dangerous? How did you feel about the handling of Chris’ storyline? Sound off in the comments!

Young & Hungry airs Wednesdays at 8/7C on Freeform.

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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