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'Young & Hungry' catch of the week: Friends with questionable benefits

Season 4 | Episode 10 | “Young & Screwed” | Aired Aug 3, 2016

It’s the “friends with benefits” tale as old as time. Well, it’s at least a tale as old as the pair of romantic comedies from 2011 about the precarious arrangement. Adding a new spin on the story, Young & Hungry’s Gabi and Josh introduce the revolutionary yet slightly psychotic idea of a Sex Punch Card™ (copyright Gabi Diamond, 2016).

The season finale picks up where Gabi and Josh left off: naked in bed, post regrettable make-up, spur-of-the-moment sex. Theirs is a love story built on true fire and passion. Kidding, but one of these days, they do have to get it together and stop avoiding the inevitable. The question is: How much longer will they allow their issues to ruin their chance for actual romance?

In a completely unforeseeable and not at all contrived plot device meant to push Gabi and Josh together (I see you, Young & Hungry), Gabi and Sofia’s apartment building needs fumigating. Instead of heading to the suggested sketchy hotel, they — along with building-mate Yolanda — bunk at Josh’s penthouse. And Elliott and Alan, torn up over Keisha returning to her family, seek refuge at Josh’s. It’s a full house. What could go wrong?



Evidently, quite a bit could go wrong. Gabi and Josh want to keep their casual-sex deal under wraps from their friends, especially Sofia, who would be none too pleased with another round of de-Josh-ing Gabi when it all falls apart. But they find it almost impossible to live in such close quarters without being tempted to jump in bed. On the first night as roomies, they can’t sleep and decide to just be friends. That resolve lasts for a cool three seconds before they end up making out on the kitchen floor.

First, they’re nearly caught by a sleepwalking Yolanda. Then Sofia’s up and at ’em at 4 a.m., on the hunt for kombucha for Logan. Then they find Elliott tossing and turning on the couch. Finally, it’s all too much for them, and they confess to Alan that they’re sleeping together for fun, with no intention of getting back together. He advises them to have sex only 10 times. Anything more will lead to catching feelings. Enter the Sex Punch Card™.

They each have four more opportunities to cash in on their friends-with-benefits rewards program. Although they understand the definition of moderation (kind of), Elliott does not. He downs two bottles of wine to ease the hurt of losing Keisha to her family. And to think, he didn’t even like her at first. He drinks a $4,000 bottle and hastily replaces it with (what’s probably) Two Buck Chuck. Suddenly, he’s no longer inconsolable and can love again. Namely, his and Alan’s new dog, Yentl.



Gabi and Josh elect to save their sexcapades for a rainy day. A literal rainy day rolls around, and Josh finds a trail of clothing leading up to the shower in his bedroom. Little does he know, the clothes belong to Sofia. He walks in on Sofia showering, thinking it’s Gabi. The cat’s out of the bag, and Sofia storms out of the penthouse wearing a towel. (That’s how you know you’re 100 percent done.)

Gabi ignores Sofia’s contempt for the rekindling of whatever “thing” she has with Josh. She tries to follow through with their rainy day special, but she realizes she’s been selfish. An open letter to Gabi: It took you this long to realize that you can be self-involved? But honestly, who isn’t selfish from time to time? With lovably unlikeable television characters like Girls’ Hannah and The Mindy Project’s Mindy, it seems practically normal to never ask your friends about their lives. But that doesn’t excuse Gabi from disregarding Sofia’s new job.

Thankfully, Gabi chooses Sofia over another meaningless romp in the sheets with Josh. She even goes so far as to rip up her Sex Punch Card™ and throw it in the trash. Gabi’s third-act revelation, that best friendships are more important than uncertain relationships, highlights some major growth in Young & Hungry. Even though she picked the card out of the trash, Gabi at least recognizes that her behavior isn’t exemplary. She knows what she’s doing could be potentially dangerous, but she’s willing to risk it on the off chance that she and Josh actually belong together. And we all know that they do.

What do you think, Youngries? Should Gabi and Josh just throw in the towel and get back together? What do you hope to see next season? 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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