The Goldbergs – Season 1 Episode 13 – The Other Smother Review

Ohh Bev. It is scary how much she reminds me of my own mother. She is on full force this episode, taking control of everything!

It is in this episode we learn about her nemesis, Betsy. This woman has the perfect children and the perfect suburban life. Beverly Goldberg, being the ‘original warrior and smother’ is not giving up the fight so easily.

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When she finds out Betsy’s son is up for treasurer in the upcoming school election, she quickly does everything she can to push Barry’s political aspirations. Only to discover, her attempts to help are just embarrassing and any teenager would be staring at their mother in horror.

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Erica is adopting some of her mother’s tricks. She has this whole fake schedule made up. Pops, being the voice of trouble and reason, tells her to stop overdoing things and actually apply her skills to what she wants. Poor girl was even photo bombing pictures in the yearbook and writing fake speeches for fake debates. It was great to see a bit of Erica’s life. I feel we have seen her the least, and now we know she has more to her than her looks.

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Because the show is mainly focused on Adam’s recollection of events, it was great to see him having some time to teach his dad a lesson.  This show is constantly showing a back and forth of wrong and right between the parents and the children. Eventually, the parents are right in the end, despite their ridiculousness. The video store theme was fun, and it no doubt reminded the audiences of the good old days and paying that outstanding balance for that missing movie.


Barry’s speech was epic, with ‘Africa’ by Toto playing in the background. Can’t blame him, he went through hell.

Erica as a nerd. Nerica? Nerdica?

Barry/ Berry – You’re both delicious!

It would be nice to see a bit more of them interacting as a family rather than splitting them up.


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