The Goldbergs – Season 2 Episode 4 – Shall We Play A Game? Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 15.03.52Bev, oh freakin’ Bev. This woman is my reason to live! She’s so un-cool, she’s cool. Erica doesn’t seem to think the same, so she starts spending time with Louise, ‘the cool mum’. She is the mother of one of Erica’s best friends, and the girls have been spending all their free time with her.  Trips to the mall, manicures, the whole nine yards. Continue reading

The Goldbergs – Season 2 Episode 3 – The Facts of Bleeping Life Review

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The time machine that is The Goldbergs is such a freakin’ joy. Every week they manage to give us the feels with their storytelling about the 80s. The resemblance that the show has to almost everybody’s life is what makes it worth watching. We live in times of nostalgia, and looking back at the 80s seems to be more pleasant than ever.

This week Barry and Adam start a band in their garage. They suck, but they still want the fame and fortune. Needless to say, Bev is their biggest fan, which left grandpa to break her the news that the kids are actually terrible musicians.

Barry is still in love with Erica’s friend Laney. In a moment of nerves, Barry ended up inviting Erica and her friend to join the band. Adam is clearly pissed off, and it all ends up with a great battle of the bands. In the Goldbergs’ garage…

Bev in the meantime is too busy planning a second wedding. She wants to renew her vows, and it’s all thanks to the royal wedding. You know, the one with Diana, not the 2.0 copy from today.

She plans this huge event, and in the end is super disappointed by Murray’s lack of enthusiasm. His one job was to write his vows, and he of course used the words from the theme tune to ‘Family Ties’, yes, the TV show..

It was sad to see Bev upset. She is so crazy, she makes everything better, so seeing her truly pissed off and depressed made the whole family work together. In the end she was woken up in the middle of the night to a beautiful second wedding in her garden.

It’s the simple things that matter 🙂

The Goldbergs – Season 2 Episode 2 – Mama Drama Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 14.22.39The 80s seemed like crazy days. This time, Adam doesn’t get a part in the school play, so for once, he asks his mother for help. Bev is all over it, and she decides to convince the principal to let Adam have his own play. Even Erica was willing to participate!

For once, Adam became a little monster and started bossing everyone around. One by one, all his peers quit. It was up to Erica to give him the talk. It’s rare to see her so mature, but she realised it would’ve been too hard for her mum to tell the harsh truth to her ‘delicious boy’.

Barry is also showing signs of maturity. He is sick and tired of having to leave hockey games early because of his dad not wanting to wait in the crazy traffic. He promises his dad that he is never going to a game with him again, because they missed a huge historical win at the end of a hockey match. Murray decides to take some other people to the game, only to realise that Barry was his best partner. It was a touching moment, to see the big tough man go all soft. Eventually he apologises and accepts to stay for the whole match. He realised it wasn’t about sitting in traffic, and how bored it made him, but it gave him the time to be with his son away from everyone else, and even build a memory or two while doing it.

The Goldbergs are always amazing, and it has been great to see the characters grow the same way most of us did… back in the day…before we were corrupted by smart phones and the fappening.

The Goldbergs – Season 2 Episode 1 – Love Is A Mixtape Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 13.47.40They’re back!!!! Finally, the Goldbergs have returned to our screens, and it’s a blessing. Bev is obviously in full-force in this brand new episode.

She is like the prototype for every mother, somehow, she manages to makes us all cringe!

This time, Adam had made a ‘mixtape’ for his new girlfriend – you know first love. If you were alive then, you probably made a mixtape for the girl you liked at school, or the boy who always ignored you in the parking lot. However, who out of us ever made a tape for their parents? Unfortunately for Adam, Bev thinks the mixtape is for her and obviously this creates a massive argument between his mother and his new girlfriend. The best part was actually hearing the real mixtape in the credits. Priceless!

In other news, Erica and Barry are on the hunt for a fake ID. Erica already has one, so she has to keep her brother quiet by helping him get his own. As usual, it all goes wrong, and Barry loses his ID for flashing it around high school. The good news was that even though his dad was mad at him, he helped him look good in front of his whole class. When Barry got asked to buy beer for a party, he shows up with snacks, only for his dad to save him the embarrassment and take him home for buying ‘beer’. It was some good old 80s parenting.

This season we all hope to see more crazy sweaters and huge doses of Beverly Goldberg. She makes insanity fun, and is one of the best characters out there right now.

The Goldbergs – Season 1 Episode 18 – For Your Own Good Review

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Parents are creatures of habit, especially dads. This time, when Bev decides to get rid of Murray’s old chair, she ignited a war in true 80s form.

Bev bought a brand-new chair for the living room. Unfortunately Murray hates it, he liked his old chair, with his shape and his smell. Since she’s not up for getting it back, Murray decides to take something away from her. For an 80s mother, to have your oven replaced by a microwave must have been devastating (or awesome if you’re a bad cook). Bev felt useless.

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The Goldbergs – Season 1 Episode 17 – Lame Gretzky Review

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You can’t get between Barry, Murray and Ice Hockey, can you? They’re nuts for it, and Adam is raining on their parade. He tries to play in the junior game, but is nowhere near as good as Barry. He scores an own goal and his dad is so embarrassed he can’t even watch his favourite team, the Flyers, without being reminded of it. Even Barry starts calling him Lame Gretzky.

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The Goldbergs – Season 1 Episode 16 – Goldbergs Never Say Die Review

ImageThis week was all things Goonies!! The guys at The Goldbergs gave us a throwback to The Goonies through Adam, who obviously loves the shiz out of it. He even pulled out the truffle shuffle! When we weren’t losing it over how amazing The Goonies was, we were seeing the Goldbergs doing what they do best, having a good old family feud! Beverley and Pops fight over Bev’s mum’s jewellery, and Barry and Erica have got some scheming of their own to do.

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The Goldbergs – Season 1 Episode 15 – Muscles Minsky Review

ImageBev’s at it again this week! She’s one of the craziest parents ever to make their way onto the screen, and I wonder how the real Beverley Goldberg feels now that she’s watching Adam’s interpretation of her from way back when. Her and Erica are at each others throats, and all the rest of the gang are caught in the crosshairs.

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Barry’s dealing with some romance issues, and is pretty wound up that Adam gets to have girls in his room, and Barry can’t. It’s the age old sibling rivalry that anyone with a brother or sister will be familiar with. These are the things that make The Goldbergs one of TVs best comedies right now. Barry cracks me up, and I was dying when he started romancing the kitchen to get back at his mum. Where did the bead curtain come from?

ImageWho didn’t have that phone!? Bev gets busted eavesdropping from the kitchen phone, and kicks off another storm between her and Erica. Erica rigs her diary, lies about smoking crack so that her mum will freak when she reads it. It was great to see Bev get a dose of her own medicine for once! Hands up whoever got busted talking over the land line at some times in our childhood. I know I did.

ImagePoor Adam’s dealing with his own girl issues, in the shape of Muscles Minsky. She’s his best bud, but he lets Barry convince him that men and women can’t be friends (“It’s in the Encyclopaedia, look it up.”). The horse is out of the barn, and Adam tries to slap one on Muscles. She flips out, and he’s got some fixing to do. Men and women definitely can be friends, and that’s what Adam finds out at the end of the episode, when he fixed things with Emmy.

 

Loving this show!

 

The Ninja

 

Notes

 

– Fitted sheet…ultimate Toga fail!

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– Barry’s first music video..OMG!

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– Barry : “Romance pumps in my veins.”

– Adam: “My mum says I can get prescription shades, so you can suck it.”

– Murray: “There’s a one-legged model on and I don’t know how she’s going to walk the runway.”

– Barry: “The horse that goes by the name of sexual tension.”

-Adam: “When you have too much confidence in a fart, she’s the one who helps you bury your underwear behind the school.”

 

The Goldbergs – Season 1 Episode 14 – You Opened The Door Review

ImageIn You Opened the door, there’s a little bit of everything, for everyone. Adam is building himself up for the school dance when Dana shows an interest in him. Murray juggles with having the talk with Barry, while Erica is on hand to try and help everyone else out.

ImageThe episode mainly focused on Adam’s school dance, and his nerves about it. Pops tries to teach him how to dance, and when that doesn’t work out he goes to Erica. He ends up being taught by his mum (of all people), and it goes well, until they practice the slow dance.

ImageIsn’t Beverly the worst? Not only does she embarrass the hell out of Adam when he’s talking to Dana, but she’s done it to them all. Erica pulls out her scrapbook to show Adam that he’s not the only one who’s had to deal with it. When Bev volunteers for chaperone duty, Adam is crushed, and not even Erica’s bribe of scrap booking with her mom could keep him safe.

ImageShe turns up in a matching outfit to Adam, and even though she embarrasses him at first she kinda saves the day. She kicks off the dance-a-thon, and when Adam realises that Dana’s mom is equally as embarrassing (and hammered!) he lets go and has a good time.

ImageMurray tries to have the talk with Barry, and Barry gives him the wind up at first. When Murray comes back in with the most cringe worthy hilarious set of hand puppets to use as educational aids, he cracks. They eventually find a better way to bond, Murray giving away the oldest bottle opening trick in the book to Barry who’s impressed.

The moral of You Opened The Door is that if you have embarrassing parents, relax, so does everyone else. It shows you that the kids are also well beyond their years sometimes. Barry got to drink a cold one with his dad, Erica’s already manipulating her mom and Adam may well have a girlfriend.

Have a good one,

The Ninja

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.

Notes

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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