Month: June 2015

‘Who’s Got The Look?’ Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our series that obsesses over the final image of every Goldbergs episode! You can click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

You Opened The Door
You Opened The Door

You Opened The Door

Beverly & Adam safety dance and then dress alike (much to Adam’s chagrin) on the way to the school dance. Murray tells Barry that girls have a ‘Mike Schmidt’ in an attempt to explain the birds and the bees.

We’d really like to know what event this picture is from because you’ll see Bev’s “Perfetto” shirt (Italian for ‘perfect’) appear multiple times.

From Beverly: “The sweater was really ugly!!! What was I thinking? I was visiting Adam at camp Echo Lark circa 1980’s- he just revisited this camp last weekend for camp/LA friend’s bachelor party. His friend is a movie director, & they’ve known each other since they both went to camp when they were 10. Adam’s friends are forever.”

Muscles Mirsky
Muscles Mirsky

Muscles Mirsky

Adam’s cadre of friends grows even larger now that we are introduced to Emmy ‘Muscles’ Misrky. Barry almost ruins things when he tells Adam that men & women can’t be friends. A timely viewing of When Harry Met Sally further gums up the works.

In the photo Adam & Emmy are platonically painting each other with glue or something. Eat your hearts out Christian Grey & Dakota Johnson

Goldbergs Never Say Die
Goldbergs Never Say Die

Goldbergs Never Say Die

Witness the rise of Dave Kim! As we have stated before, this was the episode that sent our Goldnerd-dom into the stratosphere. Barry & Erica play a prank on Adam sending him into a Goonies frenzy that ultimately pays off when his grandma’s jewelry goes missing.

Dave Kim (yearbook picture above) has grown into a perfect friend/foil for Adam and thankfully this first time was not the last time we ran across this dude.

Lame Gretzky
Lame Gretzky

Lame Gretzky

In case you haven’t noticed, sports aren’t really Adam’s thing. In an attempt to impress Murray he joins the Old York Road squad with less than impressive results. On the flip side Beverly’s attempts to help-then-undermine Erica’s SAT prep winds up plorpf-ing the whole thing.

This picture shows that if they wore hats instead of helmets on the ice, Adam would have been an enforcer that struck fear in the hearts of all who dared to oppose him.

For Your Own Good
For Your Own Good

For Your Own Good

The title comes from the war between Murray & Beverly in which they take away essential items from one another in the interest of ‘bettering’ them. It doesn’t work. We are also introduced to Nitrous and his bargaining skills. Adam, on the other hand, is having trouble on the bus (courtesy of JC Spink bullying him and calling him ‘Goldnerd’) and enlists Barry’s help. When Barry lets the power go to his head, Adam has to decide if it was worth it.

Eric is pictured while putting Adam in a headlock. Family clearly beats bullies every time, but sometimes just barely.

Part 4 will bring us to the end of Season 1!

‘Who’s Got The Look?’ Part 2

We’re back with Part 2 in our series exploring the stories behind the “vanity cards” at the end of each episode. For reasons still unknown, we started with 8 episodes in Part 1. From here on out you get the goods in chunks of five!

Stop Arguing & Start Thanking
Stop Arguing & Start Thanking

Stop Arguing and Start Thanking

This was our first time seeing Uncle Marvin, ‘his’ DeLorean, and Lotions of the Oceans. We hope the annual Thanksgiving episode always includes a visit from Marvin because he brings such strong reactions from each member of the family. We were also introduced to America’s 17th favorite pastime – BallBall (click here for rules).

Beverly & Adam certainly seemed dressed up in the picture above so it could definitely be a holiday gathering. Adam appears to be three sheets to the wind on his 2nd round of Perrier

From Beverly: “This is at least 32 years ago. Adam looks goofy, and I look like I’m chewing food -mushy mouth .But we were having snuggles time”

Shopping
Shopping

Shopping

‘Barry luck’ is not exactly all it’s cracked up to be after he finds out Pops has been lying to him about his winnings at the track. Getting mustard on a ketchup-colored shirt, and ketchup on a mustard-colored shirt, don’t help matters either. Erica responsibly gets a job at Gimbel’s and Bev irresponsibly takes advantage of the family discount, putting the two at odds. Murray steps in to help with reconciliation only after he is forced to eat an apple for dinner. This won’t be the last time Erica & Beverly square off!

In the photo Bev plants a kiss on Barry’s mildy-disgusted face. Doesn’t anyone love the huggies & snuggies? Also, let us know if you can identify the shirt he’s wearing.

From Beverly: “Barry looks like I’m torturing him with a kiss / never loved mom kisses. To this day I’m only allowed to kiss the top of his head”

Kara-te
Kara-te

Kara-Te

All plots converge at the school’s talent show. We find out that Erica (Hayley Orrantia) can sing, that Adam will do anything to help his brother save face, & Murray puts on ‘Mom Goggles’ for the first time to proclaim how proud he is of his kids.

In the photo Barry attempts to cobra strike the camera but thankfully the photographer is a safe distance away.

From Adam: “You guys were dead on with all these photos Barry doing karate, my mom and me at Thanksgiving… and of course more Bev snuggies!”

You're Under Foot
You’re Under Foot

You’re Under Foot

Beverly pushes Murray to get Pops back into the furniture store (so he can be out of her hair). Albert tries to run things the old way and Vic just encourages him! Meanwhile Adam & Dana are getting closer and it’s freaking them both out. When he goes to Erica & Barry for advice they convince him to grow up and get rid of his toys, with predictably disastrous and heavily Bev-involved results.

Adam is pictured here with a prized Voltron gift. We have it on good authority that he may still be keeping just a few toys around from his childhood.

The Other Smother
The Other Smother

The Other Smother

At the college fair Barry is amazed that they’ve figured out how to get a school on an island. Beverly is concerned that he is underachieving when compared to Michael Rubenstone. Even worse, she fears that *she’s* underachieving when compared to Mrs. Rubenstone’s smothering skills and total control over her son’s life!

This picture shows Adam ready to attend Rushmore and save Latin! Looks like Bev is holding a diploma or notebook or something. And that hair…!

From Beverly: “Picture taken at Barry’s high school graduation 27 years ago”

Part 3 next week!

‘Who’s Got The Look?’ Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of all things Roxette!

Kidding, of course!

In this series of posts we will be looking at the final images displayed in each episode of The Goldbergs and breaking them down for you.

S01E01
Pilot Episode – The Circle of Driving

Pilot Episode – The Circle of Driving

This episode is what introduced us to the loveable loud family that is The Goldbergs! This picture is a popular one you can find around the internet that features a young Adam with all of his Transformers. Or Gobots. Or both. He puts on a pretty tough face for someone in a Ghostbusters ringer and short shorts.

From Adam: “Pic 1 is actually the same one I used for Breaking In every episode. Kind of a bridge into my new ABC show. Those are Transformers, Gobots, Voltron and some Japanese imports bought from the toy store in Jenkintown. This pic was taken in pops’ pad in Florida.”

S01E02
Daddy Daughter Day

Daddy Daughter Day

Mostly remembered for the infamous Bev roller-skating scene (masterfully done by Wendi McLendon-Covey) this also featured the first mention of Erica’s best friend, and bad influence, Lainey! The picture above is the real Murray in what we think may be an early prototype of Mr. Chair and seated next to him in a mini version is Adam (or possibly Barry). As Erica was/is not a real Goldberg, finding a daddy/daughter picture with Murray proved to be quite difficult.

From Adam: “That is me and my dad. This was indeed his first chair I bet this is from 1980. He upgraded to Mr. Chair in the mid 80s.”

S01E03
Mini Murray

Mini Murray

Our first look at the furniture store (Ottoman Empire) and Vic (Cedric Yarbrough) also brought us into Barry’s athletic world. He wants a shoe that can “literally defy the law of gravity” – the Reebok Pump. The real Barry is almost certainly pictured there, slam-dunking what appears to be a small Nerf-style ball.

From Adam: “Home video of a dunk. I think it’s Barry can’t remember.”

S01E04
Why’re You Hitting Yourself?

Why’re You Hitting Yourself?

Our first peek at Beverly’s matchmaking skills happens here, as well as Barry & Adam bonding over a scrambled TV channel. This picture is the first of many where Beverly dotes on Adam and he pretends to not like it.

From Adam: “Pretends not to like it? I was in 8th grade. I did not like the snuggles!

S01E05
The Ring

The Ring

The truth is revealed about Beverly’s wedding ring, forcing a battle of wills (not the first or the last) between she & Murray. This is the first time we meet Dana and begin to root for young love. The wedding photo is surely Murray & Bev but without faces, how are we to know?

From Adam: “This is a photo of Murray and Bev. The only time I ever saw them kiss was in this photo. Hence that episode is the only time we will ever see them kiss.

S01E06
Who Are You Going To Telephone?

Who Are You Going To Telephone?

It’s Halloween and Adam is torn between dressing up and having fun with Pops or hanging out with the ‘cool’ kids and getting in trouble. In the end Adam & Pops dress up as the Ghostbusters and have a great time. We also meet Barry’s crush – Lexy Bloom. We have no idea which kids are in the picture, but cannot stop laughing at Murray as a mustachioed gypsy of some sort. And who/what is Beverly supposed to be?

From Adam: “That is Bev, Murray me and Barry at a family Halloween party.

S01E07
Call Me When You Get There

Call Me When You Get There

Barry ignores Bev’s warning and is enticed by Erica to leave the green zone and attend a party in the woods where the nearest payphone is out of order. Murray tracks down Barry who ends up face down in a ditch. This picture provides proof that the real Murray just didn’t like to wear many clothes after a long day’s work.

From Adam: “My dad is chillin in his underpants during dinner.

S01E08
The Kremps

The Kremps

Future best friends – Adam Goldberg & Chad Kremp – meet for the first time. Their families meet as well and things do not go quite as planned, but everyone ends up becoming great friends (except Erica & Drew, but we’ll save that for later). Looks like Adam & Chad are pictured here either about to get into mischief or have just come back from some. If you want the REAL backstory of the Kremps & The Goldbergs then look no further than our interview with Chad Kremp on a special episode of The Goldnerds Podcast (click here)

From Adam: “That is me and Chad Kremp. Not sure why I tucked my shirt into my shorts. He’s still my best bud to this day and I’m the best man at his wedding coming up!

 Part 2 is coming next week!