Summer time for a fan of The Goldbergs means it’s time for the 2nd Annual Goldnerds Fan Awards; or as we affectionately like to call them: The Goldies! You can relive the excitement of last year by checking out our wrap-up post with all the winners. Our original explanation for The Goldies still stands, though the times and some categories will definitely change. We will release new categories every Monday for the next 5 weeks.
You may wonder if any of this makes a difference. Well, we’re not going to go so far as to say that these awards influence the show’s content, but when we asked what you guys most wanted to see in Season 2, you responded with an 80’s TV or movie star…cut to Charlie Sheen in “Barry Goldbergs Day Off.” Coincidence or Goldies Magic??
For the first week you will see some familiar categories, however the coveted f-bomb trophy will now have two winners because so many people got in on the action! As always, you will have an opportunity to write-in your favorites from The Goldbergs Season 2. Now, let the voting begin!
Part 5 begins our trek through Season Two of The Goldbergs! You can click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and here for Part 4 to catch up with Season One.
Love Is A Mix Tape
Much like it is right now, last summer was an eternity waiting for new episodes of The Goldbergs. When it finally returned we found that the show didn’t miss a beat! Adam wants to declare is love for Dana in a way only the 80’s & 90’s knew how – make a mix tape of the most meaningful songs to woo her. Unfortunately Beverly intercepts the tape and assumes it’s for her. And then things get really awkward from there…
The other siblings conspire to get Barry a fake ID so he can make the beer run for the next party. Erica already has one emblazoned with the name “Sophia Lopez” and when Barry can’t think of a name, one is chosen for him: Carlos Del Monaco!
The picture above appears to be the real Barry’s fake ID. Unless he was born a few years earlier and didn’t live the family in Jenkintown, I think it’s safe to say this driver’s license is not up to snuff.
Friend of the Goldnerds – Susan Cinoman – pitched the main story of this episode to Adam and he liked it so much he made it into an episode! You can read about Susan’s experience here and listen to our exclusive interview with Susan on Episode 10 of The Goldnerds Podcast.
In the episode Adam doesn’t get the part he wants in the school play which leads to a showdown between “blonde monster” Bev and drama teacher Ms. Cinoman. Meanwhile Barry is upset at Murray for leaving sporting events too early so Murray tries to find someone else to go with him. It doesn’t work out so well. But we do find out that Vic is from Edmonton. Oh, Canada!
Pictured above is the argyled Mur-man with young Adam.
The Facts of Bleeping Life
“It sounds like nobody’s going to take it.” So says Pops upon hearing Barry & Adam’s Twisted Sister cover band. Realizing they need a gig, Barry proposes they play at Bev & Murray’s upcoming wedding vow renewals. Why renew? Well because Chuck & Diana had a wedding that was a little more majestic & regal than the Goldbergs’. Also vying for band superstardom is the Gal Pals – consisting of Lainey & Erica and a lot more talent. When Bev finds out Murray faked his vows she calls the whole thing off. Will they “sha la la la” happily ever after? Watch to find out!
The post-story-pre-credits scene showed Adam and Barry rocking out to something. Barry is playing bass in the photo above.
Shall We Play A Game?
In this episode the JTP arrive on the scene and your life will never be the same. After Barry & his crew see War Games they’re convinced that Adam and his computer can hack into the school and change their grades. Adam realizes this is much harder than it seems in a major motion picture, so he fakes out the crew so he can join their “cool” ranks. Also trying to be cool is Beverly who finds out that Erica & her friends hang out with one of the other moms who is super cool! The Bevernator tries to liven things up with her typical amount of success.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that this picture is of Adam’s wife when she was a little girl. She definitely shows up later but this one has an air of mystery.
Family Takes Care of Beverly
It’s Halloween! In an attempt to break a non-existent Abba Zabba record Barry eats himself into the hospital with a blocked bowel. Before this happens, though, Barry invokes Bushido Code on Erica for saving her life by knocking a soda out of her hands after she ate some Pop Rocks. He wants her to talk him up to Lainey, but things backfire and the Abba Zabba takes hold of his insides.
Across town Pops is evicted from his apartment after burning it down during a Halloween party. Bev offers up the attic and jumps at the chance to have all of her boys under one roof. Even though Pops wouldn’t mind going to live at “Shady Willows” Bev is concerned her worst nightmare will come true – that everyone will leave her once they get older.
Adam & Beverly are pictured, and Adam’s reassuring hand says “I’ll never leave you….until I’m old enough, that is!”
Part 4 wraps up Season One of The Goldbergs! You can click here for Part 1, here for Part 2, and here for Part 3 to catch up.
The President’s Fitness Test
An amazing episode where we find out that Adam is not so skilled in the physical department, but he was scrumptious in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is also the first time we see Coach Mellor & Beverly square off. Erica plays a somewhat vicious prank on Barry involving the French language & wetting the bed.
The picture shows Adam with his pen pal, Fanny, to whom this episode is dedicated.
You’re Not Invited
Barry convinces Adam to host a “no parents allowed” birthday party so that Adam can get his first kiss. Shockingly this backfires when Barry has to drink a ton of milk before they can all play Spin the Bottle. 7 Minutes in Heaven doesn’t exactly go as it did in Teen Wolf either when Bev appears in the closet with Adam & Dana. Thankfully Adam’s original plan of Laser Tag is exactly what the doctor ordered and when Adam sacrifices himself to Dave Kim’s blast in order to save Dana he gets that liplock after all.
The beautiful Bert & Ernie cake shown above was spoofed in the episode when Bev’s Bert winds up looking like Sloth from The Goonies. I only see 4 lit candles on the cake which would place this on April 2, 1980!
The Age of Darkness
Erica dates Drew Kremp and is the happiest she’s ever been. When she is subsequently dumped by him she plunges into the titular darkness with Bev & Murray wondering how to pull her out of it. On the other side of the house Barry is nursing an arcade addiction to the new Punch Out game – going so far as to sell Adam’s Millennium Falcon to fund his habit.
Pictured are besties Beverly Goldberg and Virginia Kremp. Since both women had all boys I’m fairly certain none of them dated each other and subsequently broke up. I wonder how the real Eric & Drew feel about this plotline…
A Wrestler Named Goldberg
The episode that spawned a movement (click here for our first post)! The two super-strong plotlines are: Adam convinces Erica (secretly a huge Star Wars fan) to take him to wait in line for the release of Return of the Jedi; and Barry secretly joins the wrestling team (mostly to impress Lexy Bloom) but pretends to join the school play (“Annie”) to hide the truth from Beverly. If Thomas Lennon (Lt. Dangle) on a tauntaun wasn’t enough hilarity, the scene on the wrestling mat between Barry & Bev is one for the ages!
Special episode dedication to the Ultimate Warrior (who had recently passed away before this aired).
We have no idea who/what Asti Pasti *heart*243*heart* is or what the guitar significance is in relation to this episode. Perhaps an Anti-Pasti cover band? HELP
Livin’ On A Prayer
The Season One finale cemented Big Tasty in our hearts with an EPIC house party while the parents were away. With one last chance to impress Lexy Bloom (Halloween & wrestling didn’t turn out so well) Barry decides an end-of-the-year spectacular is called for. When only 2 dudes show up (if only the JTP was in the mix this season!) Erica is urged by Pops to have pity on Barry and call a few friends. Things quickly get out of hand (pizza on the record player? a sweater party? Gustav?) culminating with Lainey kissing Barry twice ostensibly to “make Lexy jealous.” Best.Night.Ever.
Why were the parents away? Well it turns out there’s more to Murray that we ever knew. He held the record for most free throws made in high school. Someone broke his record so the school is having a ceremony in his honor. Bev attends while donning a hat that is quite grandiose in nature (must be seen to be believed).
The real Murray’s high school basketball picture concludes the episode and the season on a very high note. Murray passed away in 2008 and Adam has described one of the joys in doing the show is that he “gets to resurrect [his] dad every week” which is an amazing thing to say and a wonderful way to close out Season One.
Stay tuned for Season 2!
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