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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