We’re almost to the end of Season Two & ready to start Season 3 of The Goldbergs! You can click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 , Part 6 & Part 7 to catch up with where we’ve been. You can also see all of the winners from the 2015 Goldies right here!
The Lost Boy
This picture could have also been used for The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet because Barry is strutting his model stuff here.
The Lost Boy is about Adam getting lost inside Veteran’s Stadium and spending the whole day looking for his Dad. While there are some funny situations that occur, the reunion scene in the parking lot at the end was my #1 Tearjerker Moment of Season 2 (it barely lost out to Dana telling Adam she’s moving away in Goldbergs Feel Hard in the Goldies this year). The B-side has to do with Beverly manipulating her older children to spend time with her. Heard it all before? Not like this one. At least see it for the harlequin clown riding a unicorn high-fiving a dolphin!
The Adam Bomb
This *also* would have been a good place to put the Barry picture, since it could be payback for Adam’s picture which is seared into the minds of so many impressionable viewers. Instead we get Charles Barkley and we’re not sure who…is it Dave Sirota? The episode states that Sirota’s dad works as a team doctor for the 76ers so he was able to score Barry one of Barkley’s shoes.
The episode establishes that there is always a war going on between Adam & Barry. They are mostly polar opposites in terms of likes & abilities. When an April Fool’s joke goes awry the stakes get raised ever higher until Barry drops the Adam Bomb in the form of an embarrassing photo Beverly made him take when he was younger. Elsewhere Murray learns that Erica wants to postpone college in lieu of a promising singing career. Tiffany shows up at the mall and “Riki Gold” knows that’s her ticket to stardom. Murray, always the dream smusher, switches gears and becomes the dream pusher so Beverly is thrust into the unfamiliar role of having to tone down her child’s dream.
I Drank The Mold
We want to say that this is Bev with Garry Ball, but it looks much more like a young Eric.
In this episode Erica & Barry are tasked with writing the greatest song ever (in order to get a new CD player) and come pretty close with Love Ninja! Highbrow lyrics and Barry’s vicious rap interlude send the song into the stratosphere! But the primary story is about Adam’s birthday where the boys are starting to get a little too old for a thing like a sleepover. Principal’s son Garry Ball brings over one of his dad’s homebrewed craft beers and it ends up making everyone sick. It hadn’t fermented, so it was just the mold. Major fallout ensues once the parents get a hold of this information.
Also of note, this episode was written by friend of the Goldnerds: Aaron Kaczander (who was a guest on our podcast this summer)!
La Biblioteca es Libros
We like to imagine that Barry is stressing out over checking the want ads for a job while Murray is just waiting to berate him further.
Adam is the one who spouts the titular line in an attempt to pass his Spanish class. It’s not going so well so Bev intervenes in a way that is unfair at best and most likely illegal – bribing the teacher for good grades. Meanwhile Barry gets his first job and earns Murray’s respect overlooking the fact that Erica has been responsible and had a job of her own for ages.
Just Say No
Barry is wearing the same shirt as in the previous vanity card, but it relates even more to this episode. Dumb Doug of the Meadowbrook Mafia (the bizarro JTP) claims Brandeis early admission during his introduction. It’s also lacrosse shirt which shows Barry’s athletic prowess in addition to his Brandeis smarts (the look on his face notwithstanding).
In this episode Erica wants her mom to get more politically involved rather than just voting for ‘Murray’s picks’ during every election cycle. Her plan backfires when Beverly gets hooked on Nancy Reagan’s style and her anti-drug “Just Say No” campaign. The uneasiness culminates in the 30-minute skit written by Bev herself wherein she plays “Spider, the drug pusher” attempting to lure an unsuspecting teen (played by Murray) into her web of drugs.
Across town the Meadowbrook Mafia has challenged the JTP’s turf and won. Barry wants to prove he’s the ultimate athlete so he co-opts Adam into making an American Gladiator audition tape. Since Adam doesn’t appreciate Barry’s treatment of him the tape turns into an entry for America’s Funniest Home Videos. Hilarity ensues.