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I’m So Flecstatic

Spoiler Alert: Content in this blog post is from the September 23, 2015 episode of The Goldbergs

(The Goldbergs Twitter)

(The Goldbergs Twitter)

The Goldbergs looked the same and sounded the same in last night’s season 3 premiere, but with a delicious twist.

This sitcom, with all its 1980-something brilliance, is evolving with its visibly older looking and sounding Adam. While this development did not equate to anything dramatic for this series, it did raise the bar a little for Adam and Dana, who are now treading into comparisons with Kevin and Winnie of The Wonder Years because of their relentless correspondence between Philadelphia and Seattle.

As the season 2 finale and the season 3 premiere revealed, Adam and Dana’s affection for one another is real (enough) for it to be a series-long relationship. Only the real Adam F. Goldberg knows the answers to all these questions, along with his hilarious family and friends. So, we’ll just have to wait.

Like Murray.

How many minutes until next week’s episode?

It would be an understatement to say the ’80s classic, Risky Business, was the over-arching theme last night. Barry slid, crashed and tripped into some good “old time rock and roll” before Beverly stopped his “Tom Cruisin'” in purple spandex, while Erica and Lainey decided to drive right into their “Risky Business” party with the Porsche left in the garage by Lainey’s father. The joy ride was going great, including Barry’s perfect Rebecca De Mornay exclamation.

And then, it was Goldbergs time.

Let’s just say Barry’s leg falling asleep was a disaster for a stick shift, Beverly added a daughter in Lainey (extra cheese, class preferences, head cheerleader and tutoring, anyone?) and Murray exercised his unbeatable prowess of saying no for Adam’s long-distance phone calls to Dana.

However, Beverly finally became too Beverly for Lainey. End result? The cancelled “Risky Business” party was back on! The only problem was it turned into something way too risky, even for Big Tasty. The stolen TV and spinning pizza was only the beginning of a rough night for the terrified trio.

And to answer your question: Yes, Big Tasty dropped a fresh rhyme last night in the form of a music video. He even had a new sidekick, for whom he helped write the song for.

It was Big Tasty and Lil’ Yum Yum/Adam!

Run DMC would have been proud…of their clothes.

As the party raged out-of-control, there was only one person who would randomly show up to save the day, but only with the greatest of all snuggies first. Beverly heroically came to the rescue of her 3 2 children and she got everybody to leave with (you didn’t guess it) her killer dance moves. She was going Cruisin’.

Today, it would have been tagged #momdance #bigsocks and #riskygymnast.

“Sometimes you just gotta say, ‘what the—‘

And then there was Pops, who again shared his sage advice with son-in-law Murray. After Pops reminded Murray’s of his only successful long-distance relationship, that not only made him realize the power of love (random ’80s reference = self-high five!), but it brought him closer to his youngest son.

When we fall in love, we fight for it. Everything else is blurry. Nothing else matters. Love is the best, yet strangest feeling of them all. It requires faith and a fearlessness within ourselves.

As we enter season 3, The Goldbergs continues to be fearless with unapologetic heart.

Hopefully, you were able to read all of this in less than 10-minutes.

Put on a Dolphin Sweater, it’s Snuggie Season!

Roads…where we’re going, we don’t need roads, a buffing machine or even pants.

Let’s get right to it: The Goldbergs returns to our lives with its season 3 premiere tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

The ’80s are back in business and it looks riskier and funnier than ever!

I Love The Goldbergs!

Spoiler Alert: Content in this blog post is from the May 13, 2015 episode of The Goldbergs

(The Goldbergs Twitter)

(The Goldbergs Twitter)

The theme of last night’s season two finale was the only four-letter word that doesn’t need to be bleeped out: love.

Telling someone “I love you” is a paradox that knows no bounds. Adam, Dana, Barry, Lainey, Erica and Murray all strugglde in how to say and react to such a daring declaration. In life, there are only a few sentiments that can register earthquake-level emotions and saying and hearing the “L-word” is one of them. Regardless of age or method, the instant after that word is said feels like you are either saved from walking the plank or like you are pushed off into the deepest ocean imaginable.

Either way, it changes everything…

Adam (inspired to do what all us guys did to some extent in our lives) penned a letter that was signed with his love for his girlfriend Dana. And, like a man, he dropped the folded letter in her locker for her to find and open with unyielding happiness! That was surely going to be the reality until he panicked and convinced his sympathetic and over-the-top gym teacher to perform a random drug search in Dana’s locker as she was pulling it open to discreetly retrieve said letter with the “L-word” included.

Boom, crisis averted! Or so Adam thought.

When it came to expressing his feelings, Barry was, well, Barry. As his girlfriend Lainey was at cheer leading practice for their big rivalry game with Central High, he inadvertently blurted out his love for his understandably shell-shocked lady. This all-too-familiar awkwardness pulled Barry and Lainey in two opposite directions: he proceeded forward at 100 MPH with his love and she backtracked in embarrassment. Let’s just say this led to a dancing, giant-faced Fighting Quaker and a school bus being rocked by a rival school’s vengeful fans.

Back at the Goldberg household, Murray was struggling to vocally express his love for his daughter (isn’t a roof over her head enough?). Beverly, who literally never shies away from publicly proclaiming her undying love for her children whilst wearing her pink bath robe with curlers in her hair, as well as a personalized message over the school’s PA system for her snuggle monkey Barry, was forced to rage-juice in front of Erica for not replying to her father’s mumblings of, “I love you.” Like so many of us in a child-parent relationship, that sentiment is strangely taken as a given. It’s a tall wall to climb. However, Beverly knew the impact of hearing it and saying it.

And she discovered the secret passageway past this particular wall and it only cost $57, plus tax.

A leather jacket and leather boots later, Murray saw right through the obvious charade in his daughter’s now vocal love for him. Despite being cast as a distant father figure, Murray occasionally reminds us just how smart and savvy he is. This includes pushing his pushy wife into Erica’s room and tricking her into genuinely saying she loves her dad with Murray standing right outside the door. Even though love may seem like a given with family, this scene proved how nice it is to hear it, regardless of the circumstance.

And there stood Barry in the rocking school bus with his fellow cheerleaders, preparing to face a mascot beat down as equal payback for an earlier incident between the two rival schools. Seeing his bravery, Lainey confessed she was skeptical to say the “L-word” because of her mom leaving her and her dad. But, blown away by her boyfriend’s courage, said she loved Barry. This gave the Fighting Quaker the right stuff for his battle with an angry mob. Unfortunately, it didn’t help, as he was whaled on by the kids at Central High. But he was loved and that’s all that mattered!

Seeing his brother do anything for love, Adam raced his bike over to Dana’s house. He knocked on the door, she opened it, he said, “I love you” and she knocked his socks off with an “I love you” back! Then, she really knocked him over with news she may be moving to Seattle after summer break. It was the most emotional scene of the series thus far as Dana handed Adam his Green Lantern ring back. We’ll have to wait and see if she’ll get the ring back by no moving…But this moment has given the show it’s first Wonder Years/Boy Meets World dynamic of heartbreak and unknown love. It was a vital plot twist for the series.

We’ve all been where the Goldbergs were last night, telling someone we love them with a letter, by accident or by trickery. I’ve certainly written a note (a postcard, actually) along with a giant bear to a girlfriend saying, “I love you” (Let’s not get into her non-response response). The point is that we need to be brave enough to say, “I love you” when we mean it because when it’s said back, it’s the greatest feeling in the world and absolutely everything seems possible, even in the worst of times.

What do I love, in this very moment? That The Goldbergs is coming back in the fall for Season 3.

That’s a cobra strike of awesomeness!

License to Thrive

(The Goldbergs Facebook)

(The Goldbergs Facebook)

The Goldbergs has officially received a Season 3 order!

Or, as Beverly might say, “We’re $#!@*^! coming back? You’ve only just begun to see how awesome and hip we are! (Yelling) Adam, get my Walkman and bright pink headband.”  

A dynamite hit from its series premiere, this show’s characters, storylines and infinitely awesome ‘80s references and nostalgic memorabilia have guided this sophomore ABC sitcom passed the insanely impatient studio expectations in the modern era for new sitcoms and into the driver’s seat of venturing off into deeper waters and richer destinations of entertaining storytelling. The viewership seems to consistently land between 7-7.5 million, which is a feat in the age of cable and countless programs in countless genres.

Snuggies for everybody!