Review: The Goldbergs kicks off this season with an homage to Risky Business, with some great references to the movie (who doesn’t want to see a Tom Cruising Barry?). In the episode Erica, Barry and Lainey want to throw a party when Lainey’s dad is out of town. This all falls apart when the plan is unraveled by (a flangry) Beverly who then tries to smother Lainey for the time that her dad is still out of town: “I have six days to fix your entire life”. Lainey likes the motherly love she receives from Bev and decides that the party is off. But a smothering Beverly will at one point lose its charm and, together with Barry and Erica, Lainey decides that the party is back on again. Of course the party doesn’t go as well as planned and Beverly has to come to the rescue, to later start dancing Risky Business style.
The other storyline is about Adam and his now long-distance girlfriend Dana (who moved to Seattle in the season 2 finale). He is calling her all day, every day until Murray realizes that Adam’s calling all the way to Washington: “I can’t afford your love, it’s too pricey!”. Adam can’t use the phone anymore and tries everything to get in touch with Dana (including a music video featuring Big Tasty and Lil’ Yum Yum), even if it means getting in trouble at school (which leads to a hilarious scene with the guidance counselor, played by Tim Meadows). Eventually Pops reminds Murray of how he used to call Bev long-distance when they were dating. Murray then agrees that Adam can call Dana 10 minutes a day.
Wendi McLendon-Covey continues to shine in this great comedy! I’m looking forward to next week!