The Goldbergs (S06E03) “RAD!”

The Goldbergs (S06E03) “RAD!”

Erica starts working at the new karaoke place in Jenkintown, Gary-oke’s. When she announces the news at home, Murray is very happy she’s going to be making money. Of course, Bev wants to come to her new job to cheer her on. However, Erica forbids her from coming to her work and embarrass her. For once, Beverly actually listens to her daughter and new gal pal.

Erica is surprised but happy that after her first day at work, Bev didn’t show up, not even in disguise. Gary-oke’s owner, Gary (played by Rick Springfield), isn’t happy though because he wants as many people inside the bar as possible. And so Erica asks Beverly and her Frentas to come to karaoke, as long as they don’t embarrass her. Unfortunately this doesn’t work out, no matter how hard Bev tries. When Erica gets mad at her mom for embarrassing her, Bev and the Frentas purposely make it worse by doing all the things Erica forbid them to do. At the end of the night, Erica is even more mad, but Beverly tells her that she really tried, and wanted to respect her even though Erica doesn’t show any respect for her mom. Realizing that she didn’t try to see Beverly as something other than her mom, Erica apologizes to her gal pal and the two end up singing “Jessie’s Girl” together, a karaoke duet that Erica never thought would happen.

Meanwhile, Pops gives Barry and Lainey a savings bond for their engagement, but of course the two spend their money right away. Barry buys a BMX he’s seen in the movie Rad, and Lainey spends the money on a keytar. All the money is gone and the couple realizes “it’s hard not to buy stuff when you really want to buy stuff”.

Murray tells them to be responsible adults and to try and save as much money as possible. He tries to teach Barry to be a saver like him with a list of “How not to be a money moron”. Barry tries to follow this list as much as he can, damaging every relationship he has, but still ends up only saving $6 in his first week. Instead of saving money, Barry and Lainey decide to just make a lot of money instead, with their rad biking skills and new keytar. Eventually Murray is the one to crush their dreams and tells them they are not ready to get married. However, Pops reminds him that when he and Beverly got together, he was in the same boat. Murray had no ambition and no job and was just as irresponsible as his son. He apologizes to Barry and Lainey after this eye-opening moment with Pops and tells them they have plenty of time to become as much of a saver as he is.

It’s still early in the season, but this episode is my favorite of season 6 so far. I really enjoyed it. Both storylines had the right balance between crazy, hilarious and in the end heartwarming, as always. With Barry and Lainey’s engagement a lot has yet to be explored. In the first 3 episodes of the season, The Goldbergs has focused on their relationship and it seems like they are both learning a lot and becoming more and more grown up. I really loved both Murray and Pops’ roles in this week’s story. Murray trying to teach Barry how to become as frugal as he is, was great and I really love it that Pops was the voice of reason this week.

As much as I enjoyed this part of the episode, I loved the other storyline even more. Both Hayley Orrantia and Wendi McLendon-Covey were fantastic this week, with their line delivery, facial expressions and karaoke skills. It was also nice to see that this time it was Beverly who got to be disappointed where it is usually the other way around. The mother-daughter duet at the end of the episode was great, especially when Beverly started singing her own made up lyrics.

I loved it that the Frentas were finally back. The compilation of all of them singing karaoke was hilarious. I also really enjoyed Rick Springfield’s guest appearance. He had some really funny lines, and seemed to fit right in with the rest of the cast.

And let’s not forget about the amazing callback clips to earlier episodes, with Bev embarrassing Erica and Murray yelling about the thermostat. I really loved seeing that as well.

All in all, this was a really fun episode with amazing performances all around and a great amount of crazy scenes and hilarious lines!

The Goldbergs returns Wednesday October 17th at 8/7c on ABC!