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Reggie's confusion about his relationship with Giselle leads him to ask advice from Debbie, but he takes her advice the wrong way and causes havoc between the families. Meanwhile, Amber is unhappy with her choice of the popular jock as a boyfriend but doesn't know what to do and is reluctant to ask for help.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Airdate: Wednesday February 06th, 2013

Director: Joe Pennella
Writer: Jeremy Hall

Guest Stars
Grant HarveyGrant Harvey
As Jeremy
Lora PlattnerLora Plattner
As Giselle

Co-Guest Stars
Kamala JonesKamala Jones
As Nikola
Main Cast
Jami GertzJami Gertz
As Debbie Weaver
Lenny VenitoLenny Venito
As Marty Weaver
Simon TemplemanSimon Templeman
As Larry Bird
Toks OlagundoyeToks Olagundoye
As Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Clara MametClara Mamet
As Amber Weaver
Tim JoTim Jo
As Reggie Jackson
Ian Patrick (2)Ian Patrick (2)
As Dick Butkus
Max CharlesMax Charles
As Max Weaver
Isabella CrampIsabella Cramp
As Abby Weaver
Episode Notes
Episode viewers (millions, Live + Same Day): 6.04

Larry has hidden cameras in all the neighborhood houses.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Jules LarsonYou Know It's TrueReggie and his mother make peace
Ryan Adams (1)Dirty RainReggie enters his room and plays a record

Episode Quotes
Larry: I can't believe our son has fallen prey to a human girl.
Jackie: Human romances seem so enchanting. But watching Reggie involved in one is upsetting me. Why is it upsetting me, husband?

Debbie: So when Amber texts Jeremy...
Abby: I've seen a smiley face, a tongue-out face, and a couple of times, "L.M.A.O."
Debbie: Oh, my God. "Let my ass out." (Whispers) She's texting "Let my ass out."

Marty: Why don't we talk about it? Don't go...
Larry: No. No. No talk. No, I've done the research. Human males are simple. They mask their emotions through drink, farts, and physical violence. The drink didn't take. We're all out of farts. I moved your fence to provoke you. Fight me, Marty. Give me respite to my feelings. Don't make me spit in your orange juice.
Marty: You spit in my orange juice? How would I even know you did that?
Larry: You didn't.

Reggie: (to all the Zabvronians) My friend Debbie Weaver gave me a little relationship advice this morning. And she said if you like someone, you commit to them. So, Giselle, I was wondering... Will you marry me?
Giselle: Yes! Yes, I'll marry you!

Debbie: Jackie, I am so sorry. I gave what I thought was rational advice to your son, and he took a crazy left turn with it.
Jackie: You think? You think, Debbie?

Larry: Marty! I can't stop thinking about losing Reggie, Marty. I've tried every form
of male escapism. Booze didn't work. Pornography
just confused me.
Dick: Confused you?!
Larry: Please, Marty, be a friend! Let's slap each other around a little.

Amber: You don't have to fight to be a man. Just... be a man, man.
visual: Amber goes into her house.
Larry: A man-man?

Amber: So since we're talking, there is one other thing. I'm kind of freaking out about this because it's... ridiculous, and I don't know if it's a real thing or just... I think I might be starting to have some... feelings... for the weird alien kid that lives next door. I think maybe I like Reggie Jackson. Like, like like.
Debbie: (starts laughing) Oh! God, you got me, Amber! I'm an easy target, right?
Amber: You are, yeah.
Debbie: Oh, man! (Pats countertop) I need more ice cream. (Laughs) Oh, God, that's all I need, for my teenager to fall in love with the alien next door.

Cultural References
Debbie: (to Marty, talking about Amber) She doesn't talk to me about boy stuff. Hasn't since the Muppets took Manhattan.

The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 family comedy featuring Kermit the frog and his friends trying to get their musical on to Broadway.

Marty: Amber is dating, Max. The nightmare has begun. Winter is coming.
Max: Game of thrones?
Marty: Game of thrones.

Game of Thrones is a 2011 television adventure series where the expression "winter is coming" has been used to indicate trouble and hard times are approaching.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDan Fogelman
Executive ProducerDan Fogelman  |  Chris Koch
Co-Executive ProducerKirker Butler  |  Kristin Newman  |  Kat Likkel  |  John Hoberg
Supervising ProducerScott King
ProducerBari Halle
Co-ProducerElizabeth Berger (2)  |  Isaac Aptaker
Associate ProducerNick Pavonetti
Production DesignerP. Erik Carlson
EditorJonathan Schwartz (3)
CastingSusan Vash
Unit Production ManagerSuzanne Geiger
First Assistant DirectorMatt Hinkley
Second Assistant DirectorAdam Martin
MusicJim Murphy  |  Chris Koch
Music EditorChris Foster
Music SupervisorJennifer Pyken
Costume DesignerKarla Stevens
Key GripJordan Garretson
Camera OperatorBuddy Fries  |  Adam Sklena
Set DecoratorErica Rogalla
Location ManagerDuffy Taylor
Transportation CoordinatorRob Young
Property MasterPola Shreiber
Construction CoordinatorMichael Reinhart
Production Sound MixerMark Hopkins McNabb
Script SupervisorNila Neukum
Production CoordinatorJonathan Deiner
Assistant EditorLiza Cardinale
Supervising Sound EditorRandy Thomas
Re-Recording MixerBrian Harman  |  Dean Okrand
Director of PhotographyJohn Inwood
Post Production CoordinatorSara Dolin
Costume SupervisorMichelle Matt
Visual Effects SupervisorCraig Weiss
Production AccountantVicki Perez
Chief Lighting TechnicianThomas Pugh
Production StaffLaura Gonzalez (2)  |  Hilary Walker  |  Thomas Goodrich  |  Michele Tyminski  |  Brian McQuown  |  Jeff Norton (1)
ThemeChris Koch
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistRobin Siegel
Dept. Head Hair StylistKerry Mendenhall
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