TV Recap: The Goldbergs, ‘The Tasty Boys’

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The Goldbergs returned in a glorious way after some time off due to the holidays. We begin last night’s episode with Barry (Troy Gentile) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) dreaming of making their own version of The Beastie Boys. Who could blame them? Dubbing themselves “The Tasty Boys,” Adam and Barry begin to have serious delusions of grandeur when they lock their third member. However, sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) try to put the boys back in their places, only to have Barry turn her negativity into words of advice.

In the meantime, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) sees the brand new kitchen of a neighbor, and she becomes hooked on making over her cooking area as well. Murray (Jeff Garlin), of course, argues against it, and Beverly takes on the job all by herself, pretty much destroying the kitchen.

While Murray and Beverly resolve that issue, Adam and Barry lose their third member and Erica steps in to save the day. The three kids lip sync to “Shake Your Rump” in the school gymnasium and it’s pretty awesome. Also got to give somebody credit for not picking the most obvious Beastie Boys tune.

Both story lines offer plenty of laughs but I really couldn’t get over how happy I was to see Adam and Barry team up and take Erica with them in the end. It was a heartwarming family moment that didn’t feel too forced and I really like when the three of them work together. Despite having issues, they still gel because they are family and it paid off here. Bonus points for Adam sipping a Ecto Cooler juice box to cover an inappropriate sound effect in the tune. All in all, this was a good time, and definitely one of my favorite episodes.

In other news, my crush on Hayley Orrantia cannot be stopped. Thank you, Goldbergs, for bringing her into my life.

Rating: 9/10

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Logan J. Fowler is a senior writer and video game editor on He contributes his thoughts every week for Trailer Tuesday and ABC’s The Goldbergs.” Logan’s “kid at heart” nature has led to his discussion about pop culture that many geeks love to talk about, including superheroes, Super Mario Bros., Pixar, and Muppets, among other things. In addition, one of his first pieces for the site, “Top Ten Comic Book Movies,” was picked as a “Freshly Pressed” piece by WordPress and remains one of the site’s most well-read articles. Many of Logan’s friends have said that he moonlights as Spider-Man but this is so not true. Wait, are those police sirens I’m hearing?! Gotta go! -thwipp-