Episode PremiereOctober 13, 2010
Show Period2010 - 2011
Production CompanyWarner Bros. Television
Casey's chronic lateness leads to his very first fight with Mia. She's really upset until he hugs the mad out of her. Maddie convinces her sis that she needs to attack this issue seriously if it truly bothers her. Once again, Mia goes off on Casey who, once again, diffuses the situation. How does he do this? Well, he strips naked. Casey says, "You can't be mad at someone when they're naked. They're too exposed, too vulnerable. It'd be like punching a bunny or tripping a nun." So true.
Ben has a new gizmo that allows you to make homemade club soda for a fraction of the store-bought cost. Finally, a new product that makes sense! Maddie thinks this is just another impulse buy that'll end up in the abyss formerly known as their cereal closet. Ben counters this claim by criticizing Maddie's collection of dust-collecting classic board games. Hey, who wouldn't want to play a rousing game of "Taxes, Tariffs & Trade?" It's a game of fiscal policy the whole family can enjoy!
Joel is feuding with Vicky regarding her habit of reading in bed. His back aches from all the times he's rolled onto the book she drops as soon as she falls asleep. Hardbacks have got to be the worst. Joel exacts his revenge by hiding Vicky's latest book. Soon a lot of other items mysteriously go missing around the house. Weird, huh?
Mia and Casey are looking for a location for their wedding. Ben can get them a good deal at his hotel if they can get past the incident that occurred at the last wedding. After all, the bride and groom weren't even involved in that whole murder-suicide thing. The place isn't haunted though. Sure Ben hears noises at night and someone or something calling out his name... but haunted? Come on.
Maddie believes Mia and Casey will be in trouble if they don't seriously address the issues that bother them. She ropes Ben into acting out a little role-playing exercise on how to have a proper argument after they all meet up at a restaurant. Let's just say dinner theater will never make a comeback with these two taking center stage.
Vicky doesn't understand why the younger generation needs to analyze everything. She says, "Nothing good ever comes from talking. Just have a couple drinks, flirt with someone you're not married to and go home." And home is where she goes once she realizes that Joel is there alone and likely hiding another one of her pantsuits.
Much to Ben's surprise, Mia and Casey make an instantaneous compromise to resolve the whole lateness thing. He wonders why this never happens in his relationship with Maddie. They never compromise. He just caves. This leads to an argument in which Ben loudly lets out all his previously suppressed feelings. There's only one thing Maddie can do: get naked!
Maddie's impromptu strip show in the middle of a restaurant certainly stifled Ben's yelling. It also sent the patrons at the surrounding tables scrambling for their camera phones. Ben never should have let things fester for so long. Maddie believes it's good that he finally let it all out, otherwise their relationship could turn into a total train wreck in 30 years. Speaking of Joel and Vicky...
Our favorite longtime married couple stands naked in front of each other in an effort to resolve their issues. Maybe it's a generational thing, but the tactic doesn't seem to be working. Perhaps they should just get dressed. If they haven't hidden each other's clothes, that is.