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Recap / The Goldbergs S 2 E 7 A Goldberg Thanksgiving

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A Plot: Winning a bet with her mother, Erica opts out of the holiday and goes to Lainey's house, resulting in Beverly scrambling to win her back.

B Plot: Uncle Marvin visits, and Murray gets annoyed when Marvin and Adam start to form a close bond.

  • Actually a Good Idea: Uncle Marvin buys the Goldberg kids beepers. In The Tag, Barry decided to use his to set up a grass mowing business. Erica is about to criticize him before admitting it's not a bad idea. On the other hand, Barry's advertisement promises to cater to his customers' "grass needs" which he doesn't realize has another meaning.
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  • Anachronism Stew: Marvin takes Adam to see The Wizard, which came out on December 15, 1989, so there is no way they would have gone during Thanksgiving.
  • Genre Savvy: Adam turns out to be fully aware that being a "professional gamer" in the 80's is a completely non-existent career and that Marvin's plan to have Adam play across the country is doomed to failure, only humoring Marvin because he cared more about Adam's hobbies than Murray did.
  • Guilt Complex: Pops convinces Erica to stay despite Beverly's obvious craziness by revealing that Beverly's mom died when Beverly was Erica's age, and how preparing Thanksgiving dinner with her children helps her relive fond memories.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: As the episode's title indicates.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Beverly supposedly gets a massive leg cramp while jogging that leaves her immobile for hours, but it turns out to be a ploy so Erica and Barry would help her prepare Thanksgiving dinner.