The Goldbergs Season 2 Episode 21: “As You Wish”
Directed by David Katzenberg
Written by Alex Barnow
Created by Adam F. Goldberg
Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Hayley Orrantia, Sean Giambrone , Jeff Garlin, George Segal ABC
Air Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 8:30pm
The Goldbergs have often tackled iconic ’80s pop culture references. Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Pops (George Segal) re-enacted Ghostbusters, and earlier this season he and big brother Barry (Troy Gentile) were a New Kids on the Block cover band. On the latest episode of the show, “As You Wish,” yet another ’80s classic gets The Goldbergs treatment: The Princess Bride.
Sword fighting with cardboard wrapping paper rolls is getting old. Adam and friends need real swords for his fan-film version of Rob Reinerâ€™s classic film. The problem: his safety crazed mother Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey). The solution: his starved-for-an-athletic-son father Murray (Jeff Garlin). The trick? Convince Dad that he wants to start fencing to bond and thus get real swords. Problem for Adam: he actually has to fence now!
Meanwhile, as usual, Bevâ€™s tendencies to NOT stay out of the business of others leads to embarrassment for her kids. As the head of the local Yenta network, Beverly feels itâ€™s her mission to be the town matchmaker. This leads to her hooking up school gym teacher Rick (Bryan Callen) with music teacher Miss Cinoman (Ana Gasteyer) over a lovely wine and cheese platter. Barry and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) are front and center as this, like many Bev scams, temporarily blows up in everyoneâ€™s face.
As Adamâ€™s failures at fencing leads Murray to uncover his plan, Adam has to man up and decides to take a crack at fencing one more time. After all, he has the greatest teacher of all; not Pops or Murrayâ€¦ but Inigo Montoyaâ€¦ you can probably guess a certain line that gets repeatedâ€¦ and if not, seriously go now and watch The Princess Bride!
The wonderful thing about The Goldbergs is that itâ€™s, above all else, about a family who truly love each other. Murray is the hard-working no-nonsense Dad who always says â€œno.â€ But the hopes of bonding with Adam lead him play a â€œGIANTâ€ role in Adamâ€™s movie. This episode and the show in general, like The Princess Bride, continuously makes me smile.
The Goldbergs return with a new episode next Wednesday night at 8:30pm ET on ABC.
The Goldbergs 2×21 Promo “As You Wish” (HD)
The Goldbergs 2×21 “As You Wish” – Murray is excited when Adam tells him he wants to play a sport at school. That is until he finds out itâ€™s fencing. After quitting his first match, Adam confesses his real intention â€” to recreate his favorite scene from â€œThe Princess Brideâ€ â€” and makes Murray furious.