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Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers

We close in on a real estate sign that reads "For Sale," with an additional sign on top that says, "In Escrow, Ben Seaver, Agent." Wacky music plays as, inside, an unseen person packs away photographs of the various Seavers through the years into boxes. One item that gets packed is a jacket with "Growing Pains" on it, and if you find the meta-narrative tiresome, you'd better go get some coffee now. By now you can tell that the people packing up are Maggie and Jason Seaver. As one of them puts something into a box marked "Garage Sale," the other takes it out.

Jason pops open a bottle of champagne, and Maggie claims that she's ecstatic, and then bursts into tears. She explains that they raised their children in that house, so it's hard to walk away. Jason encourages her to focus on the positive: for instance, they won't have to fix the garage after Ben backs through it with the car (don't count on it), and they won't have children sneaking in the dog door after curfew (don't count on that either). And since when have the Seavers had a dog? Did I miss that episode? Maggie offers up a toast to "exciting new adventures." Jason gets misty, and they agree that they love the house.

Cut to a few glasses of champagne later, and Jason and Maggie are declaring that they hate the house, mostly because it has so much crap in it, and now they have to get rid of it. They toast again to "the plan," which they apparently formulated some years earlier. Maggie reminds us that step one is to get rid of the kids in a legal manner, step two is to sell the house, and step three is to see the world. Jason corrects her that step three is to see all fifty states. This is news to Maggie, and if you just guessed that Maggie and Jason have very different retirement plans, you might as well just not bother reading any further. ["Plus, I think there are at least about twenty states you can feel free to skip." -- Wing Chun] The other annoying thing is that, as the Seavers walk around the house, it's clear that it's a totally different set than the one they filmed on before, which is lame, especially since the house is kind of the focal point of the plot. And also, in the last TV movie, the Seavers moved to Washington, DC, so I'm not sure why they are back in their original house, anyway.

Maggie wonders how they are going to move out in thirty days, and Jason steps into their closet, which doubles as a panic room. What with this show and Gilmore Girls, there's a panic-room revival going on. Jason claims that the panic room sealed the sale of the house. Maggie says that she can't handle the packing, and Jason says that he's got a surprise.

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Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers

We close in on a real estate sign that reads "For Sale," with an additional sign on top that says, "In Escrow, Ben Seaver, Agent." Wacky music plays as, inside, an unseen person packs away photographs of the various Seavers through the years into boxes. One item that gets packed is a jacket with "Growing Pains" on it, and if you find the meta-narrative tiresome, you'd better go get some coffee now. By now you can tell that the people packing up are Maggie and Jason Seaver. As one of them puts something into a box marked "Garage Sale," the other takes it out.

Jason pops open a bottle of champagne, and Maggie claims that she's ecstatic, and then bursts into tears. She explains that they raised their children in that house, so it's hard to walk away. Jason encourages her to focus on the positive: for instance, they won't have to fix the garage after Ben backs through it with the car (don't count on it), and they won't have children sneaking in the dog door after curfew (don't count on that either). And since when have the Seavers had a dog? Did I miss that episode? Maggie offers up a toast to "exciting new adventures." Jason gets misty, and they agree that they love the house.

Cut to a few glasses of champagne later, and Jason and Maggie are declaring that they hate the house, mostly because it has so much crap in it, and now they have to get rid of it. They toast again to "the plan," which they apparently formulated some years earlier. Maggie reminds us that step one is to get rid of the kids in a legal manner, step two is to sell the house, and step three is to see the world. Jason corrects her that step three is to see all fifty states. This is news to Maggie, and if you just guessed that Maggie and Jason have very different retirement plans, you might as well just not bother reading any further. ["Plus, I think there are at least about twenty states you can feel free to skip." -- Wing Chun] The other annoying thing is that, as the Seavers walk around the house, it's clear that it's a totally different set than the one they filmed on before, which is lame, especially since the house is kind of the focal point of the plot. And also, in the last TV movie, the Seavers moved to Washington, DC, so I'm not sure why they are back in their original house, anyway.

Maggie wonders how they are going to move out in thirty days, and Jason steps into their closet, which doubles as a panic room. What with this show and Gilmore Girls, there's a panic-room revival going on. Jason claims that the panic room sealed the sale of the house. Maggie says that she can't handle the packing, and Jason says that he's got a surprise.

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