If you were alive in the 1980s and weren’t known for being the humorless neighborhood curmudgeon, then you probably spent at least part of your life loving the career of “Weird Al” Yankovic. (If not your entire life, like a certain someone writing this.) The popularity of the iconic music parodist was at the heart of tonight’s episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs, which featured appearances from the man himself as himself, once again donning his formerly signature curls, glasses and mustache from that era.
So, no one wants to see relationships crumble, and it’s wonderful that Adam and Dana have made it this long as long-distance more-than-chums. But that argument had to happen, as one does not simply walk all over Weird Al’s enjoyability both in front of the Grammy-winning musician and the kid whose fandom knows no bounds and also happens to be her boyfriend. Them’s fightin’ words!
In any case, Beverly stepped in to use Weird Al to save the day or whatever, and maybe a comedy concert isn’t the best place to have a proper date as a kid, and blah blah blah about the plot. What’s really important here is how great it was seeing Weird Al pulling off looking like himself, which is something you think would be easy to do, but his former look is more radical than most. Plus, the Hawaiian shirts help keep things timeless.
The Goldbergs has done a fantastic job of celebrating the 1980s over the past three-ish years, finding clever ways to honor the decade’s movies, fads and other well-remembered things. But you’re talking royalty when you bring "Weird Al" Yankovic out, especially donning his classic look, since he’s actually been all over TV in the past couple of years. This year alone, he’s been in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, The Odd Couple, Childrens Hospital, The Hotwives of Las Vegas and Galavant, which doesn’t even account for the handful of voice roles for Adventure Time, BoJack Horseman and in Batman vs. Robin as the Dollmaker. AND he's the new musical co-host of Comedy Bang! Bang! But no one is complaining.
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The episode was also notable for getting what has to be the only Tiffany reference on TV in recent history, and it also brought Ecto-Cooler out to make my inner child’s taste buds vibrate with yearning. Find out what else the hit comedy will pull out of the closet next when it airs Wednesday nights on ABC.