George SegalHis recent appearance on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” on Wednesday was perfect for pop music: a mixture of humor based on generational misunderstanding and popular but legitimate wisdom, full of hearts.
After the episode ended, the screen turned into a message: Dedicated to our friend, George. This was followed by a series of clips that featured Segal in various scenes as his grandfather Albert “Pops” Solomon, including some of his roles in the show’s iconic film and reinvigorating his television creations: Bobs as Batman, Bobs in Tied Up Jacket, Bobs as one of the Ghostbusters – where he was Clueless has its entertaining pop culture on display.
He slaughtered the famous phrase, “Who are you going to call?”
The tribute also featured Segal on the banjo, an instrument he often played in nightly performances, along with pops shows that offer loving hugs to family members and honest advice: “If you believe in yourself, like me, you can’t lose.” The clip closed with a simple message on the screen: We’ll miss you, George.
“The Goldbergs” culminated in a long and successful career in film and television for Segal, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She starred in movies like “The Hot Rock”, “Blume in Love”, “California Split”, and “Fun with Dick and Jane”. Before The Goldbergs, binge-watch six seasons in the NBC comedy “Just Shoot Me!”
In the pre-tribute episode, “Pops” of Segal, Beverly’s father and Erica’s grandfather, Barry and Adam, played a typically small role as measured in screen time, but size should not be confused with significance. To the end, the character remained a charming conspirator with aspiring filmmaker Adam (Sean Geimbrone) – the young alter ego of series creator Adam F.
The Wednesday episode opened with Adam recreating the innovative pencil-drawing animation of the A-ha’s 1985 song “Take On Me”, with Bobs and Beverly’s mom (Wendy Maclendon Covey) as the co-stars.
Of course, polluters didn’t quite get the technology. “I still don’t understand why we should be mobile,” he said.
“No, I’m doing animation after that,” Adam explained. “It’s called rotoscoping.”
“Does it hurt?” POP response.
Adam concluded his speech by saying, “This is a Pops file.”
Despite all the potential for laughter, Segal’s Pops has always been a wise presence, establishing a family of characters known for their flights. It started later in the episode, as Pops worked as a voice counselor and counselor when Adam tried to figure out ways to show his less fortunate girlfriend, Priya, that he wasn’t the son of a spoiled mother.
“Instead of trying to convince Priya that you’re not being spoiled, why not show her to have a (silent) job?” Suggested pops.
Adam listened, and he got a job alongside Brie at an ice cream parlor, but hated the hard work and crafted a scheme to have Beverly step in until he was fired.
“This is a huge mistake,” Pops said. He was right as usual.
He saw Priya during the cast, leaving Adam without a job and (likely) a girlfriend.
Not happy pops. Pops said, “She didn’t like working hard, so I took the easy way out. Brie doesn’t like it. Honestly, I don’t like it either.”
In the words of the narrator, Adult Adam (Patton Oswalt), “Pops’ disappointment was a rude awakening.” Chastin listened to Adam this time, and regained his job and Priya. Ethical: Always listen to the pops.
At the end of the video, Segal receives a final honor, an appearance on the production card of Executive Producer Goldberg. Goldberg, who bases the series on his upbringing and often shows family members in the closing credits, features a black and white photo of Segal and he.
It has been a worthy place for a beloved family member, be it Goldberg, “The Goldbergs,” or the millions of fans who have enjoyed watching Segal over decades in film and television.