Things Just Got Real
Things Just Got Real16
Season # 1
Episode # 3
Directed by: Luke Greenfield
Writen by: Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger
Original Air Date: October 10, 2012
U.S. Viewers (millions) 6.39
Publication Order
Preceded by-
""Journey to the Center of the Mall""
Followed by-
""Bathroom Etiquette""

"Things Just Got Real" is the 3rd episode of Season 1 in The Neighbors.


Marty and Debbie are getting along with the Zabvronians, but among other things, the aliens’ constant desire to touch their hair is a little disconcerting. So they set up a night out with their human friends, and make it clear to Larry and Jackie that they’re not invited. A gesture that they, of course, misinterpret. Reggie is entranced by Marty’s human ways, which Larry feels is a slap at his position as man of the house. So he goes over to dominate them at poker. Jackie watches a show about real Jersey housewives to brush up on human behavior. It turns out to not be the best course of study.

Guest StarsEdit

  • Amy Farrington as Tracy
  • Leslie Grossman as Liz
  • Matthew Glave as Bill
  • Nicholas Giordano as Pete
  • Doug Jones as Dominique Wilkins
  • Alden Ray as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


"Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies

Zabvronian RevelationsEdit

  • Because he is their leader, the rest of the Zabvronians feel Larry Bird's emotions.
  • The Bird-Kersees did not own a television until after this episode.
  • Jackie and Larry have to "dumb everything down" for Debbie and Marty.
  • Debbie is Jackie's first lady friend she had since 3 centuries. Being a supreme leaders wife is lonely.
  • During Reggie's angry rant against his father because of his refusal to attempt to fit in on Earth Reggie reveals he came with his father to earth against his will.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • While Larry dons a silver spacesuit, Marty refers to him as TRON.
  • Jackie patterns her behavior after the "Real Housewives" on TV.
  • Debbie refers to Larry and Jackie as "Mork and Mindy."
  • Marty talks about "Downton Abbey."


The image gallery for Things Just Got Real may be viewed here.


  • It is unknown if Marty and Debbie stayed friends after the events of this episode as they are only shown hanging out with Larry and Jackie in the rest of the episodes.