How ‘The Goldbergs’ Handled Jeff Garlin’s Exit in the Season Premiere


Saying goodbye is never easy, but the Goldberg family is doing the best they can in the new season of “The Goldbergs.”

The show wasted no time addressing Jeff Garlin’s exit from the sitcom, mentioning in the opening moments of Wednesday’s season premiere that patriarch Murray had died “just a few months ago” and showing that the family still processing her grief.

Adam and Barry worked through some of their feelings in a “Field of Dreams”-inspired plot. But the real gut punch was a plotline involving Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Geoff (Sam Lerner) enlisting the help of Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) in preparing their nursery.

The trial forces Beverly to confront Murray’s absence and her inability to go through some of his remaining possessions. She finally decides it’s time to do just that, clean out a closet full of his clothes and get rid of his old chair.

However, the empty space in the living room proves too much for her to handle, and she sets out on a mission to retrieve the item, only to learn that it was taken from the sidewalk where it was left.

Attempts to find it are fruitless, but Erica is determined to help her mother through the moment.

“He will always be in our hearts — chair or no chair,” she tells Beverly.

They then enter the nursery, only to find that the chair has been taken by Pop-Pop (Judd Hirsch) and converted into a rocking chair for the baby’s room.

“This room is finally perfect,” says Erica.

Someone pass the tissues?

“The Goldbergs” airs Wednesdays on ABC.