When The Goldbergs returned on Wednesday for its ninth season, it paid heartfelt tribute to longtime cast member George Segal, who passed away on March 23, aged 87.
The episode, titled “The Goldbergs’ Excellent Adventure,” opens with a grown-up Adam Goldberg (narrator Patton Oswalt) reflecting on the death of his grandfather, Segal’s Albert “Pops” Solomon. “Back in the ’80s, my grandpa Pops was the greatest guy ever. He was my partner in crime—sometimes literally—and was always up for an adventure,” he says. “Everyone loved Pops, which is why we had such a hard time when he passed away. But months later, we were finally moving on. Sort of…”
In truth, we learn, not all is right with the Goldbergs. Pops’ passing has left his daughter Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) calling herself an orphan and