AnnaRose, I thought I heard the same thing.
I think they were close to having a really clever episode that gave us fun little peeks of pre-show Cleary life. We got to see how Eddie and Wendi became a couple, how Pat got his glasses, and the passive-aggressive way Mike and Peggy fight. Laurence in his earliest incarnation was obedient rather than rebellious. The longer his hair, the more rebellious his attitude. Who knew Peggy was a candle-making genius with Nixon as a muse? I just think they tried too hard to change up the format.
I felt the prolonged focus on Lynne brought down the light-heartedness of the episode. I really felt sorry for Eddie.