The fourth episode was a bit of a “bottle” episode, since the majority of the episode took place in the confines of the office.
Workaholic Sydney is pressured by her father to take a vacation in Hawaii. She’ll be going with a “Women’s Group” and many lesbian jokes ensue:
Simon: “And their motto again is…”
Sydney: “We put the ‘V’ in adventure.”
When they all hear the news that a client has moved up the pitch to the next day instead of the next week, Syd keeps trying to come back to work as her coworkers are literally pushing her out the door.
The team begins brainstorming before Sydney bursts back in announcing she’s changed her flight and ready to help. But no one can really concentrate as they had prior plans. Lauren was meant to go to a poetry reading and reads a very gruesome poem about killing her ex Charlie to try and spark Simon’s creativity. Zach tells the gang a burrito-related story about his current girlfriend, but it’s mostly filled with giggling and high-pitched squeeing from him (and much teasing from the others since he finally likes someone!). Andrew, clad in a caramel colored, wool cardigan, gets a call from his girlfriend and Syd reveals that he’s back with his horrible, pretentious ex “Nancy Cardigan.” Why are you so focused on his girlfriend, Sydney, HMM?
In order to rid him of the cardigan that Andrew admits he hates, they throw it in a trashcan and set it on fire. The fire alarm goes off and water sprouts from the ceiling, mostly soaking only Sydney and Andrew. They go to change and Sydney confesses that she just wants Andrew to be with someone who could appreciate him for how great a guy he is (and doesn’t force him to eat gluten free vegan cheese), all the while undressing to get changed out her wet clothes. Andrew takes this as some kind of signal and kisses her!!!
Sydney is wigged out and they agree to never speak of this again. In the meantime, Simon has disappeared and they find him flipping burgers at a diner to clear his head. While trying to come up with ideas at the diner, Sydney reveals that she and Andrew kissed. All of them eventually find their way to Lauren’s poetry reading, where it’s revealed “Charlie” is a woman. Andrew is on the phone trying to make things work with Nancy Cardigan, Zach is now over his girlfriend and trying to break up with her, and Simon is comforting Sydney as she tries to claim she isn’t jealous over Andrew. As she suddenly realizes, “Oh god, am I cheat!?” The idea finally strikes Simon.
Breakfast Burritos: Cheat on Your Breakfast! Success! Sydney tries to mend her friendship with Andrew, returning to calling him “buddy” and gives him a nice squeeze on his bum per his jumpsuit letters “Grab a Can.”
For me the comedy is getting better and better. If you don’t like puns, well, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. But this episode was full of silly puns and gags. My favorite gag was the clock turning and turning to show the passage of time for how long they’d been working. But when the camera pulled back, it was just Simon turning it to fix the clock. I laughed pretty hard for that one.
I’m not convinced that this coupling of Sydney and Andrew will be a one time thing. I originally thought maybe Zach and Sydney would have a thing together since he’s such a studly ladies man. So, I’m happy the show is going this route–maybe going this route?–because Andrew is a lovable, goofy guy. They’re painting Sydney as an extreme workaholic who need to get a little fun in her life, so I hope we get to see more of people’s social lives outside of work.
Update from this morning: CBS ordered a FULL SEASON of The Crazy Ones! Wooo! Congrats to everyone on the cast! I’m so happy for SMG!
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