Season 3, Episode 4, “The Two Joes”

Season 3, Episode 4, “The Two Joes”

joe manganiello

joe manganiello
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mythical mission it’s so good at high-concept episodes and cutscenes that when the writers zero in on a classic sitcom trope, it really nails them. Not every episode has to be a conceptual detour, like “A Dark Quiet Death,” but when the show plays with a bit of a classic like the “headset conversation”, the concept becomes a concern of the entire episode. Everyone has someone in their ear this week, and you’re not doing them any favors.

With “Hera” ready for the test, Poppy needs a grunt to squash bugs and turns to Dana. Where’s Ian? I thought you two were attached to your ear,” Poppy asks her sole employee as she sets up the episode’s themes. Dana will join Ian to give a speech at her school and the couple will be out of the office for the afternoon. Poppy continues to actively avoid Ian’s opinion., but when he can’t get Dana’s, he gets upset. After pulling the AirPod out of Dana’s ear, Poppy hands it over to Ian. In the end, Poppy gives Dana a warning: “Once you let Ian touch your ear, you can never get it out.”

Last week we saw Ian’s control over people and how empty seeking their approval can be, but despite this, David and Poppy still crave his attention, mainly because Ian is bored with them and won’t tell them the time. of the day However, Dana is fresh meat to Ian, and since she is susceptible to her charms, she forgets her obligations as soon as Ian starts sweet-talking her. In his Tesla, he indulges his ego by commenting on his banal criticism of self-driving cars, sitting in the passenger seat and field of dreams. Dana doesn’t say anything particularly profound, but Ian responds in awe. He’s a jerk, so maybe he thinks she’s referencing field of dreams created a psychic connection. Realistically though, like Brad calling Carol HODI, Ian is manipulating her, consciously or not.

He’s not the only one working someone’s ego. Brad takes another shot at the C-suite this week, and we can’t believe we’re saying this, listening to Rachel’s ideas. He wants to know why his NFT failed, even though Sue told him last week, and Rachel offers an answer: gamers need a better reason to buy this crap than it’s for sale. More importantly, she gives Brad another reason to bug Phil and the designers. With David distracted by the movie “MQ,” he sees the perfect opportunity to slide into power.

imani hakim

imani hakim
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And, once again, David’s ego gets the best of him. Cashing in on his new title of executive producer, he is invited to lunch by Joe Manganiello, longtime “MQ” fan and potential “masked man.” Unfortunately, David “faced” during the call, so he heads home to change his shirt. In the meantime, he wants Jo to compile a dossier on the actor, in particular the size of the actor (is the True Blood stallion really that big? Yes. Yes, it is.), and join them for lunch. However, the traffic of Cerritos, the true protagonist of this episode, has other plans. David calls Jo to let her know she’s late, so when Manganiello appears in the middle of the conversation, David asks Jo to continue the call, so she can answer the actor’s questions through her headset. .

People have “played cyrano” in will and grace, breaking bad, SeinfeldY many other showsnot to mention a a couple of James Bond movies. He’s an old trope that mythical mission unfolds with David’s “bidness-personal” inspired phone combination. As David coaches Jo during the meeting with Manganiello, Phil calls to ask if he should follow the janitor’s orders. David can barely hold a conversation, so when he answers two calls on two free hands, his confusion and frustration blend beautifully to create a symphony of palpable comic tension. Hornsby plays overwhelmed with such pathetic optimism, and when the calls overlap, he maintains a glimmer of hope. But when that hope gives way to anger, it’s doubly sweet. Brad jumps on the call and gets his boss to parrot a “yes” that was meant for Manganiello, condemning the designers to another weekend of unpaid work.

david hornsby

david hornsby
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Those who ignored the voice in their ear fared much better. Jo relies on her wits to cover up the mess David has created in her ear. When Brad picks up the phone, she repeats “Brad?” by accident, then Jo spins. “Pitt,” she says to Manganiello. “Brad Pitt is another actor [they’re] considering the part,” and makes Manganiello even more hungry for the part. When David finally arrives, Manganiello is gone but interested, and Jo is the hero of the day. More importantly, she didn’t come there expecting David’s approval.

Elsewhere, Dana isn’t so lucky. Ian distracts her with a day at the metaverse factory and she forgets about her talk at her school. Ian traps Dana in her orbit and tells her that this plan to create a liquid internet that users enter through eye drops is a good idea. It clearly isn’t, but there is something of value here. Poppy had the chance to teach Dana what it’s like to work in this industry and she screwed it up. Instead, Ian is introducing her to other aspects of the job: dreaming about the future. Who cares if she defies the laws of physics? Why limit dreams?

Rob McElhenney

Rob McElhenney
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Meanwhile, Poppy turns to the coders to criticize her game. “Hera” is technically perfect but not very funny, they determine. Poppy tends to suck the joy out of her work, reducing it to code instead of thinking about how people will actually play the game. She may pride herself on being the perfect Poppy Lee, but no one will notice if the game isn’t fun.

missed observations

  • “Heh. David doesn’t even know who Phil is.
  • “Hire a 5’8″ actor, get a 5’8” performance.
  • “Oh yeah, she’s the one who eats out of the garbage.”
  • “Jo, I want everything you can find on Joe Manganiello. I want to know where he is from, where he lives, how tall is he? Is he as big as they say on the Internet? What drives him? What does he drive? Does he drive at all? I want to know what this man ate for breakfast. Though with his body, he’d probably skip breakfast. I would like to.”
  • One of these days, I’m actually going to take some time out and talk about how good Charlotte Nicado is this season.

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