"Who Gets the Shaft?"
- November 30
We started at the bottom
with our career thrill seekers, but now we're moving
into the big leagues at a breakneck speed, and if the
teasers are to be believed, one will not cut the
That comes later, but for
now, the four reap the rewards of their first challenge.
Art is on a ridealong with Jerry. Josh is heading to the
Maxim party. Frank gets a personal trainer, and Jim gets
to take his sister to a comedy club.
Now comes the next
Jim: attend a class on
improv comedy and develop three original characters into
real life situations.
Josh: plan, promote, and throw a party for a client.
Frank: use talents to help out a business at the
Universal City Walk.
Art: create an artistic design using materials provided.
But before the challenges,
some news. It seems that Jim, en route via cab to a
Wal-Mart run, was involved in a car accident. His face
is messed up a bit and he had to be sent to the
hospital, but he should be fine. But how will this
affect his game?
Jim: As soon as he
arrives in class, he meets Karen Maruyama, the
instructor and a "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" vet. Karen
instructs him to create a character based on someone he
knows. That someone... Josh Bernstein. Karen... not
impressed. Second character: Midwestern salesman with
wife and 2.3 kids. And the third.. a hotshot attorney.
He meets with Barry, who
instructs him to sell the fact that he's funny. His
first improv character: "Charles", a conservative
attorney, who ribs a barber for being gay, which he
really doesn't want to do.
Second character: "a
painfully shy guy named John Smith." Again, he feels
very guilty about being the shy guy.
Third character: "Gary
Sandusky, Milwaukee Plastics." "He was looking at me
saying 'You jackass!'"
Josh: His client: a
kid by the name of Flynn Leslie. He wants a chimp
traimer, Hummer Limo, go-carts, party bags, American
catering, remote control car, ESPN NBA 2K5 Xbox game...
and all he has is $1000. Hardest part so far.. the
Josh R. meets up with Josh
B., as he gets all the info. He should get on the
computer, which should speed things along.
Josh heads to Flynn's
house, where he discusses logistics with the mother.
Monkeys... can't do. But he can do reptiles. Initial
analysis from Diana: not very thorough.
Next, limo to go-carts, and
then to the park for a water-balloon. Josh is pleased
with his progress.
Art: He needs to
make a "throne of speed" out of used auto parts. He has
4 hours. Finds a Special Deluxe... with a g-string on
the throne. He takes the seat, but leaves the g-string.
A few parts later, he's done scavenging with 3:15 left
to go. Now to fabrication.
Jerry has the clock
ticking. What he doesn't have is a working sawhorse or a
pair of safety goggles.
One hour to go... and three
drill bits dead. But the "Throne of Speed" is done. "You
have completed your task... and you have earned a fine
Chop Shop Ale."
Frank: His client is
Ryan Carrillo, the manager of Saddle Ranch. Frank is
going to ride a mechanical bull for them.. but his
uniform is that of a cowboy and the earring is a no-go.
He emerges as Buckwild Bill. Tomiko gives "Bill" two
hours to fill the place. He starts out by being
himself... That doesn't work. Tomiko tells him that he
needs to stay in character. And he does... and he gets
one person to ride a bull. Count at 30 minutes into the
Jim stops by to check up on
Frank. He ends up the 23rd buckwiler... And still
counting. Frank is a sales monster. And now he's on the
bull giving it all he's got. And at the end of the day,
it's time to give up the uniform.
Now for judgment. Stephanie
calls Jim flawless. Barry said he was "awesome." Josh R.
said he did quite well, but it's still a business. "How
much money did you make?" Josh B. said he was $50. Josh
B. said that his challenge was a party, not a profit.
Stephanie says he has passion, but needs direction.
Tomiko says that Frank helped the group to make money,
but Stephanie wants Frank to let go more. Compton should
"define, not confine." Jerry says that Art has
Now let's hear Al.
Jim gets his characters
down, so he gets a prize, working with an improv group
in an audience. Frank was professional, so he will go to
a spa for a day and a wardrobe makeover. Josh needs to
be more mindful of his challenges and everything that
comes with it. To that end, he is assessed a penalty --
at 3am, he will clean the Dragonfly club. Art showed
creativity, and that is deserved of a prize, a $500
shopping spree at Snap-on Tools.
Art: :) :)
Frank: :) :)
Jim: :) :)
Josh: :) X
Remember, two penalties,
and you're going home. But tomorrow's another day. Can
Josh regain his focus, or is he on the first ride home?