"Your Material Sucks" -
Last time, Frank (who rubbed elbows with the "big
people" after giving his all for some buyers) and Jim
(whose material was ravaged after successfully working
five clubs) continued their wild ways, while Art (who
had a minichopper that looked great but didn't last) and
Josh (who did manage to turn a profit for the day) were
delivered with a warning that any move could be their
last. Meanwhile, the pursuit for the dream job continues
with their latest assignments.
Jim: Do three bring'em
shows in two nights, with a minimum of 15 people during
Josh: Promote a night at the world-famous
Whisky-a-Go-Go, and get at least 25 people to attend.
Frank: Model in a professional photo session involving
310 Motoring clothing line.
Art: Perform a complete base gasket replacement on
Jerry's bike in the allotted time. You'll be judged on
the quality of your work and your ability to finish on
Jim & Barry discuss
working on material, as they talk about working on
stage. Frank has some time, so he goes treadmilling.
Josh and Art, with nothing to do prep-wise, really (how
about some research... ever though about that?) decide
to clean the hot tub and have a little foam party with
the leftover soap residue.
Jim begins with some
calls to his family and friends. Frank, elsewhere, sees
himself as the next big model, as he and Tomiko meet
today's shoot staff. This is a huge national campaign,
so Frank wants to give it his all. Things we learn: it's
not bling anymore; it's luxe. Alrighty then.
Josh heads over to the
Whisky, where a lot of people have performed. Can he use
that as a starting point for some big money sales? He
gets paid "per flyer", $3 per head. Josh wants to go
above and beyond, as he shoots for 50 or 100. Art's
challenge... deceptively simple... make something that
doesn't work... work. The Chop Shop's Wes will supervise
the five-hour task, just in case Art is close to
Frank is admittedly not
good wit heights, so his first task, naturally, involves
a ladder and being suspended by a rope... and taking his
wedding band off? Yeah, sex sells, and we can't have
someone who is tied down taking the plunge with his
wedding band on, never mind the fact that computers can
easily edit it out. Art cleans his dirty parts, while
Josh goes head-hunting on Hollywood Blvd.
Barry never said that
Jim's material sucked, but it's implied in the way he
takes a positive spin on it. So that's his problem. He
needs to take criticism. Jim would like to get
comfortable with "the silence." Art manages to get the
parts done right until... "Stop. You don't ever use
tools like that on an aluminum piston." Those tools...
steel. Josh, meanwhile, is having a hard time selling
Whisky spots. He gave out 90 fliers, but will they show?
Josh doesn't know, and that's giving him some despair.
Jim wishes that he had
more time to develop some more material, but time is
pretty much out, as he heads to his first gig, Ice Dream
coffee bar. Seeing the setup... where there isn't any,
he's almost like "I wish I could fail the challenge."
But he gets the 15 he needs for this one. Even gets a
smile out of the host in the crowd. "He looked amused...
Art continues with his
engine, until... "Stop." Despite following instructions.
Josh got all the fliers out, but he doesn't get any firm
answers, not even from the Whisky or the mentor Josh. So
the next step, by any means necessary. He shows Josh R.
his guest list, while he suggests pulling people who
don't have tickets and getting them on the list. The sex
continues to sell for Frank as he gets relaxation going
by thinking about his wife. "It was a little
uncomfortable, but then I got a little more loose."
Jim is at Mr. B's for
his next gig, which constitutes him hosting well over 15
friends. Seeing Jimmy & Joey Sorice... hard act to
follow. This time, he concentrates on his girlfriend who
will not shut the (^_^) up. Another knockout. Josh meets
Al at the party.... and then continues to pass out
tickets. Good. Frank's next assignment after just
blowing up the shoot... wearing shoes... on your
shoulders. What's next, a snake? Oh.. I guess so...
Jim gets ready for the
tough sell at his third gig, a more conservative venue,
the Lava Lounge. Yet another per-performance before Jim
takes the stage about his suburban white boys. Stephanie
on hand to provide some feeder laughs. Another good one,
but is it good enough? Stephanie asks him about
critiques, while Jim... continues his neverending
conquest... and that's just a gussied up word for
"un-ending". Tomiko calls Frank Mr. Model. Art's
satisfied at his work, and Josh is satisfied with his
promotions, while the other Josh wants him to think
harder outside the box.
Now comes the judgment room. Expectations are
risen yet again. Art and Josh are still on the fine line. Barry thinks Jim did
a tremendous job as story teller. Stephanie just up and outs him... "How wise
do you think is it that you are relentlessly hitting on the woman who may have
a hand in your fate on this television show?" He does like to joke around, but
will that end up overriding his successful completion of the challenge? Josh
R. thinks that Josh B. was tenacious, striking the deal right away, making the
flyer, and did get the job done. Again, Al isn't convinced, as he cites the
Jerry thinks that Art got the job done, and
he's happy with that. Again, Al brings up the tub incident. Tomiko thinks that
Frank is executing flawlessly, being put through the ringer. Stephanie says
that Frank has grown A LOT.
Now to the award/penalty. Jim gets a prize - a
meeting with Lee Horvitz. Frank gets a prize - a photo shoot with Matthew
Richman. So far, flawless from both players. Now to the danger zone... Art is
spared with $750 at the Harley Store. Josh filled the house and gets to be the
right-hand man at the Roxy with Josh Richman.... "But before you go... wash
out my tub."
So here's were we stand...
Art: :) :) X :)
Frank: :) :) :) :)
Jim: :) :) :) :)
Josh: :) X :) :)
The tasks will only get
harder. Can Frank and Jim keep up the good work? Can Art
and Josh continue the streak? Next time, a twist, as
failure for one constitutes penalty for all...