'How to Make it in America': Everybody hates Domingo
October 24th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

'How to Make it in America': Everybody hates Domingo

In my 27 years of living, one thing has always been true: Your boys are your boys until a girl comes into the picture. I’ve seen many strong friendships fall to the wayside when a little estrogen is thrown in the mix.

So let's begin with Domingo and Rachel, who start last night's episode in bed together. I could get used to this couple, but with Rachel's working for the man/woman and Domingo's weed-pushing/dog-walking gig, I'm not convinced they’ll make it past the friends with benefits stage.

In another bedroom, Rene is getting some early morning delight in the form of great response to his viral video, along with a little “breakfast in bed” from Debbie...or at least I like to think that’s what the kids are calling it these days.

Over at Kappo’s place, he’s freaking out over making a toast at a wedding for a high school friend. Domingo offers some THC spray to take the edge off, and then asks Kappo and Cam how they’d feel about him hooking up with Rachel. Both guys aren’t feeling the idea, but ultimately say Domingo should confront Ben if he’s serious.

Fellas, I’ve seen this situation play out plenty of times, and the best thing to do is confront your boy. He might not like what you have to say, but it's better that he hears it from you.

Ben, meanwhile, is having breakfast with Nancy to go over some prints. Nancy wants the guys to make a new look book and Ben wants Domingo to be the model. Ruh roh.

Of course, since there seems to be some kind of sexual tension between these two, Nancy comes with the “black's good on you, you should wear more of it” line. It's going to happen sooner or later (and if you’re wondering what I'm suggesting, I’d say it’s obvious). Ben will at least try and sleep with Nancy, if the cougar in her doesn’t pounce first. Whether it will be good for business, we'll have to watch and see.

Over at Biscuit, Rachel is 15 minutes late and lacking passion. Oh, and there’s that whole “hostile listening face” she can’t shake. I think we’re all victim to the hostile listening face. I’m apologizing to all of my past, present and future supervisors for my own. I blame my second job at 15 where I sold refrigerator magnets at a small shop in Six Flags.

Speaking of hostile, Domingo kind of brings up Rachel to Ben. (For future reference, whenever someone prefaces their rebuttal with “Not be a d-–” or something along those lines, they actually mean, “I’m being an ass.”)

Ben says he and Rachel didn’t work because he wasn’t motivated, and since Domingo's job isn’t the typical idea of success, he shouldn’t waste his time.

Sensing that he could lose Rachel to one of his friends, Ben asks her to go to the wedding with him. Typical move: A guy might be interested in an ex, so you tone up the contact with her to flex your territory, when ultimately you’re just giving in to your jealousy.

En route to the wedding, Rachel drops hints about a new guy that is an “unusual” choice for her. Things only get worse when folks at the wedding compliment Rachel and Ben on how great they look together and blah blah blah. As the captain of #TeamDomingo, I’m not interested in any of this.

But I am intrigued by Cam’s new character turn, inspired by his crush on Lulu. I must admit my friends were all swooning over Nicole LaLiberte’s character, and she never really did it for me until this episode. Let’s hear it for the redheads! Between Lulu and “True Blood’s” Jessica, HBO might be able to lay claim to the most beautiful crimson locks on TV.

Cam wants Lulu's dad Felix to let him use his place for the look book shoot. That means he had to strap on some spandex and literally wrestle Felix for the title. This was one of the coolest or most random scenes of the whole show. I’m still not sure. Felix is a wrestling champ, but Killa Cam is from the L.E.S., son! Felix likes being thrown on his back, apparently, so Cam wins.

I'm not sure how I feel about the calm, collected and in puppy love Cam, but I am for character growth and I’m going to assume this is all part of a new and improved man. Point, Cam.

When Cam succeeds, his cousin Rene seems to take a step back. C’mon Rene, you can’t give a woman fake diamond earrings and think you’ll get away with it! Debbie’s not falling for the new Rene’s cubic zirconium-inspired kind gesture and gives him the boot from the crib, which leaves him to revert back to his old, criminal self.

And to keep with the theme of having trouble with the law, Kappo admits to Ben that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating his boss, and if his boss talks, Kappo could be in trouble. And by trouble, he means federal prison time.

Before their night ends, Rachel tells Ben about Domingo. Obviously pissed, he walks away from her and the next day runs into Domingo, who is ready to model for CRISP. So much for that idea.

Domingo tells Ben, “I like Rachel and Rachel likes me, the dog walking drug dealer. Who’d have thought that?!” Ben and Domingo have it out and Cam even adds his two cents. I hope this friendship isn't over, but these things either end well or end horribly, there’s no in between.

As for the look book model? No big deal. Add in Felix and voila, you have something hip. In the copy center looking at the finished product, Ben calls Kappo to check and see if he’s alright, but you can’t help but think by the look on his face it’s really he who is hurting.

So do you guys agree with Ben, or are you pulling for Domingo? And how soon until Nancy helps Ben take his mind off all of this?


soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Kofi

    They're both lame. Domingo for thinking this is going to past the bedroom and Ben for acting all confused about Rachel and her AWESOME body. XD

    October 28, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. yogi

    Rachel is just going through right now. I feel bad for Domingo though, because he seems to really like her.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marcus

    Really Rachel ?? Dissing Ben for not being career oriented enough and then getting it on with a drug dealer ..... sorry dont buy it.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessssica

    I am DEF co captain for #TeamDomingo! I want Rachel to give him a chance and something work out :)

    October 25, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Darrin

    Domingo definitely crossed the line in their friendship. Exes are always off limits unless your boy gives you the go ahead. Even then, your friend will probably resent you for going after his ex. Domingo is in the wrong.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |

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