'How To Make it In America': Money, power...private school?
October 17th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

'How To Make it In America': Money, power...private school?

Things are about to get all sorts of fun, crazy and weird for our cast, as last night’s whopping 29-minute episode set the stage for tons of forthcoming drama.

Our boy Cam still has his sights set on getting a new place, and hopes that Domingo will let him in on his marijuana dealing so he can make a few extra bucks. I guess you do what you’ve got to, but something tells me Cam might get caught up. Ultimately, we know he’s doing all of this to prove himself to Lulu.

Cam’s other half, Ben, and his girlfriend Julie are having issues. There’s some other guy, and if Ben can’t prove he loves Julie she’s swapping him out for the man that does. If you’re in the boat of folks wondering why this storyline is seemingly headed for a fast ending, I have two words for you: Gina Gershon.

There’s no doubt Ben is checking for the older woman, and when he says, “I’m worried that I only like girls who are unavailable,” you get the sense he’s eluding to Gershon’s character, Nancy. You’re not alone, Ben.

Things seem to be looking up for Rene’s big viral production, featuring everyone’s favorite cracked-out skateboarder, Wilfredo Gomez. Debbie’s going to be involved and she wants Rene to meet her young daughter. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was going to go terribly wrong for our Rasta Monsta boss.

Speaking of bosses, Cam and Ben are set to meet with Nancy, who claims to have a great opportunity for the fellas. But by great opportunity, she means designing the middle school graduation T-shirt for her son’s private school. Not exactly what the guys have in mind, but leave it to Ben to be smart enough to realize that getting in the good graces of a power player is a better move than scoffing at the idea of doing smaller jobs.

Of course Rachel catches wind of Ben’s breakup with Julie and she’s crushing on him again. She visits Ben and gives him a sweet Louis Vuitton travel trunk she claims she got for next to nothing in Paris. And yes, Rachel is lying. The only thing you get for next to nothing there is a panini with frites and a soda.

To be honest, I’m glad that Ben gave her the “I just want to be friends” treatment. I want Rachel to hook up with Domingo, and Ben to maybe nab Nancy or get back with Julie.

Love is definitely in the air for Cam and he even gets to meet and eat with Lulu’s dad, aka Joe Pantoliano, aka Captain Howard from “Bad Boys.” Cam gets schooled in some art and gets hit with the best line of the night: “Art works when it communicates the truth.” Dad likes Cam, even though by her own admission, he’s not Lulu’s type.

It’s all good, as our boy tells his crush, “I might wear a cape for you.” Oh boy, Cam’s falling hard.

Rachel and Domingo are awkward, but cute. And now for the moment we all knew was coming: The whole elevator to bedroom deal wasn’t a shocker. Rachel later tries to sneak out on Domingo (apparently this is her thing; see last season). Even with her own sneakiness, Rachel can’t deny Domingo’s charm and they go for round two.

Who wins a fight between Ben and Domingo? I ask because it’s bound to happen. Start placing your bets now.

But Ben has bigger problems. The middle school design committee isn’t too impressed with Ben’s work. “How many serpents do you know that breathe fire?” Touché, little man.

Rene tries to express some of his own creativity with Wilfredo in a faux Rasta getup, set to jump a flaming ramp. Now that’s racist! Or so an onlooker thinks when he comes over to voice his concerns. Wilfredo, meanwhile, burns the ramp.

It may have looked like a loss for Rene, but these types of videos  - in the words of rapper Paul Wall - get "the Internet going nuts.” I think there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Rene, who feels as though God doesn’t want him “to win legitimately.” I hope he’s wrong about God.

Our old sales rep Andy calls to apologize, but talk is cheap and the Crisp crew is trying to get paid. Whether you like this character or not (I’m indifferent), I get the feeling his persistence is going to pay off.

That might not even matter as Cam and Ben succeed with their new shirt, and now Nancy wants to talk some serious business. This just so happens to also involve flirting with Ben, and you can see where this is headed. I shouldn’t have to tell folks mixing business with pleasure hardly ever works. Here’s hoping Ben doesn’t learn this the hard way.

I must say I love that Cam has found a dream home with a view of the river, albeit from the projects. And there haven’t been too many sequences quite as great as the closing shot of Cam rolling his new stove out of the store with the biggest grin on his face, Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” playing and Lulu on his mind. Life’s good. We hope.

I’m definitely psyched about the next few episodes with all of the developments from last night. What did you guys think? Is the show picking up for you?

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Benjamin

    I need a partiner to do business with

    April 28, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. chris P

    OK i am old or something but what was the point of the new T shirt? RICH KIDS (now i forget the rest but what was the point) was it that the kid was too afraid to ask what it meant?

    October 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. good show

    man this shows good, picking up forsure
    episodes would benefit if they were a hour long

    October 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. U MAD

    I can see your dirty pillows... IS FURIOUS HAHA KIL YOURSELF

    October 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ella

    Cam is a dumb name. I bet some of the writers on this show are gay.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cathy

    I heard this show is a disappointment and is being cancelled soon. Ive never watched it so dont know for sure. I think I read it on another blog 2 or 3 weeks ago.3

    October 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |

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