'How to Make it in America': Sex, hoodies and Yosi
November 7th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

'How to Make it in America': Sex, hoodies and Yosi

Today I’m shaking my head for two reasons. One, still no N.B.A. And two, my favorite show about American up-and-comers living in New York City is getting out of hand in the best way possible.

Last night’s "I’m Sorry, Who’s Yosi?" let us know that all jokes aside, things are about to get serious for everyone.

Like back-to-back episodes of "True Blood," we pick up where we left off: in the middle of a sex scene. Now that Ben and Nancy are knocking the boots, you get the feeling it’s only a matter of time before things go from affair-hot to fallout-cold.

At Nancy’s office, Christin and Kirsten are hungover from their NYC tourist shenanigans, but are still talking business. They recommend using Yosi, Nancy’s husband, as the manufacturer for Crisp’s first big order (5,500 hoodies to be exact).

Oops - Ben didn’t know Nancy was married. Kudos to Ben, though, for at least throwing it out there to Cam that he’s in bed with a boss. Too bad Cam wasn’t buying it.

Speaking of issues, Rene’s got some trouble brewing in the form of angry Jamaicans. Led by Everton Thompson - the Caribbean community’s leader who is friends with everyone from Bill Clinton to Diddy - "the dreads" are going to bodegas and pouring out Rasta Monstas left and right in hopes of having a sit-down meeting with Rene. They would like, as they put it, to discuss the energy drink’s "insensitivity to the Caribbean community [demonstrated] with each sale."

While I thought the "Rasta Monsta's racist" thing was funny, taking the protests to another level and giving them an actual story line I’m not so sure about.

Meanwhile, Rachel wants to pitch Farmer Tim as an edgy DIY piece for Biscuit magazine. Her boss isn’t so convinced and wants a 500-word piece on a local caterer. (I once had to write about Atlanta men and their shaving habits compared to other cities for a local publication equally adored by the likes of soccer moms, so Rachel, I’ve felt your journalistic angst.)

Rachel hops the train to pitch her story to Tim anyway, which makes you wonder if it’s the story or the guy that’s caught her interest. Being that she’s all over the place, I’d say we’re safe to assume anything. Lake Bell’s comedic timing and acting have grown on me, so I’m hoping this is just a push for something even more interesting and fun for her.

One thing we are certain about is that Yosi is the man. He’s already acknowledged that everybody loves his wife. And when he’s not shooting hoops on his office court screaming, "I love this game," (take that, Mr. Stern!) he’s blessing Ben and Cam with $10,000 advance checks and offers to pay all of the production costs for their first order. Good thing neither of the guys is sleeping with his wife. Whoops!

That was as good a time as ever for Ben to try and come clean to Cam again. Naturally, Cam isn’t happy and wants to kill the relationship with Yosi, but leave it to Ben to give a promise we all know he’ll break: "It doesn’t change anything because it’s never ever going to happen again. I swear to God."

So that means it's going to happen again, right? OK, just checking.

Over in Kappo’s office, the fellas are going over the Gadzooks deal with their biggest investor. All's going well till the FBI comes knocking. Watching Kappo get hauled out was a little confusing since we don’t know all of what he did, but his "please don’t forget about me" quip was sad, and let us know this isn’t going to be pretty.

Here’s to hoping we get an actual story for Eddie Kaye Thomas’ character before another show comes and scoops him up.

Ben confronts Nancy, but she claims they can’t keep banging. It was a drunk thing. Yeah, heard that before…on television. Snooze.

Speaking of being in and out of business, Rachel is in bed with Domingo and shows off her new tat, pancakes and all. OK, not my first choice, but at least it’s not the tramp stamp. She asks what Ben would think, and that’s not what Domingo wants to hear. He brings up the relationship word and it's tough because he obviously wants it and Rachel’s giving him the "just not looking for that " line. They both agree that it's cool but we know it's not.

Before Rachel can make up her mind, Rene might have good reason to kill Domingo. He decides to confront Everton Thompson (played by Mr. Soul Glo himself from "Coming to America," Eriq La Salle). In one of the more hilarious showdowns of the series, Rene isn’t budging on Thompson’s request to donate profits of Rasta Monsta to the local youth center, until the latter whips out the Rasta Monsta weed spray. He threatens to tell Rene’s parole officer.

If it sounds familiar, the spray is what Domingo was looking to sell until Cam warned him of bodily harm if Rene found out. In the line of the night, Rene hits Mr. Thompson with, "If you ever come at my business again, there will be no sit-down, there will be a funeral…Brutha."

Speaking of brothers, Ben and Cam are forging a bromance with Yosi aboard his birthday yacht. Aside from meeting Pharrell and Yosi making Jay-Z proud by reciting "Give It To Me," there’s the feeling that nothing in the world could screw this up...until something does.

While Cam and Yosi are sharing a moment on the deck, Ben and Nancy go for round three in the ship’s engine room.

So will Ben dipping a pen in company ink hurt the business he’s trying to build? Will Rene kill Cam and Domingo? Will the "the dreads" go after Rasta Monsta? What the hell is going on with Kappo? Share your thoughts!

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. michelle

    dumb show

    November 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BrooklynsOwn

    Kappo's story line could make for a good one. If Kaye Thomas has no plans of leaving the show, I'd like to see his character perhaps take a plea deal if convicted for anything serious. Maybe he loses some of his fortune too, which would give Ben and Cam the opportunity to return the favor Kappo once extended to them in the form of start up money for Crisp. Who needs the dollar now...?

    As for Ben and Nancy...we can only assume the business deal with Yosi will go sour. However, when Yosi made the remark about everyone loving his wife, I couldn't help but think of the Season 3 episode of Entourage, where Vince is asked to sleep with the wife of Yair Marx, in exchange for her happiness and funding for Medellin. I mean, the two respective situations are very different, but they are reminiscent of each other.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rook

      Good point about Yair Marx, though I try to not compare this show to Entourage, I keep thinking that torching the van last season and not going with the original distributor instead of Gina Gerson are going to be revisited, Eddie Kaye's character is hilarious and I wish I would see more of him than the douchy hipster gardner or Rachel

      November 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tracie

    Ok, that black man in that tricked out car can SIT ON MY FACE ANY 'OLE TIME HE WANTS.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. xdougx

    How to make it in America: Born Rich, Connections, Jewish.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Batbold

      Ein herzliches Hallo an alle,ich bin eher durch Zufall heriher gekommen, hab im Google nach einem e4hnlichem Thema gesucht, obwohl das Thema dieses Blogs nicht ganz das war, was ich gesucht habe, las ich weiter, da ich derzeit sehr interessiert an Blogs bin, mf6chte dem ne4chst auch einen Blog schreiben (zum Thema Bewerbung, ..), wie gesagt, finde diesen Blog wirklich sehr gut geschrieben und sehr informativ, weiterhin viel Erfolg u. werde bestimmt f6fters vorbeisehnHerzliche GrfcdfeChristoph

      March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |

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