Abby’s (“The Fish”)

Season 1, Episode 10
Date of airing: June 13, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.231 million viewers, 0.8/2 in Households, 0.3/1 with Adults 18-49, 0.1/1 with Adults 18-34, 0.4/2 with Adults 25-54

It’s the final episode of the show, and in five years we all will have forgotten that this attempt at an outdoor multi-camera sitcom ever existed. It wasn’t a bad show, but it also wasn’t a very good show, as the writers never made use of the character back stories they have established, let alone bringing any good and hilarious comedy into the dialogue scenes. ABBY’S was ten episodes of tame friendships between a bunch of wannabe drunks and alcoholics and that is just not enough for this day and age of television.

At least we got to meet Bill’s ex-wife for the finale, even though Sharon did not happen to be a very interesting character. Of course she was uptight and annoying, and of course Bill had all the reason in the world to divorce her and then tell her off months later when she thought it was a splendid idea to get back together again. In a way, Sharon was not only uptight but also selfish, and I would have wished for Bill to use some of the PG-rated curse words to chase his former wife out of the bar, and to show that he truly is part of the family Abby has established, even if some of the other bar regulars still make fun of him every once in a while. It’s kind of the perfect story for a season finale, to include Bill into the family like that, but it’s not like it did anything for his character, because it didn’t.

The feeling of having to look at boring vacation picture slides.

So what really can there be said about this episode, except for the fact that Bill has been “benedicted” into the bar, that his ex-wife is a bitch, and that the writers took a random back story element from a previous episode and had it mentioned in this one (Rosie’s time as a medical student)? It’s the series finale of a show that was never even close to being a potential sleeper hit on NBC, it’s the finale of a show that hasn’t made the rounds on social media, and it’s the finale of a show that had really no purpose than saying that some producers decided they wanted to shoot a multi-camera sitcom under an open sky. There have been no ongoing stories to consider, there have been no back stories too special to be talked about (Abby’s bisexuality could have been it, but it was a tenth of the show), there has been nothing controversial about the show, and the cast members didn’t even need to act that much, as they were sitting on their bar stools for most of the time anyway. In a way, the scene in which Abby had to mix a drink without her hands was the most worthwhile scene of the entire show, the one you will remember from ABBY’S, and saying that of a show that had ten episodes makes it a weak show. I liked the effort the writers and cast members brought to the show, but at the end of the day it was all sort of worthless. Yet for some reason I still watched all 210 minutes of it.

The tuna Pope gives his blessing.

It does say some things about the show when I can’t find many words about the episode I just watched and instead recap the whole of the show to say goodbye to it. I do hope that the cast gets another shot at a show in the near future, because they were all likable, albeit very much unused during these ten episodes. Would ABBY’S have been a different show when produced for a streaming provider? Netflix seems to be having some kind of fun with multi-camera sitcoms, so maybe ABBY’S would have had a better home there. Oh boy, am I telling to myself that broadcast television is essentially dead?

Abby’s (“Rosie’s Band”)

Season 1, Episode 9
Date of airing: May 30, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.456 million viewers, 1.0/2 in Households, 0.3/2 with Adults 18-49, 0.1/1 with Adults 18-34, 0.5/2 with Adults 25-54

Concetta Tomei was in this episode as Abby’s rival bar owner, and it made me realize that I should start watching CHINA BEACH again, which I stopped watching midway through season three because my laptop was thinking about frying up on me and I lost the episodes (which I have rediscovered since then). Besides that, the introduction of Nemo and I assume her husband could have led to some interesting comedy in later episodes, but alas, the writers failed in creating a good comedy that captures an audience, and voila, NBC cancelled it after ten episodes. I would say it’s a shame that cast members are being wasted for a show that never managed to be exciting enough because the writers couldn’t think of better storytelling, but I do believe that would be a little harsh. I am however wondering if the show could have been better if the writers had used some of the materials they have created for this season and made either a running joke out of it, or continued with the material in following episodes. Nemo could have bee such an element. The rivalry with another bar could have been a great opportunity to bring some comedy into ABBY’S, which already had it difficult to be funny.

“Look at this guy, he just made a joke!”

The episode was okay. I was glad that this was Rosie’s story and some of her character traits were being out front and center, but of course we have never heard before that she was in a band and of course we have never heard before that she was even the slightest bit interested in music, or was in med school, or actually was at the same job with Abby once and left there JERRY MAGUIRE-style before opening up the backyard bar. All those points of information could have been pretty useful early on in the show when it should have been necessary to introduce the characters with back stories, but I guess no one who was involved in the show cared about that. So here we are, Rosie gets a pretty huge back story, but it’s being wasted in an A plot serving for some minor and soft laughs, and like all the other moments that could have been seen as character-developing, they will be forgotten like it’s a forgotten fact that Abby is bisexual. And I really would have loved it if Rosie had become a more useful character in the show with her med school background and her inability to play great live music.

At least the companion story with Nemo levelled up the episode once or twice, as I liked Abby’s efforts to get a weekly gig for Rosie, just to keep her spirits up. Making backyard deals with the competing bar sounded like an interesting premise, and for a second it even looked like an interesting and serious story, but even if the show would not have been cancelled after ten episodes, I would have known by now that each of the episodes don’t lead to the next and that the status quo of all of them is being reset by the beginning of it. Which means the deal between Nemo and Abby would have been useless for the long run. Abby and Rosie’s talk after would have been useless for their friendship. Our knowledge of Rosie having been a med student and being in a band would have been useless after the end of this episode.

Cops just want to drink a beer, too.

The story with Clark was okay. The way Fred and James were “befriending” this stranger made it a little predictable that he would turn out to be the guy from the police chase, but at least I was slightly amused by James being both intrigued and scared by Clark and his stories. I was also happy that one of Bill’s ideas paid out at the end and the police believed they were walking in and out of a backyard wedding reception. I’m almost sure that Bill felt extra smart and happy that his idea paid off and that he can continue to be a silent co-partner of this very illegal bar (by the way, have we forgotten by now that Bill is Abby’s co-partner?). One can only hope the bar patrons will be thanking him later, because if it hadn’t been for Bill’s idea to turn this bar into a wedding reception, the patrons would have been forced to get back to Nemo’s.

Abby’s (“Backup”)

Season 1, Episode 8
Date of airing: May 30, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.550 million viewers, 1.1/2 in Households, 0.4/2 with Adults 18-49, 0.1/1 with Adults 18-34, 0.5/2 with Adults 25-54

Yes please, this show about a bar needs more scenes in which the hostess is mixing up some drinks every once in a while. Abby mixing up the Mojito with her bandaged hands was one of the funniest things I have seen so far in 2019, although that doesn’t really mean a lot. For one, the amount of funny things I watch is in the lower regions of numbers, and for two, it doesn’t really mean that ABBY’S is suddenly a funny and laugh-out-loud show. It certainly becomes more enjoyable, now that I have watched more than half a dozen episodes of it — the characters become more likable, I start to remember them, and I am getting used to the premise of the show, making it easier to accept whatever is happening. I still don’t care that the show has been cancelled by NBC though, even if I’m getting just a tad bit sad that Natalie Morales will have to look for a new show to star in. Or maybe I could just rewatch THE MIDDLEMAN. I can barely remember that show anyway.

Abby’s is like a brutal prison: Death by interpretive shivs every time.

So, Bill came in to help Abby out like she is the damsel in distress, and both people decided to behave like dicks throughout most of the episode. They really can’t accept that they were wrong or had to apologize or needed help, so they decided to keep their mouth shut and just continue on like nothing happened, like they had to prove something to each other. In a way that was a great morale of the episode, although it did turn out to be a bit of a boring story midway through, thanks to the fact that Abby and Bill behaved like characters who suddenly left the show and were replaced by comedians wanting to upstage each other — with the difference that whoever took Bill’s spot was not talented enough to be a comedian. But in sitcoms it’s not rare when characters act unnaturally and only get to the point of the scene for the sake of the comedy. Now, if Abby would always be this stubborn when it comes to help, and if Bill could always be the know-it-all annoying everyone in the room, that would be wonderful, because it’s actually a great way to establish character flaws, but now that there are only five episodes left, I guess I don’t have to worry about that any longer and just wait for the next joke that might come close to Abby making the Mojito.

The B story of James dropping Beth’s Reno mug and fearing her wrath was okay in the meantime. It wasn’t really much of a story, and the only thing it sought out to do was to tell the audience that, even though Beth and James don’t have anything in common, they could still be best friend by simply hanging out together and drinking in their favorite bar. I wish that part of the narrative would have been front and center, but I guess with being a B story, there wasn’t a lot of time to have the conclusion to the story be in the spotlight of said story. Besides that, consider me curious why no one noticed a mug drop and shatter into pieces — it’s a loud sound, and it’s usually the first sign of potential trouble in a bar. Yet in Abby’s, no one noticed. You could drop the entire grill apparently, and no one will be the wiser as to who is the culprit.

Everyone is a better bartender without hands.

On the other hand, Dan’s trial was hilarious, and I loved that he was sitting on the sprinkler chair in the background of some scenes, waiting to get wet. If I had written this episode, I would not have made it a frontline joke and instead just had the sprinkler go on during a random moment in which Dan was sitting there in the background, while the foreground was dealign with the A story. But then again, we wouldn’t have had Abby’s kickass moment of dropping Bill on the ground like a wrestler, if Dan would have gotten wet at the same time.

Best part of the episode: As I have already mentioned, it’s the Mojito mixing scene. If I were to make lists at the end of a year about favorite so-and-so’s, this scene might be a contender in some category I would have to make up for it to be a contender in.
Worst part of the episode: The loud dudes at the beginning really thought they were cool. Thank the heavens they were just a plot device to lead into the A story.
Weirdest part of the episode: Beth’s back story is getting more curious with each episode. At this point I am starting to believe she hates her kids, because they interrupted her trip to Reno.
Player of the episode: James realized he could have robbed the entire bar. He drops Beth’s mug, no one notices or hears, which means James could have taken all the booze with him, without anyone realizing. Respect of him not to do that.

Abby’s (“Soda Gun”)

Season 1, Episode 7
Date of airing: May 9, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.402 million viewers, 1.0/2 in Households, 0.4/2 with Adults 18-49, 0.2/1 with Adults 18-34, 0.5/2 with Adults 25-54

Now that I know NBC has cancelled the show and it won’t return for another season (which was not at all a surprise, to be honest), I am starting to have fun with the show and I am actually starting to laugh a little more. Maybe it’s because I have gotten used to the soft comedy of the show, or maybe it’s because the writers have slowly gotten the handle of writing for their cast members — maybe they even started to understand the characters a little more. After all, there was a back story with Fred, when it became clear that the old man has been in Abby’s life for almost her entire life (does that mean they have been neighbors since her childhood?). There was another instance of a daddy issue theme in the show, and this time Fred was seen as Abby’s father figure, which could have meant interesting things for future episodes, but alas, now we will never see those episodes. I’m not sad, but now that ABBY’S is about to get just a tad bit better, I am a little disappointed.

After every look at the electrical outlook, a hug is needed.

Of course, Fred’s funky day beginning with the notion that he was being fungible, and that there might be a chance he is becoming a little less useful with each day he grows older, because millennials are about to take over and Fred is just going to die like he was never good for anything. It’s actually an interesting character arc, especially when it turns out Fred might not have been the most greatest handyman around, but he was a father figure not just to Abby, but maybe the whole bar. I would have loved it when Fred had come to realize that, see his value in being the patriarch of the bar (and who knows, maybe that could have been more meaningful to him than being the free-to-use handyman around the house), but I guess ABBY’S isn’t a show that goes all in with character arcs, let alone emotional moments between characters. This is still a multi-camera sitcom recorded live in front of an outdoor audience after all, so there might be no time or interest in getting deep into character-related stuff. It would have been funny though if the show had, and then it would have been renewed for another season. Well, chances missed, I guess.

In the meantime, the show continues to build something of a mythology around the bar, giving it a history, making me wonder if any of it is even real and if the writers would have remembered all of it in a later season, if it had happened. The wheel of fortune was in the previous episode, something about Skip was in another episode, and Bill even mentioned once he was reading up on the bar, to learn what everything the characters say actually means, but this episode took the cake and freaking ate it in one whole bite, when the token was introduced. Were those “mythology” elements written down by the writers in a bible of sorts, just so they were able to remember what has been used before and what could be reused? All of those funny bar moments look like plot devices right now, established in an episode to be useful for a few minutes (like Abby’s bisexuality), but then forgotten when the next episode comes around. I once said already that the show has a huge problem with a missing narrative, which might just be one of the reasons the show never caught on with the viewers, never became a word-to-mouth product on television (like EMPIRE and maybe even the Bachelor franchise), and fizzled through the ratings like it was a worker bee in a sea full of busy bees.

A conversation about daddy issues between friends.

Best part of the episode: I think I started seeing something in Rosie and James hanging out. Is there a love story hiding behind their twosome, and was this episode just the start of a wonderful relationship? In fact, I am surprised that Fred and Beth never hooked up (maybe that would have been a second-season premise), but I got the feeling the writers were interested in a little more here. Also, I can finally remember Rosie’s name after seven episodes, so that is a plus!
Worst part of the episode: Ugh, Abby plugged her entire bar into one outlet. At one point this house and everything around it is going to blow. Also, how much is her electricity bill, if I may ask?
Weirdest part of the episode: The cold open with the “word of the day” was shot during daytime, which had me raise my eyebrows, since I believe the entire rest of the show has been shot when it was actually dark outside. For a second I didn’t know what I was watching here.
Player of the episode: All the therapist and psychoanalysts getting patients and clients with daddy (or mommy) issues deserve my respect. I’m getting the feeling those issues are more prevalent than any other potential mental illness.

Abby’s (“Liquid Courage”)

Season 1, Episode 6
Date of airing: May 2, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.489 million viewers, 1.0/2 in Households, 0.4/2 with Adults 18-49, 0.2/1 with Adults 18-34, 0.5/2 with Adults 25-54

I have watched this episode with the knowledge in mind that NBC has cancelled the show and it won’t return for another season. What I’m essentially watching right now is a lame duck television show, and I am seriously wondering right now if it can be called as such. Should you expect anything from a show you’re watching for the first time, but has been cancelled? Should you even be allowed to be emotionally invested in the characters whose lives you won’t be able to follow in a few weeks? Why bothering filling your head with a show that won’t be alive for longer than when your next bowel movement arrives?

At this point I could easily give up ABBY’S, but I kind of live a life of a person who doesn’t want to leave things half-assed and unfinished (except when it comes to writing screenplays, then I always give up ten pages in, thanks to my impatience), and I am still interested enough in what Natalie Morales has been doing in the show to at least go with it all the way and see whether or not the writers have managed to find the tone of the show right before its cancellation, or if ABBY’S was all about random stories set in an outdoor bar, with characters who never develop or learn anything out of the mistakes they do or lessons they experience, let alone feel like they are part of a narrative. Well, there are still seven episodes left — it might be enough to prove that the show could have been more, enough to prove that the writers could have had a success in their hands from the beginning, if they wouldn’t have wasted time with generic sitcom storytelling during the first half of the season.

The point of “James is awesome” is way up there.

This episode wasn’t special either, although I do appreciate that it delivered a two-story structure. James’s promotion was the A plot, which unfortunately was neither funny nor was James an interesting drunk who was about ten shots into tequila (I was actually asking myself if he was in fact drunk), and Fred and Bill’s multi-day conversation about trees that showed Bill not to get sucked into conversations he doesn’t wanna have was an intriguing B plot, showcasing what is really the problem with humans, who just want to be normal humans who say “Hey, how are you?” and “Nice to see you.” or “What’s up, how’s your day?”, but aren’t really expecting an answer with a back story attached to it in return. Bill’s story wasn’t so much a story about a guy in a bar, but a simple story about life, making a light joke on people who talk too much and answer rhetorical questions — entertaining enough to make me chuckle every once in a while, but not a story that showed off the comedy skills of both the cast and the writers of this little outdoor multi-camera sitcom.

In a way, the episode had to be carried by James’s plot, but even the writers must have realized that it wasn’t working well, hence the creation of a neighborly character, who finally expanded the world of ABBY’S just for a tiny bit, proving that Abby has neighbors who might have a bit of a problem with the backyard bar. Not only was I happy that the story finally came to be after six episodes, but I approved of the writers pushing James into the story at the end and letting him deal with Richard, just so James’s confidence problems were indeed a problem for the character, and all he needed was a push to be more open with himself. It’s actually a great story for a sitcom, and while it did help to let James shine in a good light, it didn’t help make the sitcom both funny and more interesting in the process.

A suit for the newly promoted one.

Best part of the episode: “Gettysburg Undressed,” the new political erotic thriller from Richard the neighbor is gonna be out on paperback soon, hopefully. You tend to notice when the show fires off great jokes (it’s when the audience laughs the loudest), and this one certainly is on the same level as last episode’s Wesley Snipes tax joke.
Worst part of the episode: Why was Richard not gay? He came in like he owned the place, he talked like he just came out of a gay night club, and he was drinking like he was ready to go par-tay at the LGBT pride tour. But then Richard had to talk about his wife. I am so freaking disappointed.
Weirdest part of the episode: If I would know someone like Fred, executing the Irish goodbye, then coming back a day later to continue the conversation, I would be confused as hell. It’s probably a good thing Bill is weird as well, otherwise there might have been an issue between two bar patrons.
Player of the episode: Bill really prepared to be a patron slash co-owner of this bar. He mentioned he was having note cards, trying to remember everyone and every definition of whatever weird word Abby and her friends were throwing out. Bill is essentially writing the guide to Abby’s bar, and for that he deserves an advance.

Abby’s (“Mail Bin”)

Season 1, Episode 5
Date of airing: April 25, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.469 million viewers, 1.0/2 in Households, 0.3/2 with Adults 18-49, 0.2/1 with Adults 18-34, 0.5/2 with Adults 25-54

Nothing gets me more excited than an episode about daddy issues, and here I was, getting bored already when the episode started with Bill asking whether something related to tax property came for him in the mail. What I started thinking about was that Abby wasn’t paying her bills or didn’t like to pay her bills, and suddenly there was this danger of Abby losing her place, because she didn’t pay her property tax, or whatever weird tax bill one is supposed to pay when owning either a house or a bar or both. It’s probably a good thing Abby didn’t have a “may pay them” pile like Fanny Flowers on BUNHEADS, or this show would have been as ridiculous as BUNHEADS sometimes was when it comes to depicting realism.

But this episode wasn’t about paying taxes and the likes, the whole thing was just a setup to introduce Abby’s daddy issues, and how they might become a running story thread if the show happens to survive for another season. While I still have problems with sitcoms who don’t go into more serious storytelling during the first few episodes, which are always life and death for any comedy, I do appreciate that Abby is being given that kind of character depth this early in the show. Whether it means something for the later run of the show (if it gets to experience a later run) still has to be seen, but at least the writers attempted to bring some realism into the show, even if most of the bar patrons haven’t been introduced at all yet. I mean, I’m forgetting all about anyone else but Abby and Bill, but only because they have never gotten the attention as those two – Abby being the titular character who gets all the attention she needs to be the central character, and Bill the guy everyone makes fun of. Five episodes in though, and the remainder of the cast is just there, supporting the hell out of Natalie Morales.

The collection of stupid ideas has been completed.

Well, at least Abby’s daddy issues were real. I did understand why she wasn’t interested in talking to him, and I was already expecting that the cheques would bounce, considering they came in weeks ago, and a father who doesn’t care much about his kids won’t wait until the kid cashes a cheque. There might have been the potential of Abelardo waiting to get in contact with his daughter to fix the broken relationship between the two, but at the end of the day Abby knew that this would never be the case. Parents are never interested in fixing broken relationships with their children, except when they are about to die or they are doing a 12-steps program or the likes. Which means I probably have to expect my parents trying to reach out to me at one point (by the time of this writing I haven’t spoken to them in more than seven years), and if they do I know they are about to die. I know I won’t care. But will Abby?

What a shame that this episode didn’t use the opportunity to put a bit of a fire under Abby’s butt, having the bar patrons turn into Abby’s therapists-on-the-fly and leading her to the idea of making peace with her father, even if it’s just to tell him that she is alright and she doesn’t need his money, let alone remember when her birthday is. That would have made better use of the daddy issues premise, and it may have produced a much greater friendship between Abby and her customers. It maybe have produced a friendship between the customers themselves, which might be a way to get out of Abby’s bar and have a few stories of their own. Because that might be necessary to keep the show fresh and original, and the customers would get a chance to remove their butts from the seats and walk around, do something, be active.

Everyone on this wheel of fortune is a prime member of Abby’s.

Best part of the episode: Sometimes there is proof that a sitcom is being shot in front of an entertaining live audience, who was in the mood for a laugh. As evident during the “Wesley Snipes Syndrome” gag during the beginning of the episode. “Tax” is indeed an evil word for a lot of people, so making fun of it by making fun of someone who decided to never pay taxes and go to jail for it was kind of the greatest joke the writers have brought in five episodes of the show.
Worst part of the episode: When the show can only get there, it might be hilarious, but it always stops short. There are some ridiculous funny ideas here and there to put a little excitement and comedy into ABBY’S, but for some reason the writers never wanted to go there. Like this episode: Taking the money would have been great. Having Abby buy every stupid idea would have been wonderful. Having the bar patrons test out every idea after Abby bought them should have been the source for comedy in this episode. But none of it was used.

Abby’s (“Book Club”)

Season 1, Episode 4
Date of airing: April 18, 2019 (NBC)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.525 million viewers, 1.0/2 in Households, 0.37/2 with Adults 18-49, 0.21 rating with Adults 18-34, 0.52 rating with Adults 25-54

What I realized about this show after four episodes is that it needs running jokes. “Not now, Bill!” could be one of the running jokes of the show, as it was actually a great joke in this episode, and it would make Bill’s character funny if he always happened to butt into conversations or situations, having his own opinion about everything, even though no one was asking about Bill’s opinion. According to me, characters in sitcoms need running jokes, and ABBY’S doesn’t have a single character with a running joke, and I’m almost sure that “Not now, Bill!” will be forgotten with the next episode, and the show will continue to dance around the potential of being a great sitcom and instead just remain being an average sitcom. The characters are nice, and every once in a while I’m chuckling about something, but it’s not like anyone gets hurt or emotionally distraught when NBC doesn’t continue with ABBY’S. Maybe that would give Natalie Morales the time to get cast in a more superior show, preferably on cable or streaming.

Bill shows off part of his magazine and book collection.

The episode was okay, though it proved that the writers were not at all interested in development. Emily could have been made a recurring character, and her romance with Fred, whose name I am now remembering after four episodes, could be an ongoing thing for a few episodes, just to tell the viewers that stuff happening in each episode do have a meaning for the characters involved in said stuff, but after the events from the previous episode were pretty much forgotten in this half hour and the show’s status quo was set back to the beginning, the characters became less interesting and so did the show. Which means Fred and Emily’s story became meaningless to me. Fred’s attempt at getting out there again and living a human life became meaningless, because he will most likely go back to his very own status quo of being an aging man at a backyard bar, liking to drink whiskey with his medium rare steak. Here is to hoping that Emily might indeed become a recurring character and prove that ABBY’S is not a proceduralized show. Here is to hoping that the writers were interested in developing the characters at least a little bit, and bring some of their home lives into Abby’s bar, simply for the sake of a narrative.

I could almost say the same about what Jimmy was going through, but that story was definitely blown up at the end, when Jimmy decided not to go forward with his crush, when he risked a look at her ex-boyfriend. It’s nice to know though that ABBY’S is a show going for a little bit of diversity here. A bisexual main character, a white man dating a black woman, and the writers giving the chance for two black people to date, with one of them being overweight. The show is clearly interested in breaking the norms of standard living for most of the viewers, which I applaud, but all those norm-breaking moments would have a bigger meaning, if they were permanent for the show and its characters, and they wouldn’t just be used for episodic stories to be told within 20 minutes, only to be forgotten about after. I mean, we’re four episodes in, and people who missed a quarter of the show might not even know that Abby is bisexual. Shouldn’t that be defining her character over more than just one episode?

A bet won is extra money in his pocket.

Best part of the episode: “Peacocking for Dummies.” I have no idea what that book is about, but I’m interested in reading it.
Worst part of the episode: All this effort to force Fred to leave his comfort zone and smell life for a day, and Abby is being “punished” by being victim of a prank — and the thing is, it wasn’t even a particularly hilarious storyline. Certainly not one of the moments I chuckled to.
Weirdest part of the episode: Jimmy putting his invisible ball in Erica’s hand and saying that it’s in her court now is kind of creepy when you think of it. But maybe it’s just me — the white guy suffering from depression who hasn’t had a working relationship with anyone ever, and who would definitely run away screaming when the ball is being put in my court this way.
Player of the episode: Whoever sold Bill those dating books is probably rich now. One desperate Bill leads to money for one happy book retailer.