THE CRAZY ONES – Season 1 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
Things we learn about Sydney:
1. She has never taken a vacation.
2. She can draw a perfect circle freehand.
Andrew (Hamish Linklater) shows up for work in a cardigan, prompting Sydney to deduce (correctly) that he is dating his pretentious former girlfriend “Nancy Cardigan” again. (We don’t actually get to meet her.) The nickname given to her by Sydney could be a veiled reference to Nancy Kerrigan whose skating career peaked in the early to mid 90’s, shortly after Gellar retired from competitive skating to concentrate on acting.
During the attempt to create an ad campaign for burritos, Zach (James Wolk) asks Lauren (Amanda Setton) if she “got all that” Lauren recaps: “Cat poop coffee. Sydney realized the flower is her vagina. Simon doesn’t like talking about Sydney’s flower/vagina. Burrito, burrito, burrito.”
That all makes sense if you are familiar with Indonesian civets (Simon is), and the fact that Sydney is scheduled to holiday in Hawaii and doesn’t want to go, the general opinion in the office being that she has booked a lesbian vacation. (This notion is reinforced when she tells everyone that she will arrive in Hawaii just in time for the ‘Exploration of the Flower Seminar’).
QUESTION: Why, when the sprinkler system in the conference room is set off by the ritual burning of the cardigan, does Sydney’s hair look wet and Lauren’s hair appear unchanged in any obsservable way?
As it turns out, Lauren is a poet, and she is not entirely horrible at it. Here’s one of her verses, which was (we are told) precipitated by her recent breakup with someone named Charlie.
I tie the rope with a careful touch
A simple noose that kills and such
It kicks and moans till half past noon
It’s OK, I say, it’s all over soon
A timeless love, an affair so bright
Good night sweet Charlie
Head toward the light
Later, after Simon has fled the ad agency and returned (temporarily) to his old job of short order cook at Jody’s 24 hour diner, the gang joins him there. Simon (Robin Williams) reveals that on this date in 1979, he peed on Andy Warhol’s shoe in the ladies’ room of Studio 54. Listening to Andrew on the phone with sweater-advocate Nancy, Sydney exhibits some jealosy that she won’t admit and then Lauren recites more of her poems into a microphone, revealing a key detail about Charlie, and bringing us to what is certainly
THE BEST GELLAR MOMENT of the episode.
ANDREW: (surprised) “Charlie’s a her. Maybe Lauren should’ve taken your vacation.”
SYDNEY: (in an admiring tone) “I don’t think we should label her. She’s probably more advanced than us.”
Michelle LaRue (Zach’s crush Natalie) was Charlotte Coates in Episode #105 of THE MENTALIST, which first aired on 6 January 2013.
Amanda Setton (Lauren Slotsky) will be Aazeen in the soon-to-be-released James Franco film BLACK DOG, RED, DOG, which is about the life of poet Stephen Dobyns (author of Eating Naked), and his transition from journalism to poetry.
The firefighter who shows up to put out the flaming cardigan is played by J. Kristopher, who will be Sam the DJ in the film RADIO AMERICA, due out later this year.