THE CRAZY ONES – Season 1 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
This is a nicely written story by Laura Krafft, who used to write for The Colbert Report and The Wanda Sykes Show.
Simon’s partner, Gordon Lewis, is played by Brad Garrett (a bit over 2 meters tall) so there are a lot of tall jokes. Lewis is openly gay, and in a committed relationship, and a good thing about THE CRAZY ONES is that the fact that Gordon’s sexual preference is given no more attention than his height.
What makes Gordon turn up at the office, a place he apparently seldom frequents, is his discovery of The Stan Wood Account, which turns out to be a fake thing set up by Simon to cover his conflicted dealings with the agency’s first account, a used car dealer named Pete Hadary (Barry Shabaka Henley). You see, one of the agency’s biggest and most profitable clients is another, much larger, used car dealership.
Ethical considerations have made Simon invent a ruse to keep Hadary’s Used Cars as a client despite the conflict of interest. It is significant that the writer chose second hand car dealers, with their reputation for being the least ethical profession imaginable, for Simon’s ethical conflict. Lauren (Amanda Setton) draws attention to this immediately. Describing another dealership, one that she alleges has the best salesmen in town, she says:
“They sold my dad a minivan and he just went in for directions. He’s on a fixed income. It caused a lot of tension. My mom is thinking about leaving him. Anyway, they’re really good.”
Simon decides that, since they can’t keep Hadary as a client, the least they can do is sell all his cars for him, and the show uses the big sale event to illustrate various sales techniques. The episode becomes an excellent discussion of the differences (and similarities) between corporate ethics and personal ethics.
Another story line involves Sydney and a character called Glen ‘Mr. Finger’ Hastings, played by Ed Asner. Hastings is a lecherous old dude who frenches Syd at the first opportunity causing Gellar’s character to be conflicted as to whether she led him on. Telling the story to her co-workers, Syd compares the experience to a “lizard flicking its tongue in my mouth, or its tail or…whatever is grosser” leaving one wondering if she wanted to say some synonym for penis but couldn’t bring herself to. That is the BEST GELLAR MOMENT of the episode, and leads to this QUESTION: Does an 80 year old tongue feel that much different from a younger one?
Hastings is caught by Andrew making advances to the wardrobe lady Katie (Christine Garver) and when Andrew demands a favour for his silence on the matter, Hastings makes sexual overtures to him as well. (Mr. Finger’s apparent bisexuality is treated in a nicely matter-of-fact way.) Andrew’s reaction to Hastings is about the same as Syd’s.
Christine Garver (Katie) plays Moira, a recurring character on AMC’s MAD MEN. Her most recent television appearance was as a waitress in episode #87 of DEXTER (What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?)
Barry Shabaka Henley (Pete Hadary) is Principal Morton in the 2013 remake of CARRIE.
Brad Garrett (Gordon Lewis) will star in an ABC pilot based on his autobiography, WHEN THE BALLS DROP. the show will be “an honest look at life’s second half through the eyes of a divorced family man”. It will be written by Garrett and Chuck Tatham.