The Problem Solvers
Original Air Date: Nov 12, 2009
Laura Kelley – Associate Staff Writer
This week’s episode got off to a funny start when Jack gave Liz a Chinese copy of Dealbreaker written by “Lesbian Yellow Sourfruit.” Oh, how I love Engrish translations. Since it’s the robot actor’s first day, Kenneth sings a slightly terrifying welcome song while Jack asks Liz to dinner. Showmance? We’ll see.
It turns out the new guy is shockingly hot, but also Canadian, so it might be a dealbreaker. Someone should ask Lesbian Yellow Sourfruit about that. At dinner, Jack stops Liz from catching fire and then tells her about the possible Dealbreaker talk show that’s in the works. Tracy and Jenna tell her to shop around and take meetings with other networks because she’s special “like a black stripper with blue eyes.” Tracy and Jenna decide to become problem solvers.
The new guy Danny is nice to Kenneth and does everything for himself, which makes Kenneth feel “as useless as a mom’s college degree.” While Kenneth freaks out, Liz meets a creepy new agent who represents dogs and has an abnormally small head. Tracy and Jenna talk to Danny who tells them they should be nice to Kenneth because he could be their boss one day. Jack gets mad that Liz went behind his back and decides to replace Liz with Padma Lakshmi on Dealbreakers. Kenneth has a great moment when he yells “who says I’ve been alive forever?” I love the storyline that Kenneth could be in some way magical with his Don Knotts face and Hitler youth haircut.
Jack asks Tracy and Jenna to solve the Liz problem, but Liz threatens to sue the network, so Jack calls her a lowercase wang. Jenna decides to do everything herself while Jack meets with Padma Lakshmi and realizes he doesn’t want to change her life, he wants to change Liz’s. Liz realizes Jack is the only person who won’t let her set herself on fire and they shake hands in a dizzying rom-com style scene. All is right and Liz is no longer on fire. I loved this episode as well as the Office episode that preceded it. What did you guys think? Leave your two cents in the comments, because if you don’t, it’s a dealbreaker. No, really.