"How to Make It in America"
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Season: 1 | 2 | unknown
Year: 2010 | 2011


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

14 February 2010
When his skateboard-deck business venture hits the wall, twentysomething graphic designer Ben agrees to fund a "sure thing" leather-jacket hustle proposed by good-times best friend Cam. The scheme morphs into downright desperation when Camʼs cousin Rene gets out of jail, looking for repayment of an old loan. Meanwhile, Ben is bummed to discover his ex-girlfriend Rachel is dating Darren, a hot hotelier, and finds little comfort in his horny pursuit of a sexy young thing during her late-night party. With Rene threatening bodily injury if Cam and Ben donʼt repay the loan, David, a schoolmate turned hedge-fund millionaire, saves the day, at least for the moment.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan

Shannyn Sossamon ... Gingy Wu

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown (as Scott 'Kid' Mescudi)

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)

Samaire Armstrong ... Jane

Jason Pendergraft ... Darren Hall

Miriam Colon ... Cam's Grandma
Torrell Bigelow ... Anthony

Curtiss Cook ... Alex (as Curtis I. Cook)

Bojana Barovic ... Natalia

Eric Weinstein ... Dock Worker

James Ransone ... Tim (as James F. Ransone III)
Dom Magwili ... Donny

Michael Carbonaro ... Marco

Tuffy Questell ... Jabar
Edgar Garcia ... Eddie
Michael Imperiale ... Mike
Gavin Bellour ... Guy
David Raymond Wagner ... Cop

Natalie Gal ... Wilhemina Model (uncredited)

Cobie Smulders ... Hayley (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: Crisp

21 February 2010
Using $3G they got via yet another high-interest loan from Rene, Ben and Cam buy up a roll of hot premium-denim material, then hit a series of dead ends in their search to find a manufacturer to make samples of their Crisp brand of retro-ʻ70s jeans. Along the way, they parlay a crashed late-night dinner with top fashion designer John Varvatos into a brainstorming meeting that may, or may not, hold the key to their entrepreneurial success. Meanwhile, both Ben and Rachel realize that they havenʼt totally moved on, and vow to try harder in the future.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan (credit only)

Shannyn Sossamon ... Gingy Wu (credit only)

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown (as Scott 'Kid' Mescudi)

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)

Griffin Dunne ... Fresconi

Nick Sandow ... Father Dan

Miriam Colon ... Grandma

Florence Faivre ... Celine

Coby Ryan McLaughlin ... Mike Heller

John Varvatos ... Himself

Tuffy Questell ... Jabar
Edgar Garcia ... Eddie
Michael Imperiale ... Mike

Daniel Raymont ... Varvatos Guy
Sandrine Marlier ... Carole
Nicole Pope ... John's Secretary
Eric Goldstein ... Jean Shop Owner

Meng Ai ... Sales Guy
T. Sean Ferguson ... Meat Packer

Jimmy Palumbo ... Dominick

Chuck Zito ... Deli Man

Moisés Acevedo ... Kid #1 (as Moices Acevedo)

Robin de Jesus ... Kid #2
Mario Palushaj ... Mario
Giselle Bowyer ... Fit Student (uncredited)

Jian ... John Varvatos Friend (uncredited)
Shelby Kovant ... FIT Student (uncredited)

Dana Power ... Girlfriend (uncredited)

Zoe Sloane ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 3: Paper, Denim + Dollars

28 February 2010
While Ben and Cam track down a tailor to re-imagine some ʻ70s-era jeans, Rachel, who works at an interior-design boutique for her eccentric boss Edie, rethinks her future after reconnecting with a friend in the Peace Corps. Eager to get a bigger marketing commitment for his fledgling Rasta Monsta drink, Rene makes a buyout offer his marketing partners better not refuse. After Cam peddles some of Benʼs skateboard decks to upper-crust Manhattan kids, they round up enough money to pay the tailor, deliver the denim and launch Crisp NYC.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan

Shannyn Sossamon ... Gingy Wu (credit only)

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown (credit only) (as Scott 'Kid' Mescudi)

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)

Martha Plimpton ... Edie Weitz

Richard Portnow ... Ben's Father

Joanna Gleason ... Ben's Mother

Caitlin FitzGerald ... Rachel's friend from Peace Corps
Gerry Vichi ... Zev
Nancy Valeria Randall ... Amber
Serena Hendrix ... Chrissy
Peter Sussman ... Adam

Morgan Spector ... Scott

Michael Rivera ... Fight Club Clerk
Dale Soules ... Doris

Natalie Carter ... Yolanda

Miles Williams ... St. Agnes Boy #1
Giovani Cimmino ... St. Agnes Boy #2 (as Giovani Antonio Cimmino)

Nicholas Barasch ... St. Agnes Boy #3

Victor Pagan ... Old Bodega Man
Marcus I. Morton ... Bodega Kid (as Marcus Morton)

Hunter Gallagher ... Skate Park Skater
Lee Wong ... Mr. Park (as Takeo Lee Wong)

Kati Rediger ... Jill

Herman Chavez ... 9 Kings Jose
Steve Mones ... 9 Kings Armando

Tuffy Questell ... Jabar
Edgar Garcia ... Eddie
Michael Imperiale ... Mike
Lovari ... Tailor's Secretary

Idara Victor ... Jeans Girl
Shelby Kovant ... FIT Student (uncredited)
Shawn Mulligan ... Unnamed carpenter (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Playground BG (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 4: Unhappy Birthday

7 March 2010
It's Rachel's birthday and both Darren and Ben are invited to the party.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan

Shannyn Sossamon ... Gingy Wu

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown (as Scott 'Kid' Mescudi)

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (credit only) (as Luis Guzman)

Martha Plimpton ... Edie Weitz

Jason Pendergraft ... Darren Hall

Jason Hurt ... Leon

Lucas Papaelias ... Andre

Geneva Carr ... Tiny Apartment Mom

John D'Leo ... Apartment Brother
Christopher Lee Espinal ... Dez
Jeanine Moss ... Pork Pie Model
Mario Palushaj ... Mario
Loukas Papas ... Club Patron

Carmel Amit ... FIT Student (uncredited)

Justin Doescher ... Bouncer in Front of Club (uncredited)
Shelby Kovant ... Traveler (uncredited)

Nanda Valencia ... Girl at the Bar (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Flea Market Vendor (uncredited)

Alison Yates ... Club Goer (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 5: Big in Japan

14 March 2010
Ben finally receives the prototype of his jeans design, but feels a failure because it looks slightly sissy. Ben therefore shies away from asking help form design school buddy Pete Powell, but partner Cam still gets them presented to Japanese buyer Haraki, who orders t-shirts instead. Darren handles more souvenirs of Ben at Rachel's well, while her boss scolds her insensitivity. René hoped to recuperate the $100,000 he hid in a relative's home, but finds him expelled by is bitch-wife's restraining order, and the cash was 'found' by contractor Flaco while converting the apartment into her beauty parlor.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan

Shannyn Sossamon ... Gingy Wu

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown (as Scott 'Kid' Mescudi)

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)

Martha Plimpton ... Edie Weitz

Jason Pendergraft ... Darren Hall

Dash Mihok ... Pete Powell

Miriam Colon ... Cam's Grandma

Luis Antonio Ramos
Gerry Vichi ... Zev
D.K. Bowser ... Bartender
Viola Harris ... Marsha

Liza Colón-Zayas ... Gloria (as Liza Colon-Zayas)
Eric D. Hill Jr. ... Kid #1 (as Eric D. Hill)
Justin Hurtt-Dunkley ... Kid #2
Sammuel Soifer ... Skate Kid

Christopher Benz ... Hipster #1 (as Chris Benz)
Harry McNally ... Hipster #2
Scott Williams ... Hipster #3
Joselin Reyes ... Flaco's Wife

Teddy Cañez ... Flaco
Edgar Garcia ... Eddie
Michael Imperiale ... Mike

Greg Siff ... Frank

Ted Oyama ... Haraki

Miguel Govea ... Makeout Guy
Toni Busker ... Makeout Girl
John Brady ... Mauricio

Adrian Martinez ... Actor

Season 1, Episode 6: Good Vintage

21 March 2010
Ben and Cam have a hard time finding enough vintage 50% cotton t-shirts to print Crisp's Japanese order of 300 on. Ben is too often on the phone and takes time off without permission, so he ends up fired from his clothes sales job, but gets the t-shirts by inadvertently seducing salesgirl Julie. After a hot night he can't remember due to his hang-over, Darren sweetly insists on driving her to her next appointment. Warned by his confessor, René confronts Flaco, knocks him down like in their school days but end sup believing he didn't steal the cash.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan

Shannyn Sossamon ... Gingy Wu

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown (as Scott 'Kid' Mescudi)

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)

Jason Pendergraft ... Darren Hall

Margarita Levieva ... Julie

Nick Sandow ... Father Dan

Paul Calderon ... Miami Joe

Curtiss Cook ... Alex (as Curtis I. Cook)
Austin Jon Satinsky ... Peter
Audrey Amey ... Sales Associate (as Audrey K. Amey)

Herman Chavez ... 9 Kings Joe (as Herman Chaves)

Teddy Cañez ... Flaco

Tuffy Questell ... Jabar
Edgar Garcia ... Eddie
Michael Imperiale ... Mike

Nicole Patrick ... Singing Girl

Rachel Heller ... Female Guest

Angelina Assereto ... Heather
Dominick Cicco ... Dock Worker Lenny
William Broderick ... Ignored Customer

Bill Walters ... Old Hippie Carpenter (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 7: Keep on Truck'n

28 March 2010
To investing partner Kappo's delight, working Crisp partners Ben and Cam finally have everything together for their first sale, albeit it 'just' t-shirts. That will cover their bet with René, but a day late, so he makes them 'work for it' as sample clerks for the Caribean energy drink he's marketing in New York for white Jamaican John Lardner, a fellow ex-con and hence a recipe for disaster according Rene's parole officer Larry. They play hookey to collect and deliver the t-shirts, but the truck ends up being stolen. Meanwhile Darren gets his board to engage lover Rachel, whom he invited to move in, to redecorate his hotel with her enthusiastic boss, but instead she feel 'manipulated', gets drunk and most rudely tries to win Ben back, just when he was ready to give Julie a go.

Season 1, Episode 8: Never Say Die

4 April 2010
Ben feels all is lost after the 200 t-shirts were stolen in the Jamaican power drinks van, resigning to odd jobs. Partner Cam however confronts uncle Rene Calderon, whom he suspects rightly of staging the theft. After secretly recovering their load while the van is burnt for insurance fraud, the boys deliver to Hiroshi's agent, who enthusiastically orders jeans too, but insists on 'customs evasion'. Lover Darren and boss Edie are startled when Rachel chooses to resign, dumping both of them and Ben to start over elsewhere.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: I'm Good

2 October 2011
Ben and Cam return to NYC from a successful trip to Tokyo full of optimism - and with duffle bags of hoodies for a CRISP pop-up store event. Back from her soul-searching globe-trot, Rachel realizes she still has feelings for Ben, but discovers heʼs seeing Julie. Rene puts up a head-turning Rasta Monsta billboard that incenses his girlfriend; Domingo expands his business beyond dog-walking.

Bryan Greenberg ... Ben Epstein

Victor Rasuk ... Cameron 'Cam' Calderon

Lake Bell ... Rachel Chapman

Eddie Kaye Thomas ... David 'Kappo' Kaplan

Scott Mescudi ... Domingo Brown

Luis Guzmán ... Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)

Miriam Colon ... Cam's Grandma
Shaun B'Laurent ... Brice

Margarita Levieva ... Julie

James Ransone ... Tim

Andrea Navedo ... Debbie Dominguez

Nicole LaLiberte ... Lulu

Michael Zegen ... Andy Sussman
Edgar Garcia ... Eddie
Michael Imperiale ... Mike

Tuffy Questell ... Jabar

Gerald Bunsen ... Sixto
Gee Dajani ... DJ
Kunle Martins ... Kunle
Alec Beard ... Pop Up Finance Dude

Village ... Customs Agent #1 (as Village Dumetz)
Craig Alan Edwards ... Customs Agent #2

Akemi Look ... Katie Tamako (as Taryn Akemi Look)
Olsen Augustin ... Taxi Driver

Reggie Alvin Green ... Homeless Man

Scarlett Benchley ... DJ Scarlett
Jonny Sollis ... 151 Ludlow Hipster
Ryan Burton ... Pedestrian

Jason Torres ... Bootlegger

Natasha Hernandez ... Mom on train (uncredited)

Leigh Lezark ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Li Jun Li ... Jin Suk (uncredited)
Jeremy McLain ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 2: In or Out

9 October 2011
Ben wants to get CRISP into Barneys, so Lulu promises the lads she'll introduce them to Nancy Frankenburg (Barneys' buyers eat out of her hand) at Sunday brunch at Nancy's Bank Street brownstone. When Lulu gets stuck in the Hamptons, Ben and Cam go to Nancy's anyway with a duffel of their samples. Lonesome Rachel gives Domingo a call.

Season 2, Episode 3: Money, Power, Private School

16 October 2011
Cam meets Lulu's father, Felix, a well-known artist who invites Cam to taste his pasta. Rene sets up his video shoot that will feature Debbie in short shorts; she brings her daughter to watch. Ben asks Julie the ultimate question, "Are we cool?" Rachel and Domingo go a few steps down the road to romance, and Nancy asks Ben and Cam to design the class tee-shirt for a private middle-school graduation. If CRISP accepts this pro bono assignment, can the lads get their concept past the student review team?

Season 2, Episode 4: It's Not Even Like That

23 October 2011
Relationships: a wedding, romances, a breakup, and an upset stomach. Kappo worries about a wedding toast he's to give. Rachel gives Ben a gift she's brought from Paris; he makes it clear he wants a platonic relationship. They go to a wedding together on Long Island and have great time. Where does that leave Domingo? Rene's video has gone viral so he needs cash to pay for a large order of Rasta Monsta - but he's spent his stash on a gift for Debbie. Nancy comes through for CRISP but she wants newer photos of their line, so Cam approaches Felix with a big ask.

Season 2, Episode 5: Mofongo

30 October 2011
Nancy may or may not connect Ben and Cam to an L.A. buyer who's in town, so the lads contrive to spend time with Kirsten and Kristen, two blonde party animals who are in the Big Apple on a buying trip for a major St. Louis department store. Nancy isn't keen on this effort, believing that CRISP is still too small for more than boutiques. Rene pursues Debbie's forgiveness. She gives him an assignment: can he talk to her daughter about the crowd she's running with? Rachel heads out into the Manhattan night on a bicycle without a headlamp while Ben shares a taxi with Nancy.

Season 2, Episode 6: I'm Sorry, Who's Yosi?

6 November 2011
With 55,000 sweatshirts to deliver to Gadzooks, Nancy introduces Ben and Cam to Yosi, her husband, who's a manufacturer. Cam has qualms about the propriety of having their business manager and manufacturer in the same family; Ben is amazed to learn that Nancy is married. Rachel pitches a piece on Roshomon to Biscuit's editor, then ignores her directive to write about a catering company. Rene hits a rough patch when a community organizer claims that Rasta Monsta belittles the Caribbean community. Can the two men come to an accord?

Season 2, Episode 7: The Friction

13 November 2011
It's all about economic opportunities that may be elusive. Yosi offers Ben and Cam a deal that catches them off guard: Cam rejects it out of hand, and Ben talks to Nancy about it. He also puts in a call to Kirsten and Kristen. Rachel's boss isn't happy about Rachel ignoring the catering story to write about Rashomon; Rachel gives Tim a copy of the story, and he suggests 'shrooming and a shvitz. Rene wants the marijuana spray, marketed under his brand, off the streets so he can land a big distribution contract; he pushes his boys to find the source. Kappo, fearing prison, wants to sit down with Rene.

Season 2, Episode 8: What's in a Name?

20 November 2011
Cam and Ben aren't speaking and Yosi dangles a very big check in Ben's face. Ben has a moral as well as a financial dilemma. Rachel begs Edie to rehire her. Rene decides to play hardball with Everton but kidnaps the wrong person. Kappo plans a going-away party. Ben faces off with Yosi, then Nancy, then Cam; Rene and his men meet Everton and his men for an exchange. Rachel's Craig's List ad as a masseuse nets her more than a customer.

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