How to Make It in America: Season 1, Episode 5

Big in Japan (14 Mar. 2010)

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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, ... See full summary »

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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. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 December 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Ben and Cam are seen at a basketball game in which they are outranked by a bunch of better players. As they leave the court, Ben spots Pete Powell, a friend from his past, now based in Los Angeles. Ben has no intention of talking to him, but Cam is bold enough to call him to impress him on their need to get to the right people to market their jeans. Pete promises them an introduction to a Japanese buyer in search for talent.

Rene, in the meanwhile comes to see his cousin Eddie at a bar where he knows he hangs out. The bartender shows him to the back room, where Eddie has been living after his wife, Gloria threw him out. Basically, Rene is looking for the cash he gave Eddie to keep in the basement of his home. Using a relative to go with him, Rene sneaks Eddie into the basement, only to find out Gloria turned it into a hair salon, and his money is gone. It was Flaco who worked on the renewal of the place, so he takes Eddie with him, not before having Gloria throwing them out of the house. When Rene spots Flaco driving a fancy car he realizes where his money went.

Rachel and Darrell are having some domestic issues sharing an apartment. She wants to give a spark to their relationship, so they decide they would like to try having sex at the Cloisters, a beautiful, but public place at the northern tip of Manhattan. Darrell suggests he would like to try Extasis. She thinks she can get some if she asks Edie about it. Sure enough her boss has some to spare. Rachel takes Darrell dancing to a club where a mix crowd is seen. Darrell attracts the attention of another male dancer who proceeds to give him a kiss on the dance floor.

After going for the sample at Zev's, Ben is disappointed in the way the jeans fit him. He was striving for a different look, but now they are stuck with something he does not like. Cam has another idea about how to make it work by showing it to Haraki. As Cam is waiting to see the Japanese man, Ben arrives. Haraki is not impressed with the jeans at all, but looking at Ben's tee shirt, he sees a winner, so he asks if he can have 300 of them in a short time, leaving the partners stunned by their good fortune.

A good episode that is fast paced, showing the energy of the city and the young people hungry to make it. Directed with precision by Joshua Marston, and based on the screenplay written by Arty Nelson, Donald Lardner Ward and Rob Weiss, the viewer gets involved in the essence of what the creator, Ian Edelman's vision for the show. It also helps that a young talented cast are excellent in what they are doing. Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell, Martha Plimpton, Dash Mihok, Liza Colon-Zayas, and the great Miriam Colon are wonderful to watch.


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