How to Make It in America: Season 2, Episode 2

In or Out (9 Oct. 2011)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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As this chapter begins, we find Ben in bed with Julie enjoying a passionate moment. As he prepares to go out, he hands her a set of keys to the apartment. Is he ready to make a commitment? Judging by the action, he is pretty serious about it. Ben and Cam have decided to go with the samples to see Andy Sussman, the young entrepreneur that showed interest in their line. Cam is not so sure, so he stopped at Lulu's boutique, where he is told about an upcoming brunch at Nancy Frankenburg's town house the following Sunday.

Ben and Cam, visiting Andy, are not overly enthusiast about leaving their samples with this man, perhaps because they think he might not be the right man for them. Meantime, Rene, and his posse, have gone to a place where Kevin, a man who owns him money, goes to drink. They surprise him at the men's room, where they have a confrontation. In exchange for the debt, Rene wants Kevin to work out something with the ad agency where he is employed to explore a campaign to peddle Rasta Monsta to a wider audience.

Cam had an interesting proposal of his own to Domingo: how about letting his friend peddle some of his illegal merchandise, as Cam makes deliveries for Rene in the truck he drives, which seems fine to the dog walker. Rachel has gone to interview for Biscuit, a food magazine. She made a good impression to the editor in chief, who is impressed by what Rachel tells her. Dom comes visiting Rachel while on one of his dog walking jobs. The two friends have a good rapport seeing each other again. Dom wants to take Rachel out, to get her out of the house.

Cam had gone to see an apartment in a new building. The rent is quite steep, but the unit is what he always wanted. A magnificent view of the water, on a high floor, is just perfect. The price though is a bit out of his league: $3,000 a month!. David Kaplan went along, promising to buy the place for Cam if he makes it big in a project of his own. Cam figures the living room is bigger than the apartment he shares with his grandma and two cousins.

At the brunch on Sunday at Nancy Frankenburg's, the partners find a rarefied atmosphere where clearly, they do not belong. Sitting down with Isaac Mizrahi, the fashion designer, is more than they expected, but Nancy is aloof to them. They had brought a bag with their 'hoodies' to show the lady, but she is not ready to talk business. Trying to go to the bathroom, they go upstairs through a room they figure it must be Nancy's son. They are impressed. Cam, finding a toy tin soldier, is reminded of himself as a young man. Ben wants him to put the toy back where Cam found them. The two begin fighting, as Nancy comes to the room and they politely leave the house empty handed, leaving their samples in the house.

Rene has gone to a presentation at Kevin's agency. He is shown a video clip of an athlete doing some stunt on a skate board. There is a lot of money he is told it will cost him. Rene leaves promising to get back at the creators, but he has something more tangible, and cheap in mind: how about getting Wilfredo Gomez, an ace skater, from the neighborhood? Rene and his men sort of ambush Wilfredo as he skates. They have an offer he cannot refuse! He will be the star spokesman of the beverage.

The episode was written by Jill Soloway, who seems to be attuned to the young set in New York. Julian Farino directed this chapter in the series about two young men trying to make it in business in today's economy. Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, and the fantastic Luis Guzman do their best to make this series a fresh entry in television. Gina Gershon is featured in today's installment.


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