How to Make It in America: Season 2, Episode 3

Money, Power, Private School (16 Oct. 2011)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Rene Calderon (as Luis Guzman)
Shaun B'Laurent ...
Everton Thompson (as Eriq Lasalle)
Edgar Garcia ...


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? Written by <>

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Cam finally gets a river view
21 November 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Julie and Ben are seen waiting for a subway train at the Marcy Avenue station. Something is not definitely clicking with them. Julie feels their relationship is not going anywhere. A young woman who has heard the conversation remarks to Julie that if her boyfriend is not "loving her", there is no future in their being together.

Rene is going ahead with a commercial to get Rasta Monsta in spots that feature skater Wilfredo. For that shoot, he has prepared a ramp where Wilfredo, dressed as a Jamaican man, will jump. Little does Rene realize there will be a real Jamaican in the sideline that will be vocal as to how he is portraying people from his country. Wilfredo lights up his shirt and go after the man. In the chase, the set is burned.

Rachel, who clearly misses Ben, learns from Lulu how Ben has dumped Julie. Armed with a vintage Louis Vuitton trunk, Rachel comes to see Ben. He is delighted with the gift, but feels it is extravagant. Rachel reassures him she got it in Paris where there seems to be an endless supply of the cases. Rachel meets Domingo. The two have some smokes and before one realizes they are getting hot and heavy. Later we see Rachel getting out of bed, rousing Domingo.

Nancy Frankenburg wanted Ben and Cam to design a tee shirt for her son's class at the St. Maximilian's prep school. After Ben spends a lot of energy in creating a design that incorporates the school mascot, the shirt is rejected by a blue haired subteen and Nancy's son. They are asked to do something from Crisp, which finally wins their approval.

Cam goes to eat with Lulu at her father's Felix place. He is cooking some pasta, which he insists must be cooked in a proper stove. Later, Cam goes to inspect an apartment that he really likes. It is a dream finally realized, helped, no doubt, by the extra money he is getting from Domingo's drug operation.

Simon Cellan Jones directed the episode that was written by Vince Calandra. The series shows two hustler friends, Ben and Cam trying to make it in that competitive world of the garment industry. Their lives and dreams are examined in this surprising program which dares to be different. Obviously, the creators know their effort is targeted to a certain age group and they deliver it for them.

The great Luis Guzman is one of the best excuses to tune in. Victor Rasuk and Bryan Greenberg do a nice job as Cam and Ben. Gina Gershon appears as Nancy Frankenburg and Joe Pantoliano, almost unrecognizable, is seen as Lulu's father. Lake Bell, Kid Cudi, Margarita Levieva and the supporting cast add to the enjoyment.

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