Anyway, Bronzo gives his audience (Sal, Paul, Harry, and Pryce) many suitably dramatic pauses on his way to telling them that he wants them to advertise jai alai, which in seven years, he says, will eclipse baseball. Seeing Paul's eyebrows head straight for Jupiter, he adds, "Go ahead. You can laugh." I'm not sure I agree -- the fact that they're currently not all on the floor suggests a serious deficiency in their collective ability. He goes on to pitch the fronton and its seating as positives before getting to some good-looking guy he says is the best jai alai player around (no idea whether he's fictional or not, and don't care.) "I'm terrified of him catching balls in the face." Proving this show's ability to resist the cheap laugh, we do not cut to Sal at this point. However, the laughs are coming regardless, as Bronzo, upon hearing that most of the advertising budget will go toward television, expresses his desire to have the hot jai alai player on TV -- not just on a sports show, and not merely on one network. "Like when the President addresses the nation? Tuesday night, eight-thirty to nine -- all three networks, the same show." But unlike when the President addresses the nation, I think it's safe to say there will be bipartisan agreement that it sucks. The best part is Pete's shit-eating grin on how much money they'll be getting just to indulge Bronzo's delusions, and when Bronzo goes on that no one's ever done the simul-network broadcast, Harry starts to point out one of the fifty-three reasons why that might be, but upon seeing Pete's Cheshire Cat impression, amends his statement to, "That's true." Heh. Paul, realizing that he's a supporting player in the motion picture Bronzo's Millions, offers the idea of a big, splashy, Desi-Arnaz-starring musical followed by a jai alai match, and all the other junior players join in as Pryce licks his lips in a very British way, that is to say figuratively. Just when it looks like they might mortgage Bronzo's ascot to up the advertising budget, however, Don enters the room. He seems politely bemused by the spectacle of Bronzo at first, but upon hearing Bronzo commit a million bucks to SC's efforts, which he says is only a third of his ad budget, Don looks like he's moving from skeptical to somewhat horrified. Pete, however, has no such reservations: "As they used to say at the freshman mixer, when you get a yes, you go home." I'm thinking Pete got used to late nights out until Trudy came along.
Episode Report CardCouch Baron: A- | 2040 USERS: B-
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