Back to cute little stupid little entitled little Tommy Sunstrum. This scene has caused a bit of drama in the forums but, having watched it multiple times, I stand by my original take. I'll do my best to explain why. The lady who gave Tommy the weird look last week walks by. Tommy, obviously having a good time with a coworker, tells her, "I pack a strong game underneath it all, Monique." So that's her name. Monique. Uh huh. She gives him a quizzical look and you can see the hamster running: I know he's trying to reassure me of his skill, but it would make my night to get someone fired on sexual harassment charges right now. Because he cannot see the hamster, because he is semi-retarded, he follows up -- really, though, he's edited to seem as though he's following up -- with, "What are you doing after work?" I maintain that this is because he's feeling expansive and possibly friendly, and that even the thought of flirting with Monique would cause his stomach to go all flopsy and contortionist like a "Velvet" brain. And Monique snips up to the plate: "I didn't hear that. What did you just say?" Thereby forcing him to repeat himself, always a good way to get the upper hand when the battle is joined. "I said, 'What are you doing after work?'" She looks down at her watch and points at him. "Not you." Stunned into a momentary TILT, Tommy recontextualizes this statement into what she's thinking is happening here, and groans like it's a total burn, instead of what it was: a radical subversion of his pretty decent act, in the hopes of making him feel shitty and unable to do anything about this classless redefinition of terms. Tommy voices over, "Monique is pretty much my boss," as she looks petulantly to the left and the right, disbelieving, as if everyone around them in the casino is going to fall upon him with the ferocity of a thousand Dworkins for so blatantly hitting on her while on shift. "Since I've started working here, I've honestly had a problem with one person, and that's Monique." And all of a sudden I am Li'l Tommy, because I had a Monique once. Most of us have, I think. Who knows why they do the things they do? The Moniques of this world are mysterious. They're not evil, they might even be fun and cool, unless they pick you. And then you are fucked, especially if they're your boss.
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: C+ | 414 USERS: C+
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