Kelley is leading what the on-screen text identifies as a "Pre-Production Meeting." Kelley asks for a volunteer to type up "the five questions." In an interview, Danny says that lots of things need to be done between now and their first show. Kelley says she also needs someone to type up a list of the segments they have planned to present to Elton. She finishes lamely, "So who wants to do that? Raise your hand." Crickets chirp. Everyone just looks at the ground. Kelley waits and waits. She does that old teacher trick of waiting until someone gets so uncomfortable that she volunteers for the crappy job, just to end the tension. In this case, Melissa volunteers, saying that she likes "secretarial stuff." In an interview, Kelley says that nobody is taking the initiative to get things done and she feels like she has to tell everyone what to do, as if she's their mother. Kelley goes on to say that it means something to her, because if she does a good job in this, "it will be a good résumé booster." See, the thing Kelley should have realized from the beginning is that she's the only one who cares at all about this whole project, because she thinks it's going to be some sort of stepping-stone. No one else has a personal stake. It's not like on Road Rules, where if everyone participates successfully, they get more money. No one gets any benefit from doing a good job, except the satisfaction of a job well done, and let's just say I don't think that's a motivating factor with this group. Plus, there's the point about no one caring that she did a public-access television show. I guess it's better than having no experience at all, but I would think she would be better off doing an internship at an actual television station. Kelley tells the group that the most important thing to her is that they not screw it up live, on the air. I'm guessing that means that they definitely will do so. In an interview, Kelley says that it's less than forty-eight hours until the show airs. Kelley talks to Danny and Matt in the kitchen, and expresses her theory that they are screwed. She says, "We're screwed." So eloquent, that Kelley. So in command of the English language, she is. Matt tells Kelley and Danny that they are the leaders, so they should lead the rest of them in the right direction. In an interview, Matt is saying...OH MY GOD! What is he wearing? He has on these huge orange-tinted sunglasses and a raccoon coat. After he finishes the interview, is he going to go pick up a flapper in his Mercury Cougar and then see many people he can cram into a phone booth? Twenty-three skiddoo! Anyway, Matt says that Kelley is bothered by having to tell people what to do, but the job of the producer is to tell people what to do. This statement of the obvious was brought to you by "The Society to Bring Back the Roaring Twenties" where Matt is not just the President, but he's also a member. Kelley whines that no one listens to her. Matt says that he will, and that she can make them work. Kelley says she doesn't want to do that because she doesn't have specific tasks for them to do. Then she babbles for like five minutes, but all she really says is that she knows what needs to be accomplished, but she doesn't know the steps to get there, so she can't tell anyone else to do it. So maybe she should sit down with Elton or Danny and figure out what the steps are, and then assign them to people? God, this show is so frustrating.
Episode Report CardKim: D | 311 USERS: C+
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