ENTRTNMNT 2 Broke Girls Recap: The Pilot Marissa A. Ross

We open on the wood paneled Williamsburg Diner, complete with beanie-adorning, flannel-loving guys that America would collectively recognize as hipsters. Bustling around in a uniform modeled after the Golden Arches, is Max (Kat Dennings). It is in the next minute and a half that we learn we love her.

Two hipster dudes in a booth snap at her for some horseradish their Russian waitress, Paulina, hasn’t brought them. Snapping is a real nasty thing to do. The only times you should ever snap at someone is if you are attending a beat poetry reading or shutting down your best friend’s latest attempt to make Lady GaGa ready-to-wear. You’re also allowed to positively snap-point at someone and do that squinty thing with your eyes that says “You’ve got it!” That’s okay, but never snap at someone to get something for you, especially not a sassy waitress like Max. She will get all up in your grill with some harder snaps and then give a big “Awwww snap!” when she tells you your snapping dries up her vagina.

I love a no-nonsense woman that can shut it down!

Of course, the hipster dudes sheepishly take off their beanies because they rightfully feel like idiots.

Max goes to get the horseradish out of the walk-in when we hear the mysterious Paulina that has been tripping up Max’s game out in the dining room. Apparently, she has very little to few moral fibers since she is definitely copulating amongst the sauce shelves and boxes of produce. This is the end of her existence. It’s okay. The only reason she was even in this episode was to exemplify that Max’s boss is terrible at hiring people.

Aside from Paulina– the assumed sexual deviant– Max’s boss has also previously hired a meth addict. Obviously his judgement is right onnn.

Max comes in the next day with a tray of cupcakes because we find out that’s what she’s awesome at: making red velvet delights. Shortly after, Max’s boss Bryce Lee (who is definitely not trying to cop any of Bruce’s steeze, he definitely heard the name on One Tree Hill and loved it) comes in and tells Max he has fired Paulina. Being a smart and industrious young woman, Max decides to tell Bryce that she needs the hours and he shouldn’t hire anyone, but it’s too late! Bryce has used his incredible hiring incompetence to bring on Caroline (Beth Behrs) as a waitress.

Caroline has supposedly worked for all sorts of to-do restaurants in Manhattan. Although she looks the part of posh hostess in her Chanel, we know right off the bat this girl has never waited a day in her life. This is demonstrated by how she “marries” and then “divorces” the ketchup. Max is stuck training her and immediately is like, “heeellll-to-the-no”.

Max eventually finds out that Caroline is actually Caroline Channing, daughter of was-bajillionaire Martin Channing who had some sort of gnarly ponzi scheme that affected all of New York City. All of her assets have been frozen and Max couldn’t be less sympathetic.

At the end of the night, Caroline starts talking about how dumb the baker of the cupcakes is because they’re only selling them for $1.50, when in real life on the Upper East Side, people are paying $7 a cupcake. Max defensively reveals she makes the cupcakes and Caroline reveals she’s already started selling the cupcakes for $7. Max does not trust Caroline for a second now. She’s proven to be a liar with her resume and now she is kind of a thief. I wouldn’t trust her either.

Max and Caroline part ways, with Caroline saying she is staying with friends in the city. Max doesn’t care because she’s “dead inside”. Max goes home and the show solidifies its hip Brooklyn location with a living room full of dudes that look like they fell out of a 2007 Urban Outfitters catalog. Apparently her boyfriend, Robbie, is having “band practice” which is just a couch of weirdos listening to other people’s music and then “playing it in their heads”.

We know Robbie sucks. Robbie is obnoxious and instead of formulating sentences, he takes off his shirt. I immediately was like, “Ew, what is this strong woman doing with this GQ puff piece?” The answer is the abs, as she gives him one minute of bedroom time for each of them (eight, to be precise, because six packs are sooo 2010).

I couldn’t find a photo of Noah Mills as Robbie, so here is a photo of just Noah Mills to show you what we’re up against here. It’s going to be hard, I realize, but I promise you, Robbie is the worst.

The next day, Max gets on the subway to hilariously kiss a woman on accident (my favorite part, LOL) and then find Caroline snoozing on the bench. She goes to wake her up and Caroline tazes her because she felt like she was “being raped”. Could Caroline Channing be any more clueless? No, but it works. Her ridiculous naivete and optimistic spunk make her the perfect foil to Max’s cynicism.

At this point, Max can’t help but feel a tiny bit sorry for the poor high-society soul and takes her to her apartment before going to her other job. Caroline lets out the hilarious, “Oh my god, you’ve been robbed!” line and you’re like, “Aww. You are totally related to Cher Horowitz in my mind and I love you for it.”

Max’s other job is working for another socialite, an insufferable woman named Peach who has the audacity to not only name her twins Brad and Angelina, but also makes Max open bottles of water for her and all the other things assistants have nightmares about. Peach tells Max that yes, Caronline is broke as fuuuhhhhh and that she tried to stay with six friends who all pretended they weren’t home! #DEVASTATING

While Max is starting to feel pangs of sympathy on the Upper East Side, Caroline is washing her disgusting uniform at Max’s. Of course, Buns Of Steel comes in and hits on her. Of course. He gets all up in her personal space and I was really happy that Caroline shut that dowwwn. Sure, he’s hot but he sucks! He sucks! I hate Robbie and there is nothing you can do to stop me!

Max and Caronline meet at the diner for work. Max tries to talk to her about how she has no friends, but Caroline thinks she’s going to talk about how Robbie hit on her. She flubs and says, “What? Did he say I came on to him?” She doesn’t go into detail, but tells Max she deserves better, as all future best friends should say when they’re dating jerks. Max retorts by saying she couldn’t believe she started to feel sorry for Caroline and walks out of the diner, leaving Caroline to deal with a a crowd of Arcade Fire concert patrons. That’s not even a joke I made up, that is what happens.

Max goes home and catches Robbie, that old beefcake in the grass, cheating on her. I knew I hated him, and this helps Max realize that maybe Caroline isn’t such a bad person.

Back at the diner, Caroline is busting her butt. There is a great little emotional moment between the two as Max helps Caroline serve. “She may have gotten your order wrong, but she gets some things right,” Max says to the customers, smiling at Caroline with a wonderful, grateful little look in her eyes. I love this because yes, Max will cut a bitch, but she can also see the errors of her ways and resolve herself.

Max asks Caroline to be her new roommate (since she is kicking old Abs out) and after a biting remark about the condition of Max’s couch, she accepts.

The episode ends with Caroline and Max hanging out on Caroline’s horse that they’ve managed to get into the small backyard of the apartment building. Did I mention that is all basically Caroline has left? Yep. That’s it, a horse and memories of Switzerland.

Caroline pitches a plan to Max: they should open a cupcake business. Caroline has figured it all out. All it will take is $250,000, which they could make in a year if they each worked two jobs (wouldn’t be a stretch for Max). It ends with the perfect picture of our protagonists, one’s confidence starkly contrasted against the other’s skepticism. At the end of each episode, they calculate how much they have earned towards their business. The pilot episode’s total: $387.25.

Will Max’s baking expertise and Caroline’s business savvy work its way to their goal? I hope so, but not too quickly. Not that I’m a sadist or anything, but I’d love to see Caroline struggle a little more and I’d love to see Max having to deal with it. I know, that’s terrible, but this is television! And nothing makes for better entertainment than a dynamic odd-coupled total-babe-duo having to hash it out in the world.

Images via CBS
Noah Mills Image via Trendnista

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  1. Everyone who is commenting on the “laugh track”: it’s not a laugh track. They film in a live studio, what you’re hearing is the audience.

  2. I honestly don’t know if I can even get into shows with laugh tracks anymore.

  3. For the most part I liked the show. Kat Dennings’ character was annoying and judgy in the beginning.

  4. Strong female leads – yay! Ethnic stereotypes – not so yay. Cheap laughs. I will give it another chance, though.

  5. Now I am interested. If only they’ll be showing it here. Also, Netflix and Spotify please come to the Philippines! Pretty puh-leaseeeeee

  6. I loved Max, but not much else about this pilot. I hope that it improves with time, because I think it could have potential. Something about the first episode seemed very… Teen Nick to me with naughtier jokes.

  7. You have done a great dishonor to my neighborhood. I can’t even go into all the inaccuracies, from the imaginary Greenpoint subway to the “hipster” with the neck tattoo and bad hat. The whole thing was painful to watch.. I love that the dark haired one wears full makeup. So unBrooklyn. LOL. They couldn’t find a costumer who knows what these mythical “hipsters” actually wear? I get that they had to dumb it down to appeal to middle America (hence the Coldplay joke), but damn. The racial stereotypes were cool, too.

  8. Perhaps I’m one of the few who’s not so into this show. I’m all for giving pilots a chance, but this really did feel forced. It felt like the writers were trying way, way too hard to be hip, and it was a huge turn off. I didn’t laugh at anything, just cringed. I really like the premise of the show and think it could have potential, but I don’t know if I’m going to want to put in my time every week to find out. :(

  9. I do love the PB&J intro tho

  10. AND Arcade Fire have never and will never play a concert in Williamsburg.

  11. I loved it. I laughed a lot and I usually don’t at sitcoms like this (save for Friends)! My favorite part was the, “You can’t wear a jacket like that in this neighborhood, turn it inside out. Fur. Cool. Turn it back.” Love that Caroline isn’t a typical dumb blonde, she’s smart but still has her moments. And Max reminds me of myself. I wish Robbie wasn’t a douche and could have stuck around though, he was easy on the eyes!

  12. great recap of a great show!

  13. i really like kat dennings and generally am into anything she does but…hopefully the script tightens up post-pilot because the comedy was flat and dennings’ co-star needs to step up the wit and turn down the volume/obviousness.

  14. I knew I would enjoy the show on some level, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I adore the character of Caroline. ADORE.

  15. I really enjoyed it. There hasn’t been a sitcom for a twenty-something female audience in a long time.

  16. I totally get what you guys are saying and felt that a bit too, but also we have to remember it’s a pilot. Pilots are so hard because they have to include soooo much exposition and background in such a small amount of time to make an audience care. Overall, they did a great job of setting up the characters and their environment.

  17. i really do love kat dennings and i think it definitely has potential but i completely agree with the other replies. a bit forced. we get it, her dry sense of humor, her hate for everything williamsburg, blah blah. but i get it – they are laying out the series. i’ll def keep watching though!

  18. Writing was well done but the delivery comes off forced when every line is spit out at lightning speeds, (their attempt at girlmore girls witty banter but is closer to what looks like a Tourettes epidemic with all the characters).

    I love Kat. The girl’s amazing but when they slow down the tempo and make the lines flow more organically I think the audience will be pulled into the characters lives more.

  19. is it wrong that it bothered me that they insinuated there’s a subway that goes from williamsburg to greenpoint to manhattan? Also, was that subway from 1975? otherwise, cute show, I’ll keep watching to see where it goes!

  20. I think the show has potential. The jokes in the first episode were quite rehearsed and forced but Kat Dennings is an amazing actress and I’ll keep coming back for more because of her.