Accidentally on Purpose

Season 1 Episode 9

Working Girl

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Nov 23, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After James employs a new movie critic for the newspaper, Billie sees her job in peril and starts showing her value to her boss.

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  • Billie encourages Zack to go for sous-chef, while facing a job threat of her own. Abby and Davis plot to make Olivia pay for dinner, something she's good at avoiding. James and Zack throw punches; Olivia manages to turn the tables on Abby and Davis.moreless

    This episode was a nice break from the dating/bar pick-up routines featured in many others. Dealing with job pressures and the need to put yourself forward to get ahead (and support the baby) gave Billie and Zack another chance to build a bond of mutual support and friendship.

    Not to mention more lovely views of a shirtless Jon Foster :-) And some counter-leaping as he loyally came to Billie's defense--mistakenly, which led to a very nice scene with James listening as Billie and Zack discuss names for their baby.

    Abby and Davis (Lennon Parham and Nic Wright) got to show their great comic timing and understated methods of being over the top as they plotted to block Olivia's penchant for skipping out when the bill arrives for dinner or drinks.

    Max the internet reviewer was nicely played as a jerk and the DVD "connection" aka Jabba was a short but fun scene--especially snatching the bribe sandwich from Billie's hand.

    While maybe not as ROFL hilarious as The Godfather or Fight Club, this epi did a good job of growing and solidifying the bond between Billie and Zack--and their pals, because even Ms. Cheap-o Olivia stood up to James for Billie's sake.moreless
  • Billie is threatened when James brings in an internet review blogger to replace her when she is on leave. Billie gets Zack to go for it as a sous-chef for the restaurant he works for putting him under a lot of pressure. We discover Olivia is cheap.moreless

    Some funny things in this episode like the Diaper Genie joke that eventually was stomped into the ground by repetition.

    The main story was really a two parter. Let's see if we can get both Billie and Zack to lose their jobs at the same time five months before they are going to have a baby. Billie at the paper and Zack at the restaurant.

    The two funniest bits to this episode by far were James and Zack punching each other off screen and the resulting ice packs on their faces and the whole Olivia skipping out on the check. Unfortunately that second bit was also run into the ground at the end of the show with the supposed funny bit of her stealing Abby's purse and paying the last bill with Abby's money.

    So what did we learn here today. People losing their jobs does not necessarily make for a funny story line. Also if you have a funny bit make sure you repeat it until it's not funny anymore.

    Maybe this is a little harsh on the whole, but this show needs to be better than the three shows that surround it on Monday's CBS comedy block. Not be mediocre. Unfortunately the majority of episodes have been so so with just a few really good ones. Thanks for reading...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the last restaurant scene where Zack is charging over to James, Zack is holding his right arm up and is ready to punch James with his right fist. However, in the next scene when both are holding ice bags, Zack indicates that his left hand is in pain and states that James has a hard face. Also, Zack is holding the ice bag on his left cheek, which means that James punched him with his left fist.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Billie: Did I do something to annoy you?
      James: Since you broke up with me on top of the Eiffel Tower and got pregnant with a 12-year-old's baby... nope, we're all good.

    • Davis: Imagine if beer came out of boobs. That would combine two of my favorite things.

    • Zack: You should see this list of baby essentials. When all is said and done, that single orgasm is going to cost me $450,000.
      Billie: You should write that down. It'll go good in a birthday card someday.

    • Davis: The point is, Zack, this is your M.O., man. You always panic, but then you succeed.
      Ryan: Yeah, like when you lost your virginity.

    • Billie: James is making me compete against Max for my own column. I can't believe what a jerk he's being.
      Olivia: No, this is normal. This is what he's like with everybody. You just never noticed it before because you were shagging him.
      Billie: All in all, I prefer the other way of getting screwed.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 23, 2009 on Citytv
      Latin America: April 1, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      United Kingdom: August 5, 2010 on E4
      Slovakia: April 17, 2011 on JOJ