Love Monkey

Season 1 Episode 2

Nice Package

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2006 on VH1
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Nice Package
On his first day at True Vinyl, Tom promises to get Zoe, a famous singer he once represented, to play at a benefit concert, but her music label will not let her even though she wants to, and negotiations take a sharp turn when Tom accidentally prompts her to quit. Meanwhile, Mike and Karen look for a nanny for their child and Mike finds a problem with Karen's perfect nanny - she's too beautiful. Shooter dates a temp who turns out to be more than he can handle.moreless

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  • We're still learning about these characters.

    This wasn't a fantastic episode, but the potential is still there and growing. I hope Shooter develops a little more depth. It's great that they actually addressed the fact that Jason Priestly is not the skinny young thing he was in 90210. Is "song title" going to be this series' catch line? I'm still watching. Can't wait for Jake's storyline. Like, is that guy he gave the flowers to just a date or is he in a committed relationship. I'm betting he comes out to one friend at a time. I also wonder if Bran has any kind of a life outside of her crush on Tom. So much to find out!moreless
  • Getting Better

    This show is starting to show some promise. I was watching this show today and I started to think to myself, this is not a show that is like other shows. But at the same time it is like every other show on TV. I believe that is what makes this show good. This episode in particular is a decient one. I like the fact that our main character is starting to relize how to make it in this place that he is in. I was not as turned off at the start as I was Last week but there was still those times where I did not care for what was going on. I really did like that song at the end.

    "Quote Nevermore"

  • Tom has to help finish the plans for a charity event concert.

    This episode is what this show is all about. The pilot was too crammed with new information to be all that good. But this episode was amazing. Tom works his magic and gets the job done with the show fast approaching, and he makes it better than it would have been. This is what I want to watch. A show with a good, satisfying ending. Not something that will leave me sad or wanting more. (Of course I did want more, but not from that particular story, like 24.) This episode and this show aren\'t perfect however. The main story is great, but the side stories are lame. No one cares about a nanny or a woman who says everything. If they can improve those this show is immortal.moreless
  • Wayne makes a comeback, Phil is taken down a few pegs, Tom makes a new rival, Julia and Bran vie for Tom, and a pop star becomes a human. What a fine night.moreless

    First of all, this episode paid tribute to one of my dad's favorite songs: Jefferson Starship's "We Built This City", which immediatly endeared me to the episode. But then, when looked at more closely, it was all about music, love, and the humanizing of another vacuous pretty-girl pop star.

    I say we go for it. Start a global march, one pop diva at a time. Turn them all into humans again.

    At any rate, the relationship is growing between Julia and Tom, but there is also hints of one forming between Bran and Tom. Which could be bad. But indicative of the hilarious episodes to come in which Julia and Bran will eventually square off against one another. I wonder who would make the better couple: Tom and Bran or Tom and Julia?

    Anyway, Tom now has to worry about the increasingly venomous Phil, as well as the pressure of being the new top dog at True Vinyl Records in New York. As if that isn't enough, EVERYONE knows Tom. LeAnne Rimes knows him and if that doesn't say that the pressure is going to pile up, I don't know what does.

    So, let's recap all that, shall we?

    A new rival.

    A bitter old rival.

    A new position with new pressure.

    Two possible love interests.

    Music coming from all directions.

    A pop star becoming a rock star.

    This is going to get good.moreless
Natalia Zvereva

Natalia Zvereva


Guest Star

Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger

Wayne Jensen

Guest Star

Sherri Saum

Sherri Saum


Guest Star

Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian

Phil Leshing

Recurring Role

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Tom and Julia are in Tom's office at Tru Vinyl, you can see a poster for Augustana's CD "All The Stars and Boulevards".

    • During the opening when Tom is remembering how he used to go to school dressed like Gene Simmons, "I Want To Rock And Roll All Night" by KISS is playing in the background.

    • Over Julia's shoulder after she leaves Tom's office, a poster for Interpol's CD Antics can be seen.

  • QUOTES (19)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: June 26, 2009 on Nova Cinema

    • In the pilot, Jake says that he works for a newspaper. In this episode, Jake works as a sportscaster.

    • Featured Song - "Mornings Eleven" by the Magic Numbers. This song is played while Tom attempts to skate in the park.

    • Tom Mentions making Wayne a MySpace to promote himself. In fact both Wayne and Teddy Geiger (who plays Wayne) have a MySpace.


      --> Tom used to go to preschool dressed as Gene Simmons of Kiss.
      --> Shooter's real name is Derek, his father's name.
      --> This episode features the song "We Built This City" by Jefferson Starship soon after Julia mentions it as being her favorite song.


    • Tom: No! People talk?
      Julia: Just give them something to talk about.
      Tom: Song title.
      Julia: Bonnie Raitt.

      The song they are referring to, "Something to talk about", was on Bonnie Raitt's album "Road Tested", which was released in 1995.

    • Ben Folds appears in the episode outside the hotel where Tom and Julia were trying to find Zoe. He was in a band titled "Ben Folds Five" until 2000, but is now in his solo career.

    • Tom tells Wayne that they need to build him a fan base by putting up a page on

      Myspace is a social networking website where people can blog, make friends, listen to music, etc.

    • Songs

      1. Tom says "Maybe they built a city on rock and roll?" This is a reference to the Jefferson Starship song "We Built This City."

      2. Phil says "One way or another." This is a reference to the song "One Way Or Another" by Blondie.

      3. Phil says "Isn't that ironic" This is a reference to the Alanis Morisette song "Ironic".

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