Welcome to Sweden (NBC) Episode 5 “Fitting In”

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Welcome to Sweden episode 5 “Fitting In” airs Thursday, August 7th at 9PM ET/PT on NBC.

Episode Synopsis: Welcome to Sweden (NBC) Episode 5 “Fitting In”- Language difficulties pose a barrier between Bruce (Greg Poehler) and Emma’s (Josephine Bornebusch) friends, prompting her to question whether he is doing everything he can to fit in. Elsewhere, Bruce attempts to spend some quality time with Viveka (Lena Olin) in an attempt to win her over, while his friendship with Hassan (guest star Basim Sabah Albasim) takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Bruce receives some surprising news from his parents, Wayne (Patrick Duffy) and Nancy (Illeana Douglas). Claes Månsson, Christopher Wagelin and Per Svensson also star.

Show Summary: Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler) and Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch, Swedish hit drama “Solsidan”) seem to be the perfect couple. He is a successful money manager to the stars, living his life in New York with Emma, the sweet woman from Sweden whom he loves and adores. She is the rare combination of intelligent, funny, kind and beautiful, who believes she has finally found her true soul mate. So when she makes the life-changing decision to move back to her native Stockholm to accept a prestigious banking job after a year together, she is surprised and thrilled that he agrees to move with her to begin a new life together.

Moving halfway around the world with a new love is a huge step and Bruce, with no job, friends or real clue about what he is getting himself into, is quick to face the many unique challenges and culture clashes that living in a foreign land presents. Most notably, how to win over Emma’s strange and very Swedish family, which includes her parents, Viveka (Lena Olin, “Chocolat”) and Birger (Claes Månsson), with whom they move in. Viveka, who is a therapist, dearly loves her family but has difficulties showing it, especially to Emma. Much to Bruce’s dismay, she harbors a dislike of him from day one. Birger, a retired sea captain is the typical Swede — tall, kind and silent. Since his spoken English isn’t very sharp, it only adds to the communication barriers.

Gustav (Christopher Wagelin) is Emma’s younger brother, a 28-year old mega-slacker who, for some reason, can do no wrong in his mother’s eyes. Bengt (Per Svensson), Birger’s younger brother, is an American-adoring rockabilly type who seems to live his life through U.S. movies.

As for Bruce’s family, his dad, Wayne (Patrick Duffy, “Dallas”), is conservative by nature and resides in a small Midwestern town. Along with Wayne, Bruce’s adoring mother, Nancy (Illeana Douglas, “Grace of My Heart”), wants nothing but the best for her son, but has no understanding whatsoever of his decision to leave his happy life in New York.

Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and Gene Simmons make guest appearances as themselves in this single-camera, offbeat comedy that was predominately shot on location in Stockholm.

Greg Poehler serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on events in his life. Amy Poehler, Pontus Edgren, Carrie Stein, Frederik Arefalk and Felix Herngren are also executive producers. “Welcome to Sweden” is a co- production between eOne, TV4, FLX and Syskon.

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