HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN “How To Have a One-Night Stand” Review

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN “How To Have a One-Night Stand” Season 1, Episode 2 – In case anyone hadn’t caught the pilot last week, How To Be A Gentleman started off with a quick recap. I don’t often see recaps on sitcoms unless they’re part of a special two-part episode or maybe at the beginning of a returning season, so it seemed a little weird since I think most people could have pieced together the set up just by watching the actual episode.

Under the pretense that he was moving in to help Andrew bulk up both his muscles and masculinity, Bert shows up unannounced at Andrew’s place with a packed duffel bag and a plan to go out for drinks on a work night. Bert’s first social workout regimen consisted of getting Andrew so used to being rejected that he no longer feared it.

The way Bert described the process made it seem as if he had gone through it himself. Despite his outrageous fake back story, disheveled appearance and poor manner of speaking, Bert’s rejection training must have prepared him well, because he managed to score a number at the bar in a matter of minutes.

Andrew actually does pretty well for himself as well and even if he didn’t get rejected by the hot bartender as planned, he managed to land a hot night with a professional cellist. The “wait 72 hours before calling” story line that followed Andrew’s night with Thea brought nothing fresh to the world of sitcoms where the same set up has been used countless times. Although everything progressed exactly as expected, it still made me chuckle a bit to watch Bert and Andrew in their battle of wills.

The subplot with Mike and Janet wasn’t anything new to television either, but I actually really enjoyed their scenes. Mike was worried about being deported if he and Janet failed their interview with Homeland Security. Although there was no scheme between them, Janet’s terrible test taking abilities were bound to raise suspicions at immigration. I came away from this episode liking Janet so much more than I originally did in the pilot and Mary Lynn Rajskub was cracking me up.

This week’s How To Be a Gentlemen was better than the pilot. Some punchlines were too obvious or too cheesy, but the cast did well with the rest of the material they were working with. The scenes at Andrew’s office still don’t feel like they have any real purpose other than to remind us he writes a column about being a gentleman, but I’m still seeing Andrew as a complete dork instead of a total gentleman. Although it’s not a stellar sitcom, I don’t mind watching How To Be a Gentleman and I can see things becoming more natural and more funny as the cast grows into their roles.