The LA Complex “Who You Know” Review – Rejection, Rejection, Rejection!

The L.A. Complex Who You Know Episode 3

It seems like the theme for The LA Complex this week was rejection. Not only rejection by agencies, but rejection with personal relationships as well.

After the shocking conclusion of last week’s episode, The LA Complex picks up pretty much right where we left off – with Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson) and King. Only King kicks Tariq out of his house faster than the poor intern can pick up his clothes, and then back at the studio acts like nothing ever happened between the two of them… which understandably upsets Tariq. To make matters worse, the poor kid gets kicked out of the studio since King seems to dislike him so much. That’s rejection number one.

Raquel (Jewel Staite) heads to her agency to pitch them her new script, only to be told that they were dropping her as a client. Apparently two years of not working is two years too many, even if your agent is the one telling you to turn down specific roles. Rejection number two.

Moving on to rejection number three and four. Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore) misses his old friends and isn’t doing as great as he would like on his show. Running rewrites is difficult and Connor attempts to reconnect with both Raquel and Abby, but ends up being sent to voicemail by both women.

Not that I blame Abby (Cassie Steele) one bit – she attempted to surprise Connor on set but ended up walking in on him “running lines” with one of his co-stars. To add insult to injury (literally), Abby ends up busting her ankle leaving Connor’s trailer and bleeding from the head; all an hour before she needs to be on camera.

Which leads us to Abby’s rejection. Remember that role she got last week on the cop show? Turns out her “hooker” role that actually had lines and time on camera has now been cut to “dead hooker” with no lines and zipped into a body bag.

The only person that wasn’t rejected by the industry would be Alicia (Chelan Simmons). While her choice isn’t the best, it at least gives her an opportunity to make money and make a name for herself. Do I condone going out and making a sex tape? Uh… absolutely not. I was actually pretty shocked that Alicia agreed to the film, but there she was in the room with Ricky and his camera!

The LA Complex continues to surprise me with the story lines that the writers produce. The Tariq and King plot is one that I can honestly say I’ve never seen before on any TV show. It’s hard to wrap my head around it, and I think that’s why I’m liking it as much as I do. It’s not stero typical television and at the same time, the story line isn’t being done for shock value. It’s done and it’s done well, and I’m curious to see where the entire thing ends up.

Connor’s turn of events was interesting for me as well. I did not see the “I’m going to scald myself with boiling water” thing coming, which I think is a safe thing to say for most viewers of The LA Complex. It does explain why he was so hell bent on hiding his tea kettle, though. I think Connor is getting a taste of what it’s like to be semi-famous and how quickly friends disappear. Strangely, I don’t feel overly bad for the guy.

I do hope that Raquel gets her dentist to fund this movie. While she may be a manipulative shrew (seriously, who pitches a movie at an AA meeting?!), she’s determined and I appreciate that in a character.

The only other thing I can say is that I hope Nick continues this trend of not being a horrible comedian. Self deprecation is something that always makes people laugh, and I don’t care if it comes at the expense of someone else as well. Bad stand up is about the hardest thing to watch, so I’ll take Nick alienating anyone he has a relationship with if it means no more horrible stand up.

What say you? What did you think about The LA Complex

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