A to Z Recap: J is for Jan Vaughn

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
A to Z Recap: J is for Jan Vaughn

A to Z” Season 1 Episode 10 “J is for Jan Vaughn” aired Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Andrew and Zelda are pretty pleased with playing matchmakers for their best friends Stu and Stephie. However, things didn’t turn out for the best. Find out what happened in this recap below.

Zelda (Cristin Milioti) realizes something while she’s watching Andrew’s (Ben Feldman) best friend Stu (Henry Zebrowski) doing really weird stuff. He calls this being MacGyver, and coincidentally, Zelda has a co-worker who does the same thing. While peculiar, she thought that Jennifer (guest star Sarah Baker) would be a perfect match for Stu, and so she tells Andrew she will set them up together.


Andrew thinks it’s not going to work out, as Stu is apparently unmatchable. Being the professional matchmaker working at Wallflower, Andrew has algorithms to support this claim. But Zelda goes ahead and sets up Stu with Jennifer anyway. To Andrew’s surprise, the two hit it off after a date and a half. Maybe the matchmaker amateur that is Zelda is doing something right. Andrew remarks that Stu and Jennifer could even get married at any moment with the way they were clinging to each other.

But then, Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) spots both pairs in the bar and sees that she’s the fifth wheel among her friends. Things become more awkward when Zelda realizes she hooked up Stu but failed to do a similar thing for Stephie. How could she forget that her own best friend is the very reason why she met Andrew in the first place? So to help Zelda out, Andrew proposes to match Stephie with someone from work. Fortunately, he’s got the right guy.

Joseph, the “New York money guy” who’s actually an advertiser at Wallflower, is in town, and Andrew suggests to him and to his boss for Joseph to set up his own account on their dating site. This way, he could get a better feel of the system. So he’s the guy Andrew matches Stephie with, and as luck would have it, they get it on pretty well. They watch as Stephie leaves the bar with Joseph’s arms on her.

But later, Andrew and Zelda learn that while Stephie had a great time with Joseph, he actually thought that she’s a prostitute. He left $450 by the bedside table at his hotel. Humiliated, Stephie becomes depressed once again.

Meanwhile, Jennifer learns that Stephie once dated her man Stu. So when she sees him getting curious about the guy Stephie’s hanging out with, jealousy rears its ugly head. She and Stu started fighting in public. It looks like this love affair is also done.

So now, Stu and Stephie are both without someone. No, thanks to Zelda and Andrew’s matchmaking!

Feeling guilty, Zelda tries to talk it over with Jennifer, convincing her that Stu and Stephie will never ever get together again and that Stu is terribly lonely without her. Only by this time, Stu and Stephie are actually at his place, drinking their heartaches away with Margarita. As depression takes over them, Stu and Stephie start making out, just as Jennifer walks in and sees the whole thing. Now, Jennifer isn’t just mad at Stu, she’s also mad at Zelda for convincing her that nothing will happen between Stu and Stephie.

The police also comes by to arrest Stephie for stealing Joseph’s money. Turns out, he didn’t leave $450 on the bedside table as payment for sex. It’s his money, and he’s just pretty careless with it. Joseph tells Andrew that he actually had a great time with Stephie.  That morning, he thought he should go out to get breakfast for her but later found his hotel room empty and his money missing.

This is a misunderstanding that Joseph makes up for though because by the end of the episode, he showers Stephie with flowers and apologizes for his mistake. Andrew actually did right by hooking them up.


Zelda: I guess you win. Your company’s new-fangled romance computer program actually works!
Andrew: Maybe. But that (pointing to Stephanie and Joseph) looks like destiny to me.

With that, the newly single Stu raises a glass to the new couple.

And that’s the recap for “A to Z” Season 1 Episode 10 “J is for Jan Vaughn,” which aired on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Follow the remaining updates of this show, which is in its last remaining weeks by the way, here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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