A to Z Recap: L is for Likability

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
A to Z Recap: L is for Likability

A to Z” Season 1 Episode 12 “L is for Likability” aired Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Andrew’s father is in town for a visit. But meeting Zelda for the first time in person, he didn’t seem impressed by her. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.

While Andrew (Ben Feldman) is at work, he gets a call from his father Pete (guest star Dan Lauria), who tells him that he’s actually in town. Within minutes, the surprise visitor is at his son’s office, and this whole situation has Andrew worrying a bit because Pete has a bad history with his previous girlfriends. So, when Pete asks when he could meet Zelda (Cristin Milioti), Andrew tells his dad that she’s out of town. She’s not. Stu (Henry Zebrowski) could actually see Zelda across the building. What is up with Andrew lying to Pete?


Stu, meanwhile, is excited to have Pete visiting them as he’s always regarded Pete as a surrogate father. He tells his best friend not to worry about his dad meeting his girlfriend. He’s sure they will love each other. They work out the dinner plans for this big meeting.

Meanwhile at work, Lydia’s (Christina Kirk) new romance with Dane from corporate encounters a hitch when work related concerns get in the way. When Lydia changes the policy regarding account cancellations by letting Wallflower’s subscribers only do it in person, Dane tells her that she’s overstepping authority. Lydia, however, justifies that this will only mean fewer cancellations for the dating site, as no client will likely bother to do this. It could mean retention of business for the company. But Dane still thinks it’s wrong for Lydia to impose on the new policy.

Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) takes advantage of this cancellation privilege, though. After all, her office is just right across the building from Wallflower. The staff who attends to her, however, doesn’t have any idea how to go about the cancellation, so Stephie is told to wait.

Back at Andrew’s apartment, the dinner is in full swing and finally, Zelda and Pete meet for the first time. It’s awkward at first, but they seem to two hit it off after a while. They’re exchanging jokes, and generally, they’re being nice to each other. But Andrew is still tense about this whole thing, so in order to keep the situation light, he tells Stu to initiate dinner conversations based on his approved list. It did not include talks of religion and race (of course!), as well as sensitive topics like lesbianism and hypo-allergenic dogs. When the latter topic was broached, Andrew and Stu painfully tried to change the discussion, much to everyone’s relief.

While in the kitchen, Andrew thinks the dinner is going great after all, until his father tells him that he’s only pretending to like Zelda. Frankly, Pete thinks Andrew can do so much better. Uh-oh!

The next day, Zelda gushes about having the best time at dinner and believes that she has made quite an impression on her boyfriend’s father. But when Andrew doesn’t react, Zelda becomes upset. She realizes that the feeling is not mutual, so Zelda launches on a mission to make Pete love her. She gets a drone-themed cake for him, as Pete loves drones.

Andrew decides to talk to his father about Zelda and uncovers the real reason. He doesn’t really despise his girlfriend; he’s just sad and heartbroken. His long-time partner, Barb, has recently left him, and he would like to have Andrew join him on a trip for some father-son bonding time. But how can his son do this if he’s so hung-up on a girl? Pete thinks the only way to get Andrew to join him is to break-up the couple. Andrew is disgusted and leaves his father carrying a grudge.

Meanwhile, Stephie’s Wallflower membership cancellation is not yet in effect, as Lydia wants to conduct an exit interview with her first. The truth is, Lydia only wants to ask Stephie’s opinion of how Dane criticized her business ideas. Stephie gives the Wallflower boss insights by saying she’s a confident woman with good ideas; she doesn’t need anyone else’s validation. Now, can she cancel her Wallflower account?

To help patch things up with his Dad, Zelda gives Andrew tickets to the batting cage so that they can finally have this father-son bonding moment. But Pete bails on Andrew, after he gets a call from Barb. Maybe she’d like to reconcile? Andrew is crushed and plays bat on his own.


Zelda comes by to support her boyfriend, but seeing how affected he is, she’s finally had it. She calls up Pete and gives him a piece of her mind. Never mind if Pete would hate her afterwards for doing this, but she has to say what she has to say. Only, Pete is right there, in front of her, in the batting cage. He changed his mind about seeing Barb, and now he wants to apologize to his son.

Pete tells Andrew that he realizes he should end thing permanently with Barb. After all their years together, he realizes that Barb is not the best fit for him. Pete, however, thinks that Zelda is the best fit for Andrew, and he even suggests that his son proposes to her. Andrew is touched by his father’s words but also assures him that despite his age, there is someone out there who’s his perfect match.

So, Andrew and Stu, along with Zelda, look into Wallflower’s website to find Pete a date. As they scroll through the profiles, Pete zeroes in on someone he thinks would be perfect: it’s Stephie! Isn’t her account supposed to be deactivated already?

Zelda is shocked and explains to Pete that Stephie is her roommate, while Andrew humored his girlfriend and his dad by saying he thinks Stephie would be a wonderful stepmother.

That’s the recap for “A to Z” Season 1 Episode 12 “L is for Likability,” which aired on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. For more about this series, keep checking Movie News Guide (MNG) for the updates.

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