Ground Floor Recap: The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner
“Ground Floor” Season 2 Episode 8 “The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner” aired on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on TBS. Mansfield is Jenny’s special dinner guest at her house, and Brody thinks it will be very awkward for everyone. Find out what happened in the recap below.
Brody (Skylar Astin) arrives to find Jenny (Briga Heelan) doing her home test for the college class she’s taking. He notices that she gets some answers wrong, so while she’s taking a shower, Brody obsesses about changing some of her answers without telling her.
The next day, she happily walks to Brody’s office to say that she got an A on the test. As she’s really proud of it, Jenny thinks that she should have Mansfield over her house for dinner. After all, she wouldn’t be taking college courses if not for his generosity. Brody and Threepeat (Rene Gube) tell Jenny that Mansfield (John C. McGinley) never accepts social invites from lowly staff. But Jenny is confident that she will be able to convince the boss. She brings him presents from the college.
But when Jenny asks Mansfield, he actually agrees to come over. The boys are surprised, but Brody becomes a bit more excited as this is the next logical progression of his relationship with his boss. Pretty soon, they’re going to be casual friends. Sweet!
However, his excitement turns to worry as he realizes Mansfield is very specific about dinner stuff. He’s used to eating with four forks, with meal prepared in a lavish table setting. Besides, Jenny’s house isn’t exactly a mansion; the neighborhood is hardly Mansfield’s turf. So, Brody convinces his girlfriend to have dinner at this fancy restaurant instead. But Jenny refuses. The whole point of dinner is to show Mansfield just who he gave college money to.
Meanwhile, Harvard (Rory Scovel) sees Brody and Jenny arguing and compares his own relationship with Lindsay (Emily Heller) from them. He wants it known that he and his girlfriend are so into each other, and they are having lots of sex. If Brody needs any love advice, Harvard is ready to impart a thing or two about it.
Lindsay, on the other hand, tells Jenny that she bought her boyfriend new sets of clothes, which she thinks would make him look adorable. Jenny suddenly gets an idea to invite the other lovebirds to dinner too so that it wouldn’t be too awkward.
The night of the dinner, Brody compliments Jenny about the apartment looking really nice. He freaks out though, when he sees that Jenny is planning on serving a family recipe, the “meatload,” which doesn’t seem to be the kind of food Mansfield will go for. Nevertheless, Brody has a back-up plan as he ordered take out from a fancy restaurant. Jenny sees this and throws the lamb out the window.
She makes it clear to him that she does not need Brody’s help, the same way she didn’t need his help on her test. Only, Brody tells her that he did change the answers, and Jenny is appalled by this confession. But there will be no fighting yet as Mansfield and their other guests just arrived.
Dinner is going well despite the awkwardness and discomfort. Mansfield commends Jenny for the A she got on her test, which is proudly displayed on her fridge, but then the boss notices there is animosity between the couple. He could tell something is wrong, so he encourages them to speak up. Festering resentments will be bad for any relationship, he advices.
But before Jenny could start talking, Harvard shouts out loud that he hates that Lindsay dresses him like he’s her Ken doll. She also shouts that she doesn’t like that they only have sex in one position. Harvard throws a tantrum, and Lindsay follows after him in the bathroom. Harvard later reveals that they had sex there and did more than one position.
As Mansfield, Brody and Jenny are left to process what just happened, Jenny finally starts telling Mansfield about what Brody did with her test papers, thinking that Mansfield would side with her. But the big boss says that he’s slightly disappointed. He expected the behavior from Brody; it’s why he hired him in the first place because he’s shrewd. But he expected a lot more from Jenny.
Mansfield: I invested in you because I saw unlimited potential and I’m never wrong about my investments.
He advises her to push herself. Jenny gets what he’s saying and later, realizing that this is what Brody wants for her too, she plants a kiss on his lips in front of the boss. Mansfield is giddy that the couple made up, so he kisses the both of them like children.
Meanwhile, since Mansfield and Brody are at the dinner, the boss assigned Threepeat to do the financial report on television, as it is Remington Trust’s turn to be featured. During rehearsals, Threepeat did so badly that he grew nervous. But thanks to Derrick (James Earl), the former child star, he gets some good points about working in front of the camera.
During the broadcast, which Mansfield, Brody and Jenny watches in her living room, Threepeat kills it with some hip hop moves, and Derrick even joins him for a dance. It looks really crazy since they were doing a business report, but Mansfield finds it compelling. Threepeat even gets to be featured in Conan O’ Brien’s show, and he’s become a laughing stock overnight. He doesn’t let it get to him though, because in his mind, he’s already famous.
That’s the recap on “Ground Floor” Season 2 Episode 8 “The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner,” which aired on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on TBS. Keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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