“A to Z” Season 1 Episode 5 “E is for Ectoplasm” aired on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Andrew and Zelda planned on throwing a Halloween party together, but this meant breaking away from the tradition they shared with each of their best friends. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
Several years ago, Zelda (Cristin Milioti) and her best friend Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) moved into their own place together. But this wasn’t just any apartment. It was the site where the TV program “Laverne and Shirley” did their exterior shots for the show. So each time Halloween rolled, Zelda and Stephie would dress up as the characters. Andrew (Ben Feldman), on the other hand, has been celebrating Halloween with Stu (Henry Zebrowski) since they were eight years old. Year after year, they would always go as the characters from “Ghostbusters.”
But this year, since Andrew and Zelda have been thinking of holding a Halloween party as a couple, these traditions will have to be set aside. Besides, the two would be celebrating their “montheversary” on Halloween, so turning their back from traditions with their best friends would be okay, right? Not quite so. When Stephie and Stu learned of this, via an e-vite that Andrew sent, they were pissed.
Feeling bad, Andrew and Zelda offered to have their best friends get involved in the planning of their one-month anniversary/Halloween party. It sounded like a great idea at first, as Stu and Stephie seemed to have forgotten they were mad at their best friends. But then things went downhill from when Stu and Stephie took over the re-sending of the e-vites, which had their cartoon characters beheading Andrew and Zelda.
Zelda: That invitation kind of upset me.
Andrew: Yeah, it felt personal. I guess we can’t complain though. Our friends are clearly happy and we still get to throw a party celebrating us.
On top of that, not only did Stu and Stephie take control of what should be in the party, they were also very competitive with each other.
Stu wanted to go with a "Ghostbuster" theme and even thought they could invite Ray Parker Jr. for entertainment. (He sang the iconic “Ghostbuster” theme song.) He also wanted Asian street food. But Stephie wanted the party to be posh and frou-frou French with a haunted Paris theme. How will they be able to mesh this? Easy. Call off the party because Stu and Stephie would not stop bickering.
Meanwhile, Lydia (Christina Kirk) was throwing a huge Halloween bash at Wallflower to create some buzz. The idea was to invite all of their good-looking and sexy clients and members and have the press write about this too. Lydia also wanted to feature a golden couple — one that met and fell in love using their site’s dating service.
But the original couple that Lydia chose apparently ended up murdering each other, and the rest of her prospects were less than ideal. They needed a pair that would be good for publicity, so Lydia thought Andrew and Zelda would be perfect. Only, there were some problems — they’ve only been dating for a month, and to the press, that’s not worthy of a story. They also, technically, didn’t meet at the dating site, so Andrew and Zelda had to go along with the pretense to make sure Lydia doesn’t break down. Besides, they still get to celebrate their montheversary this way as a “golden couple.”
The Wallflower party was going along well in the beginning, but there were some members and staff who joined who were sent to the VIP room because they didn’t fit into Lydia’s ideals (meaning, they were not hot, sexy and good-looking). When they realized that the VIP room was a nerd jail, they started to riot.
As this was happening, Stu and Stephie were plotting something against Andrew and Zelda, and a confrontation happened.
Zelda: You had no reason to be angry at us anymore.
Stephie: No reason? First of all, you exclude us from your party, and then you include us in your party, then you exclude us from your life. It’s like an emotional roller coaster with you.
Stu: And it’s not one of those upside ones that I like.
Zelda: You know why we cancelled our party? Because you two were acting like crazed mother-in-laws fighting over a wedding.
Andrew: It’s mothers-in-law, the S is in the middle.
Zelda (to Andrew): This is clearly the wrong time.
As they were bickering, Lydia saw them and threatened that they will be sent to the VIP room, but not before a press member heard that Andrew and Zelda were, in fact, only dating for one month. Wallflower’s pretense? Busted!
The nerd crew in the VIP room who rioted got out eventually; but in came Zelda, Andrew, Stephie and Stu who were locked in there together upon Lydia’s orders. But this was actually a good thing because they were able to talk it over. So, the four of them made up.
Stu and Stephie saw that even though Andrew and Zelda were only dating for a month, their relationship is different; it’s not like any other relationship. Later on, the four sat down for a Halloween meal at a diner, with Zelda sitting next to her best friend and Andrew sitting next to his.
Meanwhile, Wallflower’s big publicity was apparently taken care of by Howard from HR. He made sure that the press saw a new slant: Looking for love? Wallflower isn’t the place. Looking for fun and sexy singles? Then, Wallflower is the best site.
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And that’s our recap for “A to Z” Season 1 Episode 5 “E is for Ectoplasm,” which aired on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Check out the video below for the highlights.
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