“A to Z” Season 1 Episode 8 “H is for Hostile Takeover” aired on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Andrew has had it with being easily influenced, so he found something — a hobby he could call his own. Read on for the recap to this episode.
You know how couples eventually do the same thing, like the same things and change into someone that’s closer to how their partner sees them? Well, it was happening to Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) and Andrew’s best friend Stu (Henry Zebowski) could not help but notice this. They used to like the movie “Wall Street,” and now Andrew was dissing it because Zelda said that it didn’t pass the Bechdel test, a feminist theory.
Stu: When she put you in that ridiculous sweater, I kept my mouth shut. When you started describing your favorite movie using these feminist theories, I turned the other cheek. But when she get you drinking tea, I cannot and will not remain silent for a second longer.
At work, Lydia (Christina Kirk) had a big announcement: Wallflower was able to land a sponsorship because of their new hook-up apps. The company was making money, never mind if the apps were not feasible in the long run. As Assistant Director of Marketing, Andrew was not happy with this. He started composing a stern letter to Lydia to enumerate his reasons, but he had no intention of sending it. He just needed to write it down and get it out of the way.
Zelda saw the e-mail and convinced him to send it the way it was written with solid all caps. (Andrew’s keyboard was stuck.) Without giving it any thought, the “send” button was hit. Lydia was not pleased when she talked to Andrew at work the next day.
Lydia: I really enjoyed getting this in my inbox last night. A little shouty for my taste.
So that Andrew would no longer have any problems at work, Lydia promoted a trainee as the new Asst. Director of Marketing and demoted Andrew. Problem solved!
Zelda advised Andrew to march back to Lydia’s office to show his passion for what he does. But overhearing this, Stu disagreed and accused Zelda of being controlling of Andrew. Look what happened — his best friend got demoted!
As Zelda and Stu argue, Andrew came to a realization that he was easily influenced, not just by Zelda, but also by Stu. Before Zelda came into his life, he was closest to Stu, and he was always influenced by what Stu liked.
Zelda, meanwhile, wondered if what Stu said about her was true. Was she too controlling? Her best friend Stephie (Lenora Crichlow) sort of agreed.
Stephie: Zelda, it's like your Mission Control when it comes to your relationships.
At the office park, Stephie found Andrew trying to decide on a flavor of coffee, and the line behind him was getting long. He was taking a while because for the most part, he always drank whatever Stu or Zelda gave him.
Stephie: It sounds to me like you need something to call your own, like a hobby or something. Something that you didn't get from anyone else. Something that's just yours.
Alright then…he's good at many things. But these were not necessarily what one would call a hobby. It was things like parallel parking or climbing stairs, which apparently, Andrew learned, was a sport now. So then, that’s what he’s going to do! He would be joining a competitive climbing event, which literally has participants running up and down a flight of stairs.
Stephie decided to join him as well but ditched him immediately after getting an invite from a hot guy. Stu and Zelda were there to cheer on Andrew, but both agreed, in a rare instance, that this “thing” was kind of an odd choice.
Climbing up and down the stairs for a couple of hours, and Andrew started feeling lethargic, so he paused a while and reflected — was this really what he wanted?
At work the next day, Andrew decided to confront Lydia about the apps again.
Andrew: We need to be focusing on helping people find love, not hook-ups.
He reasoned that the matchmaking apps create better numbers than the hook-up apps and proposed to bring growth to the company in six months. Impressed by this, Lydia put him back in charge as Assistant Director of Marketing. And it dawned on him — this was his thing!
Later, while talking to Zelda, he realized that he should have just listened to her when she first advised to talk to Lydia after getting demoted.
Zelda: I just gave you a little push. Okay, alright…maybe you've changed a little bit because of me, but if some good comes out of it, who cares? Everyone influences the people around them.
— A to Z (@NBC_AtoZ) November 20, 2014
And there you have it for the recap on“A to Z” Season 1 Episode 8 “H is for Hostile Takeover,” which aired on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Check out the highlight to the episode in the video below.
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