“Partners” Season 1 Episode 9 “Doug Day Afternoon” and Episode 10 “How to Get a Head in Advertising” aired on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. It’s the show’s season finale. Find out what happened in the episodes in the recap below.
In “Doug Day Afternoon,” there’s a new maintenance guy at Braddock & Jackson. Doug was hired by Marcus (Martin Lawrence) as part of a deal he’s made even before he met Allen (Kelsey Grammer). When Allen learned that Doug was on parole and went to jail for stealing, he had some suspicion. So he asked Marcus to fire the guy as soon as possible. But Marcus, ever the kindhearted one, didn’t want to do this. He believed that Doug was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, and he also believed in second chances.
Allen had Veronica (Edi Patterson) uncover Doug’s profile to see if he checked out. She found out that he didn’t have a permanent address, and he was using a burned phone. So Allen asked Doug straight up why this was so. Doug said that he didn’t have a house yet, so he’s staying at the men’s shelter on 5th. He also didn’t have any credit history yet, having just gotten out of jail, so a burner phone was all he could get.
Doug seemed dedicated to his job, and to show good grace, he found a gold watch that he thought someone at the office lost. It was Allen’s, and he planted that watch at the bathroom to see what Doug would do. Marcus was appalled by what Allen did, but Doug said that he understood why.
That night, Marcus and his family went to dinner because it was his daughter Laura’s (Daniele Wats) birthday. When they got home, they found the house and the office ransacked, and everyone only had one thought as to who was responsible: Doug. They reported him to the police.
Marcus, however, still believed that Doug was a good guy, and so he waited for him at work in the morning. But they got a call from the police, saying that no one has heard of Doug at the men’s shelter. Allen was proven right, and learning the truth, this changed Marcus’ attitude.
Marcus: “I’m done helping people who use me.”
Allen: “If this is about Doug, I think you’re overreacting.”
Marcus: “I put my family in danger for helping out Doug. Now it’s about me and mine.”
Allen: “That’s me. That’s not who you are.”
Marcus: “That’s who I am now. And it feels good.”
Allen felt guilty about pushing Marcus to uncover his dark side. In order to make it up, Veronica and him stakeout a pawnshop based on a tip. It paid off because they were able to catch Doug and turned him over to the police.
— Partners (@PartnersFX) September 1, 2014
In the next episode, “How to Get a Head in Advertising,” the partners thought that it’s time to step their game up when this other law firm, McLaw, was getting clients left and right. They have become so popular because of their commercials, even though they’re not very good lawyers. Marcus suggested that they should also do commercials, which made Allen very much excited. He prepared everything. He came up with scenarios to shoot, and he did the scripts.
Filming was done at the office, and it was all amateurish. The commercials were really bad, but Allen thought his work was excellent. He asked everyone what they thought about it, but they couldn’t come up with good feedback. So Allen enlisted the help of a focus group because their opinions would be unbiased.
The focus group, however, didn’t like the image of Allen in the commercials. He received bad feedback, but Marcus was so well-liked. Worse, his father gave him a cease and desist order to stop using the “Braddock” family name in the advertisements. This sent Allen on a downward spiral. Why doesn’t anyone like him?
This feeling of worthlessness affected Allen’s work that Marcus planned to do something about it. He called back the focus group, convincing Allen to hear the reactions by asking all the right questions. This time, the group was asked if they had a guy like Allen as lawyer, would they feel better? Many of them said yes. They want someone like him on his side to defend them, should they need it.
Allen: “The very same traits that make me a bad person, make me a good lawyer.”
With that, all is right in Allen’s world again.
And that’s the season finale of “Partners” Season 1 Episode 9 “Doug Day Afternoon” and Episode 10 “How to Get a Head in Advertising,” which aired on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Will the show be back for a second season? Only time will tell. Keep checking Movie News Guide (MNG) for updates about this show.
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