“Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 4 “Get a Job” aired on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Bruce’s job search was not going well. Yet another longtime celebrity client of his from America still wanted him to do his taxes. This week’s episode featured special guest star Gene Simmons as himself. Read on for the full recap of this episode.
The episode opened with Bruce (Greg Poehler) at his favorite café. He wanted to get a piece of that delicious Selma that they always served. Bruce described this Swedish pastry as something like a doughnut that exploded in his mouth. But when he paid for his purchase, the lady at the counter said his card has been declined. Apparently, Bruce’s funds were starting to dwindle, which meant that he needed to get a job.
Back at his apartment, Bruce lamented this issue with his girlfriend, who was more than happy to continue to support him knowing that she earns enough for the both of them. Sure, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) had it all together at work, but with Bruce left to iron her clothes or warm her dinner when she got home, he realized he needed to do something else. Bruce confided in Hassan, his classmate from language school whom he met in the episode “Learn the Language.” He told him about this place where he got his job as a taxi driver.
Bruce went to the unemployment agency Hassan recommended and gave his resume. The officer was impressed. Bruce was, after all, a top accountant in New York. He said with his credentials, Bruce could get a lot of opportunities in Sweden. But Bruce declared that he didn’t want a job related to accounting and money. He left America to get away from this. The unemployment officer was disappointed, but nonetheless, he got Bruce lined up for other jobs. The only problem was he first needed to get a driver’s license, as this was the rule here.
On his visit to the licensing agency, Bruce learned that securing one will cost a lot of money, which was the one thing he had so little of. That’s why he came looking for a job, remember? He was also told that getting a license had a three-month waiting period, with all the test and paper work. He asserted that he’s from New York, and he learned driving when he was 16 years old. Surely he’s a master of the road by now, right? However, the officer at the licensing agency was not amused. Rules are rules.
Bruce was with Emma at a bar, and they talked about his job situation. Just then, a celebrity client of his from New York walked in. What are the odds? His client, Gene Simmons, from the iconic rock band Kiss, had him tracked down because he needed help with his taxes. He was also in town because he had a show, to which Emma got an invite. Bruce spent an hour working on Gene Simmons’ taxes.
Bruce took driving lessons from Hassan, which he was having a hard time with because Hassan’s taxi was a stick shift. He also wasn’t good with following Swedish traffic rules. So he returned to the unemployment agency telling the officer that he may need to sign up for a job that didn’t require having a license.
Fortunately, the officer had a job for him. Since he spoke good English, Bruce could work as a tour guide. The only thing was, this tour was going to take place on a boat. Bruce has a problem with boats, as seen in the very first episode (“Day One”), but he’s already there, and there were tourists present, so off to work Bruce went.
Within minutes, Bruce was feeling queasy and miserable that he couldn’t give the tour information properly. He was only reading through a guide, which probably made his nausea worse. The tourists were starting to get mad, demanding a refund, and then Bruce started vomiting. This was the worst job ever!
Bruce decided that he should take whatever accounting job the agency has to offer, but he ran across Hassan who told him that he was fired from his job as a taxi driver because someone saw him letting Bruce drive it. But he was fine with it. He told Bruce about following his dreams and all that other inspirational stuff, which made Bruce decide he was going to be bumming around for a while, relying on Emma for support, until he gets the right inspiration.
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Emma’s family figured into only one scene in this episode, by the way. The couple was having lunch with them at the summer house. Learning about Bruce’s job hunt and his problems with getting a driver’s license, Viveka (Lena Olin) said that he could get any other job that did not require a license. It was only a question of how much he wanted to get a job. Emma defended Bruce from her mother’s judgments by citing her brother Gustaf (Christopher Wagelin) as an example.
Emma: “He’s 28, still lives at home, no license, no job…”
Gustaf: “I have a job. I’m going to work from home.”
Emma: “With what?”
Viveka: “Emma! A lot of people work from home. It’s very common.”
Emma: “I have nothing against people who work from home, but you have to have a job to BE able to work from home. Otherwise, you’re just at home, you know?”
Viveka: “Like Bruce, you mean?”
And that’s our recap on “Welcome to Sweden” Season 1 Episode 4 “Get a Job,” which aired on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. This wasn’t one of the better episodes, was it? Hope the show picks up in the next one.
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