“A to Z” Season 1 Episode 1 “A is for Acquaintances” will air on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. The network, however, released an extended version of the pilot episode last Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, several weeks in advance of its premiere. Read further to know what happened.
The show opened with the introduction of its two main characters. Andrew (Ben Feldman), the “guy’s guy” who likes sports and Liam Neeson, is a romantic at heart and looks up to his parents as the perfect couple. His passion is in helping others find happiness in love, so he works for an internet dating site. Zelda (Cristin Milioti), the “girl’s girl” who likes pedicures and theme parties, enjoys being a lawyer as it provides order and control — two facets she never had growing up. She doesn’t have a solid role model when it comes to relationships, so she puts up a wall most of the time.
These two characters, according to the voice over (Katey Segal), are feeling alone. But this episode will chart how their love story started.
Voice-over: “Andrew Lofland and Zelda Vasco will date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z.
At Andrew’s office, their boss, Lydia (Christian Kirk), read a testimonial from one of their company’s dating clients. But she’s upset about it. Their matchmaking site has been putting together couples that ended up marrying each other, so they lost businesses in the process. Lydia would like her staff to keep pushing the new app so they can continue to make money.
Andrew remarked about the direction of the company, but while talking to a colleague, Stu (Henry Zebowski), his attention was distracted by this woman who walked through their door. Zelda came to their office for this relationship interview, so Andrew offered to assist her to where she’s supposed to go. Zelda looked at him closely, wondering if they have met before.
On the way to the relationship interview, it’s been established that Zelda doesn’t really do the whole relationship thing and only went with this internet dating system to help a friend get her money back. But before they could talk any further, Lydia saw Zelda and invited her to the conference room where her “date,” who happened to be a woman too, was already waiting.Was she bisexual? Turned out, the matching algorithm has a bug, and Lydia started to panic. Andrew offered to help straighten this out so Zelda won’t go public with the mistake.
But before actually approaching Zelda, he received a call from his desk. It was her. She just happened to be looking up from where he is. Turned out, they work in the same complex. So this was probably why Zelda thought he looked familiar. They have been near and around each other before, as their workplace is huge.
Zelda: “I must have seen you around at the office park.”
The narrator cut in to say that while they have been in the same place on 19 different occasions, this was not where they really saw each other first.
Andrew and Zelda got better acquainted as the days went, following each other on social media. Andrew got the courage to ask her on a date, and she agreed. The date was going fine at first, but when Andrew started mentioning something about a girl whom he believed was her at the Avalon 2012 concert, Zelda freaked out for some reason.
Andrew: “During the third encore, I noticed this girl from across the room…ah, it’s all coming back to me. You know how people have, like, a type? This girl was my type, and I remember looking at her and thinking, “I wish I was here with that girl.” And not just that night. In that moment, I pictured our entire life together. I tried to go after her, but I couldn’t because of the crowd. And then she was gone. And I’ll be damned if that girl wasn’t you. That’s why you thought you recognized me. That’s why you thought we have met before. You were that girl. You must have seen me. You were wearing a silver dress. This is destiny, is what this is.”
Zelda didn’t believe in destiny and told Andrew that she’s not the girl, and she doesn’t have a silver dress. That night, Andrew got friend-zoned.
The next day, Andrew was challenged to find proof that Zelda was the girl. Stu told him that his conviction was like the hover board conspiracy from “Back to the Future,” in that he believed it actually existed even when it didn’t. Actress Lea Thompson from “Back to the Future” has a cameo in this episode, by the way.
Andrew asked the help of his co-workers, Lora (Hong Chau) and Dinesh (Parvesh Cheena), to dig around the internet for photos or any other proof that Zelda was at that concert wearing a silver dress. Meanwhile, Zelda confided in her roommate and best friend Stephie (Lenora Crichlow).
Stephie: “I thought you really liked him.”
Zelda: “I did. I do. But it turns out that we’re way too different. I live in the reality. He believes in destiny and probably unicorns.”
Stephie went on to compare her view on love and relationship with Zelda by citing her relationship with Skatman, this amazing jazz musician whom she met just last weekend. Skatman was actually Stu, Andrew’s friend, pretending to be a jazz musician. Stu was busted!
Andrew ran into Zelda at the office complex during lunch time, where Zelda actually intended to apologize for her behavior from their date the other night. But in came Lora and Dinesh, who gave Andrew updates on their profiling of Zelda, not realizing that she was there in front of them. Zelda got mad, as this was a breach of her privacy. Worse, whatever proof that they found on the internet, was not what Andrew needed. Zelda was wearing a red dress, and she went to the concert on the second night.
Back at their apartment, Stephie was freaking out about Stu, and Zelda was trying to appease her, but she realized that in all these, never has any man tried too hard for her. And that’s when she took out this silver dress and decided to come clean to Andrew. She confessed to him that yes, she was the girl wearing that silver dress at the concert (she went on two nights), and that the reason why she denied it at first was because she got scared.
Zelda: “Maybe I could use a little meant-to-be in my life.”
Then they kissed.
— A to Z (@NBC_AtoZ) August 16, 2014
So that’s what happened in the first episode of “A to Z” Season 1 Episode 1 “A is for Acquaintances,” which will air on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. This was the recap of the extended release, which NBC made available in advance.
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