How To Make It In America Review: Rockin' The Suburbs

Like the dish from which we got the name of this week's episode, "Mofongo" consisted of a delectable blend of story-lines served up hot.  From Rene threatening to smack a dress out of that girl to Ben charming the dress off Nancy, this episode had a frenetic pace that suited the fast lane life style of these New Yorkers. If one night in New York really is like a month in St. Louis time, director Miguel Arteta seemed to want to convey that with his quick cuts to and from the various story lines. 

While I did enjoy seeing Rasta Monsta bust out of the bodega for Rene's sake, the more compelling scenes were the ones where he tried to win back Debbie's affection. Don't get me wrong, the guys having to settle on New Haven's second best strip club because they had sneakers on was great, but I also very much enjoyed the more serious tone of the scene where Rene talked to Debbie's daughter about her sexuality. Scenes like this are what make the Dramedy genre work. Rene wasn't just trying to get back into Debbie's pants, he really wants to be someone she can count on. I hope to see his character continue to develop and straddle the line between hustler and homebody.  Read More...


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