So Eric is gone. In his absence, Jeremy contemplates going off his cleansing fast. The guys retire Eric’s portrait from the wall and pay tribute to him by building a shrine.
The fax announcing their next challenge comes in. They will be pitching themselves to a panel of Hollywood “gatekeepers” who will then critique them behind two-way glass. The last time the guys gathered behind two-way glass it wasn’t good. Maybe this time will be different.
Gathered around a table, the agents, producers, and publicists in attendance look like average people, but they can make or break careers faster than you can say “I-used-to-be-a-movie-star-but-now-I-build-pools-for-a-living.”
I have a new hero. She is big-time Hollywood agent Marki Costello, and she is fierce.
She’s the real Ari Gold from “Entourage” type, and sooo not to be messed with.
Adrian pitches first. He gets a pretty good reception, and pitches reasonably well. Everything goes fine until he says that he likes to help out on the set by helping directors direct. That remark raises concerns; the panel thinks he might overstep his bounds next time he’s involved in a production.
When it’s Jamie’s turn, the gatekeepers don’t see much passion in his pitch. While he’s a nice guy, they wonder if he really wants his career back.
Billy comes in with confidence, but his pitch isn’t solid. He talks about singing and dancing, life as a businessman, and surviving on the streets as a young actor. He’s all over the place. Plus, he just looks plain crazy sometimes.
Chris enters the room. He seems intimidated and clueless, like he doesn’t want to be there. At least one of the gatekeepers goes for total honestly and says that our guy has a great resume, but he’s “horrible in a room.” They say he seems cold, sad, and aloof. Not good.
In complete contrast to the rest of the former teen idols, David should teach classes on how to have great energy. He walks into the room and charms the gatekeepers right away. They even tell him they are casting for the kind of parts he’s looking for. Way to go, David!
Jeremy arrives, sporting the usual inappropriate bling. The panel takes note.
Not the best look when you are selling yourself as “the next Tom Cruise, whatever.”
Could the cleanse Jeremy’s on be the culprit here? He can’t think straight as he talks, and comes off as totally unfocused. The gatekeepers are confused, and one says he even looks older than his age, which usually isn’t a compliment.
Next up is a Cooper session, and boy do the guys need it! I would, too, if someone had just broken it down to me like that. Cooper is shocked that Eric has left the show.
Jeremy is distraught over the feedback from the gatekeepers. Cooper wants to make sure he’s not just only hearing the negative things people say.
Chris, David, and Adrian think what they had to say about Jeremy wasn’t so bad. Chris comes right out and says that Jeremy just doesn’t listen.
Chris is extremely disheartened by the day’s feedback, and Cooper gives him a pep talk. Cooper’s like that friend you want to have in your corner on a bad day, because when she tells him he can do it, it’s impossible not to believe it.
Nonetheless, Chris says he’s having serious doubts. Cooper tells him “it’s in there, but you’re going to have to find it.”
Just when it was all doom and gloom, guess who’s back!
Our guru of light bulb-powering juice drinks, Eric! Looking like he just blew in from the wilderness.
He gets all choked up when he sees the shrine in his honor.
The next challenge is announced. The men will be meeting with an image consultant who will help them totally revamp their pitches. Then, they will get a second chance to sell themselves to the Hollywood power team.
When they get to meet the image consultant… surprise, it’s Marki!
And we know she does not play.
The guys work with Marki in front of a camera, and this time she gets them all to put some guts and passion into it. The change is amazing.
The guys are ready to go back into the room with the gatekeepers and give it one last shot.
This show is kind of tricky. Every time I’m settling into a “feelgood moment,” something completely insane transpires that leaves me saying “What the eff just happened??” This episode doesn’t disappoint on that front – lots of switcheroos, emotionally.
On the second day getting into the room, all the guys seem to have taken her advice: Jamie speaks of his desire to be a country singing star, Billy is laser focused on acting. Then we come to Jeremy.
Starting out, he’s doing great. He’s toned down his look and comes of as very professional. But the panel doesn’t tell him he’s leading man material, which sends him into a tailspin. Back behind the two-way glass after his pitch, he declares he’s going in again. The other guys try to stop him, but he’s already gone.
Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe the vibe in the room. He shows off his “grill”! That’s so 2003.
Wow, these are some adolescent moves.
Basically, it’s like a big middle finger to everything they just said to him.
Back at the house, the guys try to show him he was in the wrong.
Dude blew it big time. Jeremy’s in a bad place, and heads out to the yard to assault inanimate objects.
Maybe he should be kicking himself instead.