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'Nathan for You' recap: Nathan's not here to make friends

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Taxi Service; Hot Dog Stand” | Aired Aug 12, 2014

In the words of many a reality show contestant, “I’m not here to make friends.” This is Nathan’s attitude moving forward, as in this episode, he really does mean business. Gone is the awkward Nathan Fielder just looking for cool hangout time. This week we see the darker side of Nathan Fielder, the side that will stop at nothing to lead businesses to success at all costs, even if it means … murder.

It’s no surprise that mobile-app-based shared ride services like Lyft and Über have had an effect on the taxi industry. Nathan, armed with his business degree from one of the top business schools in Canada, is not afraid to propose a radical idea to the owner of a taxi company: offer free rides to pregnant women, hoping they will give birth in the taxi, which equals lots of press. Armen, the cab driver, is hesitant. “Just do it until you get one [birth],” urges Nathan. Armen agrees.

After some strategic marketing at a prenatal yoga studio, they give their first free ride. Nathan has the epiphany that taxi cabs may not be all that clean. Nathan’s quick business acumen tells him that he needs to create a birthing-table/taxi hybrid. He nonchalantly explains in a voiceover that he quickly “found a woman who was willing to give birth in a taxi,” then rents a warehouse and hires a midwife. Except that she’s only a midwife-in-training. Of course, this sends Nathan into a tailspin to create one of his signature overly elaborate schemes. First he hires an obstetrician to check up on the midwife; then he makes a doctor disguise himself as a mechanic so as to not upset the midwife. The doctor puts on the world’s worst persona as a Brooklyn guy who loves pizza.


This is the car/birthing station; things actually seem pretty professional. Nathan visits Armen, who is ready to get some business out of the deal. Nathan tells him that he sees only dollar signs in Armen’s eyes, but Armen assures him that one eye is a dollar sign and the other is a cute baby, because he does care about the health of the mother. Unfortunately, Shante, the Craigslist mother-to-be, isn’t sold because … well, she’s a sane person. Armen begs her to have her baby in his cab, but Nathan takes the high road, knowing that sometimes in business, the right thing to do is to just walk away.

Anyone who lives in L.A. or has ever visited likely knows about Pink’s Hot Dogs, a hot dog stand. It’s famous for its hot dogs, and probably more famous for always having incredibly long lines. I’m not sure they even need any more marketing, but Nathan goes undercover (which means he wears his usual preppy chinos and button-down, but now with a motorcycle helmet) to check out the situation. He believes that there is a loss of potential customers because they will be discouraged by the long lines. His solution is to let people who are in a hurry cut the line. However, he does set a standard for “acceptable” excuses: a doctor’s appointment, a job interview, picking up a kid from school, a funeral—and if you are an air traffic controller who is late for work, obviously. He goes as far to verify a customer’s doctor’s appointment by calling the man’s doctor to confirm.

Nathan’s acute observations reveal that a man claiming to have an appointment has been sitting around Pink’s enjoying his hot dog for about 45 minutes. Nathan is nothing but a promoter of business ethics, so he stalks the man to find out the truth. The shocking truth is that the man goes to a movie, not his doctor. Considering Nathan told the owners of Pink’s that he would “protect their brand at any cost,” he cannot let this guy get away with this atrocity.


Cue the elaborate, expensive plan to exact his revenge. The man, named Jonathan, is told he is Pink’s 10 millionth customer and that he won a lobster dinner for one “at sea.” Jonathan is ecstatic, and you can’t help but feel bad for the guy because he’s actually quite charming and funny. Nathan hires models, a limo and a boat—only to bring Jonathan to the deck, pretend to serve him his dinner and have him discover that he gets … NOTHING!


That’s not enough for Nathan. He also invited the customers that Jonathan cut in line to lecture Jonathan about how they trusted him. Nathan’s original plan was to leave with the other customers on a lifeboat and sink the boat Jonathan was in, but Comedy Central was not too thrilled about that, naturally.



So instead, Jonathan is forced to take a stick from an ordinary pack of gum. To the shock of no one, it’s trick gum, and Jonathan gets an electric shock when he touches it. Jonathan, as expected, is not thrilled about this trickery, and isn’t about to let Nathan get the best of him. “You’re conniving and manipulative, and I don’t like it,” he tells Nathan.

Nathan doesn’t flinch at the remark because he knows this is the case; this ordeal has changed him fundamentally. Long gone is the awkward, helpful Nathan. If you mess with business ethics, you have to face this new, revengeful Nathan. And you may also have to face his trick pack of gum.

Nathan for You airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30C on Comedy Central.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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