Ryan (Matthew Perry) attempts to become human in the "Go On" episode "Go For The Gold Watch." He has always had trouble expressing emotion, so it's no surprise that he can't express happiness when his radio show reaches no. 1 on the Billboard. When he is unable to perk out a few tears of joy, he calls himself a robot. How can Ryan find the happiness he's seeking?
Happiness by getting back at Rich Eisen?
Steven (John Cho) plans the perfect celebratory dinner party for Ryan, complete with a caricature of Ryan to join the others on the restaurant's walls to honor him. Steven also ensures Rich Eisen has a seat at the restaurant, specifically so Ryan can taunt him. Ryan and Steven "double globe-walk" him, turn off his table lamp, and steal all his bread.
Ryan calls it the perfect night, until he realizes that he's as miserable as always. He takes his plate of steak into the restaurant bathroom and calls Lauren (Laura Benanti) in despair. Lauren's addiction to meat begins to get in the way of the healing process until Ryan gives Lauren his dinner plate.
She proceeds to scarf it down there in the bathroom, using a toilet cover as a bib. Once her stomach begins feeling some satisfaction, she suggests that Ryan find happiness by helping others.
Happiness by helping Danny?
Ryan decides to help Danny (Seth Morris) and Sonia (Sarah Baker) get together. The two of them bonded over cats several episodes ago, but now Danny is having trouble getting her attention. Ryan thinks Danny's problems may stem from the fact that he uses schoolyard tactics to win over Sonia, including giving her a wedgie.
But Ryan's plan backfires. It turns out that Sonia liked Danny's schoolyard tactics. Ryan actually serves as a wedge to drive them apart by attempting to change Danny's personality. Consequently, he winds up going out with another woman, whom Ryan had asked to talk to Danny to cheer him up. At least he has helped Danny find happiness, so he counts it as a job well done.
Mr. K's matchmaking algorithm
Meanwhile, Anne (Julie White) and Owen (Tyler James Williams) try to figure out why Mr. K (Brett Gelman) is so weird. When Mr. K hosts the dinner party at his house to help Danny win Sonia, Anne and Owen are surprised at how normal the house appears to be. The only thing that seems off is a pillow that says, "Stay in there, and think about what you did."
When they sneak into the forbidden "room at the end of the hall," they find their answer: Mr. Belvedere. Mr. K has a doll in the room with Mr. Belvedere's face taped to it. The doll and pillow represent Mr. K's failure in his lead kid-acting role as Wesley on the show. He had been in the first episode but failed to say the line, "Stay in there, and think about what you did," because he couldn't stop laughing.
It's a strange clue about the strange man that is Mr. K. What next? Mr. K has tried many professions. Will the next bizarre revelation have to do with Mr. K failing as an astronaut because a computer he created tried to kill people?
A match made in heaven: Steven and Lauren?
Mr. K has created a matchmaking algorithm that lists Lauren and her fiance, Wyatt (Hayes MacArthur), as only a 23 percent match. The plot thickens when Wyatt and Fausta (Tonita Castro) score a 78 percent. Mr. K's algorithm then lists Lauren and Steven as a near-perfect 99 percent match. Their duet of "Islands in the Stream" and their "Dirty Dancing" impression are hilarious.
This is going to be one strange love-square. Will Wyatt end up with... Fausta? Will Steven and Lauren continue to sneak brief moments of shared love for karaoke and dancing? Let's hope so.
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