It’s Friday, which means that we have a new episode of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The show was created and written by David Cross of Arrested Development fame and follows the (mis) adventures of consummate liar and lousy salesman, Todd Margaret. Todd Margaret has an incredible cast, who you can meet here and gets even more awkwardly hilarious as the season progresses.
Before you kick back, crack open a can of ThunderMuscle, and watch tonight’s episode, here’s a quick recap with some audio visual aids to get you up-to-speed before the third installment.
After impressing his boss Brent Wilts (Will Arnett) with his drive, determination, and dirty mouth (based on repeating what he hears on a motivational CD called “Don’t Be Such A Pussy”), Todd is unexpectedly given the task of launching the company’s new product in the UK Market:
But before Todd can move to London, he has a few things to attend to. He leaves his cat with a month’s supply of tuna and a strong admonish to not eat it all at once and then heads off to break up with his girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn). Unfortunately his girlfriend isn’t particularly convinced that she either lives up to (or wants) the title “girlfriend”:
So what is Todd’s illustrious new job? Well he simply has to introduce jolly old England to a newfangled North Korean energy drink called, Thundermuscle. Todd has nothing to worry about though, because a good salesman can sell even an undoubtedly toxic energy drink. Unfortunately the ThunderMuscle goes straight to Todd’s head:
In episode two, A Plan is Hatched and a Date is not a Date, Todd wakes up on the floor of his dismal apartment, covered in a wide assortment of disgusting things. His assistant Dave calls seemingly just to remind him that he has yet to sell any ThunderMuscle. Before going to the office, Todd stop by the cafe to try and repair his reputation with cafe owner and novice molecular gastronomist, Alice (Sharon Horgan), by explaining that he donated blood to a poor cancer stricken girl:
At the office, Todd hatches a plan to sneak ThunderMuscle onto a grocery store’s shelves to drum up demand. Dave helpfully suggests a quaint little shop called Sainsbury’s. Todd instructs Dave to execute the plan alone, because he has asked Alice out for a drink. Todd is so certain that the drink is actually a date that he stops off for a little protection. You know, just in case:
To help make a good impression on Alice, Dave (Blake Harris) sends him to a shop to pick up some fancy new classic British duds. Unfortunately David is a bit ticked off at his boss for making him implement his plan to smuggle the Thundermuscle into Sainsbury’s:
Unsurprisingly, Todd’s date does not go well, but he does get Alice into his apartment. Unfortunately she sees a little shrine he has set up that includes a teddy bear and the condom. Todd tries to explain it away (extremely badly) and Alice runs from the Awkward. Todd ends the evening with a little trip to Sainsbury’s and when he sees the enormous store, even chucklehead that he is realizes that sneaking cans on to the shelves was probably a poor decision.
Want to see what happens next? Tune in to The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on IFC at 10 p.m. ET