The Great Indoors: (S01E05) “No Bad Ideas”



It becomes increasingly clear that there will always be a clash of ideas, thoughts and feelings when working with a diverse group of people. Not only are the old school people struggling with how to approach the Millennial’s, but the younger crowd has to try and better understand why the older generation are often stuck in their ways. It makes for some amusing situations.

Jack has to endure Sensitivity training in order to be able to do his job efficiently. And he is able to put what he learned to the test when Brooke allows him to do Clark’s performance review. Apparently the employees get to write their own performance reviews, which completely defeats the purpose of collecting constructive criticism and feedback that could help them excel at their jobs. Instead they are treated like delicate flowers.

Jack chooses to treat the situation with tough love. And we all know how Jack enjoys speaking his mind. Sometimes things are better left unsaid, or at least worded in such a way that it isn’t soul crushing. In his own way, he just wants to genuinely help Clark out, to be the best writer he can be. Instead it backfires and Jack ends up in an awkward meeting with HR.

While Jack is dealing with the backlash of his hard truths, Brooke is dealing with an issue of her own. Trying to find an intern who actually wants to be there. She has tasked Mason and Emma with finding the right person. Although it proves to be harder than she first thought. There are too many labels, and even more ways to unintentionally offend. She can’t win!

In order for Jack to keep his job, he has to be nice to Clark and in order to carry out that task, he has a “babysitter” watching and listening to every interaction. So instead of telling Clark that bringing predators into an office environment is a bad idea, he has to sit there and bite his tongue. As Clark’s ideas come crashing down around him, it becomes clear that sometimes there ARE bad ideas.

Now more harm than good has come from this whole ordeal. Jack decides to take a new approach to the whole thing, in guise of some worldly advice from Eddie. He should be the mentor Clark needs, the one that balances tough love and encouragement.

It all comes together in the end, well for the most part. I wonder if they ever did catch that timber wolf.


Rating 7.5/10