The Great Indoors (S01E09) “The Mediocre Outdoors”

Review:

This fun packed adventure takes the team on a trip into the wilderness. Rattlesnakes, No Phones and a pack of howling “Squirrels”..Oh my!

When Jack learns that Mason, Emma and Clark have never ventured into the great outdoors, he aims to change that. I mean they are working for an Outdoor publication after all, they need the real life experience. Instead of complaining that they’ll have to spend time in the wild, the team actually wants to do it.

Roland and Jack believe in tough love, to drop the team off alone in the wilderness to fend for themselves. It’s the only way these delicate flowers will ever learn about some of the tougher things in life, but the compassionate and caring Brooke has other ideas. She doesn’t want them to go through what she had to, she wants the team to actually enjoy their experience.  Jack attempts to keep Brooke away but he’s no match for her ingenuity, she cannot be held down for long (or tied down).

Finally out in the great outdoors, Emma, Mason and Clark find it a bit underwhelming. Nature isn’t for everyone, but they are willing to give it a try. When Jack takes their phones away and throws them up into a tree,  they are left to their own devices.  Brooke seeks out Jack  (who has taken off) for her “fun pack”. She’s still determined to make sure the gang has a good time.

Jack reveals that he has booked a nice cozy room at a hotel  in the middle of nowhere, when Brooke protests it falls on deaf ears since her father is in on it too. While Emma, Mason and Clark are out there alone, Roland and Jack  are enjoying crab cakes and champagne. 

On their own and without their phones, the team seems pretty lost. It looked pretty dire until Clark gives them a pep talk, although it sounded more perverted than usual, it seemed to light that proverbial fire under them and they began to work as a team. They make Shelter, fire and managed to rescue their phones from high up in the tree. But now that they had their phones back, they didn’t feel the need to use them. Progress.

Brooke is worried for the well-being of the “kids” out there alone. She confesses that she actually hates camping because of her father. She always envisioned a camping trip where her and her father would sit around the fire and roast marshmallows and tell scary stories. Instead at 16 she was dropped off in the woods by herself, cold and alone. She didn’t want the same thing to happen to Mason, Clark and Emma. So without her “fun pack” she goes back out there to find them.

Instead of cowering in the cold, the team was found sitting around a roaring fire with a shelter, gazing up at the stars and actually talking to one another rather than using their phones to communicate. They did it and came out pretty much unscathed, aside from Clark’s broken baby toe.

And as the episode closes with everyone sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows, there is a sense of accomplishment and pride even amongst the laughter. Being able to mix serious with sarcastic fuelled comedy is a wonderful mesh.

 

Rating: 8/10