It’s clear cold day in the middle of winter in present day Chicago but inside the Lakeview Comedy theatre it’s warm and glowing. ROB is walking around with a sense of extreme pride and happiness. He beat out thousands of potentials to become the newest member of the famous comedy troupe The Other Guys and their weekly improv show cable TV show “Where’s the script?” This is something he’s dreamed about since he saw their viral video three years ago. As he’s walking around taking it all in, the group’s Manager JORDAN walks in negotiating hard with the network. He sees Rob and aggressively gives him a ton of phony greetings and praise like a car salesman trying to make commission. Rob doesn’t buy any of this. In fact he finds him to be total jackass. Rob is about to make an excuse to get away from him when Jordan offers to take him to the group. Since Rob is a little lost he grudgingly decides to follow him MIRANDA, TYLER and DAVID are stretching and doing face exercises on the stage of the Lakeview comedy theatre when LILIA walks in coughing, looking pale and sweating. She collapses, having trouble getting back up. David comes to her side to help her to a chair. David asks Lilia what’s wrong and she tells him that she’s sick but she can do rehearsal. As Lilia tries to stand up, she looks over and sees an ecstatic and smiling rob with a Jordan talking on his phone walk in. She points at Rob and angrily demands who the hell is that. Jordan casually says that he’s the newest member of the comedy troupe and David adds that in order for Rob to get settled he’ll mentored by Lilia and she’ll sit out for a couple of shows. Upon hearing this, Lilia looks at Rob with shock and finding her strength pulls David aside. Rob is shocked by Lilia’s reaction to his presence. When he asks Tyler about it he tells him Lilia freaks out easily. Soon his idolic love for the group replaces the shock and Rob gushes on and on to Tyler about how much he loves this group, how they inspired his interest in comedy and how it’s a dream come true to be there. Tyler barely listens to this and takes a couple of pills. Rob sees this and sees that it’s xanax and that the name on the bottle doesn’t match his. Rob causally asks about the pills Tyler tells him that he has to do his voice exercises barely hiding his condescending tone. Rob is shocked and slightly disillusioned that one of his heroes has just brushed him aside like he was a cockroach and taking pills but manages to convince himself that there is a reason for the pills and rude attitude and he’s really a good guy. Lilia angrily accuses David that he’s replacing her and David tries to reassure her that that’s not the case. He pulled her out so she would have more time to show Rob the ropes and he chose her to mentor him because she’s the most talented. Lilia snidely asks him why Miranda wasn’t chosen. When David doesn’t respond she bitterly implies that the reason he didn’t chose her was because he wants to have a relationship with her even though she’s married. David does not deny or confirm this. He just tells her that she’s not thinking clearly because she’s sick and to go home and get some rest. Lilia scoffs at him and walks off.
After practice David catches up with Miranda and asks her if they’re still on for their double date tonight. Miranda says that she can’t wait. Rob hears their conversation and says that since the group is getting together tonight he’d like to come along but David hastily tells him that it’s just him and Miranda but if he’d like to get to know the group better he should contact his mentor Lilia and he runs after Miranda. Rob is definitely bothered that the objects of his hero worship are passing him around like a Christmas fruitcake. Inside a nice downtown restaurant David and his new girlfriend CARLY are sitting in the lobby chatting with each other but David is looking at the door way too often and not all that engaged in the conversation. Carly is having a terrible time keeping his attention for more than a few seconds. David suddenly catches Miranda and she is looking gorgeous in her little black dress and heels, her hair done up elegantly and wearing her diamond necklace, earrings and bracelet. For about 5 seconds David is unable to take his eyes off her until her Husband BRETT joins her at her side. David comes back to reality and they greet the couple. Rob comes back to his apartment to find his roommate and best friend JEWEL blaring rap music and working on her latest painting, throwing paint covered vases at a large canvas. Rob yells over the music to let her know that he’s home from rehearsal. Jewel asks about it and Rob says that it was ok but disappointing. His supposed cast mates see him more as a burden. Jewel tells him to start being more forceful. After all these are professionals and the only way they’re going to listen to you is if you grow a pair and take charge. Rob pulls out Lilia’s number from his pocket and calls her. Lilia is at home wearing her pajamas lying on her couch with her cat in her lap. Her coffee table filled with cold medicines and vitamins. A humidifier is going. The TV is on but she isn’t really watching it. She’s looking at a photo album when her phone rings. She picks it up and fails to hide her disappointment that it’s Rob on the other line. When he calls out her disappointment she just says that she’s sick. He tells her with forced bravado that he needs to get to know one member of the group and they should meet at Greek Town for lunch. Lilia sighs and accepts. Rob gets off the phone happy that finally got one person’s attention. Lilia hangs up the phone and goes back to her photo album longingly looking at one picture that shows her and Yuric in their graduation robes and holding up their degrees. Later in the meal David and Miranda are laughing and sharing memories from the group including the viral video. Carly looks bored and furious. Brett, feeling threatened by David, tries to insert himself into the conversation several times with pictures and stories of their wedding. David suggests they get desert and teases Miranda about being a huge chocoholic, which subtly turns into mutual flirting. Brett picking up on this says that they can’t stay because he has an early meeting and they have to leave. Miranda is disappointed but leaves with her husband. Carly,
angry and humiliated that David was drooling over a married woman in front of her, icily walks away from David to get the car from the valet. The next day before their rehearsal Lilia and Rob are sitting in a café in Greek Town. Rob is saying how happy he is to not only to be a part of the group but to also have lunch with Lilia. He tells her that out of everyone in the viral video that made the group famous, he thought Lilia was the funniest. Lilia is flattered and tells him that usually the complements go to Tyler, her contempt for him showing through. Rob, slightly uncomfortable at this, continues talking about the video. He complements Yuric Stravinsky’s performance as funny and asks what happened to him. Lilia tells him that Yuric went back to Russia. When he asks why she changes the subject and asks if he’s met the other members yet. He says he hasn’t because of everyone’s busy schedule. She sardonically laughs at that and says that David’s “busy” schedule is figuring how to get with Miranda, Miranda’s is trying usurp her position, and Tyler’s is babes, booze and blow. Rob is clearly upset at Lilia’s cynical attitude since he imagined her to be a much better person. In fact he imagined the whole group to be much better people. That lunch coupled with his last few experiences has completely shattered his idolic love for this group. At the next rehearsal the lunch is still on rob’s mind and it’s clearly screwing up his comedy. David calls for a 10 minute break for everyone to gather their bearings. Tyler yells at Rob saying that he’s bringing down his normally awesome performance and he’d better get his shit together or he’s out. He storms off and Lilia comes to his side. She calls Tyler a jackass but does repeat his message using herself as a self pitying metaphor. He watches David and Miranda flirting with each other while getting water. He gets more and more upset as he sees his idols are just terrible people. He decides to get away from all of this and goes into the green room where he sees Jordan and Tyler doing cocaine and talking about going to a strip club after rehearsal. Rob awkwardly excuses himself and his disillusionment deepens. It’s a few minutes before taping “where’s the script?” and Rob is pacing backstage wondering if he can even get onstage with his so called heroes. He finds Jewel has snuck in backstage to wish him luck. He tries to tell her his doubts but she has to leave before she’s found by security. The music starts up and Tyler, Miranda, David and Lilia come out on stage. David makes a special introduction for Rob and they call his name. He looks at the group who anxiously wait for him to come out and at Jordan on the phone again. He looks back at the group and runs off. Rob is sitting inside a Dairy Queen picking at a banana split when Jewel walks in. She says that the group had a hard time recovering from him running away but managed to put on a decent show. Rob tells Jewel that The Other Guys are the most horrible people he’s ever met, meeting them has questioned his comedy path and is thinking of quitting. Jewel tells him to man up and stop seeing this group as gods and start seeing them as human. No matter who they are he’s good at what he does and to quit just because they’re not what he expected them to be would be a waste.
The following Monday Jordan tells the group that he’s managed to save face with the network and it’s up to the group to decide Rob’s fate. The group is gathered around for rehearsal wondering what they should do with rob when he walks in. Things are really awkward but Rob tells them of his disillusionment and how he’s still dealing with it but he has come to terms with it enough that he can continue to work with them. Even though Tyler is screaming to have him fired, David says that he can continue to work with them. David and Tyler are playing Call of Duty: Black ops on his Xbox 360 and Tyler is complaining to David that keeping Rob to help Lilia isn’t doing any favors for both of them. He’s just trying to delay the evitable firing of her. David says that he believes Rob’s natural optimism will help her and because she’s a founding member he wants to give her a chance. Tyler expresses his hope that when the moment comes he’ll have the courage to get rid of her. David just goes back to game. Tyler looks at him with skepticism then goes back to the game.