A series of unfortunate events unfold in blockbusterThe season 1 finale of, laying the groundwork for a potential season 2 of the workplace comedy.
It all starts when Timmy arranges for former child star Lil’ Stevie (played by Saturday Night Live veterinarian Bobby Moynihan) to make an in-store appearance, which quickly goes awry. He ends up with a store full of exasperated customers when a solar storm wipes out the internet. Without access to streaming services, everyone is desperate for DVDs — so desperate, in fact, that a customer rents a Jimmy Fallon movie. On purpose! Eventually, a fight breaks out between Percy and Lil’ Stevie, creating a domino effect among the patrons. By the time everyone flees the scene, Timmy’s store is completely destroyed.
On the will they/won’t do, Timmy suffers a “I’ll take you Rachel” moment and accidentally blurts out Eliza’s name during a conversation with his girlfriend – uh, ex girlfriend Lena. Eliza, meanwhile, rejects her husband Aaron’s proposal to renew their vows, having realized that she loves Timmy. But by the time she has some alone time with him, the store has already been damaged and Timmy – who has seen Aaron get down on his knees but doesn’t know Eliza has rejected his proposal – tells his One True Love that he has finished worrying about everything and walks out of the store feeling completely down.
Below, series creator Vanessa Ramos discusses the implosion of Timmy and Eliza’s respective relationships and considers how Season 1’s multiple cliffhangers would be resolved in the event of a Season 2 renewal.
TVLINE | Timmy looked shocked when he said Eliza’s name instead of Lena’s. Had he really convinced himself that he had left Eliza?
He think he’s moved on, but we know that’s not the case. It was the kind of thing where you said “OK, if I put all my energy into thisi can forget this.” He’s having fun [with Lena]it’s a good thing, and he held out hope that maybe those feelings would turn into something more.
TVLINE | What finally convinces Eliza to give up on her marriage?
I think it’s seeing Aaron on one knee. It’s that moment of saying, “OK, I’m back to where I was before, and that’s how it was.” It’s seeing the picture of what she’s been through before and being emotionally in a different place. And then when she looks up and sees Timmy picking up a DVD in the hallway, she sees the path she didn’t take.
TVLINE | Once the store is ransacked, that light in Timmy — that relentless optimism that helped keep Blockbuster afloat for so long — seems to have faded. What impact might this have on not only Blockbuster’s future, but also his relationship with Eliza, in a possible season 2?
I haven’t thought about it too much yet. [but] we talked about what happens when you break the unbreakable man. What are your coping mechanisms? Do you just become a shell of yourself for a while?
TVLINE | Will this defeated version of Timmy stay? Or will he find a way to get back up and save the store at the start of Season 2?
I do not know. I have mixed feelings on this subject. It will also depend on how much time has passed [in the show] when we come back for season 2. I think the reality is it would be down for a while but Randall Park is such a joy to watch [when Timmy is happy] that I’d be disappointed, especially in a 10-episode season, not to play around with that as much as possible.
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