Apparently the gag gifts that come from the “Outsourced” Mid America Novelties catalog are going to be making appearances each week. Thursday night we were treated to a very life-like deer on the wall that scared the employees one by one, including the shy and super soft-spoken Madhuri. Her silent scream and facial expression were priceless. I am loving her character more every week.
The first skype call Todd got was from his boss who was downing a delicious Kansas City bbq-ladened beef rib. All the while Todd is stuck in a vegan country without tasting any meat so far. Unfortunately Todd must give evaluations, because sales revenues are down. That meant he has to fire one employee with the lowest sales performance.
During evaluations Todd tells Madhuri she’s not assertive enough. The he puts her on the spot to be assertive, but she claims Todd does not pronounce her name right. When he tries to pronounce it she gives him this Indian style bobble head that looks like a simultaneous “yes” and “no” answer.
When Todd evaluates Asha she shows him how to do the Indian head bobble by holding his head when Madhuri walks in on a very compromising situation. It’s interesting to see these two Indian women with Asha as the more contemporary type. Madhuri obviously represents the demure and traditional Indian woman.
Without question the funniest part of “Outsourced” that had me laughing so hard I had tears rolling down was Manmeet and his flirtatious conversations with the female callers. They all loved his accent and he went along by showering them with compliments. The only problem was he forgot to get sales from these callers.
Another skype call came in from corporate for Todd and Rajiiv. The boss was utilizing all these crazy backgrounds that included an extreme rollercoaster ride and as a late night talk show host before a live audience. It was determined who they had to fire. All the while Gupta thinks he is on the chopping block.
Manmeet and Todd were going to go to one of the luxurious western hotels for a bonafide Kansas City steak dinner. The outing had to be cancelled, because Manmeet needed to call back his fan club of female callers to bid them goodbye and get a sale out of them. Once again I laughed hysterically over the conversations Manmeet had with his callbacks.
It was interesting and amusing when Manmeet told Todd he’s never been out of Mumbai. He wants to go to a place where they don’t care what caste you’re from or what your father does for a living. Manmeet wants to visit exotic places like Des Moines, Fresno and Chattanooga (the places his callers are from).
Truthfully, I was wondering if this episode would be as funny as the pilot. It was even funnier when I didn’t even think that was possible. The actor who plays Manmeet is literally a comedic genius. I can’t wait for next week.
“Outsourced is not only fascinating, it’s actually very funny. Some parts even reminded me of the time I worked overseas. The best lines of the night were by Todd and Rajiiv: “Thats how karma works.” “Oh thank you for the lesson on karma. Maybe I can come by later for some sitar lessons.”