Adam 22 Dec 2010 s p o i l e r s p a c e Affecting episode. Owen watches his father suffer the indignity of being well past his prime. Terry suffers the indignity of being past his own prime, too, and still not adjusting to his new life. Joe resents being the "designated fuck" (quick: movie reference?) of the sexy and gorgeous marketing rep, and tries to date the woman he met at the club, the mother of a child at his son's school. When we saw her last week, I didn't realize she, too, was divorced, like her friend the brunette who tried to flirt with him. The title refers to a not-so-friendly wager that Terry has made with Marcus about who will sell more cars through the end of the week. Marcus whips out a list of prospects and starts making calls. Terry has no list of prospects. Desperate, he phones people who walked into the dealership without buying, a few contacts he's made, and long lost friends. When it doesn't work, he takes out his little black book and phones past girlfriends, mostly actresses. A couple of them take the time to take him to task for not being a serious person when they knew him; Terry takes it hard. An acquaintence does walk in. He's utterly pathetic and tells Terry so, in fact, claims he wants to buy himself a Corvette to get over the pain of divorce from his cheating wife. Of course, Terry wastes all afternoon with him on a "test drive". The guy insists on taking Terry out to a bar, gets completely sloshed while telling Terry his troubles, then freaks out when he gets the bar tab, refuses to pay it by pleading poverty then tells Terry that he sure as hell cannot afford the car. Then he tricks Terry into taking him to the home of the man who cuckholded him. He pisses on the guy's lawn and tries to smash a lawn ornament of, get this, Humpty Dumpty. Terry finally sees the absurdity of the situation of an unbreakable Humpty Dumpty, so he steals it and gives it to the pathetic ex-husband. Terry undoubtably knew all along the guy couldn't afford the most expensive car on the lot, but put up with his antics temporarily to distract himself from feeling pathetic about his own life. Owen is annoyed at his father for being in the way at the dealership. He won't give up the big office, which gives Owen no place to hold meetings. Worse, his father interferes with Owen's meeting with a supplier. Owen complains to his wife, who tells him that the whole family is attending a charity event/rally his father's basketball team put together, hoping to attract a few retired players. Owen objects to going, but his wife reminds him that it's his father. Owen watches his father, frustrated at the event, when he's not remembered by the fans, who came to see a more recently retired basketball star. That night, Owen is both sad and nostalgic. He explains to his wife that his father was a utility player, never a star. (Was he a guard? He's a bit tall for a forward and hardly tall enough to be center.) Owen was much too young to remember his father's playing days. Instead, he remembers him as the big man at the dealership, making important decisions at the big desk. The next morning, Owen tells his father to keep the office. His father, ungracious of course, warns Owen not to pity him. He tells his son to take the office and storms out. Right before he leaves the showroom, he pauses, and looks at his son with a bit of pride. Joe goes to the mother's house to help disassemble the rented play thing. They flirt, and Joe agrees to meet her for tennis at the club, where she trounces him and Joe barely keeps his dignity. (I love this show casting extremely fit "older" women all the time.) Picking up his kid at school, who tells his father he doesn't need the ride, he spots her kid struggling with his equipment for his presentation at the science fair and helps him inside. She gets there late and doesn't react well to Joe assisting her kid. She doesn't want "more" from Joe, either, no more than the marketing rep wants. Joe carries the awkwardness into the start of the next date when he goes to pick her up at her home. He doesn't know how to express his feelings, so he repeats something Terry told him to say. Of course, Terry is able to convey the right emotions; Joe fumbled. She takes Joe's speech as being dumped, which was what Joe sure made it sound like. There's a nice moment with the teenage girl who is Joe's stock clerk at the store, whom Joe paid to dress as a princess to entertain at a little girl's birthday party. She's unethusiastic, claiming never to have had princess fantasies herself, but does it for the extra pay. She comes back with little dignity but says she fooled the kids. Joe watches her walk away staring at the boots she wore instead of slippers. At the end, Joe takes a sex call from the marketing rep, still unenthusiastic about the relationship, ignoring of course that's he's getting lots of sex with a hot woman. Let's take up a collection for the poor man.