Hey, someone‘s gotta transport Los Angeles’ strippers, tourists and hopeful/hapless gamblers to/from Sin City every weekend. And that’s the simple, highly entertaining gist of L.A. to Vegas, Fox’s new workplace comedy that premiered Tuesday.
The ensemble series follows Jackpot Airlines, a low-cost operation that only flies between the two titular cities. We meet Ronnie (The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Kim Matula), a flight attendant desperate to move to a company that will allow her to see the world; Bernard (The Comeback‘s Nathan Lee Graham), Ronnie’s professionally content, slightly catty counterpart; and Captain Dave (American Horror Story‘s Dylan McDermott), the plane’s smarmy, blowhard, ultimately harmless pilot. Sample Capt. Dave joke: “OK gentlemen, it’s time to get high… and also fly this old bird.”
When Ronnie learns that a Delta job she’d applied to has gone to one of her fellow flight attendants, she resigns — mid-flight! — and proceeds to get drunk in the cabin while sitting next to a handsome, British passenger named Colin (The Mindy Project‘s Ed Weeks). They argue. They flirt. They eventually end up trying to join the Mile-High Club in the plane’s bathroom, an act thwarted by less-than-ideal conditions (“This is so much grosser than I ever imagined it would be,” Colin notes as he tries not to touch any surface) and by Capt. Dave knocking on the door and lecherously inquiring about their activities.
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Though Colin promises to call Ronnie, he doesn’t. And at the end of the weekend, he’s surprised to see her working his return flight — she thought better of quitting, after all — and she’s surprised to see his wife (You’re the Worst‘s Kether Fernandez) board the flight with him. Long story short: Colin and his woman got hitched after a one-night stand turned into a pregnancy, and now they have a kid… but they’re separated.
The separation news softens Ronnie’s ire; moving forward, it looks like Colin and the flight attendant may have a thing starting up. And in case you were wondering what Capt. Dave has been up to during all of this: In the episode’s final moments, when a disgruntled groom-to-be threatens to “go Passenger 57” on the flight home, the pilot uses his oft-mentioned muay thai skills to subdue the man. With his thighs.
The cast also includes Peter Stormare (American Gods) as a sleazy bookie and Olivia Macklin (The Young Pope) as an enterprising exotic dancer.
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