Outsourced Episode 11, “Homesick to My Stomach,” begins in the usual manner with a short clip. Todd is very excited about a package from his hometown, Kansas City, containing ribs. But when he opens the box, it’s crawling with bugs. Everyone is grossed out, and when Rajiv screams that one is crawling under his shirt, the other employees gladly try to kill it by hitting him over and over.
Music (by the “Transcenders”) and opening credits follow.
Rajiv Is Not Pleased
In the next scene, Rajiv, standing in front of a clock with all 5’s on it, waits for Todd, who arrives a little late. The assistant manager tells the manager that the office is “out of control,” with work spaces “littered with personal items.”
“Happy workers are good workers,” Todd tells him. Rajiv counters that the pyramid builders weren’t happy, and “You cannot argue with the results.”
This is a good character, outrageous and funny. Recently I had the chance to watch the movie Outsourced, on which this sitcom is based. The assistant manager in the movie was much nicer and more reasonable-but less funny.
Todd Is Homesick
Cut to Tonya, the flirty Australian working for another call center in the same building. She’s found him a half-price airline ticket, because she knows how much he wants to go home. But when he looks at the price, it’s still way too much for him. He discovers that she makes more than he does, but she won’t tell exactly how much, suggesting they not talk about salaries or the number of sex partners they’ve had; it will make him sad. Then she offers to give him the ticket as a gift. He declines and they kiss.
Next, Todd is back in the office at his laptop, watching a tailgating party at the Kansas City Chiefs game. When Gupta hears Todd’s friends yelling, “Chug, chug, chug,” he thinks this Chug must be a popular guy. Madhuri is shocked that a girl’s underwear is showing; Todd reassures her that it’s on purpose, called a thong or “whale tail.” (That one was new for me, and I live here.) Even Manmeet is shocked, when he sees guys taking off their shirts. “What kind of party is this?” he wants to know. Todd says they’ll be painting letters on their chests; he used to be C.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
Todd is on the street next, in a red football jersey with his name, Dempsy, on the back. Excited about the game, he purchases a large fruit with a straw in it, then carries it through the crowd like a linebacker (or whatever), until he runs into Asha. She tells him he’s wearing the colors of a traditional wedding dress (a bit flirty too, though she is already spoken for). She’s holding some street food she’s just bought, and when Todd starts eating it she admonishes him not to, pointing to the vendor she got it from, just now picking up something he dropped in the street and stuffing it back into a dumpling-like food item he’ll sell.
Ushered in by more Bollywood-type music, Rajiv is at the front desk in the office, telling the employees that they disgust him, that managers would never dress as they do for work. That’s Todd’s cue to enter, wearing his football jersey. Manmeet gets in a comment about cheerleaders, their being the real reason why American men love football. Rajiv tells Todd that they need a dress code. Todd’s stomach answers for him; he’s sick.
He goes to the bathroom, and then his friend Charlie, in a strange black skull and crossbones outfit related to the game (“Oh, you must be a Raiders fan” says Todd; this goes over my head), tells Todd he has to go home. But he won’t. Charlie ends up carrying Todd out to a taxi, but before they leave, Rajiv gets permission for complete authority in the office in his absence. “Whatever,” says Todd. Rajiv takes this as a yes.
Back in the office, he tells Asha, “Unlike Todd, I am not susceptible to your flirtations.” He imposes a strict dress code and declares that all personal items must be removed from work areas. In addition, he orders Madhuri to “come up with three new facial expressions by tomorrow. Not that one.”
You’re Not in Kansas Anymore
Meanwhile, at a restaurant, Charlie, Todd and Manmeet try to watch the game. Todd immediately gets sick again though, monopolizing the bathroom and making all the other customers angry until Charlie in his satanic-looking outfit terrorizes them and sends them to the ladies’ room.
From the bathroom, Todd tells his friends he wants to go home.
Manmeet says, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Todd.”
“Very clever,” says Todd, but of course Manmeet wasn’t kidding at all, was unaware he was spouting a famous line from The Wizard of Oz.
At the Rajiv-dominated office, Gupta has to go sign for a package, and he can hardly walk because he is wearing a pair of borrowed shoes instead of his customary sandals. Rajiv is dealing with an executive decision he has to make about which phone plan to take. Gupta says, “Why not just wait until Todd comes back?”
“I am God now,” says Rajiv. “Wait, did I just say God? I meant Todd.” Worrying over the phone-plan choices, he comments, “This is so much harder than just criticizing Todd,” then decides to go to a fortune teller for help.
She tells him she sees gold, and he is glad. He will go with that plan. Then she says, “No, it’s not gold, it’s orange. It’s fire. Your apartment is on fire.”
Rajiv, annoyed that she’s not helping with the phone problem, leaves.
The Winning Mid-America Novelties Team
Todd, at his home, is recuperating. His landlady or “auntie” brings him something that looks like oatmeal, which he turns down, asking for ginger ale or Tums. She looks confused. Then his employees burst on the scene. They want to re-create the game and tailgate party for him. Asha has made baby back ribs-well, vegetarian. Madhuri has a football helmet filled with chips.
“There’s salsa where the brain matter should be,” she tells Todd. Love that line!
When Todd returns to work, Rajiv presents him with a book-sized report on the phone question. Todd says, “Oh, they called me on my cell yesterday. I chose platinum.”
But he compliments Rajiv on all of his work (the report includes a “devil’s advocate section”) and says he should have more responsibility; how about choosing the new copier?
Advice from the Fortune Teller
This sends Rajiv into a tailspin, and back to his sari-clad fortune teller.
“I see them overcharging you on the toner,” she says.
“That’s how they get you,” Rajiv replies wisely.
“Oh!” she says. “Your thirty minutes are up.”
Rajiv: “Wait! Should I get the extended warranty?”
Fortune teller: “Are you crazy? Never get the extended warranty!”
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Outsourced articles by Lynne Davis:
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Outsourced Episode 7 Teaches Indian Culture
Outsourced Episode 10 Is Funny If at Times Crude
Outsourced Episode 11: Homesick to My Stomach