The second episode of Whatever this is — Adam Goldman (an Out100 honoree) and the Rascal Department's latest web series — premiered last night at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Fans and other creatives watched the large screen in the Williamsburg bar with fluctuating reactions: At one moment, unanimous laughter at the fast-paced, sharp dialogue, in another, thoughtful silences during heavier, more contemplative scenes. Such emotional range can now be expected from Goldman, whose previous web show, The Outs, was a laugh-cry-think-real-hard sort of series.
To catch you up, "Reality," the pilot episode of Whatever this is (which premiered back in July) follows Sam (played by The Outs alum Hunter Canning), Ari (Dylan Marron), and Lisa (Madeline Wise) as they make it through a long (and low paying) day in New York City. The episode posed what has now become a catchline for the series: How long do you have to hate what you do before you get to do what you love?
"Westchester," the title of the most recent episode, explores this question further. While Sam and Ari venture to suburbia to film a naughty YouTube video that — fingers crossed — will go viral, Lisa picks up an unusual gig playing personal Top Chef to a lesbian couple in Queens. The episode features gay kisses (joy!), a soapy Snookie doppleganger, and more of dreamy Tommy Heleringer (aka Scruffy from The Outs).
Right after Sam and Ari get in a tiff, we learn Lisa's new bosses may have (dirty) ulterior motives, and the episode ends. Quite the effective cliffhanger, kids! Guess we'll have to go to the screening of the third episode on October 5 at The Paley Center.
For now, make sure to catch up on Whatever this is. Watch the first episode here and "Westchester" posted below: