Review: The Crazy Ones — “Zach Mitzvah”

Photo Credit: Michael Desmond/Fox
Photo Credit: Michael Desmond/Fox

It feels like forever since we were last shown a new episode of The Crazy Ones. However, the latest episode wasn’t the best, even though it had some great moments and a lot of hidden gems. In “Zach Mitzvah,” we discovered that Zach was a Bar Mitzvah emcee prior to Simon hiring him at Lewis, Roberts & Roberts. This also was the first episode of The Crazy Ones in its new 9:30 pm time slot.

***SPOILERS Below***

There were some really great moments in last night’s episode, and being a Bat Mitzvah myself, I really appreciated how the show played up the spectacle that is the Bar/Bat Mitzvah reception. The episode opened with Simon and crew trying to woo a client (guest star Cheryl Hines) to choose their ad agency to promote her hotel chain. While at the meeting, she discovers that some of her plans for her son Noah’s Bar Mitzvah have fallen through, so Simon takes the opportunity to suggest that the Bar Mitzvah take place at Lewis, Roberts & Roberts, where he can help bring the theme of “Noah Loves Chicago” to life. He also suggests that he can have Zach as the emcee, since that was his job prior to Simon hiring him for the ad agency.

I have to admit to loving seeing Zach when he donned his sequined vest. It was great to see that side of Zach while Andrew freaked out and played his fashion consultant. Andrew keeps coming more and more into his own, and seeing him take control of things he can work with is awesome. However, by the time we got to the plot twist of the episode, in which an old flame of Zach’s shows up as the Bar Mitzvah singer, I was a little less impressed. Zach took a party meant to celebrate a child becoming an adult in the eyes of his religion and made it all about himself. It was awkward, uncomfortable, and made me turn away from the screen. Of course, he turned it around at the end by realizing why Noah was so unhappy and making an awesome change, which was a strong way to end the episode on a very positive note.

Andrew and Lauren were wonderful in the episode too. Andrew was fantastic and helped keep everyone moving and was the king of giving good advice. Lauren went and got high with the children at the Bar Mitzvah and provided the best laughs because she was so focused on whether everyone knew she was high. That light-hearted tone definitely kept the episode’s spirits up, and helped the show end on a high note.

My episode MVP was Noah (guest star Joe West), the Bar Mitzvah boy. He was such a great character and I loved how he knew what he wanted and made sure everyone else did too. He was a true diva. It was glorious. I wish that I’d had that kind of control over what I wanted and expected when I was that age. From his entrance, we knew that the theme had been misinterpreted, but that he would pretend to be happier with it. By the finale of the episode, he’s singing a song from the musical Chicago, which was part of what he really wanted his theme to be. Noah can really belt out a tune! He was amazing! Plus, there was also a sweet moment where Noah was happy and gave his mom a hug. That was a touching moment and tugged on the heartstrings.

There were sadly a couple of things I really didn’t like in the episode too, and one was Sydney’s secondary plot line where she and a waiter go head-to-head while flirting. I felt like that really took away from the episode. I wish Sydney had acted more in the capacity of someone making sure the party was going well. I also didn’t like how the Hora was used throughout the episode while Zach had his meltdown. It’s a negative stereotype about Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and absolutely not true. It’s done once at the beginning of the reception to bring everyone together and help raise the spirits of everyone in the room. It’s a dance of joy and fun, and the way the episode used it made it seem to be anything but that.

Overall, The Crazy Ones had some great moments, and I’m happy to have it back, but the overuse of stereotypes and Zach’s emotional breakdown did not have me in love with the episode.

What did you think of “Zach Mitzvah?” Did anything it showed resonate, or was it something that played on stereotypes too much for you? Let us know in the comments. You can also watch the episode at CBS.com to see it again or catch it for the first time.

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