Upstairs, the couple meets Vanessa Williams aka Olivia Doran and her husband Gavin, the sinister guy.
I love the smell of sulphur in the morning
He explains that the position is only part-time but that’s great because Henry already has a job working for the mayor, which he got right out of law school. Unfortunately, Jane’s job at an architectural firm fell through and she is not working at all. They are currently living in a one-bedroom sublet in Queens and found out about this job on Craigslist. Well there you go. Nothing from Craigslist ever ends well. Just ask those hookers in Boston. They think the job sounds pretty cool even though they have no experience whatsoever.
Sinister Gavin says he appreciates their story, but not everyone gets to make it NYC no matter what Frank Sinatra says and he’s not in the business of handing out charity. He prefers to hire people who know what they’re doing. Seeing the opportunity slip away, Jane asks when Gavin retrofitted the foundation. He’s all “wha-?” and she explains that older buildings were built poorly because of mob concrete and have to be reinforced in case of a hurricane or earthquake or other “nasty act of god” such as demonic entities sucking people through door panels. Apparently she is also an expert in historical preservation as well as architecture. Her acumen wows Gavin and he says maybe he dismissed them too quickly and offers them the job.
A doorman named Tony gives the couple a tour of the building, which is called The Drake and has apartments on 12 floors, with the Dorans owning the penthouse on 13. The doorman says he was up for the job but he is not bitter he didn’t get it because the decision was ultimately up to the Dorans. We also learn that the Drake is one of the last rental buildings in NYC and is not a co-op because the Dorans like to have final approval over everyone who moves in. I feel like that might come into play at some point, although it doesn’t in this episode. In the hall, they meet a nerdy looking man named Brian Leonard, a playwright who lives on the sixth floor.
Hi, I’m Brian and I have no balls.
Along with the job, the couple gets to move into apartment 3B, which is pretty sweet with its living room, two bedrooms, two FULL bathrooms and working gas fireplaces. Henry asks what happened to the previous manager and Tony says he moved “someplace warmer…” But then he clarifies he meant Arizona, not Hell. The couple is super excited and Henry rightly notes that the new apartment is not “futon friendly.”
Up in the Dorans’ penthouse lair, Olivia says she likes Jane and Gavin says that Jane will be how they “get Henry.” Get Henry for what? I’m starting to think that all is not as rosy as it seems for Jane and Henry.