Tuca & Bertie: The Promotion
May 22, 2019 11:10 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Bertie wants to climb the ladder at Condé Nest but has to wrestle with both her fears of being assertive and sexual harassment by a colleague. Tuca does some gig work, and takes a temp job with Bertie to give her support.

Here’s how it went down
  • Sweet intro jam!
  • “What would it be like to be a bigger cog?”
  • Cake/cereal smoothwedge
  • The dream of senior operations analysis
  • “I pronounce it Eckspetially
  • Choregoose
  • Claudette has powerful energy
  • “What if there’s a giant monster crab down there, waiting to pinch my butt?”
  • She’s eating corn while typing.
  • Dirk is the worst
  • What is the difference between extra broth and regular bone broth?
  • Her breast does deserve a drink. (Guest spot by Awkwafina)
  • Ah, the meat and cheese drawers.
  • “How To Flirt Responsibly In The Workplace And Land The Man Of Your Dreams”
  • Speckle delivers on two different kinds of oven fries.
  • A boyfrynd
  • I, too, have stayed up all night watching car crash videos.
  • Don’t use the middle stall.
  • ♫Templates♫
  • The no-woman-has-spoken-alarm
  • “Ooh they make me gassy! But I love spicy chips!”
  • “Piss Wipe Flush ❤️”
  • “Boob-Spooker”
  • Tigers make every flyer great
  • “He honked my goose!”
  • Bertie’s victory back flips
  • Oh dang, that parrot in the window.
posted by Going To Maine (5 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So Dirk is a rooster and the bathroom phone talker was also a chicken, I think. Are chickens terrible in this universe, or was this a coincidence?

I liked that Speckle's idea of a celebratory dinner is two kinds of oven fries.

I also appreciated that Tuca kind of killed it at Bertie's work, even though we saw her being a disaster at her choregoose gigs. Also, hee, choregoose is fun to say.
posted by the primroses were over at 4:35 PM on May 23, 2019 [3 favorites]

I read that there are general categories of birds in this universe, like all geese are dumb. I had not noticed the chicken pattern!
posted by tofu_crouton at 5:27 PM on May 23, 2019

Nicole Byer is a gem in all her roles on this!
posted by travertina at 5:52 PM on May 23, 2019 [3 favorites]

Claudette reminds me a bit of Washimi the secretary bird in Aggretsuko.

I just love this show so much.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:45 AM on May 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I love how this episode captured so many aspects of sexism in the workplace.

- the men already hang out outside of work & talk sports in the office
- a man stealing a woman's ideas
- you have to speak up and be noticed but then you try and it is just awkward
- the alarm for when women haven't spoken! Needed!!
- "He made me think about my body at work!" was a perfect description of one of the things I hate about being harassed in the workplace.
- it is hard to see your legitimate flaws when you get feedback (or lack of acknowledgement) based on your identity alone. So okay, I know this person thinks my work is mediocre simply because I am a woman/PoC/queer/disabled/etc. (I am not all of those things, just as an example). Now I have to figure out what I actually need to work on vs what is a problem with the viewpoint of the person/org that I can't personally change.

Other things:
- the temp names need to be adopted far and wide
- the meat and cheese drawers!
- the boob!
- in general I am amazed at how many little nuggets get their moment of animation, even when they are not really part of the story. Like whoever writes on chalkboards in The Good Place - someone takes time and care to make something we hardly have time to see/read
posted by Emmy Rae at 7:56 PM on May 24, 2019 [5 favorites]

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