Editor’s note: The Fourth Wall is a platform for creators, actors, and industry insiders to bring the readers behind the scenes of the production process. In our latest installment, we removed the curtain on the writers’ room for the second season of Fox’s The Mick.
This part of the walkthrough looks at the second episode from The Mick’s second season. Previous installments can be found here.
The Mick Season 2 Episode 2 – “The Friend”
“Mickey’s relationship with Alba is tested when Greenwich divorcee Trish hits rock bottom and becomes the perfect new friend for Mickey. When Mickey sends Jimmy over to help Trish with some home repairs, she begins to question just how casual her relationship with him really is. Meanwhile, Sabrina and Ben take a shot at Chip’s ego.”
DEN OF GEEK: The whole burned down house angle allows for the show to access a whole other level of weirdness in its storylines. Was it a little freeing to get to do stories about raccoons and things that wouldn’t have made any sense before?
JOHN CHERNIN: Well first of all it is a squirrel. And yes, I was liberated. Much in the way the squirrel was liberated from the dark depths of that hellhole it was living in.
DAVE CHERNIN: No, I felt like we had one opportunity and have very limited times to do those stories, so something that relates to them living in this house just came naturally but we didn’t see it as a huge opportunity.
Talk a little on this whole sibling alliance between Sabrina and Ben against Chip. Is that something you wanted to explore back in the first season? Does it have anything to do with his “illegitimate” Pemberton status?
DAVE CHERNIN: No. I think Chip is fucking annoying and we thought it was a really funny story. Just…siblings can be an alliance with one another, enemies with one another on any given day. This just happened to be Sabrina and Ben vs. Chip. But no, the story stemmed from the character Chip just being annoying to everybody.
Seeing Mickey getting jealous over losing Jimmy is really sweet. Did you think it was important to get around to that sort of story and show that aspect of their bond?
DAVE CHERNIN: That was an episode that we had in mind for season one, but we didn’t have time to do it. But we definitely heard from fans that there was confusion as to why Mickey and Jimmy are together seeing as how dysfunctional their relationship is. So that is something we definitely wanted to explore this season and we explore it far beyond just this one episode. Buckle up, cause it’s about to get bumpy.
In a lot of ways this episode is also all about Mickey’s friendship with Alba and the important relationship that they have together. Talk a little bit about that, too.
JOHN CHERNIN: I think we had a lot of fun last year with Mickey liberating Alba from the prison she had been living in only to realize that maybe she pushed things a little too far. So we love seeing Alba really infatuated with Mickey and Mickey starting to find her rather annoying.
That damn pratfall that Mickey does through the glass at the wedding is just bonkers. Do you talk about ways of constantly upping the stakes with Kaitlin Olson’s physical comedy?
DAVE CHERNIN: Not upping the stakes, but we are well aware we have a secret weapon in Kaitlin Olson and as much as we possibly can we try to not let it go to waste.
Our walkthrough of The Mick’s second season will continue next week.