Shunned by a failed relationship of his own doing, Gov embarks on a new, more ambitious mission to “help” a group of early careerists seeking to establish themselves. This time, Gov works hilariously to create and manipulate a crisis to entrap and control his houseguests and ensure their dependency. Will Gov’s intrusive scheming last and doom them to uncertain and desperate lives? Can an entire community see through Gov’s folly and set a new course for success?
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Episode 1: A Room Without a View (7:53)
Bound by a restraining order, Scott “Gov” Govinsky has an epiphany: Why focus on just one person if you can “help” far more? He buys a house after imposing sweeping city housing controls, puts up a “For Lease” sign, and declares: “It’s time to help people!” But what exactly is his definition of “help”?
Episode 2: Young, Sick, and Broke (6:36)
Three desperate young adults, Rebekah, Katie, and Sam, agree to Gov’s lease conditions, move into his house, and try to make it home. Gov decides to lower their rent by taking in a new tenant, Douglas, a retired businessman whose new living quarters takes space away from the others. One thing’s for certain: When Gov gets involved, “The more the merrier” just doesn’t ring true.
Episode 3: A License to Kill ... Jobs (8:38)
Sam and Katie take on side-hustles to pay bills. Feeling threatened, Gov seeks to intervene and block them to protect unions and established businesses, thus jeopardizing Sam’s and Katie’s only sources of income. But who will prevail?
Episode 4.: Spyin’ and Lyin’ (9:20)
Rebekah discovers that something else about Gov isn’t quite right: In fact, she finds that he has a driving passion for spying on them and messing up their lives. She teams up with Sam and Katie to figure out a way to rid themselves of Gov’s meddling and build new lives for the future. But what can they do when Gov seems to have stacked the deck in his favor?
Episode 5: Moving Out and Up (9:18)
Rebekah, Sam, and Katie agree to move out, but they keep hitting obstacles from Gov as well as the prohibitive cost of living in the city. Will they find a way to break free of Gov’s control and overcome the hardships that they face? And what if Gov decides to pull out all stops to hold them to the lease?
Rebekah is a graduate student in political science with an interest in business. She’s a smart, skeptical, systematic thinker. She’s aware enough of her own cautiousness to sometimes push herself to go with the flow of her more impulsive friends against her own judgement—sometimes to her pleasant surprise, sometimes not.
Scott “Gov” Govinsky likes to think of himself as a Renaissance Man, but without so much beard. He's got degrees in engineering, healthcare and economics, and can speak Arabic in a pinch — and he's here to help, whether you like it or not.
Sam sees the world through slightly askew lenses. During school, he put together his own academic major: a mix of sociology, Japanese dynastic history, and board game design. His memory is uncanny. As Rebekah and Katie call him “Wikipedia.” The problem is that his geek obsessions aren’t always the stuff on which to base a life.
Katie always looks for the best in people, sometimes to a fault of missing the worst, even when it’s right on the surface. Her optimism and can-do attitude have helped her friends through many a dark hour. Katie’s willingness to make the best out of a bad situation, combined with coming from a family of small business owners, makes her naturally entrepreneurial and a problem solver. But her naïveté can get the best of her.
He’s a successful retired businessman, but retirement is unsettling as he is seeking new adventures. He’s still fit as a fiddle. He plays pickleball, and has taken up yoga and Tai Chi. Having seen it all, he’s unusually calm in the face of the turmoil that permeates Gov’s housing.
|Scott “Gov” Govinsky||JONATHAN FLANDERS|
|Real Estate Agent||LESLIE LANGLÉE|
|Pizza Guy||Jordan PEÑA|
|Former Owner||IRA EINSOHN|
|Person in Line||MATTEO PAPOLA|
|Salon Client #1||TERYN FOGEL|
|Salon Client #2||LORNA NASH|
|Ryder Passenger #1||JONATHAN FLANDERS|
|Ryder Passenger #2||DAVID J. THEROUX|
|Swat Guy #1||DON DARO|
|Swat Guy #2||CHRISTOPHER WINBUSH|
|Swat Guy #3||DERRICK EDMOND|
|Mover #1||CALE O’NEAL|
|Mover #2||MORGAN FAYE|
|Mover #3||TERRY FLEMINGS|
|Mover #4||FELICIA REYES|
|Executive Producers||DAVID J. THEROUX, JOHN PAPOLA, TERYN FOGEL|
|Story by||MARSHALL WALKER LEE|
|Production Executives||Michele Roi, Dwight Fisher|
|Editors||Josh Meyers, Josh Hilliard|
|Producers||Mike Roberson, Thomas Fernandes|
|Unit Production Manager||Thomas Fernandes|
|Assistant Director||Chris Shea|
|Script Supervisor||Tiffany Chung|
|Production Assistant||Jessi Bennett|
|Director of Photography||Andrew Barrera|
|1st Assistant Camera / Camera Operator||Dustin Gunsch|
|2nd Assistant Camera||Patrick Hoy|
|Camera PA||Ima Leupp|
|Drone Operator||Dwight Fisher|
|Production Designer||George Morrow|
|Art Director||Joshua Stricker|
|Key Grip||Drake Howard|
|Sound Mixer||Ben Oliver|
|Boom Operator||Karlo Montano|
|Costume Designer||Ana Davidson|
|Wardrobe Assistant||Lorna Nash|
|Hair & Makeup Stylist||Erin Klarer|
|Casting Director||Brad Burton (Burton Casting)|
|Catering||Fabulous Affairs Catering|
|Walkie Supplier||All Points Communications|
|DIT||Josh Meyers, Josh Hilliard|
|Sound Re-record Mixer||Eric Friend|