Million Dollar Recaps

Wherein agents ignore their phones, fail to close, and get stalked by seagulls.

Feb 14, 2011

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE, THERE IS A BLACKBERRY RINGING IN FRONT OF AN AGENT AND HE IS NOT PICKING IT UP.   Is this real?  Did I just see what I saw?

Something is going on here. Something big, and the shocking revolt against phone slavery is just the beginning. Episode 2 of Million Dollar Listing has the agents working for free, desperately trying to rid themselves of multimillion-dollar deals, and being stalked by seagulls. And once again, there is a notable shortage of closings—so much so that it’s almost time to start worrying. Especially if you’re like me, and you have a bet with the warden about how much property the boys will move this season (I feel two more months of kitchen duty coming on).

Okay, so the agent who doesn’t pick up the phone is Josh Altman—the Fourth Season’s new addition, and Chad’s successor. Josh A.’s hair may not occupy as much space, but he’s got a big presence of his own—he wears nothing but suits, has roped his best friend into being his personal assistant, and carries a Donald Trump doll around in his Escalade pickup.

(See photos from this week's episode.)

He’s also something of a radical, at least as far as super-agents go. Right after he allows himself to miss a call, his mother convinces him to take on a listing for no commission. Thank God he does, because the owner of the property is Ruth, a nonagenarian who is almost certainly the single best client in the history of the show. She’s endlessly sweet, instantly agrees with Josh’s asking price, and then takes the reasonable first offer without a fuss. She also has a crazy pink dragon rug. Josh handles everything sweetly, too, and while the first episode suggested he had some villainous undertones, I’m not convinced yet. He does make a serious mistake by leaving bestfriendpersonalassistant Mikey alone at the broker’s open: That’s the kind of thing you do and suddenly all of Los Angeles has burned down. But somehow, it works out this time.