'Benched' premiere react: Happy ending for Eliza Coupe

October 28, 2014 3:16 PM

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When Nina’s ex-fiancé tells her he’s engaged mere minutes before she’s passed over for law partner by a big breasted colleague, she can’t help but break everything in the room—champagne flutes, a candy dish, even a vase that Sir Elton John gave the firm. And since her day’s going just peachy, the elevator doors refuse to close after she double flips off the entire office, leaving her looking sheepish as elevator music plays.On USA’s new comedy Benched, the more uncomfortable it is for Nina (Happy Ending‘s Eliza Coupe), the more hilarious it is for us. Her “I quit” tantrum lands her in the public defender office, where her coworkers drink before noon—not from crystal flutes but from flasks and coffee mugs—and have a propensity for gambling $1,000 of their meager public defender salaries on the whereabouts of a missing prisoner. Although Nina finds them deplorable, she just entered the legal version of The Office (Carlos is even played by Office alum Oscar Nunez).

Being a hotshot corporate lawyer, court should be a cakewalk for Nina, but she’s blindsided when the deputy district attorney is none other than ex-fiancé Trent (Drop Dead Diva‘s Carter MacIntyre). Writers/creators and Groundlings alumni Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live, Trophy Wife) and Damon ...

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