I put quotes on “Selfie” not because I’m a grammar nerd and I hate pop-culture terms, but because I’m talking about the new ABC show that debuted this fall and recently based an entire episode on two of the main characters competing in a mud run. ‘Selfie’ Episode 12: Stick in the Mud aired on 12/22/2014, but you can still catch it on hulu if you’re interested. I’ve never watched ‘Selfie’ prior to this mud run episode, but I was generally aware of its existence and a quick read of the hulu synopsis brought me up to speed.
Instafamous Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry to rebrand her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline—whether she ‘likes’ it or not.
‘Stick in the Mud’ finds Henry (Harold from Harold and Kumar!) competing against Eliza’s boyfriend Freddy in the annual company fundraiser mud run. In previous years the corporate challenge was a 10k that Henry dominated with his distance runner’s frame, while the Alpha-Brosquad-Jock-Type Freddy was left in the dust. This year however, since running on pavement is boring, the company plans an obstacle race instead, with Freddy planning to dominate. Eliza has some sister issues going on, so she doesn’t participate, but she does show up for moral support and some questionable pit nutrition.
‘Selfie’ surprised me. I found myself actually laughing out loud at a number of jokes and the obstacle course they put together included all the right elements: mud, walls, barbwire, ropes, beer, and even a fire jump at the end. Freddy’s character looked and talked like some one you might line up next to at a Spartan Race, and the quick-witted banter, along with obligatory dub-step montage, showed a relatively good understanding of OCR culture.
I’m now a fan of ‘Selfie’ thanks to Ep. 12, and I’m definitely going back to watch from the beginning. At the very least, I’ll re-watch their mud run episode, just for the laughs, while I’m running on the dreadmill. While most of the OCR world is hibernating and we’re all starved for more mud, check this episode out and then we can all debate Freddy’s form during his impromptu elevator-air-squats (don’t get me started on the boss’ push-ups!).