Tyler tries to get in good with the boss and leads the MIFT team in the annual Mobsters Incorporated Bowl-Off-A-Thon in the latest episode of “Monsters At Work.” When Mike Wazowski is unable to compete in the bowling competition, he sponsors a team because he wants to beat his coworker, Gary; a blue version of the same monster Mike is. Tyler overhears and convinces Mike to let him be team captain, but he must learn how to be a good captain and a good teammate when his MIFT coworkers end up being enthusiastic, but not good.
Despite the episode being entirely predictable, it was still a lot of fun. It was obvious the MIFT workers weren’t going to be good. It was obvious Tyler would try to replace them, they would find out and everything would blow up in Tyler’s face. It was obvious the MIFT team he disappointed would end up coming to his rescue. Maybe, I’m just a sucker for the story, but I always like to see it, no matter how obvious it is.
I also really liked “The Big Lebowski” reference. I love that movie, so it’s great to see a nice tribute to it with the team being called “The Big Wazowskis.” I also loved Mike’s hubris with each win because he doesn’t know how the team is winning, so he keeps upping the bet with Gary. It perfectly fits Mike’s character and his unearned confidence that crosses into arrogance.
My only complaint is the result of the tournament. I don’t like the tie. While it leads to a funny moment at the end where Mike and Gary end up at dinner instead of Mike going with Celia, it feels unearned. I guess it’s better than a team that can’t really bowl finding a way to beat a legitimately good team, but the best result is “The Big Wazowskis” showing growth as a team but still losing. It makes sense and would lead to Mike getting his comeuppance for his growing hubris.
Overall, this series isn’t breaking new ground in plot development or animation, but I still really like it. It’s fun. It’s cute. It’s a nice tribute to one of my favorite Pixar films. I hope it’s a success.
Episode: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Series/ 3.5 stars out of 5.
What did you think of this week’s episode of “Monsters at Work?”