Rick appears to be in charge of the bar on "Are You There, Chelsea?" (Wed., 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC), so then who is the Jerry in Jerry's Sports Bar? That question was answered, along with why no one seems to respect Rick's authority, when Jerry showed up in the form of Ryan Stiles ("The Drew Carey Show"/"Two and a Half Men"). Only this was a much more serious guy than fans of Stiles are used to seeing from his days of improv and broad comedy.
Jerry's life is falling apart, and he seemed determined to take out all of his emotional frustration on the bar. He reluctantly agreed to promote Rick to officially be the manager of the bar, but warned him that he'd need to step it up. When the power went to Rick's head, as he tried to rein in his unruly staff, Chelsea locked him in his office.
Unfortunately for Rick, the bar has cameras everywhere and Jerry saw it all go down. So he came in and fired Rick. When the gang decided to go in as a united front in support of their fallen comrade, Jerry saw that planning going down as well. As soon as they stormed into his office, he fired them all as well.
So Rick and Chelsea developed a plan to open a bar in Chelsea's apartment. And it turned into a huge success, while Jerry's was nearly barren. So he went upstairs and negotiated to give them all their jobs back. It was a strange one-off appearance, but sets Stiles up as a potential recurring character. Certainly, once his life settles down, maybe Jerry will be more the wacky and fun-loving guy Stiles fans are used to. Certainly that guy would fit in better with the wacky crew at Jerry's than the angry serious man who walked in this week.
"Are You There, Chelsea?" airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC.
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