Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Super Show After the Super Bowl

Did you see it? Sunday night? That great show?

No, not the Super Bowl. The show that was on after the Super Bowl.
"Undercover Boss," I think was the name.

Sunday night I was tired from all that partying we did at the Women's Retreat last weekend. It was a fun-fest, I'm telling you. Especially Saturday night's rendition of "To Tell the Truth" with some pretty, shall I say, well-respected members of our church telling outright LIES in front of 250 women. And laughing at their untruths, even! Imagine.

Anyway, the events of the weekend, which may or may not be recounted here at a later date, left me feeling pretty much out-of-it by the time I got home on Sunday afternoon. I rested a bit and then I got a junk-food feast prepared for my family so that we could watch the "Big Game" together. (Just curious--why don't other channels and T.V. shows just call it what it is--the Super Bowl? Why do they have to call it the "Big Game" or the "Big Event" or the "Big Whatever"? That kind of bugs me.)

So by the time the game had ended Sunday night I was really tired. Dragging, even. I had watched the entire game in its entirety and was entirely impressed that it was such a good game. But then it was time to hit the bed. Entirely.

Except for one thing. I started watching this new show called "Undercover Boss" and got hooked within about two minutes.

Did you see it? Everyone was talking, blogging, and Tweeting about it yesterday. Even B, who actually made it upstairs to bed before he got sucked into the vortex of that show, knew everything that happened on it because he said everyone at work was talking about it. Crazy how that happens, isn't it?

Anyway, just in case you missed it, here were what I thought were some of the highlights.

- COO of Waste Management, Larry O'Donnell, literally managing waste in some of their porta potties. I don't know how he did that without throwing up. Honestly. Whoever does that does not get paid enough.

- The dear waste hauler, Kathy (I think that was her name), getting out of her truck to hug some of the people on her route. What a sweetheart she was. I am sure I've never met our garbage man. Of course, we're on the beginning of the route, so he comes much too early for me to be outside just waiting to give him a hug.

- Watching Larry try to sort the papers and trash on the moving belt in the recycling plant. Kind of reminded me of the "I Love Lucy" episode with the chocolates.

- In the end, the woman who was doing the jobs of three people finally got a promotion, a bonus, and a raise which then allowed her to keep her dream home. Now, isn't that what you want to see? Someone who works hard finally getting recognized for it? I absolutely loved how Larry helped her out, not by handing her some money, but by giving her more responsibility. She earned every penny of her raise.

I think I may have a new favorite show. And I definitely know what company I'd like to work for if this stay-at-home-mom gig ever dries up. Waste Management rocks! (Don't tell my kids I just said that.)

Of course, next week they're featuring the CEO or President or Founder or Whatever of Hooters, so the highlights could be . . . um . . . completely different. But I'm pretty sure it's going to be entertaining. (I'm also pretty sure I won't want to go work for him.) I think I'll watch and see what happens.


*Photo credit: CBS.com


  1. We had friends over for "the Big Game" (maybe there is a copyright infringement deal with that?) and saw the promo for that show. It looked good but then I got carried away by putting a kid to bed and such.

    Thanks for the review. It looked like something fun to watch (maybe minus the Hooters episode) but I seldom watch the major networks so I might have missed it!

  2. My girls get on the bus a little after 7 a.m.!

  3. Felt the same way about that show. I hope they are all as good as the Waste Management one.

  4. I don't have a TV, but stumbled across it last night and watched the episode online. Loved it! I was especially impressed by the humility of Larry O'Donnell. Not only that he would go out to do the lowly (and disgusting) jobs, but that he was willing to admit he had done things wrong and needed to make changes in his company.

  5. It actually is because of CBS' copyright...I heard that on the radio. :)

  6. We are Saints fans in the Turner house, so we were too wound up to sleep. The show was definitely great and it helped us wind down! Loved the humility and compassion that Larry O'Donnell showed. Will definitley watch it some more.