'L.A. Complex' Series Premiere: Abortions, Strippers & More 'WTF' Moments

Tue, April 24, 2012 10:05pm EDT by 13 Comments

Are you already addicted to ‘The L.A. Complex’? Trust me, the insanity has only just begun.

Every show on TV professes to feature countless “WTF” moments, but few are able to squeeze so many into a single hour as effortlessly as The L.A. Complex, which premiered April 24 on The CW. Real talk: When the main character gets an abortion, vomits on a piano and becomes a stripper all in the pilot episode, you’re in for an awesome ride.

The series premiere introduced viewers to the residents of the Deluxe Suites Motel, a Melrose Place-style complex whose inhabitants are as hot as the scandals they cook up. There’s Abby (Cassie Steele), a newbie actress who recently moved from Toronto; Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore), the star of a new medical drama; Nick (Joe Dinicol), a “comedian” who’s as clueless about women as he is about comedy; Alicia (Chelan Simmons), a dancer by day and a stripper by night; Raquel (Jewel Staite), an “aging” actress who’s putting all her faith in one final project; and Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson), a hip-hop assistant willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the music industry.

Now, please join me in counting down the four finest moments from tonight’s premiere:

1. Abby & Connor fall in love — over their first abortion:

After a beautiful, drunken night of roof-sex, Abby and Connor awoke to realize they made a big mistake. Several big mistakes, actually. Here’s word-for-word how their morning-after chat went down:

Abby: You wore a condom last night, right?
Connor: No.
Abby: Why the hell not?
Connor: You said you were on something.
Abby: Yeah, drugs!

Connor: I guess we should get one of those, you know, “morning after” things? … Come on, I’ll get you some breakfast, too!
Abby: Breakfast and an abortion pill? And they say there are no good guys in L.A.

2. Raquel’s racist rant:

Refusing to audition for a mom-role during a casting call, Raquel insisted the director let her audition for the best-friend part. After being told the best friend was meant for a black actress, Raquel spewed out the following rant — in a room full of black actresses:

“So you’re making the best friend black? That’s kind of a cliché, don’t you think? I mean, who has a black best friend, right? Like, in real life, if you’re trying to be all authentic. [To a black woman] Do you have a white best friend? Do any of you have a white best friend? No, right?”

(Smooth move, Raquel. Not at all racist.)

3. Abby vomits… everywhere:

After being evicted from her apartment and having to squat at the Luxe, Abby finally caught a lucky break by scoring an audition — but she quickly learned that auditions and abortions don’t mix. The Plan B pill made her super nauseous, and she ended up puking all over the piano.

Abby: I’m not contagious! I just took the Morning After pill, like, an hour ago.
Director: Abby, there’s an old saying in show business: When there’s vomit on the piano, it’s time to stop the audition.

Oh well, at least she sounded good!

4. Surprise! Alicia’s a stripper… and now so is Abby:

Abby was thrilled when Alicia told her she could get her an under-the-table job, but ended up getting more than she bargained for when she realized what Alicia really did for money. So how will Abby cut it as a stripper? You’ll find out next week.

And trust me, it’s good.

So what did you think of The L.A. Complex? Who’s your favorite character? Have you already made a home for it on your DVR? Drop your thoughts on my personal new addiction in the comments section below!

— Andy Swift

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SEF

Posted at 10:02 PM on May 29, 2012  

The Plan B pill is NOT the abortion pill. Please get the facts straight.

Thanks,
S

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Angel

Posted at 1:13 AM on April 26, 2012  

I loved it it was funny and nick not being funny was actually hilarious. i really hope i get to watch more of it

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:21 AM on April 26, 2012  

Glad you liked it :) I’m admittedly obsessed. It’s so good.

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notyocheeze

Posted at 6:36 PM on April 25, 2012  

Okay so the black guy is gay right? I mean who else would wear the clothes he does working at a hip hop record label.

Raquel is right how many white girls have black best friends? its is a cliche.

thirdly is it just me or does this show scream bad Melrose Place remake. CW get your own ideas don’t air candadian rip offs of shows that aired when I was in diapers

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:20 AM on April 26, 2012  

Just wait until next week. You’ll get your answer about Tariq.

I feel like it’s a BETTER Melrose Place remake than the one The CW aired a few years ago.

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C Cole

Posted at 1:45 AM on April 27, 2012  

For the Record 2 yes 2 of my 3 best friends are white :)
It’s not cliche
Peace and Love

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DIssapointed

Posted at 11:59 AM on April 25, 2012  

The SHOW got Plan B correct and called it the morning after pill, never referred to it as an abortion because it isn’t! can’t abord something that hasn’t been conceived yet. — too bad Bonnie’s conservative bias is coming through, again.

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j girl

Posted at 12:20 AM on April 26, 2012  

Actually the re-capper got it right. The show ridiculously called it the abortion pill. And exaggerated the effects. Plan B and the abortion pill are not the same thing, but none of the people working on the show cared to correct that? Shame on them.

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Andy Swift

Posted at 10:20 AM on April 26, 2012  

Thanks for having my back :)

Yeah, they referred to as both the “Plan B thingy” and “an abortion pill.”

 
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Porter Kelly

Posted at 4:23 AM on May 11, 2012  

Abbie was JOKINGLY calling the morning after pill (i.e., Plan B pill) an “abortion pill.” She makes the sarcastic comment, “Wow, breakfast AND the abortion pill–and they say there are no good guys in L.A.!” It’s not a mistake, it’s the character making a joke.

 
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Kati284

Posted at 9:19 AM on April 25, 2012  

the first season (or first half of?) has already aired in Canada. if you can’t wait go to http://www.muchmusic.com to watch it there

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bee1992

Posted at 2:47 AM on April 25, 2012  

Plan B is not an abortion. No wonder there’s mountains of misinformation out there.

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Nickole

Posted at 10:20 PM on April 24, 2012  

The Plan B pill is NOT the abortion pill.

Totally sucks that the show couldn’t get something as simple as that right.

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