Lee Standish is a quick-witted and likable family man. His best friend, Angel Ortiz, is a hotheaded ladies’ man with no filter. The two of them worked at Pontiac — Lee as a top salesman and Angel as head mechanic — until the company went out of business. Out of work for a year, their job prospects don’t look too bright. They’ve learned the hard way that the current recession is more of a “man-cession” and their skills aren’t in high demand. Then the almost-broke Lee finds out that Coreco Pharmaceuticals is looking to hire sales reps — female sales reps. He takes a chance and goes into the interview dressed in heels, a skirt and make-up. The transformed Lee gets hired — as a woman.
Lee wants to stay true to his agreement with Angel that, if one of them is working, then the other will be too, so he tells Angel what he has to do if he wants a job at Coreco. Angel, who is miserable working at a fast-food dump, is desperate to make a change; he decides to swallow his pride and go for it. Unfortunately he tanks his interview, but when he fixes the boss’s car, he too is hired – also as a woman.
To stay employed, Lee and Angel must put aside their alpha male selves and learn to navigate their all-female workplace. Their presence at Coreco with their new female coworkers initially raises a few eyebrows, but the company’s two newest sales reps find ways to put almost everyone at ease: Enthusiastic and sometimes naïve Kristin is excited when the female Lee tells her that she, too, is a single mom. Kelly, the office party girl, is thrilled to have two more friends to hit the town with. Only Grace, the somewhat icy regional sales leader, keeps a suspicious eye on Lee and Angel, convinced that there’s something seriously wrong with them. To complicate matters, when Angel meets their new boss, Vanessa, he is immediately smitten with her. But there are some serious obstacles in the way of their romance: She’s his boss, and — no small detail — she thinks he’s a woman.
For his part, Lee can’t disclose his feminine secret to his wife, Connie, or to their 14-year-old daughter, Kat, so he tells them he got a job at a drug company – as himself. Connie notices that, since Lee has begun working at Coreco, he seems to be more understanding and sensitive to her needs. The opposite is true of Connie’s unemployed brother, Brian, who is also Lee and Angel’s drinking buddy. Sensitive and understanding he is not, so they definitely can’t reveal their secret to him.
Lee and Angel quickly realize how much they have to learn to get by in their new environment. It’s not just how to walk in heels and tighten up with Spanx. For the first time, they’re really listening to the women in their lives and opening themselves up to a whole new realm of experiences. In the process, they’re learning that to be a better man may mean having to be a better woman.
No one – certainly no trans woman attempting to survive in the workplace during the Boehner-McConnell Depression – needs to watch this piece of viper shit in order to have standing to judge it.
And most certainly no one who saw it the first time it was on…
Fourteen years ago when it was called Ask Harriet.
You say you don’t remember this piece of Murdoch shit?
Here’s what FOX had to say about it in the run-up to its premiere in early 1998:
ASK HARRIET is a brash new half-hour comedy in the tradition of “Some Like It Hot,” “Tootsie” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” New York’s most popular advice column, “Ask Harriet,” has always been written by a woman, until now! Super macho Jack Cody (Anthony Tyler Quinn), a notorious womanizer and hothead who wrote the tough, opinionated column “A Man’s World,” has been fired from most of the dailies in town and when a multi-million dollar harassment suit catches up with him, he’s sent packing from the last respectable paper. He applies for the “Ask Harriet” job to take revenge on his editor and former flame, Melissa Peters (Lisa Waltz). And he is desperate for a job to keep his alimony up to date and his 10-year-old daughter Blair (Jamie Renee) in ballet lessons. With best buddy Ron (Willie Garson), a restaurant critic, in tow, Jack secretly applies for the position of writing the advice column on the death of the current “Harriet,” confident that there’s nobody better to tell women what they should do when faced with jerks like him. He thinks he can write the column from home, until Melissa insists on meeting the new “Harriet,” so Jack goes to work transforming himself into one helluva good-looking woman. Billy Riback (“Home Improvement”) and Jonathan Prince are executive producers for Columbia TriStar Television in association with Bris Entertainment.
I along with everyone else who made educated guesses based on that and the commercials that were running at the time were right.
Just like everyone who made educated guesses about J. Michael Bailey’s piece of as-yet-unprosecuted fraud, The Man Who Would be Queen, based solely on its cover…
And I – along with anyone else who knows what corporate media is capable of – are right about Work It.
All of you know it…
Now start admitting it.