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The funniest scene in The Brink, season 1 episode 2

Sunday night was my first time watching HBO’s dark comedy, The Brink. Starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, The Brink highlights a potential worldwide nuclear disaster in the Middle East.

After watching episode 2 of season 1, I am not yet a full on fan, however, The Brink does deliver some very funny moments. The scene I found to be most entertaining was when Rafiq, played by Aasif Mandvi, visits the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

The U.S. Ambassador, Robert Kittridge, is played by John Laroquette (Night Court).

Rafiq and Ambassador Kittredge meet in the dining room of the U.S. Embassy to discuss how to save Alex Talbot, Jack Black’s character, who is a low level State department employee being accused of espionage by the Pakastani government.

After begging for Ambassador Kittredge’s help in rescuing Talbot, Rafiq is continuously shot down by Ambasaador Kittredge. Kittredge even admitted to Rafiq that he already planned on firing Talbot and this current situation might be a form of divine intervention.

After one last plea as to how they can save Talbot, Rafiq is instructed to pray with the Ambassador. When Kittredge begins praying, you can see Rafiq is becoming uncomfortable with the thought of submitting to a Christian prayer. He immediately begins to pray an Islamic prayer almost simultaneously. Kittredge and Rafiq begin to trade glancing looks at one another while gradually increasing their voices during prayer.

At one point, Kittredge squeezes Rafiq’s hand and gives him a stern look saying, “Son, I’ll do the praying.”

Even from a comedic lens, they nailed that scene. It was authentic and funny. The scene showed the genuine uneasiness two people representing two different religions would feel while praying at the same time. While Rafiq seemed content to just go along with the dual prayer, even as voices escalated, Kittredge took charge like the ruthlessly calculated conservative his character portrays.

 

 

 

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