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There's the Way, Where's the Will?

Genre

Sitcom

Created by

German Orfanov
Tarik Falafelov
Ruma Mambobosov

Starring

Gavril Remontadov
Tanya Kalinina
Aleksey Elemat
Mara Shchpalova
Yefrem Dragunov
Irina Shevchenko
Gleb Maryanov
and Yekaterina Fedorova

Opening theme

Gavril Remontadov and Tanya Kalinina - "The Wayward Will"

Country of origin

Margovya

No. of seasons

4

No. of episodes

99 (List of episodes)

There's the Way, Where's the Will? is a Margovyan television sitcom that was first broadcast on Let's Talk Margovya on July 1, 2013. Starring Gavril Remontadov, Tanya Kalinina, and Aleksey Elemat, the show is about hedonistic stockbroker-turned-historical reenactor Matvey "Matt" Koppelberg, who moves into the house of his sister, struggling talent agent and failed lesbian Ruslana "Smiley" Koppelberg and her son, Yafet. Matt's new job as part of a troupe of historical reenactors has forced him out of his estate in rural Dostalinsky and into his sister's house in Ciudad del Celebridad. A second season consisting of 24 episodes was announced on October 2013, and was broadcast on June 30, 2014.

OverviewEdit

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Gavril Remontadov as Matvey "Matt" Koppelberg - a hedonistic bachelor stockbroker-turned-historical reenactor, Smiley's brother, and Yafet's uncle. Despite his self-centered demeanor, he does genuinely care for his family, although it doesn't show much. He is rich because he embezzled money from his company's clients, although he has to lie low because of an ongoing RBI investigation.
  • Tanya Kalinina as Ruslana "Smiley" Koppelberg - a struggling talent agent, failed lesbian, Yafet's mother, and Matt's younger sister. Even though she has enough money to live by through her job, she still has to struggle to keep her family financially sound, and Matt's arrival complicates that.
  • Aleksey Elemat as Yafet Koppelberg - Smiley's underachieving son. He begins questioning his gender preference once he finds out that his mother was once a lesbian, and how he was conceived because of that relationship.
  • Mara Shchpalova as Irina Ozerova - Smiley's eccentric neighbor, and one of Matt's one-night-stands. Because of this, Irina stalks Matt, and eventually Matt declares that the two of them are in a relationship. This doesn't last, but Irina and Matt are still on good terms after.
  • Yefrem Dragunov as Faddey Farber - Smiley's ex-husband. Faddey knew that he was merely a rebound for Smiley after she just recovered from her breakup with her lesbian partner, but that didn't stop him from loving and marrying Smiley. Even today, Faddey wants to go back with Smiley, but she merely rebuffs his advances.
  • Irina Shevchenko as Galina Kamchatskaya - Smiley's former lesbian lover. Galina and Smiley had planned to get pregnant together through artificial insemination, but Galina miscarried, meaning only Smiley was pregnant with the baby who would become Yafet. Galina broke up with Smiley because of this, but now she wants to be reconciled with both Smiley and Yafet.
  • Gleb Maryanov as Kliment Dvilyanov - Matt's contact in the RBI, who occasionally comes by to tell Matt if the RBI was getting closer to his trail. And whenever Kliment isn't telling Matt about the RBI's investigations into him, he is a dependable drinking buddy for Matt.
  • Yekaterina Fedorova as Eva Koppelberg - Matt and Smiley's mother, and Yafet's grandmother. Eva is a prosperous property realtor who has been married four times and now makes sleeping with men her hobby.

RecurringEdit

  • Hafimwahlid Talnaev as Hakim Musayev - one of Smiley's actor clients. Hakim can often be heard or seen begging Smiley to find him a new acting project because he is always in need of money with which to bribe the customs and immigration people so he can keep sending his refugee relatives from all over the Middle East and the world to live with him in Margovya.
  • Yelena Porsenko as Illariona Landers - another one of Smiley's actress clients. Hillary, as she chooses to be called, is less in need of projects from Smiley because she doesn't have to support a large family like Hakim does, but she does want to begin acting in what she calls "adult projects"; not really adult-themed but more critically-inclined than her past pop projects.
  • Dmitriya Shevchova as Anya Fegelein - one of Matt's scam partners. Anya stumbled upon Matt's big secret scam and threatened to rat him to the authorities unless he made her part of the scam, which Matt did in a moment of distraction, and it's been a partnership that has been fruitful for the both of them ever since. Anya brings the means and execution to Matt's big plans for scams, something that Matt sorely needed before he met Anya.
  • Klara Viktorova as Oksana Maksimenko-Koppelberg - Matt's ex-and-future wife. Matt married Oksana in an unspecified Margovyan city during his days as a hedonistic stockbroke-slash-scammer before suddenly leaving her when the RBI and the Ministry of Finance, Treasury, and Budget decided to investigate Matt's vast wealth. Oksana eventually tracked down Matt to Ciudad del Celebridad and wormed her way into the Koppelberg house and back into Matt's bed.
  • Yaroslav Anastasiuk as Ervin Volkov
  • Maksim Andreyev as Jamal Agrabov
  • Lev Glebov as Karl Dvilyanov
  • Yuliya Quarimova as Viktoriya Malenkova
  • Sofia Maslennikova as Evita del Quiev

EpisodesEdit

No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "What is This, a Sitcom's Pilot Episode?" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov July 1, 2013
Ruslana "Smiley" Koppelberg wakes up to find that her brother Matvey has moved into her house, following an RBI investigation into his stockbroking company. Now Smiley has to tolerate Matt's presence as he lays low from the RBI.

Title quotation from: Matt when he finds Smiley and Yafet fighting over the last pizza slice.

2 2 "Back Off, Selena Gomez" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov July 8, 2013
Matt goes job hunting, while Smiley invites some friends from the film industry for scotch and cigars. Guest stars Gavrina Kumilyova, Maria Atolova, Lev Arigov, Hafimwahlid Talnaev, and Orental Gibitov.

Title quotation from: Maria Atolova to Gavrina Kumilyova after Kumilyova mentions that Atolova doesn't talk much about her siblings.

3 3 "The Slow Crank" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov July 15, 2013
Smiley's son Yafet gets in trouble in school for showing an obscene gesture to his teacher, and now Matt and Smiley must deal with the consequences.

Title quotation from: Matt teaching Yafet how to flip the bird.

4 4 "I'm Just A Creepy Stalker Girl Shadowing the Man of My Dreams" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov July 22, 2013
Smiley's neighbor Irina Ozerova develops a crush on Matt, and succeeds in making love with him. Now Irina is stalking Matt wherever he goes.

Title quotation from: Irina when Smiley catches her spying on Matt.

5 5 "She Takes a Squirt Gun to the Ears and Blasts Them to Kingdom Come" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov July 29, 2013
Matt and Smiley's mother, Eva, visits them and orders them to organize a party for her gardening club.

Title quotation from: Matt describing how Eva would clean his ears.

6 6 "It's Not the Fall That Kills You" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov August 5, 2013
Smiley gets Matt to fill in for her when Smiley injures herself during an amateur volleyball game. All the while Matt has been trying to get into the pants of one of Smiley's teammates. Guest stars Yelena Porsenko.

Title quotation from: Smiley assuring Matt that there is no danger in volleyball.

7 7 "That Damned Pop Star Millisaurus" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov August 12, 2013
Smiley's lesbian lover Galina Kamchatskaya demands to see Yafet, claiming that he is her son as well.

Title quotation from: Eva mispronouncing Miley Cyrus's name.

8 8 "Enough With the Peanut Butter and Jelly!" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov August 19, 2013
Matt agrees to become the chauffeur for an eccentric millionaire, but his boss's increasingly weirder demands begins to get to him.

Title quotation from: Matt cracking under the pressure of his boss's increasingly weirder demands.

9 9 "Come Out Here and Die Like a Man!" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov August 26, 2013
During dinner at a fancy restaurant, Eva brings up Smiley's shoplifting incident back when she was still a kid, but Matt knows who the real culprit is.

Title quotation from: Smiley when Matt confesses to a very traumatic event in their childhood.

10 10 "You Inherited Mom's Disgusting Jell-O Arse" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov September 2, 2013
Matt meets up with a gay friend-slash-investor and has to pretend to be gay to maintain his friendship by asking Smiley to be his lesbian date. Guest stars Dmitriya Shevchova and Olga Grisenko.

Title quotation from: Matt describing Smiley's ass.

11 11 "That's Just Saliva" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov September 9, 2013
Smiley's ex-husband Faddey Farber wants to get back with Smiley.

Title quotation from: Matt revealing the truth behind Yafet's "sweating mouth."

12 12 "I'm So Evil to Kids" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov September 16, 2013
One of Smiley's celebrity clients asks for a new project. Guest stars Kseniya Kalinina.

Title quotation from: Kseniya Kalinina after she and Smiley insult kids behind their parents' backs.

13 13 "Here's a Conspiracy Theory; Taylor Swift Is a Communist!" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov September 23, 2013
Kliment Dvilyanov, Matt's contact in the RBI, comes to visit.

Title quotation from: Matt,having "deduced" Swift's political views through the title of her latest album at the time.

14 14 "Demi Moore and Swift Tyler" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov September 30, 2013
Eva borrows Smiley's car in order to impress a new client.

Title quotation from: Eva mistaking Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift for two completely different people.

15 15 "What Do You Want, the Interceptors Come Charging In?" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov October 7, 2013
Yafet doesn't come home on time, which sets off Smiley's latent maternal instinct. Guest stars Iosef Birsakov and Galina Politova.

Title quotation from: Matt when Smiley begins worrying about Yafet not coming home on time.

16 15 "Planning on a Vacation to the Philippines?" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov October 14, 2013
Matt decides to go nude, without knowing that Smiley has invited some friends over, and Yafet is holding a group project in the house.

Title quotation from: Smiley after seeing a naked Matt walking around the house.

17 17 "Can't a Sister Help a Brother Out?" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov October 21, 2013
Yafet meets two girls from rival nations, and he believes that he can make them and their countries reconcile through the sheer force of his willpower.

Title quotation from: Yafet while asking a nun to help him out of a pond.

18 18 "Take That, Gordon Ramsay" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov October 28, 2013
Matt decides to try his hand in cooking, and gets hired by the restaurant of a famous chef. Guest stars Gordon Ramsay.

Title quotation from: Matt after a Muluwheyan guest praises his "unique" take on Margovyan cuisine.

19 19 "This Is Beyond Star Trek and Star Wars!" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov November 4, 2013
Smiley convinces Matt to become an extra in a new science fiction TV series which one of her artist clients stars in. Guest stars Terentiy Murov and Terentiy Nakhimov.

Title quotation from: Matt praising Doctor Who.

20 20 "Now I Have to Pay Twenty Margots to See My Brother" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov November 11, 2013
Matt, Smiley, and Yafet visit an Egyptology exhibit, only to cause trouble as soon as they come in.

Title quotation from: Smiley after Matt ends up being mistaken for a mummy.

21 21 "You're a Responsible Gun Owner, Comrade!" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov November 18, 2013
Matt finally gets a promising job offer from a troupe of historical reenactors, but he must prove his worth to the group.

Title quotation from: Smiley when Matt tries to pull his gun on a very unpleasant person.

22 22 "My Big Break Will Come When I Play Taylor Lautner's Armenian Goon" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov November 25, 2013
Matt finally gets to become an official part of the historical reenactors' troupe.

Title quotation from: Matt referring to his cameo in an American TV series currently being filmed in Margovya.

23 23 "Make Your Choice, Woman; One Direction or Idina Menzel?" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov December 2, 2013

An old flame from Matt's past life comes back to haunt him.

Title quotation from: Matt asking Smiley whose celebrity endorser's contract she will be paying for through her buying their endorsed corned beef brand.

24 24 "It's Quite Probably the Worst Decision MNBN's Ever Made" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov December 9, 2013
Matt's historical reenactment troupe has been hired by the MNBN to star in a historical comedy series, only to find out that Smiley has been hired to manage the reenactors.

Title quotation from: Matt learning that Smiley has been hired by the MNBN to manage his troupe of reenactors.

25 25 "Oh My God, What Happened to My Brain?" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov December 16, 2013

Matt's reenactment troupe performs a risque act on live television, and Smiley can't seem to accept the fact that her brother has become the MNBN's newest and biggest star.

Title quotation from: Smiley when she stares blankly at her food after Matt says he's become the top-biller of the MNBN historical reenactors.

26 26 "And a Happy New Year To Your Amputated Hand" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov December 23, 2013
Matt and Smiley prepare to celebrate Christmas together without trying to kill each other with stuffed turkeys and plastic Christmas trees.

Title quotation from: Matt wishing an old investor-client of his a good 2014.

27 27 "Just Scotch and Cigars" German Orfanov Tarik Falafelov & Ruma Mambobosov December 30, 2013
Matt sets up a party at Smiley's home, where he makes a most surprising announcement.

Title quotation from: Matt explaining to Eva what his party really is all about.

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