NTSF:SD:SUV:: Episode Recap - The Real Bicycle Thief - Season 2, Episode 2
Synopsis: A gang of Swedish virtual pedicab drivers are robbing restaurants to send food back to Sweden in a heart-rending effort to protect the Swedish population from always having to eat Swedish meatballs and a smorgasbord of other “delicacies” such as fermented herring and gravlax with lingonberry jam. Instead of the obvious disguise as the Swedish Chef from the Muppets, Trent goes undercover as a pedicab-driving natural to expose the seamy underbelly of lutefisk.
Details: After defeating their leader, Sven, in a pedicab showdown, Trent successfully infiltrates the Swedish pedicab gang over the vociferous objections of the leader’s right hand man, played by Jake Johnson [Nick from “New Girl”], who parades a metric ton of evidence – all pointing to Trent as a police mole – only to have it promptly ignored by Sven. With Trent firmly entrenched as Sven’s new favorite virtual pedicab driver robber baron, another heist is planned, then changed, then planned again at the same restaurant where they began the episode. Then – surprise! – every member of the Swedish pedicab gang is actually an undercover cop for a different organization – including mall security. Needless to say, it does not end well for Sven. Kove wants to see a re-enactment of the crimes but doesn’t want to watch blurry black-and-white security footage and instead sends out for an expensive production company to produce a nice, colorful version that she can then submit to the snobs at Sundance or the alt-hillbillies at SXSW.
The Poop and Skinny: Important elements to take from this episode are the fact that Oscar Wilde is a famous author who you may or may not have been forced to write a report on in high school or college, Swedish virtual pedicab restaurant terrorists are virtually unstoppable when they’re hungry, San Diego has more Swedes than you knew, IKEA and ABBA are both four-letter words not used in this episode and if only restaurants charged reasonable prices for tasty food with fast service, there would be no need for film festivals in Sweden.