(very roughly translated from the
show's official site
. . . many thanks to Cousin Yelena for some much needed corrections!)
Am" - September 25, 2006 - On a normal day, on the threshold of
aspiring photographer Andrei Ruzhentsev's apartment appears the Caucasian youth
Ivan Zyamzyulin. Ivan asserts that he is the distant relative of Andrei
along the maternal line and intends to live with him (based on PS episode Knock
Knock . . . Who's There?).
Rendezvous" - September 26, 2006 - Ivan want to go to a night club
but Andrei is not so sure . . . Ivan won't leave Andrei home alone feeling he
will cause trouble if left at home alone but it is Ivan who gets into trouble
when he is stuck with the tab for another couples' drinks (based on PS episode First Date).
They Went!" - September 27, 2006 - Andrei bets Arkady money that he can teach Ivan how to drive (based on PS episode Baby, You Can
Drive My Car).
Automobile" - September 28, 2006 - Arkady fines the boys for a
broken statuette, leaving them without enough money to get by. Feeling it
is his fault, Ivan persuades Andrei to let him use his car as a taxi to make money.
Birthday, Brother!" - September 29, 2006 - Andrei
is about to sell a photograph to a magazine only to find out they don't want to
buy it. Ivan finds out it's Andrei's birthday and plans a surprise party
with Tanya for Andrei (based on PS episode Happy Birthday, Baby).
Money, Two Keys" - October 2, 2006 - Andrei looks forward to spending a
night with Tanya and asks Ivan to spend the night in the store, only Ivan locks
the apartment door from outside upon leaving, locking Andrei in.
Into the Matter" - October 3, 2006 - Andrei and Ivan go to a
fitness club where they meet two fascinating instructors and overdo the exercise
trying to impress them (based on the PS episode Hunks Like Us).
Handsome Man" - October 4, 2006 - Andrei finally gets a date
with a dream girl and doesn't want to visit Arkady in the hospital for fear of
getting sick. However, Ivan persuades Andrei to go and Andrei, naturally,
falls ill (based on the PS episode Ladies and Germs).
of Babay" - October 5, 2006 - When Andrei saves Ivan's life,
Ivan insists that according to the laws of the mountains he must give him the
"Respect of Babay" (based on the PS episode Life Savers).
Film" - October 6, 2006 - Andrei receives an invitation to an
exhibit of his idol, a noted Russian photographer, but when Tanya has to go to
an international conference Andrei must take Ivan instead (based on the PS
episode Tux for Two).
- October 9, 2006 - After becoming the millionth customers of a supermarket
contest, the boys have to decide between a three chamber refrigerator or a trip
to a large casino (based on the PS episode Babes in Babylon).
Happiness" - October 10, 2006 - Ivan brings a homeless dog back
home and convinces Andrei to keep it but things get complicated
when it turns out their neighbor cannot stand dogs (based on the PS episode Dog Gone Blues).
the Sabres" - October 11, 2006 - Two ancient sabres show up in
the antique store and when it's discovered that they are priceless (and stolen
from the Hermitage!) Arkady becomes intrigued with the idea of making a fortune
from selling them.
Childhood" - October 12, 2006 - Andrei catches a 13 year old boy
shoplifting from the store so the guys decide to become his mentors, only their
approaches to this are diametrically opposed (based on the PS episode Tenspeed
and Soft Touch).
Kolbaskoy" - October 13, 2006 - When Arkady refuses to give the
guys raises they get jobs at a restaurant and soon find out they've only left
one bad job for another (based on the PS episode Get
Around the Stomach" - October 16, 2006 - Ivan invites a pregnant
friend to stay with Andrei when the hostel where she lived is shut down and her
husband is away from town (based on the PS episode Hello, Baby).
"Raisin - It
Is Good, and Two - are Better!" - October 17, 2006 - Ivan
invests in a muesli company which promises one hundred raisins in every batch
but he's disappointed when the actual number is much less (based on the PS
episode Taking Stock).
of Rapid Preparation" - October 18, 2006 - When Arkady returns
from a trip to London he expects Andrei and Ivan to tend the antique store in a
polite, British manner but for the same low pay.
Time in 180 Seconds" - October 19, 2006 - Ivan and Andrei win a
supermarket shopping spree and have three minutes to get as many groceries as
they can with some restrictions (based on the PS episode Better Shop Around).
Sleeps to the Matter" - October 20, 2006 - When girlfriends
Tanya and Masha are invited to study in St. Petersburg Ivan makes it clear that
he does not want Masha to go. Andrei, however, negligently tells Tanya she
can go and so both girls depart (possibly based on PS episode Future Shock).
Witness" - October 23, 2006 - Ivan meets a man named Garikom who
takes advantage of Ivan's naivety to have him run jobs for him. It has to
be explained to him that Garikom is a criminal boss (based on the PS episode Can
I Get a Witness?).
Maidenly Surname" - October 24, 2006
Tamara gets fed up and throws Arkady out of the house, saying she wants a
divorce. Ivan, against the wishes of Andrei, invites Arkady to move in
with them (based on the PS episode Since I Lost My Baby).
"Love to the
Coffin" - October 25, 2006
As Ivan studies to be a veterinary surgeon he falls in love with a girl named
Galya in his class and even wants to marry her. But Andrey suspects that
Galya is only using Ivan to help her pass the course (based on the PS episode Falling
in Love Is . . . ).
of Freedom" - October 26, 2006
Arkady brings his nephew in to work in the antique store. But this nephew
devises a scheme: he stages the loss of a valuable statuette of an Indian
the Cover" - October 27, 2006
Andrei photographs Ivan and sends the photo to a magazine which ends up
publishing the picture . . . on its cover!
Love Triangle" - January 22, 2007
Tamara helps Andrei and Ivan concoct a scheme to falsely present a marriage and
divorce situation by which Ivan will be able to skirt the Moscow registration
process allowing him to continue to live in the apartment with Andrei but as
usual, at the critical moment, something goes wrong.
Dispute" - January 23, 2007
Andrei and Ivan make a bet between themselves: who is the better salesman?
Tamara and Arkady in turn bet amongst themselves who will win, but the results
could be devastating for the loser because they may end up being fired!
Love" - January 24, 2007
When Ivan falls in love with a district doctor he feigns countless maladies to
see her - stomach pain, toothache, broken hand, etc. Arkady grows
increasingly irritated by Ivan's absence from work . . . but things may unravel
on their own when the female doctor shows up in the store!
of the Grandmother of Manany" - January 25, 2007
In preparation for a visit from Ivan's grandmother, a large amount of money is
sent to purchase an old armchair-rocker in which she will feel
comfortable. When the chair and other items from the store are lost, the
store faces bankruptcy (based very very loosely on the PS episode Bye Bye
Place of Work Cannot be Changed" - January 26, 2007
Tamara decides to make a change and begin a newspaper publishing company.
She hires new workers and instructs Arkady that they are now "Antiquary and
. . . . " Behind her back Arkady fires Ivan and Andrei and they look for jobs on their own. When Tamara finds out about this she
has the editor-in-chief, Boris, hire the boys. Andrei and Ivan received
their first task as reporters and realize they have truly started a whole new
life (based very loosely on the PS episode All the News That's Fit).
Grow Thin, Dear Editorial Staff" - January 29, 2007
When Tanya arrives from the mission Andrei decides to lose weight and starts
dieting. Unable to manage enough will power on his own, he turns to Ivan
who puts Andrei on the shepherd diet but helping Andrei to help himself may
prove to be difficult work for Ivan (based on the PS episode Weigh to Go,
and Bratki" - January 30, 2007
Ivan becomes acquainted with a con man who sells fake designer watches but the
authorities are not willing to help so Andrei decides to expose the scam by
reporting it in the newspaper (based on the PS episode Night School
of Fascinating Happiness" - January 31, 2007
After returning home from a three-day absence, Andrei is shocked to find out
that Ivan has invited a female volleyball team, who is in Moscow for the
competitions, to live in their apartment! Ivan intends to sell his
possessions to sponsor the team but Andrei suggests they get Arkady to sponser
the team instead . . . but how do they explain all these women living with them?
"As Not to
Become Star" - February 1, 2007
A commercial director selects Andrei to star in the newspaper's advertising
campaign. Andrei starts to imagine himself as a future television star but
everyone is in for a surprise when they sit down to watch the finished
commercial on television (based on the PS episode To Be or Not to Be).
Andryusha" - February 2, 2007
Ivan tops off a special dinner for Andrei and the girls with a special pastry
dessert. The pastry is so good Andrei signs an agreement with a Moscow
restaurant to sell them on the condition they can deliver 2,000 of the pastries
in two days! Everyone pitches in to help but it becomes pretty clear that
Andrei, who has assigned himself the boss, is not doing his fair share of the
work (based on the PS episode Just Desserts).
"The Law of
Honor" - February 5, 2007
After much persuasion Arkady gets Ivan to reveal some information from a tax
related letter. Andrei scolds Ivan, telling him that he has broken the
code of journalistic honor. But Andrei's tune may change when it turns out
Ivan has some private information which would benefit Andrei if he were to
reveal it (based on the PS episode My Lips Are Sealed).
People" - February 6, 2007
Ivan and Andrei find themselves on opposite sides of an issue at work when
Andrei is assigned to write an article outlining the benefits of a new
commercial center and Ivan sides with the local residents who want the
construction project stopped, going so far as to sign the collective letter of
protest and then publish the letter in the newspaper.
According to Ivan" - February 7, 2007
Xenia, the editor of the Sunday supplement, makes excuses to get close to Ivan,
making it clear she is interested in him sexually, leaving Ivan confused . . .
he does not want a relation with this woman but he also doesn't want to lose his
job. Andrei comes to Ivan's aid in stopping this woman's sexual harassment
(based on the PS episode Sexual Harassment in Chicago).
Terrible Prophecy of Moyra" - February 8, 2007
A well-known fortune teller predicts an untimely and fast death for Andrei, who
does not believe such nonsense. Ivan is very worried and in the evening
the brothers and their girlfriends gather in the guys' apartment to embark on
the path of the terrible prophecy (based on the PS episode The Horn Blows at
Changes Profession" - February 9, 2007
Ivan is put in charge of the newspapers inter-office newsletter. Andrei
reviews Ivan's first enthusiastic effort but points out that a journalist must
speak only the truth. The following morning when the new issue comes out
the editorial staff are not happy to learn the truth about themselves (based on
the PS episode The Newsletter).
Corrected - To Believe" - February 12, 2007
Andrei learns that Garikom, the crook he and Ivan testified against in court, is
to be released from prison. Andrei fears for Ivan's safety and hurries
home, only to find out Garikom is staying in their apartment (based on the PS
episode The Pen Pal).
Savior of Brother" - February 13, 2007
Returning home from a day at work, Andrei and Ivan are trapped in the
elevator. Trying not to panic, they calm each other down and recall
stories from their lives when endurance and calmness helped them deal with
it Cannot Be Lost" - February 14, 2007
Andrei is to meet Tanya' father and finds out the man is an avid billiard player
who nevetheless plays very badly. Andrei decides that to make a good
impression he must lose the game to his future father-in-law and hopes Ivan will
also be instrumental in helping him carry out this idea (based loosely on the PS
episode Hello, Ball).
Aid" - February 15, 2007
Andrei urgently needs money to help send his sister to school and takes a chance
on bilking an insurance company to get the money (based on the PS episode Lie-Ability).
Itself Repair!" - February 16, 2007
Andrei and Ivan have to make a certain repair in Arkady's apartment but will
their boss be pleased with their work? (Could possibly be loosely based on
House" - February 19, 2007
Andrei and Tanya take a vacation and Andrei asks Ivan to cover for him at work .
. . which results in Ivan writing an article by himself which leads to trouble.
Conducts Journalist" - February 20, 2007
Someone robs the newspaper's offices and Arkady accuses Ivan of not shutting the
door when he left. To defend Ivan, Andrei launches an independent
investigation, the results of which prove to be surprising!
Against Arkady Mikhaylovich" - February 21, 2007
On Ivan's birthday the brothers decide to have a party and they invite many
of their friends and colleagues but not their boss, Arkady. When Arkady
shows up anyway it could totally disrupt all of their plans (based loosely on
the PS episode The Gift of the Mypiot).
Print Run" - February 22, 2007
Having a problem with his creditors, Arkady desperately needs the circulation of
the paper to increase. Despite the various efforts of the newspaper's
workers prove futile and everyone is worried when one day Arkady simply
Call" - February 26, 2007
The newspaper is taken to court over a controversial article. At the same
time the relatives of Ivan's mountain fiancee, Dardanelles, arrive and persuade
him to return to the village to be married since it is his position to do
so. Will Ivan return to the mountains? Will the newspaper be shut
down? (based very loosely on the PS episode Wedding Belle Blues)
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