TV Realtors Manuever For Listings

Who’s the “she” in the “She lied. She Cheated. She Won?” tag line (above)?

Phi Dunphy arch-rival Realtor Mitzi Roth, played by a very believable Ellen Barkin.

In an episode titled, “Send Out the Clowns,” Mitzi outmanuevers Phil for a choice listing by showing up at the Seller’s home at the same time as Phil’s listing appointment, then weaseling her way in by claiming she has a Buyer.

On the way into the Seller’s home, Mitzi fakes a fall into the bushes, blaming Phil’s “anger management” issues.

She gets the listing.

Act 2:  with help from his son, Luke, Phil resolves to bust Mitzi by showing up at her office, confronting her, and recording their talk on Luke’s spy pen for the “benefit” of the new clients.

Except that Mitzi sees that coming and wrests the pen from Phil.

What is Phil’s Plan C?

Does Mitzi keep the listing?

You’ll have to watch for yourself!

P.S.: This show is just too attuned to real estate not to have a ringer on ” or close to someone on ” its writing staff.

Best guess: one of the writers has a Mom/best friend/in-law who is a Realtor.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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