Jason Bateman's Marty Byrde: I think that a, a higher caliber dancer would definitely translate into a higher-paying customer. And is there any reason that you can't have beautiful women work here? - I don't think so.
Adam Boyer's Bobby Dean: Beautiful girls won't work here. I won't let 'em. Plain Jane's with a work ethic - that's my sweet spot right there. . . . See I own the stage. They pay me to climb up on it, plus 25% of their tips. Ain't no payroll; all 1099s; independent contractors. No health insurance, vacation time, 401(k)s, Social Security, sick leave. And no liability. But I want my 25%, read me?
A nice little primer on the withholding- and benefits-based distinctions between employees and independent contractors, no?
Later, in Episode 6, Marty's wife, in asking the real-estate guy for whom she performs services for some additional compensation, engages in the following exchange -
Laura Linney's Wendy Bryde: Since I've been working with you, you've been able to increase your commission from five to seven percent. Now I did some math and you've been able to have an additional earnings of $192,000. I think it's only fair that I should request a bonus, beyond my hourly that will align my total compensation with my value.
Sharon Blackwood's Eugenia Dermody: Wha -
Kevin L. Johnson's Sam Dermody: What're we talkin'?
Wendy: Half your increase in income.
Wendy: Oh, and y'know if you don't agree I thank you for everything and, y'know, I'll just go, go right over to Lakeville Reality. I'll see what they can offer me.
Sam: Unh, Mom - OK - I'll give you ten thousand.
Wendy: Forty - that coupled with my salary will be a little less than a third of your additional profits, give or take.
They settle for a little less. Methinks that someone on the writing staff knows something about compensation (see also that same surmise
Never know what you'll learn from these shows . . .