the role, and he refuses to do it. In the end, he does not get the
part because he refuses to do the accent. Here again, the show
acknowledges the dominant ideology by not allowing Ravi and
Dev to perform together as well as requiring a stereotypical Indian
accent to fit stereotypical expectations and get the part. The show
attempts to subvert the dominant ideology when Dev refuses to
the do the accent and by including dialogue revealing the ludicrous
reasoning about what is considered an Indian show. Then the show
propagates that dominant ideology when Dev does not get the part
because he refuses to do the accent. The reality is that the episode
raises good points about stereotypical representation of minorities
on television, especially Indians and Asians, by bringing up the idea
that Indian actors still need to work even if that means playing
those stereotypical roles. When Dev questions the status quo and
refuses to perform those stereotypical roles, however, he misses
out on the opportunity for a breakthrough part that could make
his career take off. What this situation says to viewers is not to
challenge the status quo or they, too, will lose out, just like Dev.
Next, the episode “Ladies and Gentlemen” starts off by
juxtaposing typical male and female experiences after leaving a bar.
A female character is depicted being followed home by a
belligerently drunk male who has earlier harassed her at the bar.
Conversely, Dev and his male friend are shown facing their biggest
trouble of the night: Dev stepping in dog feces. The stark contrast
between the obstacles the two characters face after a night out
launches the conversation in which Dev and his female friends talk
openly about gender equality and feminism.
In the episode, there is a scene where Brad (Ian Kahn), the
director of the commercial Dev is booked on, comes to the table
and introduces himself to all the men at the table while ignoring
Dev’s new girlfriend Rachel (Noel Wells) and Denise.