Acting is a craft. Even the greatest of thespians must work long and hard to achieve the right emotions to believably play a part. So just think how tough it must be for Josh Gad of “1600 Penn.”

We’re kidding, of course. Gad is great. But even he might need some pointers now and then. That’s when it’s good to have someone like Andre Holland around for extra help. With him, a believable adult baby at a funeral might even be possible. Maybe.

What sorts of scenes are the actors really preparing for?

A date is Skip’s goal in the next “1600 Penn” episode, “Game Theory.” In this episode, Skip announces that he is going on a big date with Stacey (guest star Susan Park. Emily (Jenna Elfman) is rather concerned about the date and takes it upon herself to make sure the affair goes off without any problems. Of course, this probably means Emily is only introducing new problems.

In addition to Skip’s date, “Game Theory” gives us a look at Becca (Martha MacIsaac) and D.B. (guest star Robbie Amell) as they try to paint a mural in a special room. The President (Bill Pullman) and Xander (Benjamin Stockham), meanwhile, get caught up in an intense game of Risk. That’s what Presidents normally do, right?

“Game Theory” airs Thursday, March 14 at 9:30pm on NBC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown