Keep Your Chin Up and Your Secretions In
Xavier is zorbing (say it out loud), Evie is overworked and binging on black market energy drinks, and her Cyber Hugs job has left her with a homeless telepathic rat named after a Greek philosopher. It’s time for this week’s episode of No Tomorrow!
The symbolism in the first scene left me a bit overwhelmed, just like Evie. Xavier is in a giant hamster ball, a caged rat from NIMH shows up, and Evie is asleep at her desk. She’s like a rodent on a treadmill trying to keep up with two jobs instead of one, we get it. She even gets called a corporate robot and tells Xavier she has no time for him or their apocalysts. Quelle horreur!
Xavier misses Evie and is worried about how hard she’s working, so he gets a job on the Cybermart warehouse floor. Evie is now one of his bosses. What could possibly go wrong?
(Damn you Joshua Sasse and your finger-snapping, hand-sliding perfection. That gesture took more coordination than I can manage in a month.)
It’s time for a quick check in with the B and C couples, and Timothy’s job/girl trouble of the week. Deirdre and Hank need to become Cybermart official: safe, fun and aggressively non-provocative. This should go well.
Kareema and Sofia are continuing a 4+ hour makeout session in the backseat of a car. They’ve fogged up the windows and everything. Kareema is still worried about her brother’s heart getting broken, but Sofia says she’s made her position clear.
Timothy is meeting with the whispering girl from Pitch Perfect, Hana Mae Lee, who is now Marlo Miamoto, the tough talking and looking woman in charge of Impropaganda. Her website will hire Timothy if he can find another story that gets a half million hits like his Stephen Spiel (no copyright infringement intended) did. I keep getting distracted by them repeating “Bro” back and forth to each other like a hilarious tumblr meme.
Marlo: “At Impropaganda, we focus on the human element. When the stakes are high and the bullets fly. We don’t want just blood on the page, we want sweat, bile, possibly urine.” Timothy: “I have all of those things.”
Not surprisingly, Xavier is soon bored at work. He implements creative changes with his coworkers that increase productivity. He also invents a cool new hammock. Deirdre takes advantage of the workers’ new productivity to double their quotas, an amount they can’t keep up with. Xavier leads his coworkers in a strike which escalates into an all out war between management and workers, with neither side stopping to listen to the concerns or demands of the other, until Evie finally comes up with a solution. She realizes that neither Deirdre nor the floor workers understand the pressures of the other, and has one person from the warehouse swap places with Deirdre for the day. Peggy, the warehouse worker, realizes the harsh demands the company is putting on Deirdre, and Deidre realizes how hard the others work. Compromises are agreed on. Evie also finds the confidence to quit being quality control manager and just keep her Cyber Hugs job.
Evie and Xavier are on opposite side for most of the episode, and it gets ugly. Xavier in particular gets carried away with his side of things, in some ways. His cause is just, and necessary. American workers need to organize. I’m glad they did this story, and showed the workers winning concessions without losing their jobs. But Xavier acts like he’s never held a job or had any adult responsibilities in his life, and gets upset with Evie whenever she needs to focus on her own adult responsibilities instead of him. I love Xavier and his Apocalyptic “No Regrets” philosophy, but, while he’s demanding respect for his beliefs, sometimes he forgets to give that same respect to everyone else. He’s a bit like Rebecca Bunch in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a messed up but lovable whirlwind who breezes through everyone’s life, disrupting routine and security, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Evie and Xavier have their biggest argument yet in this episode, but ultimately find balance and communication again. Once Evie’s down to only one job, she has time for life outside of work (and Xavier and the lists). Xavier quits his job at Cybermart so that he doesn’t interfere with Evie’s career anymore, since she’s explained that it’s important to her, not just a way to make money.
Deirdre and Hank don’t fare as well as the A couple. They’re also on opposite sides of the strike. Deirdre asks Hank to spy for her as her boyfriend, but he flat out refuses. Tough call on who’s right or wrong here, if anyone. Deirdre and Xavier both ended up putting their significant others in the middle by trying to make them choose between their jobs and their partners. It’s not a fair choice, and, as Hank points out, it’s the reason the dating seminar exists. On the other hand, Hank could have fed Deirdre a certain amount of information without harming the cause, and used the opportunity to talk to her more about the working conditions in the warehouse that made their demands reasonable, while listening to Deirdre’s concerns. He could have been the mediator that Evie ultimately became.
Instead, my favorite couple ends up broken up. Deirdre is a fair-minded person, and a good boss, but she’s put way more effort into their relationship than Hank has. She needed confirmation that he was as invested in the relationship as she was. Hank agreeing to spy would have given her that confirmation. So, she promotes him by giving him the Quality Control Manager position that Evie just quit, and looks longingly after him as he leaves her office. Hopefully Hank will take a good look at the plot lines of her novels and figure out that she needs him to prove himself by being the one to chase her this time.
Hank:”It’s not fair.” Deirdre: ” Romance, like capitalism, rarely is.”
Meanwhile, against everything she’s ever believed in, Kareema realizes she’s in love with Sofia and willing to consider marriage. Evie talks her through this shocking and horrifying revelation. Kareema’s brother has broken off his Green Card engagement with Sofia, so she’s on her way back to Venezuela. After searching her soul and buying a nipple ring to match her own, Kareema proposes. Sofia accepts. We’re getting married!
Kareema: “I really like the woman. I haven’t liked anything this much since the big bang… my first orgy.”
Timothy finds his hit-worthy story in the Cybermart strike, but he has a hard time making it pop until Xavier tells him he needs to go native. Get down in the dirt with the workers, bleed, sweat and urinate with them. Timothy ponders the advice for a minute, then dives in, somewhat literally. Marlo is thrilled with the story and sends him a contract. They hipster jargon at each other on the phone, possibly flirting. I continue to adore the way Timothy goes through life slightly confused and in over his head.
-The main message we got out of the dating seminar: If the boy dog had been wearing pants, a lot of that trouble could have been avoided.
-Our resident apocahipster was only doing what many innovative companies, including Google, have done in their offices when he encouraged the creative additions to the warehouse floor like slides and hammocks. He was bringing the comforts executives are given in companies like Cybermart down to working class employees. Corey Casey also insists on Xavier signing over the rights to the Nap-Sack, the hammock Xavier invents, probably to sell to those offices.
-Everyone yelling “Huzzah!” at Joshua Sasse at the wrong times during his speech took me right back to Galavant. Moment of silence for our loss.
-Deirdre: “It’s as American as apple pie and xenophobia.” Overheard by the Russian spy on the rooftop, of course.
-Kareema: “Get some sleep. You look paler than that girl from iZombie. And she’s a zombie.” 😎😎😎 iZombie shout out!
Next week, Xavier gets a terrible haircut, then asks Evie the worst questions during a lie detector test, a therapy llama comes to Cybermart, and the gang goes dancing.