Made for Love Season 1 Episode 2: I Want a Divorce Recap

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In episode 2, Made for Love begins to explore Hazel’s relationship with her father while continuing to expose the frightening lack of boundaries in her marriage to Byron. Herb and Diane try to help Hazel get further away from Byron. Hazel has another run in with Lyle, whose motives remain unclear.


In the episode 2 cold open, Hazel (Cristin Milioti) is seated in her lounge chair by the pool for her morning reading session, a repeat of what we saw in episode 1. Except this time, Byron (Billy Magnussen) isn’t in the pool with Zelda and Hazel passes out after she takes a drink from her glass. As she loses consciousness, she knocks the glass over, the memory that flickered through her mind in episode 1 when she saw a shard of broken glass by her chair. The Mickey and Sylvia version of Lover Boy plays in the background.

Love is strange and a lot of people take it for a game.

Several people who are dressed in scrubs (including, I believe, Fiffany (Noma Dumezweni) in the black scrubs) swarm Hazel, strapping her to her lounge chair, blindfolding her, and prepping her for poolside surgery. Her biological information is displayed on a billboard sized monitor on the side of the house, while a machine implants the Made for Love chip into the side of her head. Byron sits on the chair next to hers with his back to her, watching the display on the monitor instead of his wife as her body and her privacy are violated. Zelda the dolphin keeps swimming.

I’m not sure if roofying your wife then performing experimental surgery on her BRAIN without her consent are grounds for divorce in California, but I can’t imagine they’re not. They inserted an experimental device into her BRAIN made from who knows what materials- the allergy and cancer causing potential alone are off the charts, before the app is even activated. The term “mind rape” applies in so many ways here.

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Hazel wakes up at her father’s house in the present day, distressed, as if she’s had a nightmare. She feels her scalp, looking for the shaved spot where she “dreamed” the chip was inserted. Herb notices she’s awake and says, “She lives!” It’s a play on the variations of “It’s alive!” from every Frankenstein movie ever. He’s labelling her as the monster he created. He probably did create his share of her issues. But also, after ten years in limbo in the Hub, Hazel lives, as opposed to her mother and Diane, who do not.


Herb tells her she was out for about an hour. He made spaghetti and garlic bread. He also needs to introduce her to someone. Hazel immediately panics, assuming someone from Gogol has already caught up with her. Instead, Herb wheels in Diane, who’s strapped to a handtruck in much the same way that we just saw Hazel strapped to a lounge chair.

In another parallel to Byron, Herb just ignored Hazel’s potential medical needs when she fainted, then didn’t wake up for an hour. That seems like something a parent should want to have checked out, rather than blithely making spaghetti and worrying about what the kid will think of his new girlfriend.

In other words, on the surface, it seems that Hazel married a man much like her father.

Herb did at least move Hazel from the floor to the couch, but I’m betting he strapped her to the handtruck to do it and complained to Diane about it the whole time. The straps would be what triggered her nightmare.

Herb introduces Diane, beaming as if she’s the love of his life.

She is a hot blonde. She’d be quite the trophy wife if she had more substance behind those vacant eyes.

Hazel drops the pillow she was holding as a weapon- to be fair, it probably would have worked against Bennett or Lyle- and heads for the yard. She’s done with crazy male shenanigans right now. But she discovers that Herb’s vintage fixer upper airplane is gone. While Hazel mumbles to herself about the missing plane, Herb loudly carries on both parts of the conversation he thinks he and Hazel should be having.

Herb knows she’s married to one of the richest men in the world, yet she stumbled into his house in bad shape, clearly on the run from Byron, who has the resources to find her and make her (and Herb) disappear. But like almost every man she’s met so far, his main concern is that she hasn’t spent enough time stroking his ego.


Hazel demands that he tell her what happened to the plane. He explains that he sold it to Ma Voss and her boys. She asks if they still live out by the slaughterhouse on 62, then she digs the ancient shotgun out of the hall closet. She has trouble loading it and reluctantly lets Herb help.

He wheels Diane everywhere he goes in the house, so she’s not left out of conversations, cause he’s considerate like that. Hazel tells him that she left Byron, which means she also specifically says those words to Byron through his NoodleCam. She tells Herb that she can’t talk about it, but not why. Herb seems to think that means she left her rich, handsome husband over something trivial. He’s extra smug and undermining about his assumption, despite the loaded shotgun she’s holding.

Herb’s relationship with Diane makes more and more sense. In fact, maybe we need to make sure Diane is okay. Did she consent to the demeaning bondage and riding a handtruck instead of a wheelchair, which would be more comfortable and allow her to keep her dignity?

Hazel changes the subject, asking how long Herb and Diane have been together. He doesn’t answer, instead touching the blood on Hazel’s face and pulling away some loose strands of hair, as if to remind her she’s in no position to criticize. They get distracted when they notice that the clump of hair is attached to a magnet. It’s the hair that was shaved for her implant procedure. The Gogol med techs turned it into a magnetic hair extension that sticks to something inside her head.

At least her bald spot won’t show while the hair grows out. But what genius thought she wouldn’t notice? And what kind of magnetic/steel plate is inside her head?

Hazel heads into the bathroom to examine her bald spot and clean up a little. Herb says they can ask Shane Voss to fly her some place in the morning. She insists she has to leave tonight. She tries to explain that Byron will come for her, take her, then say she’s dead, but she’ll really be his prisoner in the Hub, after he does brain revision surgery on her. Herb says she should eat some spaghetti.

The words “hysterical woman” and “overreacting” don’t come out of his mouth, but they might as well. This is why Hazel was practicing with the airplane piloting app. She needed to be able to fly herself out quickly, before Gogol caught up, because she knew Herb would be dismissive.

Herb: “Have you ever thought of just lowering your standards in terms of general happiness, hmm? You and Byron, I don’t know what’s going on, but give the guy a break. You’re a handful.”

She says she wasn’t the problem, but Herb continues, “reminding” her that she has a lifelong habit of destroying things. His “evidence” is that she broke something at a museum when she was three years old and had poison oak.

Clearly that incident was responsible for all of Herb’s problems for the rest of his life. Perfect example of alcoholic thinking. He will be on his deathbed and still blaming her for ruining his life in that museum, but also expecting her to take care of him without complaint as he’s dying. Then he’ll leave everything to Diane out of spite.

We don’t know everything about Hazel’s marriage, but there are some lines you simply don’t cross. Non-consensual poolside brain surgery is one of them. Byron doesn’t get a pass just because she has issues, too.

Hazel drinks from the running faucet while Herb yells at her to turn it off, presumably because there’s a massive drought. Byron must have his own private water source for the Hub, probably the one that used to supply Twin Sands.

While Hazel gulps down a few bites of spaghetti, Herb gives us an excellent demonstration of male entitlement.

He continues to wheel Diane along with him as he follows Hazel through the house.

Herb: “All right, pretending to leave your husband to amass power in the marriage, I respect the move. Your mother was a master. But there’s a art to it. Planes, shotguns, acting like you’re running for your life- it’s, it’s not elegant. Plus, he’s just gonna say that you’re unstable.”

Hazel: “He put a device in my head. He’s watching us, right now, through a chip that he implanted in my brain! [He smirks at her like she’s crazy.] Your dick is out.”

She has to point out a second time that he’s exposed before he understands her, then he says sorry and wanders off to get Diane. When Hazel walks by on her way to the front door with the shotgun, Herb yells that they should talk about it. She scoffs at him. He wonders why she came home. She wanted to take the plane, obviously, plus Byron knew she’d never go there. As she’s walking out, Herb, who hasn’t seen her in 10 years, yells that she can’t even fly the plane. She tells him she can kind of fly the plane.

Herb assumes that Hazel left Byron as a way to manipulate him into giving her something, which Herb also assumes is why his wife apparently left him multiple times. To him, the fact that Hazel’s being more dramatic than her mother was just means she’s overplaying her hand.


So Herb tries to give his daughter instructions on how to better manage an abusive, controlling husband, lest Byron decide to get rid of her in favor of a more pliable model. And since she’s a woman, any emotional or unusual behavior can be used against her in a court of law (in a different era, not too long ago, it could have been used to put her in an asylum). But even with the label of Town Pervert, Herb doesn’t have to worry about losing his own independence or Power of Attorney. Obviously no one can touch Byron, no matter how psycho he gets. Whereas it doesn’t really matter how Hazel behaves- if Byron wants her declared incompetent, she’ll be declared incompetent.

As Hazel walks away, she hears a boom, a voice says something about Made for Love becoming operational, and then she experiences a series of quick flashbacks. It’s not clear if this is her remembering her past, a glitch in the chip or if Byron just activated something. When the flashes end, she’s walking back across the Twin Sands bridge and Lyle is behind her, honking his car horn.

Did Lyle activate a GPS/locator function in the chip that disrupted her thoughts? Did Byron?

Lyle catches up in his scene stealer of a car and tells her not to shoot because it’s just him, like they’re friends. Of course she shoots, but she aims at the pavement. He’s relieved that she missed and notes that he looks different from how she remembers him, now that he’s missing several fingers. He’s wrapped a thick wad of duct tape around his injured hand and is keeping the amputated fingers in a baggie.

Hazel doesn’t care about his injury, though he tries to guilt her some more. She demands to know how long the chip has been in her head. After a minute, he admits that it’s been 3 days. She doesn’t believe him at first. He says that Byron turned against him too, wiping his identity and clearing out his financial accounts, because he was trying to help Hazel.

Pretty sure that’s a lie. If Byron wiped him, it was for another reason. Also, several sources I’ve read have said Lyle is Byron’s head of security, though I don’t recall hearing it in the show. But it could be that Fiffany is chief of research and development and Lyle is chief of cyber security. He’s not striking me as chief of physical, real world security.

Hazel tells Lyle that she used to stick up for him when Byron mocked him. Lyle doesn’t want to believe it. Hazel keeps pointing the gun at him. He tells her again that they need to work together, because “Right now, you are the single most valuable piece of technology in existence.”

Yep, he went there. He dehumanized her into a commodity. Then, to make it worse, he speaks to Byron through her, as if she’s a phone, basically combining a villain monologue and ransom speech.

Going to guess that Byron wiped him so he couldn’t sell Hazel or the chip when he found them.

Hazel stops him and he explains that he’s her best and only shot for escaping Byron, who owns the cops and the media. Lyle has a plan, but obviously he can’t share it with her, since Byron is listening. He takes out a black bag, which he calls a cloaking device, and tells her it will block the chip’s signal if she puts it over her head. Then he’ll take her someplace safe in his car, which only has one seat, so she has to ride in the tiny trunk. He tells her to just get over any issues she has with it.

Once she understands that Lyle’s plan is to put a bag over her head and lock her in the trunk of a car, Hazel shoots him in the leg. She tries to use his severed finger to start the car, but it must be too cold to activate the biometric lock, so she runs back out into the street and shoots Lyle again.

Herb and Diane pull up in his truck as Hazel is taking off down the road. Lyle is lying on the pavement screaming. Herb thought it was Hazel screaming. She jumps in the truck and tells him to drive.

Byron is somewhere in a car with Fiffany, watching his HazelCam. As she rides away with Herb, while Lyle screams in pain, Byron calmly says, “I know she loves me.”

Maybe on opposite day.

Flashback to a memory of the Hub, when Hazel threw a surprise birthday party for Byron. He teared up and hugged her, because it was the first time anyone had ever thrown him a birthday party. Their cube was configured for the perfect garden party for two, with a cake that was for display purposes only, since Byron doesn’t eat cake. It’s not Keto.

She leads him over to a pinata with his face on it. It’s his first time playing this party game, too. Hazel only lets Byron take a few swings (and misses) at the pinata before she takes her turn. She hits the pinata/Byron’s face with every swing. Soon, his brains the stuffing is falling out.

Seems like she was feeling a little resentment.

In the present, Byron continues to watch his HazelCam as she and Herb drive.

Hazel confirms that Herb is sure they’ll be able to find the Vosses. Then Herb asks what the chip does. She says it reads “the four senses and rudimentary emotional data.” When Herb corrects her, because there are five senses, she tells him that Byron doesn’t believe in smell.

Smell being the sense that evokes the most visceral memories. Maybe Byron doesn’t want to be blindsided by memories he can’t control. Smell is also connected to medical conditions like migraines and allergies. A smell aversion could be caused by psychological conditions such as anxiety or obsession.

Herb wonders why anyone would choose to put a chip in their head. Hazel reminds him that it wasn’t her choice. He can understand why everyone wants a phone [which is really just an external chip], but he doesn’t get the chip implant as a consumer concept. He just can’t wrap his brain around the idea of chipping everyone as an expression of love.

Yet that’s exactly what they tell us it is when we do it to our pets. I’m not necessarily arguing against chipping pets. Just pointing out that the argument that chipping equals love has literally already been used successfully with a mass population. And the GPS function in phones is already widely used by everyone from parents to the police to track people with or without their consent. How long before chips are marketed to parents as a way to keep their children safe, so that they don’t always need to have their phone charged and with them? The chip will go under the skin at first, like pet microchips, rather than in the brain, but the urge to create neural interfaces could be too strong to deny.

Hazel starts to put in earplugs and cover her head with a bag, so that Byron won’t be able to monitor what she sees and hears. Herb asks if there’s GPS in the chip, since that’s the most obvious thing for someone like Byron to put in it. Hazel realizes this is true and that she can’t escape her husband, no matter how brilliant her plan is. She puts down the bag and earplugs.

I’m sure Lyle’s bag was actually a mini Faraday cage and would have worked against the GPS and HazelCam.

They arrive at the local watering hole, The Spotted Rose, where Herb has been a regular for decades. Before they get out of the car, he sadly tells Hazel that his reputation has taken a hit due to his relationship with Diane. Hazel correctly guesses that they call him the town pervert now. They agree that the townies are a bunch of closed minded idiots. When Hazel refers to Diane as a sex doll, Herb corrects her- Diane is his synthetic partner.

While synthetic partner is a marginally more respectful term for what’s ultimately a dubious sex toy, the term also takes away even more of Diane’s autonomy by defining her solely according to her relationship to Herb. Someone needs to go watch Lars and the Real Girl to get a sense of the kind of independent lifestyle a woman like Diane is capable of living, despite her special needs.

Diane waits in the car while Herb and Hazel go inside. Herb promises her they won’t be gone long.

Hazel spots the crowd around the mechanical bull outside the bar and grumbles that she hates 3rd Saturday Ride Night. She puts her hood up and looks around warily as they enter the bar- she hasn’t been in a place this dark, crowded and sticky in ten years. Once they’re inside, Herb points out the Vosses and tells her to give him the money, then stay out of sight while he negotiates a deal for the plane. If Ma Voss sees Hazel, she’ll raise the price.

Hazel tells him she doesn’t have any money. They argue for a minute over whose half-baked plan to get the plane was worse, then Herb decides he’ll figure out a way to get the plane anyway. He straightens his clothes a little so he’s more presentable and tries to send Hazel back to the car like she’s a child. She says she’ll be at the bar, but she really does need some cash for a drink.

Herb heads over to Ma Voss’ (Jeanette O’Connor) booth, where he tells the gang that he has a proposition. Shane Voss (Chris Bagnall) tells him to sit down, but calls him a pervert. Watching from the bar, Hazel flashes back to the reason she hates 3rd Saturday Ride Night. She recalls one morning when she was a teenager and she went to search for Herb at the bar. Shane (Riley Webb) taunted her about her dead mother. Ma Voss (Ashley Dulaney) pointed her toward where Herb was asleep on a picnic table with a trophy from Ride Night the night before. When she woke him up, he said he was actually being responsible, because he was too drunk to drive home. He’d left her alone with no food in the house, so he offered to take her out for pancakes. Hazel (Juliet Rusche) had to drive because Herb was still drunk. Teenage Hazel seemed to have fun driving, but Adult Hazel looks traumatized by the memory.

Until she smells the bartender (Augusto Aguilera) when he returns to the bar behind her. She turns around to find the source of the smell, loudly sniffing. He confirms that he hasn’t showered in a while and asks what she wants to drink. She’s speechless. She holds out her money, so he gets her the default drink, beer on tap.

Once the bartender walks away, Hazel looks across the bar and into a mirror, which means Byron can see her face instead of just seeing whatever she sees. Byron looks up from his HazelCam and asks what the red line on the screen means. Fiffany stays silent, but Bennett tells him Hazel is aroused. Byron’s cold smile does not signal amusement.

The phone rings at The Spotted Rose. Hazel looks nervous. The bartender answers it, swears, then slams it down again. He doesn’t know that he’s Hazel’s hero.

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Meanwhile, back at Ma Voss’ booth, Herb finishes explaining his elaborate financial plan that will eventually make the Vosses 120% on their investment. Ma tells him they are interested in his bogus schemes. Her younger son, Danny (Brent Chase), just wants a chance to beat the mechanical bull all time champ. Shane also wants a turn with Diane, but they ignore him. Herb has held the bull riding record for 20 years. He agrees to the rematch.

Herb tells Hazel that Ma agreed to let them have the plane for a day if he beats Danny and takes her to dinner. Once he’s on the mechanical bull, Herb tells the crowd that he’s riding the fake animal for his daughter’s and Diane’s honor.

The show didn’t even bother to hire a stunt double to be fake Herb riding the bull for a few seconds. The camera cuts straight to Herb lying flat on his back in the dusty parking lot, trying to regain the feeling in his, well, everything. Hazel takes his keys and walks toward the truck, probably so she can pull up closer to him and help him in. But when she gets close to the truck, she finds Shane stealing? kidnapping? Diane after spraypainting the word pervert on the side of the truck.

Shane sees Hazel, hoists Diane onto his shoulder and runs, with Hazel giving chase. She catches up and they get in a tug of war over Diane until the mysterious bartender hits Shane in the back of the head, knocking him out. In shock, she asks what the bartender did. He says, “You’re welcome,” hops in his own truck, and drives away.

This is more excitement in one night than Hazel has had in years and she still has to take care of Diane, who is lying on the ground in a near catatonic state after her ordeal. She’s trying to soothe Diane’s nerves when Herb finds them.

On the drive home, Herb muses that it might be for the best that Hazel can’t fly away from her problems. He hasn’t been through a divorce, but he figures it’s probably similar to death, where suddenly you’re alone instead of part of a pair. Hazel tells him that Byron won’t let her leave him anyway. Herb assures her that it’s not up to Byron. She asks if he thinks he and her mom would have stayed together. He says he doesn’t think so, because their sex life was already deteriorating. Diane, on the other hand, keeps up with all of his requests. Diane doesn’t comment.

Their front yard is filled with black SUVs, a sure sign that Byron has found Hazel. Herb offers to keep driving, but she’s accepted that she has to face him and gets out of the car. Byron is waiting for her inside. He has the HazelCam hooked up to the TV, so that when she enters, he’s watching himself, reflected back through her eyes into infinity.

Byron: “I thought we were happy.”

Hazel: “I wasn’t. I want a divorce.”


Would Byron have saved Diane the way the bartender did? This question preys on my mind. Most of Byron’s life is make believe, but would he lift a finger to maintain someone else’s necessary illusion? That’s the really the important question about him as a character. Is it possible for him to benefit from Made for Love? Could narcissists understand the emotions of others, if they had to feel their partner’s feelings while seeing life through their eyes?

Hazel has at least begun to turn herself back into a real girl. She found her voice and enough courage to tell Byron the truth at the end of the episode, despite his uninvited invasion of her territory, in every sense of the word. Constant surveillance isn’t anything new to her. Despite the chip, she has more freedom now than she did in the Hub, because she’s making her own decisions and Byron is forced into the role of viewer. When she lived in the Hub, Byron controlled her entire life and she was reduced to observing herself.

Herb has certainly lowered his own standards in terms of general happiness, as have most Americans over the last 40 years. While lowering expectations and turning lemons into lemonade are reasonable coping mechanisms for mature, well adjusted adults, there comes a point where a line in the sand needs to be drawn.

The difference between Byron’s standard of living in the Hub and Herb/Twin Sands’ standard of living reflects the typical dichotomy in 2021 America. As with most Americans, it’s hard for Herb to imagine that anything could be wrong with Hazel’s life when she’s been living with her fabulously wealthy and famous husband. Byron can’t imagine what life is like for the people in Twin Sands, either. As is also increasingly typical, both men have difficulty feeling empathy for anything they haven’t experienced themselves.

Hazel has lived both lifestyles and just left the one that offered her extreme wealth in order to go back to her neglectful, abusive parent. She came home because no amount of material wealth could make up for the level of abuse and oppression she was experiencing with Byron. Because being her husband and being rich doesn’t give Byron the right to experiment on her body without her consent.

The standard Herb wants Hazel to lower the most is her expectations for him as her father, but I don’t think he has to worry. She hasn’t expected anything from him in decades. Byron is a variation on her father, who also appears warm while undermining her and remaining emotionally distant. Both men stay in their own corner of the world, which they control, with women they control. But Byron offered Hazel a consistent, safe, secure environment, whereas Herb’s home was a scary place for a kid to live after his wife died. Hazel was taken care of in the Hub, even if she wasn’t free. That may have been such a relief at first that it took her awhile to figure out how confined she was and to chafe at her confinement.

This episode, and the show in general, play with when and why the characters have the the ability to empathize. Lyle helped hold Hazel hostage in the Hub for ten years and now denies it, pretending to be her empathetic friend. Like the pinata, he’s served as her Byron surrogate/whipping boy in these first two episodes, taking the severe damage she’d like to do to Byron, but could never get away with. Byron stood and watched her beat that pinata to death, but never considered there might be a deeper meaning to the way she bashed his face in with so much enthusiasm.

We saw him be moved to tears twice this episode, but I don’t trust that they were real either time, since he’s shown no empathy or strong affection otherwise, for anyone- not Hazel, Zelda, Bennett, Fiffany or Lyle. Psychopaths can fake the correct emotion very effectively. Byron knew Hazel wasn’t happy, because she told him and showed him while she was still in the Hub. He was unable to accept it, just as he was unable to accept that Zelda the dolphin was unhappy. So he ordered Fiffany to force Zelda to be happy again, when no dolphin could be happy living alone in a small empty pool. Like Hazel, Zelda was a hostage and in worse conditions.

Hazel is essential to Byron because she’s strong in emotional intelligence, so she instinctively fills in that gap for him, even when kept in the dark about most things. But Byron is exceptionally manipulative and calculating, two traits that can function like a particularly selfish form of emotional intelligence. He sees and thinks he understands the emotions of others, but his impressions are filtered through a lens that assumes almost everyone is as much of a narcissist as he is. [Except the occasional Hufflepuff, who will be dominated, then destroyed- poor Bennett.]

Byron has shut himself off from sensory experiences as well as emotional experiences. We saw how overwhelmed Hazel was by the lights, smells, sounds and people of the bar, after ten years in the sterile environment of the Hub.

Head injuries are becoming a theme.

Lyle is just a theme all on his own, the sad, as in pathetic, tech bro who’s lost his way. He’s like his own existential French art film, with his clown car and his missing fingers. Eventually we’ll realize he represented Death all along. (Bartender is Sex. Byron is the Devil. Hazel is Faust. Or maybe Persephone. Fiffany has a major, but unclear role to play, since she’s wise and compassionate, but has also been seduced by the devil.)

I believe Lyle’s car is the Solo Electra Meccanica three-wheeled electric car from Canada or it’s based on that car.

Write up on the practicality of the car in LA: Would You Drive This One-Person, All-Electric Car Around Los Angeles?

I really want to know whether it’s meant to be a Gogol car, in universe, and if Lyle bought it himself or if Byron makes him drive this vegan-friendly, all-electric commuter car. Does Gogol have a fleet of them? Does this mean Lyle is allowed to live outside the Hub or leave on a regular basis? Are Zelda, Byron and Hazel the only ones who were locked inside?

The future of large tech corporations such as Amazon and Google increasingly seems to be the return of the company town, where a single large employer owns (or controls) the housing, stores, utilities, medical clinics, etc. Bills are sometimes paid through deductions from workers’ paychecks or other cash replacements. Sometimes, the prices in company towns are so high and wages are so low that workers can never pay off their bills, so they are increasingly in debt to their employers, effectively turning them into debt slaves/indentured servants.

Even if the company attempts to be a benevolent dictator, when the economic environment eventually changes and the company goes out of business or moves to a more favorable location, it’s devastating for the towns that are left behind. Many become ghost towns. Those that survive spend decades working to redevelop their economies. In the 2020 film Nomadland, the character of Fern is permanently displaced when the company town she lived in with her husband for decades was shut down. Her story is based on the true story told in the original book of the same name by Jessica Bruder.

In episode 1, we saw that the Hub is situated all alone in the desert, seemingly self-sufficient, while at least one relatively nearby town, Twin Sands, languishes in a kind of purgatory. The residents could leave, but would their job prospects be better anywhere else? Byron Gogol is fabulously wealthy, but he never leaves the Hub to spend his wealth, which would at least spread his success around in a tangible way. The Hub, his corporate campus/company town and research and development center, is almost completely automated. His products don’t require much production or even retail stores. He’s taken humans almost completely out of the process of making money, just as he’s taken Hazel as a thinking, feeling, physical human being almost completely out of their relationship. Byron doesn’t seem to have the expansive instincts of a Hershey or a Pullman, so his company tribe remains small and insular, under his complete control. interview with showrunner Christina Lee and creator/novel author Alissa Nutting- How ‘Made for Love’ Aims to Make You Rethink Love, Technology, and Sex Dolls

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