If you didn’t think it could get much more exciting for timid Evie than putting some aluminum foil in the microwave and watching it explode, episode 2 is about to blow your socks off. (Not literally, with this show we can see how that would be a concern.) Let’s get right into it and see what the “apoca-list” has in store for us this week. There’s no time to waste, we’re down to 8 months and 7 days, people! (I’m rooting for bungee jumping.)
When we left them last, Evie and Xavier’s post-microwave fun had been interrupted by cousin/ex-convict Jesse’s arrival on Xavier’s doorstep; he’s so fresh from prison, he was still wearing his handcuffs. This can only spell trouble.
But when we catch up with Evie, she’s having a relaxing breakfast with her sister and nephew and gossiping about Xavier’s adventurous nature and edginess and adding hot sauce to her eggs in a bid to live life more dangerously (naturally, she needs a glass of milk to chase them down). Meanwhile, Xavier saws the handcuffs off of Jesse’s wrists and gushes over how different Evie is than anyone he’s ever met. We’re nicely checking all the rom-com boxes so far.
Over at the Cybermart, operation “Hanky Panky” is officially underway. You’ll remember last week when Evie bartered her skills as a matchmaker to keep her job? Well now she’s tasked with making her boss, Demon Breath Dierdre, more appealing to her coworker, Hank, who seemingly has zero interest. With all the laws of rom-coms in play however, I imagine this will change eventually. Dierdre wants to know if it’s within HR guidelines to release some of Hank’s tension by rubbing his
naughty knotty shoulders. Evie suggests that she try being nice? Probably not the best idea to imply that your boss is mean right before you ask to be considered for a promotion.
However, there’s more to worry about than impressing Dierdre. Corporate has just hired an outside consulting firm to conduct employ interviews and layoffs are imminent unless each employee can prove his or her usefulness to the board. Evie goes into meltdown mode, panicking because she’s not good at stressful, high-intensity situations, including, but not limited to, games of “Heads Up.” You’d think someone who pogo-sticked her way out of a life-threatening situation mere days ago would have a little more perspective. Where’s Xavier with a X when a girl needs a pep talk? Busy harboring a fugitive in his basement, that’s where. Poor Evie’s far too stressed by the scenario to lean into his “the world’s ending, we should just let all worries go” philosophy for now. In true Xavier fashion, he reminds Evie that some risks are worth taking and that we all get to decide what’s important to us, end of the world or not. Jesse is important to him and he won’t give him up to the cops.
At work the next day, however, Evie is still deliberating over whether she should turn Jesse in, but is soon distracted by Dierdre’s attempt to flirt with Hank over lunch. Meanwhile Xavier and Jesse head to an old storage unit to pick up some hidden cash Jesse has stashed there to pay for his new fake driver’s license. Rummaging through their childhood trinkets, the guys come across some old golf clubs, baseball helmets, and their 1996 time capsule, which contains a cassette labeled “For Bugs, Love Mom.” One more small piece of Xavier’s past: His childhood nickname was “Bugs.” (I’m still confused over how these two cousins seemingly grew up together, but have very different accents, though.)
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