It really might be the end of the world for Evie — insofar as Xavier is her world and Jenna Dewan Tatum just came crashing into his arms like a hot, fiery, catastrophic comet. But we’ll get to that later.
Xavier explains to Evie over lunch that the key to his philosophy is sucking the marrow out of life while he can. He demonstrates by literally sucking the marrow out of a bone. It may be on his list, but it’s sure as heck not on Evie’s — she’s saying “no to marrow.” Very clever. Anyway, after a discussion about the merits of bone marrow, Xavier spills coffee on himself, promptly strips off his clothing and leaps into a fountain to prevent burning. Evie’s horrified… They’re in public! But none of the passersby care too much, seeing as Xavier’s in great shape. Still, Evie waxes on about how she could never do such a thing for fear of arrest or water-based parasites. Ready for another bout of Xavier wisdom? Here it goes: “You’re going to miss out on some pretty great stuff in life if you don’t push those boundaries every once in a while.” And now we get to spend the rest of the episode waiting for Evie to realize he’s right.
First, though, let’s head back to Cybermart. Another week, another customer service/shipping problem designed to help Evie learn something about herself and shake some inhibition or another. This week she’s worried she’s uptight, and Kareema agrees: Evie is all about limits. Elsewhere at the warehouse, there’s a new hot Russian dude on the team, and a quick check-in on operation “Hanky Panky” reveals Hank is still somewhat terrified of Deirdre and the effect she has on his ears.
Feeling inspired by an intern who spoke up at the morning meeting and was rewarded for it, Evie goes to see Xavier and admits she has a problem with living beyond her boundaries. Logically, she strips off her shirt on his stoop to show she’s intent on being more free. It’s all smiles…until she walks into Xavier’s kitchen and meets Tuesday (guest star Jenna Dewan Tatum). Tuesday introduces herself and asks if Evie is Wednesday, thereby implying Xavier has a different girl for every day of the week. Turns out, he may well, since he and Evie never actually had the old “what are we?” conversation.
Yup, Xavier’s all about “ethical non-monogamy” — a.k.a. he’s sleeping with other girls and can’t see any reason why this should upset Evie. Come on, Evie, the world’s ending. A guy’s got to live. What a convenient excuse, X-ie (it’s Tuesday’s nickname for him). Evie insists he’s just trying to have his cake and eat it too, but Xavier can’t see how that’s a problem — everyone likes cake. And there he goes again, making crazy things seem logical. The conversation gets heated and somehow concludes with Xavier revealing a threesome with Amy Brenneman, star of Judging Amy, is on his list. Evie has some thinking to do before she sacrifices another belief she holds firm, purely because it doesn’t fit with one of Xavier’s theories.
The next day, or maybe later that day (the girl seems to take a lot of breaks) at work, Evie’s making a concerted effort to push past her limits…by cutting holes in her shirt. Deirdre interrupts for some advice about Hank, and Evie tells her to respect his boundaries and be patient. Why can’t she tell X-ie to do the same thing?
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