Ready to strike “grand romantic gesture” from the list? Then let’s get right to tonight’s episode of No Tomorrow.
Remember when all of Xavier’s belongings were repossessed last week? Well, by some miracle, he still managed to get the security deposit back on his house, enough to buy him a trailer to live in. Yay! Evie’s not so excited by this prospect…that is, until Xavier suggests they go and break in the sofa bed. Perhaps it was on her apocalist?
Down at the Cybermart, the company’s billionaire CEO, Mr. Corrie Casey, is visiting and Evie has a plan — complete with dance-move signals and ’60s space-rock references — to ambush him on arrival and pitch that he should hire her to work for Cyberhugs, the company’s charitable sector. However, despite rehearsing in the mirror and meticulously studying Mr. Casey’s autobiography, she blows her chance when she’s too flustered to speak upon his arrival. Said turmoil was perhaps caused when she accidentally told Xavier she loved him only to hear silence in return. For his part, Xavier was brushing his teeth and didn’t hear her… Or did he and just pretended not to?
Things go from bad to worse for Evie’s Cyberhugs prospects when Mr. Casey makes a speech, announcing a new vision for the future of the company. Basically, although he’s not making any new layoffs (only because he hasn’t yet figured out how to get the robots to do the staff’s individual jobs), he is cutting costs in other ways — such as switching to powdered water and, oh, yeah, cutting the Cyberhugs program completely. But he is having a party at the weekend, so it’s not all doom and gloom. Deirdre is the only one invited, though
Ever-steadfast Evie won’t take this lying down, so she does some research and compiles a bunch of data to prove to Mr. Casey that Cyberhugs is worth keeping. Now she just has to get invited to the party so she can make her impassioned plea.
But first, Evie is invited to dinner with her sister, Mary Anne. She invites Xavier along, even though they both know Mary Anne doesn’t like him. He’s not off to a great start when he mentions the risotto she’s made looks like mucus, but he still thinks it looks tasty! Fortunately, she needs some painting done on her house, and Xavier steps in and offers to do it for a much cheaper price than her regular painter. Perfect! What could possibly go wrong?
Well, Xavier could paint the outside of the house fuchsia. Mary Anne had left him some pink paint for a smaller area inside, but after she filled him in on her love for the color — her hair was pink when she was in a punk band in college — he thought it’d be a nice gesture to paint the entire outside of her home in the same bright shade. Funnily enough, the uptight, dairy- and gluten-free Mary Anne doesn’t agree. She rails at him that his fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants-carpe-diem philosophy is not for her and demands he repaint it. This causes her young son, Tucker, to run off as he tells his mom Xavier is fun and she is not.
NEXT: Our protagonists go undercover…as a ‘60s band
When Evie gets home, she discovers Xavier feeling really badly about the whole situation. He tells her what happened, and Evie says Mary Anne will be fine once she’s sorted some receipts — that’s how she deals with stress — but decides to go and see her sister anyway. And it’s just as well she does: Mary Anne sits in the bathtub fully clothed, drinking vodka straight from the bottle, and reminiscing about when she used to be fun before motherhood sucked all her creativity and energy away from her. The girl just wants her pink-haired days back. She admits she doesn’t hate Xavier; she’s just jealous of him. Evie tells her she deserves to have some fun, so she and Xavier will take care of the kids for a day and she can do whatever she wants. She agrees as long as they promise to take good care of her boys.
Cut to a fire truck speeding down Evie’s street… But it’s okay, a ride in said fire truck was just part of a fun-filled day for the kids. (It was also an item on Xavier’s apocalist — it was about time we checked something off this episode.) Mary Anne shows up and tells them about her fun day of napping — really, though. She got five uninterrupted hours, so she’s delighted. Xavier apologizes again and tells her he still wants to make it up to her. What will he do next?
Evie rushes off to see Sweet Tea give a Steven Spiel (pretty much a Ted Talk) on the intersections between nature, technology, and sex inspired by the success of his book. When she arrives, though, it’s not going so well. Poor Sweet Tea has reverted to his whispering ways and is fighting to hold down some vomit. Then Evie walks in and he manages to focus solely on her. The rest of the audience fades away and he finds his voice…until he accidentally steps right off the stage. As in, he falls off the stage. Even that’s not enough to quiet his newly discovered vocals, as he continues talking from his new spot on the ground. (He’s kind of stuck between the stage and a weird decorative part on the front of it.)
The next day, having wrangled an invite to Mr. Casey’s party as Deirdre’s plus-one (by telling her she’ll play Andy from The Devil Wears Prada for her not-so-good-with-names boss), Evie shows up at Deirdre’s home to pick her up, complete with flash cards on which she’s written her speech to prove to Mr. Casey that Cyberhugs is a keeper. Only Deirdre realizes Evie’s true intentions for going to the shindig and promptly un-invites her, telling Evie she can consider herself a “negative one” now. There’s nothing left for her to do other than crash the party (Xavier’s idea, of course).
So, Evie, Xavier, Mary Anne, Kareema, and Hank dress up as a 60’s band to try and pass themselves off as the party’s official (and invited) performers. It doesn’t really help their case that Hank’s dressed as if he’s just come off the stage at the CMAs while Kareema hasn’t bothered with a costume at all — she’s just too cool for such things. Nonetheless, after the bouncer demands they sing to prove themselves and Xavier bursts into a super-impressive operatic performance in Latin, they are ushered in with a “That was beautiful, man.”
Once inside, Evie sends Hank to distract Deirdre while she hits the dance floor with Xavier. Deirdre and Hank are having trouble keeping their hands off each other, so they try to keep five feet between them at all times. Noticing their distance, Mr. Casey thinks Deirdre is being racist in the workplace and signs her up for sensitivity training the next day.
NEXT: The romantic gesture to end all gestures
It’s speech time for Mr. Casey, who announces to the room he’s been meditating on his legacy and has come to the conclusion he wants to make a difference in space tourism. As he wraps up his talk, Evie sees her window of opportunity and tries to approach the stage — only to be apprehended by the bouncer, who tells them they’re here to perform and forces the group onstage. Luckily, a tipsy Mary Anne (who’s added some pink streaks to her hair for the occasion) has it covered and starts rocking out to Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” as Xavier provides some stellar backup vocals.
But then, Deirdre spots Evie and is in the process of having her kicked off the property when Evie appeals to Mr. Casey to let her deliver her 30-second pitch. He relents, but cuts her off after a few seconds and tells her she’s just another person who wants “to make a difference and save the plants and the dolphins.” However, by this point in the series, Evie has learned a thing or two about sticking up for herself and going after what she wants — so she’s relentless in her forthcoming earnest outburst reminding the CEO what it means to be passionate about something. Just like that, Mr. Casey reinstates the Cyberhugs programs and gives Evie a job with that division of his company.
The next day at work, Deirdre is pissed. She dumps a bunch of paperwork on Evie’s desk and reminds her she still has to do her old job — essentially, she’s just doubled her workload — before heading off to sensitivity training with Hank. The HR representative tells Deirdre she’s “racist-ent to other ethnicities” and makes her and Hank take part in an exercise where they stare into each other’s eyes, pay each other a compliment, and get closer physically. Of course, it’s mere seconds before they start making out. “This is a whole different set of paperwork,” remarks the HR lady, probably wishing she hadn’t come to work that day.
On the other side of the office, Sweet Tea has shown up to tell Evie he can’t be her friend right now. He realized during his Steven Spiel that he was relying on her too much and it’s preventing him from moving on, so he decides they need some time apart. Evie’s sad, but tells him she hopes it’s not forever.
Something that is forever? Evie and Xavier’s love, according to Mr. X. Having asked Evie to come and meet him as soon as possible, she jumps out of her car to find him standing in the middle of the street in the pouring rain. Evie’s confused until he tells her to look down, where she notices some rain-activated street art that reads “Though the end is nigh, you and I are forever. I love you.” She’s delighted and thinks he must’ve heard her in the bathroom the other morning, but he’s clueless and makes fun of her lack of romanticism by telling him something like that when he was brushing his teeth.
The rain lashes down on them as Xavier throws away his umbrella and kisses Evie passionately. End scene. Sigh. It’s the stuff of rom-com dreams, kids. Let’s hope they head inside and towel off soon after — we don’t want anyone catching a cold before the end of the world.