This week, as Kevin attempts to save the world (while not looking a complete lunatic), he’s telling lies, telling sweet little lies. But I’m looking for a little of the truth, the tough, ugly truth.
You see, Kevin may have a spiritual guide and — maybe, possibly — a righteous soul, but he is attempting to save the world with little to no information. That righteous soul hasn’t led him to a very moral life thus far, and that spiritual guide has far more fashionable ankle boots than answers. I came into the third episode of K(P)STW wanting to get down to the truth about Yvette.
Kevin and Amy? Thoroughly charming and complex. The small town of Tyler, Texas? A rich tapestry of hijinks and buttery light. Its residents? Dynamically quirky and available for episodic helpin’. But Yvette, Kevin’s purported Jiminy Cricket, has remained a big question mark. The main thing we know about her is that she’s definitely not an angel, and if you made a word cloud of everything she says, “righteous” would be so big you couldn’t fit anything else on the poster board. But other than that, she’s been a little inconsistently characterized: at times seeming to have all the answers, and at others literally shrugging; conducting the world around Kevin like a symphony orchestra, and then advising him to simply let the universe guide him.
Tuesday night’s episode, though, made moves toward establishing that Yvette has her own mission and her own world-saving stakes outside of Kevin. There’s still much to be learned about how that mission might be accomplished and exactly what kind of spiritual leadership hierarchy we’re dealing with in the world of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, but for now we at least know that Yvette Can (Probably) Help Kevin (Probably) Save the World.
And that is proving no small task. The episode opens with Kevin sleepwalking across town, to the college campus where Amy is a professor, and walking up six flights of stairs, all in pursuit of heart-shaped Mylar balloon that reads “Marry Me, Pookie.” When Kevin wakes up, he’s next to Yvette…standing on the edge of the tall building’s roof with a crowd of people staring back up at him, including Amy. Not a great look for a man that recently attempted suicide whose sister is worried sick about him.
Kevin swears that he was just sleepwalking so he doesn’t have to be taken to a hospital, but Amy does book him an immediate appointment with a therapist at the university. But Kevin gets mildly distracted when the receptionist at the therapist’s office informs him that she is the “Pookie” of heart-shaped balloon fame. And how exactly did he end up with her marriage proposal balloon? Kevin explains to Deb — Pookie’s real name — that it found him, and suddenly they’re engaging in conversation about how she married her husband in a quickie wedding because she was dying of cancer, but now that she’s unexpectedly gone into remission, her husband wants to have a traditional big wedding. And when Yvette starts spouting off wedding-planning wisdom, and Kevin starts repeating it, it becomes clear that the universe has led Kevin to Deb for some nuptial assistance.
So Kevin sets off to the floral shop to meet Deb’s husband, Ben, who is quickly on board with Kevin/Yvette’s wisdom about peonies: “They’ll buy you all the wow factor you’re looking for, while being a sturdy flower that looks flawless.” Sure! In return, Ben gives some backstory: He and Deb were childhood best friends, and it took him finding out about the cancer to admit that he’d loved her all along. We’re distracted from all the romance, though, by a woman waving from outside at…
Yvette! She can see Yvette! It seems that Ava is another Spiritual Warrior Guide™ who came to check in on her fellow SWG™ pal. She also seems a little salty (in an endlessly perky way) that Yvette ended up with a real, live righteous soul. As we know, the other 35 disappeared. But Yvette reminds Ava that her mission isn’t over: “There’s something or someone out there working against us.” She suggests that Ava round up the troops to come to Tyler and talk strategy, as she seems to be feeling a little less than confident that Kevin is up to the task of doing this all on his own. (Recap continues on page 2)