Set in Seattle, Washington, the CW’s newest quirky comedy introduces us to Evie, an upbeat, charming woman with a strong aversion to listeria and singing in public. Evie works for an online retailer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of its warehouse. Evie’s co-workers, Hank and Kareema, are foils to Evie’s unrelenting positive attitude, complaining on a daily basis about their jobs and Evie’s boss, Diedre. Despite Evie’s best efforts to excel in her role, Diedre views her as a timid underling with zero leadership skills. Within the first few moments of the series premiere, it is clear that Evie’s life is in need of a drastic overhaul, which is when our protagonist meets Xavier Holliday.
Evie first meets Xavier at the farmer’s market. The two exchange pleasantries before heading in opposite directions. Days later, Evie finds a package on her front doorstep addressed to Xavier. Not one to ignore fate, Evie personally delivers the package. Over the course of a drink, she realizes that Xavier is the embodiment of everything she is not. He’s a doer. He doesn’t over-analyze a situation or let fear dictate his actions, and Evie is bewitched. Just when she is starting to feel at ease, Xavier drops a bomb – the world will end within the year. Using an article as his starting point, he devises a theory that due to global warming, an asteroid will strike Earth, killing everyone on the planet. His discovery leads him to quit his day job, park illegally and create an apocalist – a list comprised of anything and everything he wants to accomplish before this supposed apocalypse, and he makes a pact with himself to do at least one every day.
Evie is still digesting this information when she attends her niece’s birthday party. It’s there that her ex-boyfriend, Timothy, makes one last ditch effort at salvaging the relationship and proposes to her in front of her pseudo-supportive family. Timothy is the safe choice. He’s smart and sweet, but like Evie, lacks spontaneity. Her response of “Let me get back to you” may be one of the most uncomfortable responses to an unwanted proposal I’ve ever witnessed on television.
Upon realizing that she’s not ready to settle down, Evie and Xavier spend an afternoon dune riding, an item on Xavier’s apocalyst, before ending the night in bed together. The next morning, Evie walks into work feeling invigorated and initiates an incentive-based plan to boost productivity, which is a success among her peers. To celebrate, Xavier and Evie go to a karaoke bar in hopes of conquering Evie’s fear of singing in public. While there, Evie receives several missed calls from Hank. Finally, Hank shows up to inform Evie that she has been fired after an email was sent to Diedre from her address. Xavier freely admits to sending the email in hopes of liberating Evie from her obligations; however, the plan backfires and she storms out of the bar.
With the help of Timothy, Evie is able to prove to Diedre that she did not send the email and she begrudgingly gives her back her job on one condition – Evie must convince Hank to go out with Deidre. With her job intact, Xavier out of her system, and her relationship with Timothy on the mend, Evie returns home to an unexpected surprise – a pogo stick (earlier in the episode when Evie is asked what would be on her apocalist, bouncing on a pogo stick is one of her first responses). Despite her better judgement, Evie accepts Xavier’s gift and bounces up and down the sidewalk in front of her house. Meanwhile, Xavier is witnessing her excitement from afar (via his rooftop telescope). Unfortunately, she gets carried away, ends up taking a nasty fall, and is rushed to the hospital. While running routine tests, her doctor discovers that she has a rare heart condition that requires immediate surgery. Evie views this near-death experience as a sign and creates her own apocalist. She confesses to Timothy that she is not ready to get married and that their relationship needs to end. Although heartbroken, Timothy stands up for himself and asks Evie to leave. Her next stop is Xavier’s, where she tells him that she is going to take charge of her life, starting with talking to Diedre about a promotion. The two reconcile and spend the final moments of the premiere doing another thing off of Evie’s apocalist: watching aluminum foil explode in Xavier’s microwave.
It will be fun to watch what the two do next and how Evie’s new outlook on life will transform her personal and professional relationships (for the better – I hope).