While last week’s premiere focused on Evie’s descent into Xavier’s world of conspiracy theories and seizing the day, this week’s episode gives us a look at how the two deal with the fact that they are fundamentally different. The premiere capped off with Jesse, Xavier’s felon cousin, making his disruptive debut. Jesse’s presence is the first – but definitely not the last – obstacle in Evie and Xavier’s burgeoning relationship.
Freeing his cousin is one of Xavier’s top apocalist items. However, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that Evie may not be as comfortable with aiding and abetting a convicted felon as he is. A common theme I think we’ll see throughout the season is that Evie’s desire to be spontaneous and carefree comes at a cost, and she will continue to struggle with the person she is versus the person she envisions herself as.
On top of having to deal with mixed emotions on whether or not to report Jesse to the authorities, Evie discovers that her company, Cybermart, is undergoing an evaluation by an outside consulting firm, with layoffs imminent. To her, nothing is more terrifying than having to justify her existence to a room of complete strangers. Adding to Evie’s growing anxiety, Deidre, Evie’s boss, makes it her part-time job to force a love connection between Deidre and Evie’s close friend and co-worker, Hank. Unfortunately, the best Evie can do is to offer up what should be obvious advice – emote and be nice.
Evie has a lot going on in this episode, so when we learn that Evie’s father is vying for employee of the month at his appliance store, the episode starts to feel crowded with storylines. It’s made even more bloated when Hank calls Timothy, Evie’s ex-boyfriend, and tells him that she and Xavier are on the rocks due to an issue with a “ferret” in Xavier’s basement i.e. Jesse. Rather than give Evie space, Timothy makes up an excuse to stop by her place. As much I want to feel sympathy towards Timothy, he makes it difficult with his desperate and unwanted attempts at reconciliation. He is so laser-focused on winning her back that her subtle rejections go unnoticed. Later in the episode, he shows up at Cybermart dressed just like Xavier. What he doesn’t realize is just how fond Evie is of the old Timothy.
Meanwhile, Xavier and Jesse visit a storage space to pick up a few things including the money he stole. It’s here that Xavier finds a tape from his mother dating back to 1995 and we get a glimpse of his pre-apocalist life. Xavier wants Evie and Jesse to bond, so he offers their assistance in helping Evie ace her interview with the consultants. Despite their first attempt being a total failure, the guys are able to get Evie to loosen up and answer more assertively by playing a game of baseball.
Later that evening, Evie stumbles upon Xavier watching his mother’s tape. She asks Jesse about the tape, but he declines to go into any detail and instead urges Evie to ask Xavier himself. She admits to having misjudged Jesse before the three of them set off on completing the next item on Xavier’s apocalist – jumping off of Dead Man’s Cliff. Jesse is the first to take the plunge, while Evie battles with her fear of heights. It’s not until Xavier opens up about his mother’s death and how she used to bring him as a kid to Dead Man’s Cliff that Evie’s reservations dissipate, and they jump together. I’m not going to lie – it’s pretty romantic, and it definitely helps us better understand why Xavier behaves the way he does.
Unfortunately, Jesse’s carelessness attracts the attention of a police officer and the three are almost caught while leaving Dead Man’s Cliff. An argument ensues between Evie and Xavier, with both admitting that they care about the other’s well-being but conflicted about how to best handle the peculiar situation with Jesse. It’s in this moment that Evie sees the downside of living one’s life by an apocalist. Xavier’s fierce commitment to the list impedes his judgment, resulting in him making poor choices despite good intentions.
The following day Evie is grilled by her company’s consultants. She stumbles through the first few questions before thinking back on the previous day’s adventure and the feeling she felt making the cliff-jump. It’s in this moment she thinks of a solution for Jesse. After telling the consultants off, Evie rushes to find Xavier and apologize. The two help Jesse into a Cybermart box and ship him off somewhere outside the country. With Jesse safe, Evie visits her father at work and is shocked to discover that he won employee of the month after he sold 8 washers to a handsome man with a foreign accent and piercing eyes – Xavier! The episode ends with Xavier and Evie celebrating in his backyard with the help of a mass amount of suds. What adventures will these two embark on next? Tune in next Tuesday at 9 to Atlanta’s CW to find out!