Title: No Tomorrow (No Crying in Baseball)
Airs: Tuesdays 9/8c
Starring: Tori Anderson, Joshua Sasse
Reviewer: Susan Tolleson
FA Scorecard: B
“Some risks are worth taking. We all get to decide what’s important to us.”
The world being destroyed by an asteroid has become the subtext for a show about relationships—personal and work. It’s about weighing what the other person wants/needs against what the character wants or needs. While Evie’s romance with Xavier continues, it faces some complications when he allows Jesse, his escaped convict cousin (George Basil), to live in his basement. Understandably, Evie is uncomfortable with Xavier harboring a fugitive and worries about him getting in trouble with the law because of it (Jesse committed a white collar crime). As the episode progresses, Jesse helps Evie prepare for an upcoming work review, and he sheds a little light on Xavier’s background, saying about his apocalypse theory: “If you’d been through the stuff that he has, you’d be a little crazy, too.”
This show is working on all relationship cylinders, not just on Evie’s and Xavier’s. Evie and her sister Mary Anne (Kelly Stables) try to help their dad win salesman of the year at the appliance store where he works, making purchases from him whenever possible. But in the end, it’s Xavier who comes through and pushes her dad over the edge to beat his competition and win the award for the first time. In this episode, the humanity between the characters begins to take center stage and their genuine love for each other comes across in all the generous little gestures they do for each other. In a day where love—romantic or friendship—is often portrayed as what one person can get from another, it’s refreshing to see a show that’s turned the tables and defined love as what one person can give to another.
This episode also reveals more of Evie’s relationship with co-workers Hank (Jonathan Langdon) and Kareema (Sarayu Blue). Kareema provides the deadpan pessimistic foil to Evie’s energy and optimism, while lovable loyal Hank just wants Evie and Timothy to get back together so it can be the three of them again. A humorous plot line that started in the first episode continues to develop as Evie’s robotic boss, Deirdre (Amy Pietz), tries to subtly make her affections known to Hank, one of her direct reports. In order for Evie to get her job back in the first episode, Dierdre blackmailed Evie into helping facilitate a romantic relationship between her and Hank. As the episode continues, Evie is put into awkward situations where she must coach Dierdre on how to build a relationship with Hank. Of course, all of this goes on without Hank knowing it. Although she feels obligated to do this for Diedre, Evie seems to get a little satisfaction out of helping her become a more likable person. Evie says the crux of what I like about this episode when she tells Dierdre to do something nice for Hank and that will show him best of all how she feels about him.
The “apocalyst” is still a driving force in the show, but for the first time, it resembles an obligation rather than a list of “want tos” when Xavier reminds Evie that getting his cousin out of jail was on his list. “If you’re gonna let that thing dictate your whole life,” she tells him, “then you’re going to end up in jail.” It’s an important moment when Evie challenges the list to take a back seat to the relationship, and tests what’s real between them beyond their initial adrenaline-rush attraction.
One of the key takeaways from this episode is that, although other people can try to help you make decisions about your next steps—although they can lay the groundwork or prepare you or caution you or even coax you—ultimately you have to decide whether it’s worth the risk and whether it’s time to take it.