Ha! Yes! I know what we’ll do! We’ll have a SKINCARE task! That way, even if the men do mess up, we can all pat their hair and tell them we never expected to be competent anyway! YES! THAT’S THE PLAN!
But first, there needs to have a team-switch up, because whatever Lordalan did last week appears to have submerged Edna’s personality, and she’s one of about four people this series who have one, so something needs to be done to get it back. Zoe is sent over to Venture to be PM, and Felicity walks in the other direction, tugging Jim behind her, probably to help Venture’s win-loss record. Because if there’s anyone that can snap you out of an 0-3 funk it’s Jedi Jim right? WRONG. THE CURSE OF KAEN IS NOW THE CURSE OF LOGIC! LEARN TO FEAR IT. Anyway, hopefully this works, and Edna does something stupid again.
The task is to go sell beauty treatments and beauty products in… Birmingham, for some reason. Probably to bait people into making ugly regionalist comments. Well done Natasha (*horrendous, HORRENDOUS fake Brummie accent*) and Susan (“EVERYONE HERE IS POOR!”). Before teams leave though there’s the usual round of pitches by eager inventors to the teams, the notable features of which are Leon having something that, if it isn’t exactly Gay Panic, is at least in the same neighbourhood over putting a bit of mascara on, and Susan sticking her neck out to try to lure people in with her skincare expertise, which works for her in the short term (her team get the designated TASK-WINNING PRODUCT pretty much solely on the basis of her RAY-SOO-MAY and enthusiasm), but not so much in the long-term (Zoe, Helen and Edna all spend the rest of the task hacking at it).
In the end, Venture end up selling spray-tans and pedicures, and Logic end up shoving Ellie, Melody, Jim and Tom in a room in the corner of the Bullring, locking the door, and spending the rest of the day selling bits of hair for 5p a go, at the behest of Project Manager Felicity, who has suddenly found herself bereft of PMs to suck up to, and so has decided to spread the love around as thinly as possible, and somehow ends up with nothing left for Tom who she badgers horribly all day. Anyway, at some point during the day Tom escapes from the cage and sent to get help, but soon forgets why he even left, and he too gets sucked into selling bits of hair for 5p a pop. This leaves Ellie, Melody and Jim trapped in their box until some lonely pigeons flutter through the bars, and they give them a massage and a blow-dry.
Oddly enough this business plan does not result in success, in fact it results in a BLAHDDY LOSS, so Zoe, despite having done little more than force all the decisions on Susan and gargle like a stuck drain, is now a winning PM. Somehow this feels even worse than when Edna won hers. The winning Venturians are sent off to do dancing with Katya Virshilas (HOORAY!) and Robin Windsor (eh, ok), and nothing interesting happens, except Susan realises that other people don’t like her quite as much as she likes herself. Well, it was about time really.
Back on Logic, Vinnie Disney has decided that SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO STOP THE CURSE. He hasn’t decided what, but I bet whatever it is will get him fired fairly soon. Felicity on the other hand has even less of a plan than she’s had all day, and brings back Ellie (for being grumpy – no, really, that’s about it) and Natasha for not selling enough (despite being one of the three people INCLUDING HERSELF that Felicity allowed to sell anything ever), and enraged by her utterly absent…well…logic, Ellie and Natasha go at her like the velociraptors in Jurassic Park until there’s nothing but a carcass left. Which then gets fired.
Sadly none of this pokes a personality out of Edna again. Ah well, there’s always next week. It’s the advertising task! That’ll do it, right?