It’s time for the advertising task. Jason officially made it. Just barely. *mops brow in relief*
The episode opens with Myles aghast at the realisation that his team now consists of himself, Dr Leah and Alex The Vampire. And that’s it. He wonders how this happened, apparently not noticing the trail of bloodied caravanners the team left in its wake last week. Then Jordan leaps up and down waving his hands and squeaking and Myles looks about 5 feet downwards and sees that actually Lordalan has transferred him over to make the numbers up. HUZZAH! Jordan’s first act as an Endeavour is to cock-block Alex from being Project Manager for the umpteenth time in a row, just because. Alex fumes, as well he might.
The task is to create a dating website and an advert to go along with it. Jason is elected as PM for Evolve, on the grounds that he ran a dating website at University. In the guise of Cupid. Oh how I hope the picture of him in a nappy with a nerf gun and a bashful smile, shooting puffballs at PPE undergrads, still exists somewhere. He, much against the advice of Luisa and Francesca (who are randomly aligned for the entire episode for reasons I can’t quite grasp), opts for a target market of the Over 50s. Francesca is sent off to do market research, which she does, and which she listens to, which apparently is the WRONG DECISION. Somewhere Melody Hossaini is sat in her pyjamas, spraying out “SEE, I TOLD YOU!” through a mouthful of BixMix crumbs. Obviously the most ballyhooed event on the team is the “coup”, which consists of Jason and Luisa having a playful tiff over the website design which results in them wandering around the office having such a pathetic slapfight that everyone around them bursts out laughing. The upshot is that Jason resigns as PM in favour of Luisa, rather mournfully trying to make out that it’s for the good of the team. Boo. This all results in a barely started website with a, by consequence, incredibly awkward pitch attached. Both of which Luisa seems really DETERMINED to get associated with her personally, whilst simultaneously distancing herself from them. It’s not an episode of GREAT tactical play by anybody on Evolve, except maybe Neil, who does very little except shake his head at them all. Oh and their advert features a man going out with a woman who’s just been involved in a major car accident and probably needs to go see a doctor for her concussion.
Endeavour? Are really all about Alex dressing up as a greasy emo vampire panda in jorts called “Herbert” and stamping his outsize undead personality all over their advert to the degree that it drags the rest of the project down a black hole after it, making their by comparison (and only by comparison) classy website for young urban professionals seem somewhat redundant. Myles emerges as the star of the task, as he seems to be the one really holding things together whilst Jordan delegates everywhere and gets a little…too into what he imagines to be the female mindset, and Dr Leah cringes internally at the entire task.
Evolve lose, as much as anything because that’s where the drama is. The result is a rather bizarre Push Me Pull You boardroom where both Jason and Luisa serve as the losing Project Manager, like someone got the casting for Zaphod Beeblebrox VERY WRONG. Somehow Jason gets his way for the first time the entire episode, forcing Francesca into the Final Boardroom over Neil. This cements both the Neil & Jason alliance (bizarre) and the Francesca & Luisa alliance (bizarrer), although I can’t imagine either of them have much life in them beyond this episode. Partly because Neil & Luisa appear to form some sort of unholy Axis Of Evil next week, repeatedly murder Francesca, and then drive off into the sunset with all her stripper money like Bonnie & Clyde, and partly because Jason is, sadly, with regret, and a very special closing theme song, fired.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HE WAS THE FIRST USELESS POSH CANDIDATE I EVER LOVED! WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?
Next week : hopefully someone blocks Alex from being Project Manager again, just for funsies ; the teams make ready meals ; and we all try to learn how to cope in this post-Jason world.