For the past few weeks, Bryce has been terrorizing Empirical by being as stereotypically millennial as he can possibly be. From “hot desks,” meaning that anyone can sit anywhere — including Diana’s office — to free-for-all meetings, things around the office are getting a little absurd. I mean, the interns are playing Grand Theft Auto in the conference room — come on now. Let’s get real.
By the end of the episode, due to the recent shenanigans, the moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived: Charles came to his senses and let Bryce go. Although this might mean teetering on the brink of bankruptcy for the company, Bryce just needed to leave. After suggesting that the new way to go is to allow people to digitally rewrite the ending to famous novels — such as The Great Gatsby — Charles realizes that there is no compromising with Bryce. While Empirical could stand to do some evolving, Charles says that re-writing Fitzgerald is not the way to go. Liza thanked Charles for following his heart because she believes it was the right thing to do for the company, to which he responds with “Yeah, well sometimes I can be impulsive when I follow my heart.”
I see everything you’re throwing down, Charles. I do.
However, not everything Bryce inspired was a bad thing. Before he left, Liza and Diana had a chat about what Diana could do to make herself more accepting of change. While she thinks that Bryce is abrasive and dismissive of everything that they have always done at Empirical, she does take Liza’s advice. Liza suggests she softens her looks, debates on forgoing voicemail altogether, and tries to understand that texting is the best form of communication. She walks into her office the next day in a more relaxed look, including jeans. And she rocks it:
As Liza said, it’s not all about learning new things, but just letting go of old things that can do the trick. Liza and Diana are roughly the same age. If Liza can do it all while pretending to be in her 20s, so can Diana — she can just be more transparent about it along the way.
Outside of Hurricane Bryce, Diana’s obsession with Charles is still as fervent as ever. Of course she can’t let this man go, I mean look at him:
Even though she didn’t make it to the benefit from the previous episode, she can’t help but notice that Charles brought a new girl. Although Diana was hoping for some fling from a girl with zero prospects, it turns out that this woman has a law degree and can speak four languages. But in terms of who is vying for Charles’ adoration, Liza and Diana are some good competition. We’re talking about Liza and Diana here. They got this. Or, well, one of them can get this.
Meanwhile, it looks like Maggie is back on the market. She meets a new woman at the community garden. She goes to an event at the boutique this woman owns, leading Maggie to think she’s into her. When she gets there, Maggie realizes that the clothes sold at this shop are modest — not exactly Maggie’s personal style. You see, they specialize in clothing for the modern and modest woman — mostly Orthodox Jewish women — immediately making Maggie believe that this woman isn’t gay. However, as we should not judge a book by it’s cover, this woman is indeed gay — calling herself an “Orthodyke.”
Elsewhere, Kelsey is dating again. Lauren set her up on Handlebar, a website for people who can’t handle a bar on the first date. Kelsey winds up on a date with Lucas, who has photo-ready eyes — and eyes for her. But, Lauren advises Kelsey to find her bad pancake: a guy she can rebound with, meaning that the first pancake made in a batch is always burnt. This guy is a keeper and not bad pancake material. Yet, when they all find out that he lives on Roosevelt Island, Kelsey decides that this is, in fact, her bad pancake.
Sorry dude, you were the first in the batch.
And finally: Josh and Liza attend a party made of almost all doctors. Josh begins asking some specific pregnancy questions regarding women over 35. When your in your 20s, getting pregnant is “like catching a cold.” When Josh asks Liza if she would ever catch a cold again, she says probably not because she is still getting over the first one. As they walk away, Josh seems a little disappointed. Is this a deal breaker? Possibly not, but possibly so.
While Team Josh might have just hit a bump in the road, Team Charles is still going strong!
What did you think of this week’s episode? Were you as happy as we were to see Bryce go? Sound off in the comments!
Megan's TV addiction began with Gilmore Girls. Television taught her everything, from how to survive on an island to how to get away with murder. She will talk TV all day and every day. Follow on twitter @meggh11