Been: Kirk, it has been SO LONG since we've had a Russian Cheese experience.
Kirk: Yeah, it turns out there was this minor global occurance... that impacted nothing but our television watching. Definitely.
Been: Oh for sure everything else has been business as usual.
Kirk: Hardly any changes, right?
Been: We're still, as far as I can tell though, only living the same one life.
Kirk: Although a lot of days over the last while have seemed to weirdly blur together. I don't think they're repeating, though.
Been: Okay, let's jump in with a death count for this episode.
Kirk: They both said fifteen at one point but I'm not sure if there was one or two after that.
Been: I'm not sure. I can't be sure. There was for sure at least one more after that. But she was blown up twice, shot once, and crushed by an air conditioner once.
Kirk: I think that's right, yeah.
Been: What do you think the revelations that Alan and her are dying the same number of times AT the same time means?
Kirk: There definitely seems to be some sort of linkage there. My first guess is actually that one of them is the primary motivator, so to speak; they keep dying and then something forces circumstances to cause the other one to die at the same time. And I think it's Alan somehow.
Been: So you think Alan is the mitigating factor in the deaths?
Kirk: Yeah I think whenever he dies, something causes her to die.
Been: Are there multiple universes left behind continuing the life they are cut out of after every death?
Kirk: I don't think so. Because there's been some odd instances of biological decay within their universe, within the same apparently repeated timeline.
Been: Like the fruit.
Kirk: The fruit and the fish, the fish came up in a previous episode as well.
Been: So everyone else is in stasis repeat, they're on continuous memory resurrection, and some biological elements are just continuing in linear time.
Kirk: Yeah, I think there's some amount of leakage happening. And I wouldn't be surprised if people started reacting differently somewhat unconsciously just based on things they had experienced in part of the loop.
Been: So you don't think it's entirely consequence free for her and Alan?
Kirk: I don't think so. That's just a guess, but...
Been: And where is the cat?
Kirk: Shit, the cat didn't show up this episode at all!
Been: I'm worried about the cat.
Kirk: And now I'm worried about the cat.
Been: What do you make of the of the blue pulsing black hole in her bathroom?
Kirk: Yeah, I got nothing. Well, it's probably some sort of a portal to a wooded area so that Bran and Osha--
Been: *puts her face in her hands*
Kirk: *laughs uproariously*
Been: .... I don't even know what to say to you right now.
Kirk: *still laughing*
Been: Though maybe it's a portal into John Malkovich's head.
Kirk: They could Malkovich the Malkovich.
Been: I just want the cat to be safe.
Kirk: Mmhmmm. That's something I didn't even remember from previous episodes and now I'm definitely concerned.
Been: Does the show feel more or less relevant now that we are living in Plague Times?
Kirk: Um, I think I'd say the weird loopy time is almost more relevant, like I said with days running together and all the rest of that. Um, lots of the activities they do look super weird now though.
Been: I know! The house party? SO CROWDED! NO MASKS!
Kirk: There's like a million people in there!
Been: But I do feel like time is either an endless loop or a flat circle right now.
Kirk: Yeah, that was a surprisingly salient part of that, actually. I didn't expect that but it fits to a certain degree.
Been: When will we watch the next episode?
Kirk: Every day is the same. A weekend?
Been: Okay, Saturday. A promise to all not-zero of our readers!