Powerless recap, Season 1 — Episode 8, “Green Furious,” Aired Apr. 13, 2017
In this episode of Powerless, we get some meta feminism alongside the superheroic acts of the week. We also get to learn a little more about Green Fury, now that it looks like she’s Charm City’s resident superhero.
Emily’s reading a tabloid announcing the split of Olympifury (the love name mashup of the Olympian and Green Fury) when a random lady runs up to Emily to tell her that Green Fury’s saving people from a burning building. Like everyone else, Emily runs over. After Green Fury saves a man, reporters immediately ask how she’s coping from the breakup and if she’d put on any post-breakup weight.
Rankled, Emily asks the reporters why they’re focusing on those inane questions instead of championing her efforts. Then Jack O’Lantern throws one of his patented fireballs towards Green Fury and Emily pushes the distracted superhero out of the way. Grateful, Green Fury gives Emily a little beeper. If Emily ever needs help, she just needs to hit the button, and she’ll be there.
However, their supposedly compromising position ends up in the papers later that day and Teddy’s shocked, SHOCKED, that Emily would dare move in on his crush.
Emily has no time for Teddy and how he’s upped his abs game, thanks to a spray-on tutorial. She’s excited to be attending a Wayne Industries board meeting — until Van tells her that she was only asked because she’s his subordinate and Van needs a “yes man.”
Jackie explains to Emily that in order for women to climb up the corporate ladder, they need to pretend to support their stupid ideas. Otherwise, they won’t even be part of the conversation. Emily reluctantly holds her tongue—until the board shuts down the Wayne Security Poncho. Emily explains that she can get Green Fury to represent the poncho. When the board bursts out into laughter, Emily presses the button, and boom! Green Fury bursts into the conference room, asking whose day she needs to ruin.
Green Fury’s rightly annoyed that Emily would use the emergency button for a non-emergency. Emily tries to pitch her the campaign; Green Fury isn’t on board until Emily explains that the campaign can work to both elevate the “cool” factor of the poncho and distract the world of Green Fury’s supposed heartbreak by emphasizing her courage and strength.
Green Fury reluctantly agrees and reminds Van and Emily that she shoots fire out of her hands. (I love that she has zero patience with Van’s pandering. Additionally, the pan-over to the entire Wayne Security staff, pressed up against Van’s glass office doors, is hysterical.)
Emily presents her storyboard to advertise the poncho, in all its Green Fury-associated glory, to Donovan, the head of Wayne Security. He loves it. So does Emily — until Donovan tells Emily his sexist new take, which requires Green Fury to get naked and sudsy.
Emily’s horrified and doesn’t know how to prepare Green Fury for the news. She does her best to convince both herself and Green Fury that this commercial isn’t the piece of garbage that it ultimately will be.
Then Green Fury tells Emily that the Olympian’s so obsessed with fame that he’s leaking all the bad news to the press. Which inspires Emily to cast him as the naked superhero in the commercial who Green Fury throws a poncho over. The Olympian is SO on board.
The same focus group who had made fun of Teddy’s leather jacket gives their thumbs up to the commercial. And the Europe Justice League called up Green Fury, impressed with her image. Hurray for everyone!
Shenanigan #1 of the Week
Jackie’s daughter has been suspended from school for punching a boy at school and is at the office all week. Troublingly, Ruby bonds with Wendy, not realizing that Wendy’s a cautionary tale, according to Jackie. However, Jackie’s tune changes when she discovers that Ruby told Wendy why she punched him. Wendy refuses to tell Jackie, though: She and Ruby had pinky-swore.
Jackie tells Wendy how upset she is that Ruby told her secrets while complaining how awful Jackie is. Wendy balks and reassures Jackie that Ruby didn’t divulge why she punched her classmate because Ruby thinks of Wendy as a mother figure. It’s the opposite; Ruby was protecting Jackie from what her classmate had said. He’d jeered that Jackie was a garbage lady who couldn’t keep a husband.
Shenanigan #2 of the Week
Teddy’s intent on having Green Fury fall in love with him. Nevermind that Emily begs him to not act weird in front of Green Fury as she collaborates with the company.
He buys a skintight leather jacket, by Yaast, an up-and-coming Swedish designer. Brushing off Emily and Wendy’s jokes, Teddy interrupts a focus group meeting that Ron’s leading. The focus group’s made up of women and they all-too-happily rag on Teddy’s jacket. Ron has no choice but to conclude that Teddy tests terribly with women ages 18-49.
Teddy resorts to surveying all the single heterosexual females, ages 24-35, in the office. He takes the results of the survey and puts them into action: Now he’s a tough, but sensitive, “woke” feminist man with a tragic backstory and penchant for guyliner. He’s ready to test it out on Green Fury at the set of her commercial. Ron expects nothing but for this whole strategy to fail spectacularly.
Admittedly, I was nervous about this episode. The episode description had me on edge: Emily’s going to leverage her relationship with Green Fury to make her way up the corporate ladder? I should’ve known better than to expect the worst, though, considering this is Emily and we regularly see her ambition checked. (In a good way.)
Additionally, the not-at-all-subtle commentary on the way women have to compose themselves in the workplace as well as the public’s obsession with how women look and who they date was awesome. It was great to see on a television show that’s set in the world of spandex-wearing superheroes.
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