An oxygen leak threatens the crew even further in “Was It Your Ears?”, a history-making baby is born and a robot President suggests an alarming solution.
This recap of Avenue 5 Season 1, Episode 6, “Was It Your Ears?”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Avenue 5 Episode 6, “Was It Your Ears?”, finally brings some good news… and then some slightly worse news. We’ll start with the good.
The first baby to ever be born in space has been born aboard the Avenue 5. Most of the passengers and crew are happy about this history-making event, even if the name doesn’t delight anyone, and Iris (Suzy Nakamura) in particular seems upbeat about the new arrival – at least until it needs to be given an oxygen mask, thus further depleting the ship’s already dwindling supply. That’s the bad news, by the way.
Yes, as an incessant beeping gives away, the ship is hemorrhaging oxygen and everyone’s going to die – and in the meantime, everyone is going to be so sleep-derived from the warning beeps that they kill themselves or each other, contributing to the elimination of 500 non-essential-personnel that the other President, which we’ll discuss shortly, recommends Rav (Nikki Amuka-Bird) gets rid of. It’s an increasingly nightmarish scenario boasting a surreal episode-long gag in which everyone reacts differently to the beep each time they hear it – Spike (Ethan Phillips) talks to it like a lost lover, Iris laughs like a nutcase, and so on, and so forth.
Matt (Zach Woods), meanwhile, continues to sow seeds of further discord by positioning himself as a kind of therapist figure who enables Judd (Josh Gad) and his potentially ruinous ideas. The one he has in “Was It Your Ears?” is to decorate the turd ring encircling the ship with sequins, glitter, and confetti, at least partly in response to jealousy over the first of its kind space-baby, since a physical contest would result in him all-too-easily destroying the infant, “Physically, emotionally, endurance-wise.”
Matt also controls the supply of sedatives which Clark (Hugh Laurie) wants to use to knock out Judd to prevent him making the situation any worse, and stewards the filming of a ship-wide announcement by Judd that it’s now a legal requirement to keep breathing to a minimum, including the outlawing of sighing, gasping, sneezing, passive-aggression, and fat people using the stairs.
News of the ship’s impending breathless fate gets around quickly in panicky whispers and is only exacerbated when a miscommunication from Rav alerts everyone to the 500 passengers who’re apparently about to be ejected through the airlock. Rav’s attempts to secure rescue funding from the White House is hilarious in large part because all of the senior officials are laidback Millennials in casual wear, but also because the other President who Rav is told to convince is just an automated robot who immediately volunteers $4 trillion dollars from the Child Welfare Fund and casually suggests a mass culling of the passengers.
Luckily, there isn’t any oxygen leak after all. Billie (Lenora Crichlow) eventually reveals that the bleeping is just a warning to recalibrate the oxygen to account for an extra passenger. But the good news – and the now-glimmering ring of excrement outside – probably won’t be enough to offset the paranoia of 500 people who suddenly believe themselves to be expendable in the eyes of the crew. It’s just as well everyone collapses from exhaustion.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.