The industry graduates' trial run is over, and after countless dates, drug attacks, and even a tragic death, reckoning is finally here.
As graduates keep searching for referrals and massaging customer relationships to prepare for RIF (Reduction in Force), their time to prove their worth is quickly running out. Who secured their desks and which Pierpoint employee was shown the door? Let's sum it all up.
The day before RIF, Harper isn't the only newbie feeling the pressure. While Rishi gives some performance tips to the graduates, Sara requests lunch with Gus. Could this give him a chance to do the big boss a favor or is this a red flag? Before she can get to that, Gus throws daggers at the bank's corporate culture, bringing up Hari's death and the company's refusal to take responsibility for it. While Sara admits she didn't see Gus' talent at the start, she encourages him by saying that there are no limits to what he can achieve at Pierpoint.
Harper asks Daria to vouch for her, reminding her manager that she's the only graduate in the printing business while the rest of them are "glorified desk assistants." Daria's suggestion: get some sleep. "I wouldn't be your friend and your boss if I didn't tell you that I'm not convinced that this environment mixes well with what you're going through." Harper then pulls out the big guns and tells Daria that it was she who brought Harper up in front of a client (Nicole) who sexually assaulted her, but Daria is suspicious of the timing of the allegation.
Robert is the first to stand before the firing squad. As he admits he has not yet closed a deal, his nose starts bleeding. (Dude has to seriously put the noseband off.) He gets out abruptly and it appears that his ship has sunk.
Yasmin asks Kenny if he'll put in a good word for her, but he's tired of walking through their relationship on tiptoe. (I'm over it, too, Kenny!) If she threatens to blow him up or go to HR during the RIF, he challenges her. "How does that go? You're pulling me through a couple of things. You get paid. I get a slap. Do you have a marker next to your name and do people talk about you for the rest of your career? “He quickly turns his heel and says he's just" related ". Honestly, this guy just sucks.
After his presentation, Daria tells Robert that none of his game worked on her. "I don't want to be a babysitter … especially for you," she tells him. “You have no future on my desk because you've never shown you have any value. To me, you're worthless.” Savage, yes, but Bobbo somehow deserved it, right?
During Yasmin's presentation, she asked to define the corporate culture and she tells the panel exactly what they want to hear, calling it "a culture where every man and woman lift one another". Did she feel supported throughout? "Absolutely. I really feel like part of a team," she replies like a good worker. Yes. Kenny called this bluff.
Harper asks Yasmin what "her game" is and it is clear that Harper is paranoid and spiraling. Yasmin assures her that she only asked Daria to change desks and that any success from Yasmin shouldn't distract from Harpers. Yas says Harper's friendship is the best thing that happened to her at Pierpoint. Harper thanks her, but the feeling doesn't seem to be entirely mutual.
Gus, still at odds with Corporate BS, presents the following: “Buy the dip. Short the VIX. F – k Bitcoin. Thank you for the opportunity. "Mic Drop! When it's finally Harper's turn, she can't utter any words. The nerves take over and she hightails it out of there."
While executives discuss the candidates, Robert gets pros for being a client favorite, Sara goes to punch for Gus, and Daria eventually gets through for Harper. "If we defined a Pierpoint person as a hardworking producer who really has the job in front of her, she's the easiest attitude we'll ever do."
Harper later brought a meeting with Bill, a manager from New York, and (surprise!) Eric. Bill wants Harper and Eric to find out, and if she pulls back her allegation, things could potentially work out for everyone. Sara interrupts the meeting to catch Harper and tells the grad that she wants to change the culture. Sara offers her the job and offers her full trust, but when Harper asks, “What do you really know about me? Other than when you look at me, do you clearly see a victim? “The scene cuts and we are not familiar with Sara's response.
Eric then thanks Harper for "bringing me home". Daria then apologizes for not believing Harper and tells her that they will change things together. But when Yasmin comes to celebrate, a couple of men pack up Daria's desk. "Daria is gone and Eric is coming back," Harper tells Yasmin. "I told them Daria had her own agenda and urged myself to say something that wasn't true." Yasmin is furious and calls her friend selfish and incredible; Harper counters and calls Yas "weak and a hypocritical king".
In the final moments of the season, Daria is ushered out of the building when Harper opens the diary that Yasmin gave before her episodes. The inscription reads: "Here is (y) our future, I love you, Yasmin x."
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