Allison and Stark’s wedding day has suddenly arrived, as has Carter’s sister. And her cats. And her unborn baby. Surprise! Carter doesn’t have much time for her because he has to go to GD to help Allison fire people. That’s right: Allison fires people on her wedding day. Not only that, but she also rather cruelly asked Carter to walk her down the aisle. He does, and Stark and Allison are about to be pronounced man and wife when Carter finds himself at the beginning of the same day. Incidentally, this day always begins with him in the shower. And putting on antiperspirant (sigh).
Carter realizes that he’s stuck in a time loop, but can’t figure out how to get out of it: kissing Allison doesn’t help. Ordering Fargo to dismantle the weird new plutonium clock GD just got in doesn’t help. And tackling Eva when she’s hanging out at her radiation pit clubhouse only throws him back in the shower with broken ribs and bruises on his face. That’s when he realizes that the maintenance guy he keeps having to fire has the full title of “time maintenance guy” and that the flash of blue light that greeted him the first time he showed up at the maintenance man’s office might have something to do with all this.
It turns out that, upon being fired, Leo the maintenance man decided to hurry up and test his time-bending experiment before it was ready. It worked, and flashed some blue light that allowed Leo (and Carter, who’d been exposed to it when he opened the office door at just the wrong time) to be aware of the time loop the universe was now stuck in. Stuck, because Leo didn’t think to make sure there was a way out of the time loop once he’d gotten everyone caught in it. Moron! The universe will unravel in the next few time loops, so Leo tries to make things right by standing in a chamber and syncing the time loop with real time (as measured by GD’s new plutonium clock). The result is one charred Leo.
So Carter must rely on Stark to save the universe. He manages to get Stark to believe him, and he and Fargo work on syncing time the way Leo could not while everyone else is at the wedding, blissfully unaware of any of this. When there’s two minutes to spare, the plutonium clock’s vacuum seal breaks, which means that someone has to sync it manually. For some reason, this is a job only Stark can do even though all it seems to entail is connected some USB cables and standing there and telling Carter to take care of Allison and stuff. Six o’clock hits and time is moving forwards again. Fargo and Carter rejoice until they realize that Stark is just standing there in the chamber. Oh, wait – now he’s turning into dust and floating away. Um … oh. Well, they promised us that a character would die in the commercials but I thought they were lying or that character was Leo. But it was Stark! Why? I liked Stark! Surely he can’t be dead … right? Right?
Season 3 is the season of shirtless Carter so far, as we begin the episode with yet another excuse to show Colin Ferguson off. Carter steps into the shower, where he is assaulted by either freezing cold water from SARAH, who totally did that on purpose. He's out of body wash (they tried to make his body wash more masculine by giving the brand name "Grubby Guy," but it doesn't work), but not out of antiperspirant, which he takes out of his medicine cabinet in a gratuitous close-up even though we never see him actually apply it. Right, because I'm always taking my deodorant out of the medicine cabinet and placing it gently on the counter just to give me something to look at in the morning. SARAH continues to tease Carter, saying she's detecting high levels of adrenaline. Distracted by her nagging, Carter cuts himself shaving. SARAH offers him a band-aid, but Carter says he wants to look good for the wedding. "Good thing you're not the groom!" SARAH sing-songs. Man, how come robot houses have to be so snarky? Even the computer on Star Trek would get a good dig in every once in a while.
Carter makes his way to the kitchen, where Zoe's already having breakfast. Zoe makes fun of Carter for having a cut on his face, which is kind of weird in that I would never notice or care if my dad cut himself shaving. I certainly wouldn't announce like that. Then again, my dad was always careful and cautious when shaving, unlike Carter. Zoe isn't through with Carter, though. She insults Allison for working on the morning of her wedding and then criticizes Carter for saying yes when she asked him to walk her down the aisle. What? When did that happen? This wedding has come up so fast. I'm not ready! Zoe does have a point there, though: it's cruel of Allison to ask Carter to walk her down the aisle. Where's her dad? Her mom? Brother? Kevin, her son? None of them can do it? It has to be the guy who's in love with you? Poor form, Allison. Carter says he'd prefer not to discuss these matters with his daughter before spilling ketchup on his last clean uniform shirt. Wow, today sucks for Carter. But it can only go up from here, right?
Guess not, since Carter's sister Lex just showed up three days early. Zoe is thrilled. Carter is not. I'm cautiously optimistic. Lex immediately establishes herself as the "cool" aunt who travels all over the world to find herself as she shows off her two cats, who a Buddhist monk told her were Grandma Lil reincarnated. I'm not sure if Grandma Lil is in both cats or just one, and if so, which of the two she is. And would that make the other cat Grandpa Whoever? Honestly, I have a feeling she met that "Buddhist monk" at a the pet store he owns and he just told her the cat was grandma to get a sale. Lex further endears herself to Carter by calling him "monkey" and saying he looks like their father. Apparently, her New Age conference in Seattle ended early and Saturday is a good traveling day for Geminis, so she's early. I guess Geminis are not good with phones and calling ahead. Carter sends the cats to the guest room and beats a hasty retreat. With that, Lex invites herself to Allison's wedding, claiming that she "loves" weddings. What a weirdo.