Maria goes on to prove what an unmitigated moron she really is by insisting that heart is all well and good (you might think it's a little better than that, even, what with the way it's what they were specifically told to concentrate on), but she's thinking...Hummer! "Let's talk about sex appeal," she says, as if everyone in the room has been neutered except for her, and she's just trying to bring the libidos back to life. Of course, not only is Maria's approach entirely wrong, but Maria's approach is totally offensive. Do you suppose she's wondered whether an organization that is three years removed from watching a bunch of guys die would want you to promote joining up because it's going to make you look hot? Do you suppose she wondered whether existing cops would want to be standing next to guys who are there because they thought Hummers were sexy? Of all the clueless, brainless, tin-eared nonsense we've been put through on this show -- and there has been quite a lot of it -- I'm not sure I've ever seen anything to quite equal this. Andy, to his credit, disagrees with her. Maria drinks from her little coffee cup as she interviews that she is so brilliant at marketing that she could easily have taken over and done the task wonderfully, but little Andy was just so determined to be a leader that he wouldn't allow anyone to take it away from spunky little self. Well, how young of him. If only he had Maria's sophistication and a devouring lapel decoration.
Floyd Bennett Field, NYPD Training Facility. Apex is just arriving. Raj interviews that the facility offered them an impressive collection of doodads and weaponry and vehicles that they could use in their shoots. He can almost feel the killing. This is where we learn that Elizabeth was chosen at random to be the Apex project manager. She tells us that the task is "do or die," because the first time she led, she lost. And she narrowly escaped, too, and like Maria, she owes much to the fact that that was the week the team decided to railroad Stacie. "I need to come through with a win on this task," she says. Her team sits around a table. Chris rattles off some stuff about how the NYPD has always had great technology, and 9/11 changed the world, and now, "You don't have to be on the other side of the globe to be on the front line." Elizabeth interviews that she wasn't comfortable going with a highly military theme, and that she really thought they needed to focus on more emotional themes -- so far, so good, since that was the assignment and everything. Elizabeth tells Chris that she likes the idea of times changing, but she's not getting the sense she thinks they need of balancing the extraordinary things cops do with the not-extraordinary things. Which is right on, to my eye, but her entire team is rolling its eyes anyway. Kevin snorts with a condescending smile as she's talking, kicking off the week in which I learn not to like him either.