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.
In an interview, Kevin claims that Elizabeth would first name something she liked about a concept, and then something she didn't like. Which, in and of itself, doesn't seem entirely wrong to me. I like my leaders to see things in more than one dimension. It's why I'm voting. What we do see is Elizabeth consistently saying that she doesn't like the idea of making it all about the terrorism/world events angle, when much of police work is so much closer to home. Raj lectures to Elizabeth that any concerns she has about being too militaristic are "unfounded." He just flat-out says it. Doesn't raise it as an issue, doesn't allow for discussion. Lectures her that her concerns are unfounded. And then Chris has to throw in, "It's not a friggin' tampon commercial." Right. Because when girls don't go for your over-the-top Rambo bullshit, you should remind them that to object is to just remind everyone that all they know about is girly stuff. Like tampons. That shit is so infuriating. Working for giiiiiirls! They want to make everything into a taaaampon commercial! That jackass. I should have known he'd never stay as cool as he was when he hated the public.