Nicole explains to us how, in business, if you don't agree with a person's task-losing decision and personal fuckup, sometimes -- even if it's going to result in you living on the lawn for two more weeks -- the best thing you can do is just keep your trap shut. I'm not kidding, I'm not exaggerating. She says, "You keep going," and that the reason Michelle sucks is that she doesn't have that ability to shut her trap and let everybody do whatever they want, no matter how horrible. "A lot of the guys aren't connecting with Michelle." I don't know if she means "guys" there literally or figuratively, but I don't think I'm stepping too far off book when I suggest that the approval PM "Hi, Boys" Nicole is looking for might have certain qualifications. And if I'm right, she could win this season. Michelle tells Carey, who knows damn well, that she feels like he's not even listening to her. She interviews that Carey is an opinion-pusher and if you don't like his opinion, it's too bad. And yeah, Carey is being abhorrent -- on screen, he's getting angry, in his little tiny suit -- but especially so for a Project Manager, which he seems to somehow have become. Only if that's the case does this behavior make sense, from any of them. But he's not. He's a team member, using his dubious gay-adjacent fashion cachet to intimidate his teammates into agreeing with him. Which is sucky, but personal to him, and as was pointed out to me, is basically making a Tara mistake: using perceived personal attachment to a tangential concern in order to make a statement in the middle of the task and act somehow as a role model. The rest of them are assholes for not telling him to shut it well before this point, and getting on with the task.
Of course, at this point Michelle loses me altogether: "He was just going in his own direction and he had claimed it... " (Don't do it, don't do it... ) SNAP. Full circle formation, like it's suddenly 1991 and there's one gay black image she's ever seen in her whole life, or like Carey is a drag queen right now. Here's a tip, kids: Do that snapping shit to me? You're losing a finger. Those are the rules. You know what? Time out.
Gay people are scary, and we know it. Black people are scary. A gay black man is about the scariest thing in the world, if that world is Trumpworld. Where we are right now. Not that you'd be getting an Awesome Person Award for being weird about it, but the real world is awesome and we should try to live there instead of worrying about anything but fixing it. Most of that is above-board, modern-day awkwardness, because you don't know the rules, because it's not something you have any experience about. You don't know what's okay to say and what's off the table, if you're not that thing, whatever it is. (Hint: No more snapping those fingers, for starters. Especially not on camera, for Pete's sake.)