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Episode Recap: Everything Starts With Gaia


The day gets off to a strange beginning as Axl wakes to find Gaia moving furniture around, inspired by a dream she had about the perfect furniture arrangement for the flat. She has also phoned in to quit her job at the hospital for reasons even she's not entirely clear of. Before Axl can get to the bottom of this, Bryn and Jacob barge in, demanding that Gaia come with them now. Gaia refuses and retreats to her room. Then, before Axl can get to the bottom of that, a very large man kicks the door down, demanding to know where 'the girl' is.

The very large man is Eggther, and he's angry with Bryn about something to do with a possum heart. Eggther starts trashing the house, eventually bursting into Gaia's room to find that she's fled out the window. Axl is left with little choice but to hit this crazy man on the head with a cricket bat, after which Bryn and Jacob are very keen to leave the premises.

Outside they find that Gaia, who has injured her arm falling out of her bedroom window, is trying to flee the scene in Axl's car, a course of action Bryn and Jacob heartily approve of. But before he takes the wheel and they all drive off, Axl manages to glean that all this may have something to do with a drug deal of Bryn's that has gone very wrong.

However, when they arrive at Mike's bar so Michele can tend to Gaia's sprained wrist, Olaf puts a whole new spin on events by sniffing Bryn and Jacob ... and then asking why there is a giant and a dwarf in the bar. It is revealed that Bryn is a midget giant and Jacob a tall dwarf -- after which they, realizing they're in the presence of Gods, flee the building.

Anders, meanwhile, is in a funk as he decides to abandon his failing business in favor of a day out drinking with Ty. Anders blames Mike for every bad thing that has happened to the family and shows Ty what has come to be known as 'The Stick,' which has now been deemed the 'Stick of Uselessness,' and then indulges in drunken discussions about the nature of destiny. A fun day out for the brothers.

Mike, Olaf and Axl leave Gaia in the care of the suspicious Michele and track down Bryn and Jacob to a nearby restaurant. In the interrogation that follows it's revealed that Bryn and Jacob were sent, independently but as the result of the same prophecy, to kill the baby Gaia; both of them, however, fell in love with the child and resolved to keep her safe. Unfortunately, this has failed because the giants have now sent Eggther, their enforcer, to complete the job and Gaia has been delivered unto the one group she needed to be kept away from: the Gods.

And the reason for all this? The prophecy that says Gaia is to become Frigg ... very, very soon.

As this sinks in for Axl, he realizes that Eggther is still at the flat ... and that Zeb is due home from work. By the time the rescue squad gets there, it's too late: Zeb has been taken hostage and Eggther is demanding Gaia in return.

As the gang ponders what to do about this, Jacob is tossed from the bar after suggesting they just give Gaia to Eggther and a bold decision is made to call in the expert in fighting giants: Thor, aka Derrick. In the lull until they must face Eggther, Axl thinks that Gaia has the right to know who she is destined to become, so he and Bryn liberate her from a gaggle of suspicious Godddesses (who have gotten her drunk and stoned) and take her away.

Also confronting destiny are Anders and Ty, who have washed up at one last bar to drink via Anders' last undeclined credit card. When Anders heads off to the toilet, Ty realizes there are many people in the bar drinking apple martinis. But by the time he gets to the bathroom to tell Anders they need to leave immediately, it is too late: Anders is already making love to Helen, aka Idun, Ty's ex-Goddess ladyfriend and Bragi's destiny.

Axl and Bryn, meanwhile, are trying to tell Gaia the news. After Bryn makes a hash of it, Axl steps up and gives it his best shot: she is to become Frigg, his Goddess beloved. And Gaia bursts out laughing.