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Episode Recap: You Call This the Real World?


We find Axl and Gaia parked beside a beach as they continue their escape from the real world, sleeping in the car without a change of clothes, or money, or toothbrushes, or, indeed, any of the necessities of life. Axl is getting tired of this lifestyle but Gaia isn't ready to go back to the surreal version of reality she's hiding from; she's still got stuff to figure out and is awaiting some kind of sign as to which path she will head down: the Frigg path or the Papatuanuku path.

But the first sign Gaia takes any notice of as they're driving along a country road is one advertising Brigadoon, a B&B in the middle of nowhere. It looks way too expensive for Axl’s credit card to deal with - and the owners, Beth and Tom, freak Axl out - but Gaia insists they will stay there for the foreseeable future.

Back in the city, there are various unhappy campers. Dawn is unhappy with (and suspicious of) Natalie's lack of progress on the business front; Jerome and his fellow Maori Gods are unhappy that Gaia has taken off and that Mike is unwilling to hunt her out; and Dawn is made even more unhappy because Helen seems to be part of the management structure at j:pr these days. And when Helen persuades Anders to use his powers to avoid paying a huge restaurant bill, it seems that Dawn's concerns are entirely founded.

At Brigadoon, Axl is convinced that the very genial Beth and Tom are actually crazed killers who slaughter their innocent guests, but Gaia is feeling right at home at this odd Shangri-la ... and is beginning to chill out and actually talk about what's going on in her head. Over dinner she confesses she would like to be married, which Axl takes as a sign that she is leaning towards the Frigg (Goddess of Marriage) path. Gaia angrily rejects this notion and stomps out of the sauna she and Axl are sharing, leaving Axl to share his woes with Tom. Tom's advice is that Axl needs to man up and sort out his love life, or maybe she's not the girl for him.

Meanwhile, Olaf returns to the bar and reveals to Mike the existence of many listening devices, a tap on Mike's computer feed and a hidden camera pointed at Mike's bed. He then takes Mike through a hidden door to a room under the bar that Mike had no idea existed, revealing Kvasir, currently unconscious. As Mike struggles to get his head around all this he gets a call from Colin, thanking him for the God/Goddess sex show and all of Agnetha's money, which he managed to embezzle.

Mike is furious, vowing to kill Loki ... and his bad day gets even worse when Jerome and his followers arrive, refusing to leave the bar until their Papatuanuku is returned to them. Mike has no option but to go fetch the runaway lovers.

Dawn's having a rough time of it as well after a tense run-in with the mysterious Natalie and a row with Helen, to the point where Helen uses her seductive charms to convince Anders to fire Dawn ... which he does even though he doesn't feel good about it.

Back in the strange world of Brigadoon, Axl manages to confront Gaia about her refusal to acknowledge the reality of her situation - it's her 21st tomorrow and whatever will happen, will happen. Out of this he becomes more manly - and therefore more Godly - in her eyes and she commits to him and their love. And then Mike arrives to take them home - and, fortuitously, to pay the bill. Upon their return, Gaia tells everyone to leave the bar ... and that everything will be sorted, one way or the other, tomorrow.

There is one happy person at the end of the episode: Ty, who finds the path to his mortality after gaining wisdom from Kvasir. After a ceremony involving The Stick, during which Michele brings him back from the dead with her bare hands, Ty awakens, warm and mortal.