DISCLAIMER: This recap of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. episode “This Man … This Makeover!” is rife with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, pitiful humans! Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. gives our titular baddie a fresh makeover for the season’s seventh episode. We’re blessed with a stellar guest performance from the always delightful Nathan Fillion, who’s inexplicably adept at portraying narcissistic characters. “This Man … This Makeover!” catalyzes the plot more so than the previous episode, but the reunion between M.O.D.O.K. and Jodie is a bit predictable.
That’s not to say I don’t approve — it’s just a story we’ve seen before. Guy changes for the better, signs the divorce papers, heads over to ex to deliver said papers only for the encounter to end in makeup sex. Regardless, there are still laugh-out-loud moments aplenty in this outing, and M.O.D.O.K.’s evolution is nothing short of touching.
Ready to delve into “This Man … This Makeover!”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with M.O.D.O.K. (voiced by Patton Oswalt) calling out for Super Adaptoid in his severely unkempt apartment. He’s out of food, so he resorts to consuming baking soda. As one does. He moseys on over to his local eatery to grab some takeout, only to find Jodie (voiced by Aimee Garcia) is there with her new beau Wonder Man (voiced by Fillion). Awkward. He introduces himself as “pending Avenger, underwear model and lover of M.O.D.O.K.’s wife.”
Later, M.O.D.O.K. takes his diarrhea-inducing kids’ lasagna home. He receives an invitation for Jodie and Wonder Man’s joint book release shindig. M.O.D.O.K. enacts his self-destruction mode because living is only for married men. Thankfully, his former employee Gary talks him out of it. Instead, he decides to get a makeover. That’ll win Jodie’s affections!
Next, M.O.D.O.K. finds his daughter Melissa (voiced by Melissa Fumero) at the ice skating rink. He pleads with her to give him a makeover. She knows just where to go first. Melissa takes her father to a stylist that sounds an awful lot like Jonathan Van Ness, which makes my heart sing. M.O.D.O.K. tries out different hairstyles and clothing until he finds the winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Then, he arrives at Jodie’s book release party in a swanky vehicle with the license plate “MODOK69.” Nice. We see his face is chock full of fillers and his hair is slicked back. Viewers may be traumatized by his appearance, but Jodie is smitten.
Now, we rewind to one month earlier. Jodie is meeting with her publicist, who’s toeing the line of racism by insisting that Jodie succumb to Latino stereotypes. She follows that up by referring to Jodie as her “pig.” I don’t like this person. Publicist Lady insists that Jodie needs to expand her lifestyle brand. She must become the next Goop.
Later, we see Jodie is at a bookstore. Chicken Goop for the Wealthy Mother’s Soul is taking the world by storm, while Jodify Your Life is small potatoes in comparison. Jodie meets Wonder Man for the first time. She’s reticent to jump in to a new relationship. However, a paparazzo sneakily snaps a photo of them. Jodie’s publicist calls her and asks her about her blossoming romance with Wonder Man. Jodie seizes the opportunity to get some press. It’s a PR pairing, baby!
Next, a montage plays out dictating WonderJodie’s rise to new heights. America’s favorite couple! We return to the present, wherein Melissa is playing piano at the party until her fingers bleed. Melissa and Lou are fed up with their parents’ antics. They find M.O.D.O.K.’s gun that makes you drunk without having to drink. They’re hellbent on partying it up.
Meanwhile, on the red carpet, M.O.D.O.K. and Wonder Man verbally spar, which leads to real sparring. Wonder Man lays the smackdown on M.O.D.O.K. He’s bewildered to find Jodie taking Wonder Man’s side. She emphatically states that he provoked her new boyfriend. Melissa and Lou lay on the roof and bond in their inebriated states. They also make squirrels vomit.
Then, a dispirited M.O.D.O.K. returns to his messy apartment. He finds a copy of Jodie’s book and proceeds to read it. Wonder Man breaks up with Jodie when he learns that their relationship was a carefully orchestrated PR stunt. He had real feelings for her!
Meanwhile, Baby M.O.D.O.K. watches the whole shebang play out while in his formidable storage locker. The publicist lady is actually in cahoots with him! Super Adaptoid (voiced by Jon Daly) is also present. Baby M.O.D.O.K. introduces us to Arcade, who exists in the comics world. Apparently, Arcade will wreak havoc on present-day M.O.D.O.K.’s life.
We see a montage of M.O.D.O.K. cleaning his apartment while reading Jodie’s book. He even signs the divorce papers. He heads over to Jodie’s to sincerely apologize and give her said papers. However, she smooches him and pulls him inside the house for some horizontal tangoing. Divorce is now off the table!
Despite the contrived outcome between M.O.D.O.K. and Jodie, “This Man … This Makeover!” is a delightful episode that pokes fun at Hollywood PR relationships, celebrity vanity and drastic makeovers. It also gives Garcia a chance to shine as Jodie. We get to see her calculative and manipulative side which, as Wonder Man says, proves that she’s more similar to M.O.D.O.K. than we previously thought.
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is now streaming on Hulu.