DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Mythic Quest season finale episode “TBD” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, Mythic Quest lovers! We’ve finally reached the end of Season Two, and what a ride it’s been! This show continuously upped its game and was bolstered by wonderful performances and stellar writing. David Hornsby steals “TBD” for me.
In fact, his arc this season is one of my favorites. Utilizing Poppy and Ian’s fraught work relationship as a metaphor for David’s childhood parental trauma is brilliant. His timing on “TBD” is pitch-perfect. Additionally, I’m glad that Mythic Quest isn’t splitting up Rachel and Dana just because the former is attending Berkeley. We get to keep our gays, y’all!
Ready to delve into “TBD”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) watching on as their offices are being remodeled. Mom and dad are back together! David (Hornsby) arrives to find his work parents are thriving. Ergo, he’s ready to begin healing. Perhaps he can stop unloading his emotional trauma onto Carol.
Unfortunately, the Yorba Linda widow declined his offer to move in together. But that’s not all. In a panic, David proposed, which … read the room, my dude. Subsequently, the other knee also hit the ground in a bout of emphatic begging. Everybody is in top form here. The comedic timing is killer.
Later, Rachel (Ashly Burch) and Dana (Imani Hakim) enter David’s office. After he urges them to take a selfie with him, our lovebirds reveal the big news — they’re quitting. This comes on the heels of his Yorba Linda breakup. David’s not having a good day. But at least our fave MQ couple is moving to Berkeley!
Next, Jo (Jessie Ennis) calls Zack (Parvesh Cheena) with the help of C.W. (F. Murray Abraham). Initially, the conversation is quite amicable and professional. That is until Jo outright accuses Zack of manipulating her into participating in insider trading. Naturally, Zack denies this. But Jo will have the last laugh, and it won’t be behind bars for 10 years!
Meanwhile, Ian and Poppy are with their engineering team. Poppy is insistent on bringing “Hera,” her portion of the expansion, to fruition. Granted, it’s impossible to create a game wherein one action or change spans every screen across the globe, but if anyone can do it, it’s Poppy Li.
However, as much as Ian loves Poppy’s idea, he recognizes that it’s impossible to implement at Mythic Quest. Time to pack it in, boys (men)!
Next, Dana finds Rachel packing her items. They’ve officially quit their jobs. Dana is in tears. She was rejected from Berkeley. Rachel was under the impression that her girlfriend was accepted. They embrace for a while.
Then, Jo pays Brad (Danny Pudi) a visit. As per his usual, he already anticipated her arrival. That’s what sharks do. Jo beseeches him to assist her. She doesn’t want to go to prison. After some nudging, Brad relents. The story is that Jo was cruelly manipulated into joining Zack’s scheme to bleed Mythic Quest dry. I thought Brad wasn’t nice?
Later, Dana approaches Ian and Poppy with her terrible Grouchy Goat game. They loathe it. But Ian notices something in Dana. Despite knowing that it’s bad, Dana continues chipping away at it. She’s tenacious. Ian suggests that MQ sends her to a local school so she can learn to code. Mythic Quest will pay for her tuition. Then, she’ll be contracted by MQ to work for them after she graduates.
Of course, Dana is over the moon. She thanks them, but our co-creative director team couldn’t give two sh*ts. They have a company to run!
Meanwhile, we see the feds have arrived on the scene. Initially, Jo believes they’re here for her. However, we see that Brad actually called the feds on himself. He confesses to doing insider trading in MQ. He explains that serving six to eight months in prison will actually embellish his street cred. Brad will be unstoppable!
Even though the agents just want to talk to him, Jo has the idea of draping her cardigan over his wrists so it looks like they’re arresting him. She does what she can to generate office gossip regarding Brad’s abrupt departure. I can see a deeper friendship forming between these two. Brad is led away, but not before he tells everyone to f**k off. This is inexplicably hot to me.
Like, attractive. Methinks it’s Danny Pudi’s innate hotness. This season-ending is perfect for him as someone who’s obsessed with power. I can’t wait to see Brad post-prison!
Next, Rachel discloses that she wants to attend Berkeley, and if that’s on her own, then so be it. We see Dana start to spiral as she ponders aloud whether their relationship is still solid. She assumes that they’d take a stab at the long-distance thing.
Now, Rachel is the one kissing her in an effort to shut her up. We hear the same song from their first kiss playing. I love full-circle moments and the switching of seats between the pair. Our lovebirds finally f**k in the office against Carol’s wishes.
Then, Ian, Poppy and C.W. are walking through a corridor that’s decked out in MQ souvenirs and statues. A testament to the legacy Ian set forth. Documentation of the company’s accomplishments over the years. When they reach the end of the hallway, C.W. muses whether or not this is the end of the line for Mythic Quest. Poppy starts to wonder if their “baby” is all grown up now.
Later, Poppy and Ian turn in their collective resignation to David. They’re leaving MQ for greener gaming pastures. David’s having the worst day. It’s been decided. Despite David’s dismay, he lets his parents go free.
Now, David finds Jo standing on the rooftop. He’s initially under the impression that she’s going to jump. Jo just needed fresh air. She asks him if she can be his assistant again. David accepts. But this time she’s going to be his assistant. For realsies. First thing’s first — hire a new creative director, new testers and a new money person. Basically a new team. MQ shall live on!
Meanwhile, Ian and Poppy are out to eat for celebratory food and drinks. Ian asserts that they will bring “Hera” to life. He wants to create Poppy’s vision, but they’ll need to start from scratch. Time to make a baby! Well, figuratively. I appreciate the fact that Mythic Quest refuses to have these two embark on a romantic relationship. Don’t sully a good platonic friendship, people!
So, Ian hands Poppy a napkin for doodling. He urges her to start brainstorming.
Overall, “TBD” completely changes the trajectory of Mythic Quest. Dana and Rachel are embarking on different paths, Ian and Poppy leave the company to pursue other opportunities and Brad gets arrested. That’s five out of the eight main characters who are leaving MQ. What does this mean for the show? Well, so far there’s no word on a third season. One can only hope.
If Mythic Quest does return, it’ll have to implement these new changes and create new stories out of them. This show is adept at adapting to change. It’s equal parts a comedy and a drama, so I have no doubt that a third season would be up for the job. Make it so!
All episodes of Mythic Quest are currently streaming on Apple TV Plus.