DISCLAIMER: This recap of Mythic Quest episode “#YumYum” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, Mythic Quest fans! We’ve got another slam dunk episode this week with “#YumYum.” This show is a balm for my soul. It’s a lovely little weekly retreat that always manages to soothe my spirit. Laughter is in short supply these days, and Mythic Quest is the cure for that. “#YumYum” honed in on Ian and Poppy’s fracturing relationship as they forged ahead separately on the Titans’ Rift expansion. Brad took on his greatest challenge yet — finding David a date. Jo tried to get C.W. out of a legal jam. Dana realized her dream.
Ready to delve into “#YumYum”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with Brad (Danny Pudi) pitching an idea for the Titans’ Rift expansion to Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), Ian (Rob McElhenney) and David (David Hornsby). He’s pushing for the game to take on the tired “Battle Royale” approach. Neither Poppy nor Ian is on the board with it. David learns that Ian and Poppy are working on the expansion separately.
Apparently, they’ve split it down the middle to make it equal. David starts to have war flashbacks from his own divorce and his parents’ divorce. Our fearless co-creative directors are adamant that nothing is amiss. David and Brad sense that danger is lingering on the multiplayer horizon.
Later, David reunites with Brad and Jo (Jessie Ennis) in the breakroom area. David is preparing to embark on the online dating path. Dirty Dave is back in business. Jo may slap someone, and that someone is David. C.W. (F. Murray Abraham) tries to call him. He promptly declines said call.
Then, David catches Poppy emerging from her office with a group of designers. She finally has her own art department at her disposal. David inquires as to where she’s migrating. She’s decided to move into her old office so she can have more space for herself and her team. Uh oh. Divorce is imminent.
Next, C.W. attempts to reach Brad but is subsequently rejected. However, he manages to successfully call Jo under another name. That’s how he gets you. C.W. reveals that someone is attempting to sabotage him and his life’s work. He shows Brad and Jo a “Breach of Contract Notice” dictating that C.W.’s intellectual properties will be seized since he hasn’t finished the final novel in his trilogy. Brad assigns C.W.’s dilemma to Jo as a test. Meanwhile, he’ll try to find David a viable date.
Now, Ian is conferring with his art department. You know, the original one. Hapless Phil (Derek Waters) attempts to appease Ian but to no avail. Ian wants someone to dig in their heels and fight back. He longs for a challenge. He needs a Poppy. Phil is no Poppy. Brad calls Ian and plants the Battle Royale seed again.
Then, we see our favorite lovebird testers Dana (Imani Hakim) and Rachel (Ashly Burch) testing away. Rachel still feels overwhelming remorse regarding Dana’s Grouchy Goat game. Dana reassures her that it’ll all work out. Ian waltzes in and requests to see the “shrill, hostile one.” Ahem, you mean Rachel.
Meanwhile, Poppy is sitting in her old office with her team. She’s sporting a very fashionable blanket that’s draped over her head while she gets into the expansion zone of thinking. The dude with the glasses is no help. He discloses that her part of the expansion, entitled “Hera,” is something no one has ever attempted to do before in video games. Dana barges in and proclaims that Poppy is the video game genius of their generation. She wants to learn how to code from Poppy. Obviously flattered, Poppy brings Dana into the fold.
Later, Jo heads into the law firm for C.W.’s meeting. She has him on video on her laptop. However, he’s muted, because C.W. Jo delivers a fiery, eloquent speech in support of C.W. She asks for a six-month extension so C.W. can finish the final book. However, she learns that the deadline for said book was in 1982. Jo storms out in a hurry, clearly feeling like she’s on the losing side.
Next, Brad has David’s social media accounts plastered all over the place. He lightly chastises David for his lackluster and lame social media presence. If he’s going to successfully secure a date, it’s time to start from scratch. Brad suggests they delete it all. This will add an air of mystique for David. “Mystique” is not a word that anyone would use to describe David Brittlesbee.
Then, as a test, Brad has David participate in a Japanese computer dating game. If he manages to snag a date from one of the fictional women on screen, he’ll be ready for the big leagues. We see the setting is at a bar, so David approaches a woman and asks if he can buy her a drink. I’ll take a Manhattan, please!
Meanwhile, Jo is hiding out in the bathroom with C.W. on her laptop. She laments about how he ruins everything just by opening his mouth. Curse his loose lips! A lightbulb goes off. She ponders over a piece of sage wisdom Brad bestowed upon her: her perceived strength may be her weakness. Jo now believes that C.W. is her greatest strength in this scenario. Huzzah!
Now, Jo barges back into the office of the lawyer dude and gives him the business. She reminds him exactly what C.W.’s intellectual property is about and how it might not translate well on the big screen. She turns the volume up on C.W. so he can speak, which is enough for homeboy to grant them the extension. Success!
Later, a harried David is preparing to throw in the towel when he cracks the code. He wins the game! Dirty Dave is ready to mingle! We see the women in the game were really Carol (Naomi Ekperigin), Sue (Caitlin McGee) and a guy named Paul (Humphrey Ker).
David was communicating with folks from work. Carol was under the impression that it was a new tool for HR purposes. Paul emphatically reveals that he’d never let David get into his knickers. Carol couldn’t be less attracted to him. Sue doesn’t think their parts would gel well together. Dirty Dave feels dejected.
Meanwhile, Ian and Rachel are brainstorming over his portion of the expansion. He wants her to really hammer him with the hostility. She’s not quite sure why she’s there in the first place. Poppy has Dana spy on Ian. She notices that they’re just working, but then we hear Ian begin to throw things. Poppy discloses an Ian secret — when he throws things, that’s when he’s really on fire. She’s toast. Brad shows off his Battle Royale mug in a perfectly Danny Pudi moment.
Next, Brad finds a forlorn Dirty Dave mindlessly scrolling through a dating app. He unveils David’s swanky new dating profile. He has a date! Her name’s not Linda like his mom, but she lives in Yorba Linda. That’s no short trip. Brad encourages him to be the burlap sack she needs. Carry her load. Maybe in more ways than one. Brad is surprisingly profound here. What a softie!
Then, we see Ian usher Poppy aside. He wants them to work together again. Maybe she can move back into their office? For the expansion, of course. Poppy reconsiders. However, Brad seizes the moment to eagerly exclaim how happy he is with the new Battle Royale function on the game. Poppy relented. Ian feels betrayed. It looks like mom and dad aren’t getting back together, much to David’s dismay.
“#YumYum” is a fun, lighthearted outing that pushes the narrative forward for Mythic Quest, notably with our two leads, Ian and Poppy. Their relationship and its ebbs and flows has always been the crux of this show. I love how the episode frames their bond as a married couple on the outskirts of divorce, particularly through David’s eyes. I think Brad and David are right — danger is lurking. It may come to a head in the next few episodes.
As a whole, Mythic Quest is pure, zany escapism at its finest, and “#YumYum” is no exception. Bring on the rest of the season, please and thank you.
Do you think Poppy and Ian will move further apart as the big day with Montreal draws near? Will David score big on his date with Not Linda from Yorba Linda? Does Brad actually have a heart? Join me next week as I recap Mythic Quest, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Mythic Quest streams new episodes every Friday on Apple TV Plus.