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Industry Season 2 Episode 2 Recap – Harper Pockets a Unicorn! | Television


Spoiler alert: This recap is published after Season 2 Episode 2 of Industry aired on BBC One in the UK. Don’t read on if you haven’t watched it.

Our economy may be in worse shape than a week ago, but episode two of Industry picks up where the first left off – with Harper on the scent of a deal with Mr. Covid, Jesse Bloom, leaving Eric in a pickle at a breakfast meeting with an important client.

“It’s a shame, because I prefer you both,” Felim, the fund manager, sighs at the obvious rift between Eric and his drifting mentee; and, thinking back to their electric interactions in season one, I can’t help but feel the same way.

Harper’s decision to skip the buffet to show Bloom’s face demonstrates that she’s willing to challenge Eric – whether it’s to find “an anchor” at Pierpoint before the layoff rumors, or to jump ship altogether, we’ll see.

Bloom has also understood this temperamental quality, pushing her to keep it above the table – but is content to be impressed by her risk-taking and initiative.

By the end of the episode, Harper’s gamble paid off as she made a deal big enough to knock Felim off the queue. “Who taught you to fish? Bloom said, hanging up.

With Harper’s stock high, it’s no wonder New York bureau envoy Danny Van Deventer is interested in it — as the “u up?” strictly professional. text at 2am. (Don’t confuse her answer with intimacy, warns Harper.) But even with her selection of potential father figures, she only has eyes for “@pogdaddy911,” who claims not to be the person she’s looking for. .

Marisa Abela and Adam Levy.
Will she succumb to his charms? …Marisa Abela as Yasmin and Adam Levy as her father Charles. Photography: Simon Ridgeway/BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO

Not to say it all boils down to dad issues on this show (Rob is at least open to cultivating moms), but an unexpected and unwelcome visit from Yasmin’s dad is part of why she’s the way she is.

Given his long history of inattention and despite his obvious horror, you can see Yasmin almost succumbing to his charm: as drawn to him as repelled.

She is, after all, her father’s daughter: deliver the sexual but impersonal relationship with Maxim that her father claimed to have had [their] relationship” since she was a child. At the end of this episode, she at least makes it work for her, bringing her father’s money to the office.

Factor in her self-absorbed artist mother’s memorable appearances in the first season, and it’s a helpful glimpse into a character who can be the hardest to root for – as Celeste also acknowledges.

Everyone’s just jealous, she tells Yasmin over macaroons in her office, and Yas is happy to believe her – or rather, to have it “crystallized”.

Given Yas’ closest relationships at home and at work, it’s easy to see why she might be attracted to someone who seems to show genuine interest. but her response – passing a pass to a client in a misguided effort to impress Celeste – underscores how inexperienced she is, unable to distinguish provocation from solicitation.

Yas may speak three languages ​​in this episode alone, but that doesn’t mean she’s worldly – as we’ve suspected Celeste has known all along, rewarding her protege’s participation in her “interesting experiment” with her shoes. silver. But it’s hard to tell if either is motivated by work or pleasure.

Harry Lawtey as Robert.
Quickly gaining confidence… Harry Lawtey as Robert. Photography: Simon Ridgeway/BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO

Sweet Bobby, meanwhile, quickly gains confidence after being taken under the wing of Nicole, Pierpoint’s “character” client. As he tells her, “My mom always told me, ‘If there’s still an upper class in this country, then you’re going to be part of it.'”

Robert does his best to keep Nicole on professional ground, refusing wine with dinner and steering the conversation towards offers. But the commonalities between them — as working-class “success stories,” seen as successful in defiance of their origins — are hard to ignore and lead to a certain, ah, rapport that is quickly, uncomfortably monetized.

After all, as Celeste says, some of her most personal working relationships pay off the most. But it is striking how often, when the young analysts at Pierpoint strive to separate work and pleasure, their elders seek to lead them into temptation.

Closing

Harper concludes the episode on a career high, having landed the kind of deal Rishi and Eric mocked minutes earlier as the unicorn — and the one she owns alone.

But Yas, too, has regained some composure, informing her pompous boss Hilary of her move to the “sparkling,” feminized, customer-facing (or customer-flirting) side of the business. They’re just unkind people moving other people’s money around, she told him – “So let’s look into it, shall we?”

Older and wiser, Harper also now knows how to savor victory without taking the next one for granted, learning from Bloom that it’s “just a cycle of winning and losing.”

It looks like the two women have a newfound clarity about Pierpoint and their colleagues, which could make it harder to use them as pawns. Given their cross-story and cross-story closeness, they can even team up. Everyone needs an ally at work – even if a friend is too much to hope for.

Closing

Keeping an eye… Sagar Radia as Rishi.
Keeping an eye… Sagar Radia as Rishi. Photography: Simon Ridgeway/BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO

Eric was right to berate Harper (as he points out: a third year analyst) for taking a bet with Felim, but by freezing her and punching Danny, he forces his two disgruntled mentees into an alliance that could have real implications for his future.

As Eric said earlier in the episode, “People are just knots of fear. We loosen them, we win. Sitting out of Harper’s standing ovation at the end of the episode, he looks tighter than ever.

Adding insult to injury, Rishi and his other colleagues have kept a detailed eye on his gentlemen’s travels: “His diet must be very fibrous.” Working from home has its perks…

The most inscrutable city speaks

'Let's do flow slash execution stuff'… Yasmin with Celeste.
‘Let’s do some flow slash execution stuff’… Marisa Abela as Yasmin with Katrine De Candole as Celeste. Photography: Simon Ridgeway/BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO

Rishi: “This morning, I’m excited for the stream.” It’s minutes after Yasmin just told Celeste about her experience with the “flow-slash execution tricks” (sounds “delicious,” Celeste says of those macarons). Is it a yoga thing?

Better burn

Maxim, reading a bit of post-coital Chavs: “This Owen Jones is surprisingly readable, for a socialist.” (Contacted for a right of reply, our Owen told me it was a career high.)

Boldest power play

Yas boss Hilary immortalized himself in bronze as a gift for his wife. Happy Birthday darling!

Lowest Reflux

It’s a testament to the rambling sex in the industry that Rob’s backseat wank and new suit isn’t necessarily the darkest, with Gus’ racialized encounter with a “skinny white boy from Kensington” that gives him a hard time. But my heart turned to Nicole’s presumably patient driver, faced with a short drive around the block — and a long soulful night.

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