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The made for love episode 7 recap is a recap of the latest episode of the popular Korean drama.
In episode 5, Byron continues his efforts to delve further into Hazel’s mind, while Hazel meets with the lawyer suggested by Bangles. As Fiffany works behind Byron’s back to rescue Zelda and the chip technology from his intention to combine with Hazel, we discover more about her job and history.
It’s the morning following episode 4, and Herb notices that Diane isn’t in his bed. He starts searching for her since she doesn’t usually get up without informing him. He discovers her passed out in the living room with Hazel and Bangles, who had asked her to join their party after Herb had fallen asleep. She was undoubtedly delighted to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to party with the girls, away from her husband’s critical gaze.
He wakes all three ladies up and tells them they’re too old to party like they’re in high school, then smells Diane’s breath to check whether she’s been drinking and condemns her for allowing Bangles kiss her as soon as he discovers them.
Isn’t Diane of legal drinking age? Is Herb robbing the cradle plastics factory, or is he robbing the cradle plastics plant? Isn’t Herb and Diane’s friendship founded on a shared interest in sexual experimentation? Maybe they should ask Bangles if she’d want to form a trio with them.
Just an idea.
Bangles gives them the name of the lawyer she mentioned in episode 4 during breakfast. Bangles wants to express it in code, but Herb points out that Byron will be present at the meeting, so they won’t be able to keep it a secret for long. The lawyer’s name is Biff Reidelsberger, which is a play on the Back to the Future clown villain Biff Tannen, and is presumably not an indication of his skill and dependability.
Herb, on the other hand, knows Biff and thinks he’s a nice guy. Bangles claims that the government sued Biff and lost because he had a monopoly on illicit data mining. Plus, when Biff was high and peed all over an Applebees, he got Bangles’ cousin off.
Biff seems to be capable of doing whatever he sets his mind to.
It’s time for Herb to go. He pulls out a package of Hazel’s old clothing for her to wear so she won’t have to wear his anymore. Bangles informs her that it is time for her to pick up her child. Bangles said Hazel had an abortion, so Hazel is taken aback. Bangles claims she was pregnant a second time, this time by someone who wasn’t Jalapeno Dick, and that she kept the child.
Hazel’s morning causes Byron discomfort, so he doesn’t get the same amount of benefit from his sensory cocoon time as he usually does. Bennett, on the other hand, is unable to persuade him to remove the VR headgear and rest.
Fiffany approaches the cube of a reclusive developer called Remy, who wonders why she’s there without the necessary permissions, somewhere deep in the depths of the Hub. She equivocates before inquiring whether he is a fan of the comic book The Optimizer. He has Optimizer merch strewn over his desk, so she knows who he is.
To distract Remy, Fiffany takes out a first edition copy of an Optimizer comic book, then tases him senseless. She uses his hands and computer to locate Zelda’s tank and get access to it. She assures Zelda that she understands the dolphin’s concern about Hazel, but that everything will be OK. Because to Zelda’s assistance, Hazel was able to escape the Hub. Zelda will be freed, according to Fiffany. Herringbone then phones and insists that she meet with him immediately.
Hazel makes Herb swear not to reveal Byron’s name unless Biff agrees to defend her as they approach the bowling hall where they’ll meet the lawyer. When they first meet, Biff asks whether Herb received the papers for his will and claims he had no idea Herb had a daughter, implying that Hazel isn’t included in Herb’s will.
Herb most likely left Diane in charge of everything.
Byron has emerged from the cocoon but is still laying on the floor, waiting to extend his wings and watching while Herb informs Biff that Hazel needs a divorce. While Hazel tells him her tale, Biff offers they go bowling. Byron is perplexed as to why she is speaking with a divorce lawyer. Bennett politely requests that Byron show up for his planned appointment so that he may review the most recent product video. Bennett accompanies Byron to the meeting as he wears the VR headset.
Byron’s sole eyesight is Hazelvision, which both shrinks and expands his world—now he’s the one who is constrained by another’s whims, which confines him mainly in one tiny physical zone. But he’s also outside the Hub for the first time in 10 years, encountering a world he’s never seen before. Even though he, too, hails from humble origins, he and Hazel are not the same person, and he has never had her visceral impressions of the world.
Fiffany recalls sharing the findings of her dolphin chip study with Byron as she waits on the side of the road. Fiffany intended for her findings to be utilized to enhance animal-human communication and increase human-natural world understanding. Byron overruled her and proceeded to experiment with it on individuals, soon realizing that the chip might be used as a permanent lie detector, compelling the person who had it implanted to remain honest. Made for Love, he believed, was ideal for partnerships. Fiffany has never forgiven him for stealing her job.
Back in the present, Fiffany becomes concerned when several threatening-looking black cars drive up, but it turns out that she is meeting with Ignacio, her ex-husband. She mistook him for a lone wolf.
“Never trust a gorgeous lady who says all the right things,” Ignacio says. That was something you taught me.”
After that, he searches her.
She saw right through Byron’s mask and knew he was a snake. She wants to sell Ignacio her chip technology behind his back, similar to what they’ve discussed in the past. Ignacio is aware that there is more to the tale than she is letting on. She explains that she is on the verge of complete contact with Zelda. She has an opportunity to take the chip from Byron, but she must move quickly. Ignacio is already aware of the chip’s nature. Is he interested in it or not?
Fiffany has finally conceded defeat, which pleases Ignacio. He agrees to her terms.
The loss isn’t addressed, although it’s suggested that Fiffany departed Ignacio because of a disagreement about how they’d sell the chip. She’s willing to work for Byron again since he’s so much worse than Ignacio.
Biff isn’t a very imaginative thinker, and he’s having trouble getting his head around Hazel’s case. She continues to her strategy of not naming her spouse until he agrees to take her case. However, she is unable to identify any major kind of abuse that a guy like Biff is aware of. Byron wouldn’t cheat, Herb points out, since he doesn’t have orgasms.
Herb has no idea what the term privacy implies, which explains how Hazel got up in this situation in the first place. But it’s also essential to note that just because Byron doesn’t have orgasms in Hazel’s presence doesn’t imply he doesn’t have orgasms anyplace else. His inability to orgasm with her on a regular basis may be seen as a symptom of infidelity. What’s the location of his orgasms? Maybe he’s always had someone else on the side or an other outlet (hello Diane), so he’s never needed Hazel’s help.
Byron doesn’t physically mistreat Hazel, but he maintains control over her schedule and nutrition, ensuring that she gets adequate sleep, eats nutritious meals, and exercises—all of which Biff considers to be things a loving husband would do, and which a small town judge would presumably do as well. However, treating a spouse as though they are a kid who is incarcerated is abusive. It’s subtle enough that virtually no one will notice it’s controlling rather than caring, thus it’s a kind of gaslighting that makes the abused spouse seem crazy to outsiders as well, providing the abuser a justification to be controlling in others’ eyes. It’s a devious way of gaining control of someone’s life that puts the victim in a lose-lose situation, since attempting to achieve freedom just makes matters worse.
Biff and Herb, of course, believe Hazel’s life under Byron’s full supervision sounds fantastic. Rather than fleeing a location she’d been imprisoned in for ten years, Biff claims she moved out and gave up her claim to the “home.” Hazel grows enraged and more detailed about Byron’s technology, claiming that he refused to let her have a sensor implant in her finger so she could travel between cubes on her own, thus turning the home cube into a de facto jail.
She informs Herb that with “him” observing, the whole discussion is useless. When Biff scoffs, she reveals that her husband placed a chip in her brain, which only makes Biff believe she’s crazy and ridicule her, a response many women can identify to when it comes to stalking and sexual harassment.
Herb accuses her of marrying a tech millionaire in the first place, claiming that she should have known Byron Gogol would turn out the way he did. Men’s harassment and assault have elicited a variety of reactions among most women. As if Herb wouldn’t have been overjoyed to welcome Byron into the family if Byron hadn’t told his father-in-law about his good fortune.
But now that Biff knows he’s not simply dealing with Herb the Perv’s crazy daughter, and there might be a huge payoff involved, he’s immediately interested in Hazel’s case. To grab his briefcase, he walks to his vehicle. Hazel informs Herb that by introducing Byron’s name, he not only piqued Biff’s attention, but he’s also persuaded Byron to take the meeting seriously.
Bennett leads Byron into what seems to be a fake clean room, but it’s really a marketing meeting where Bennett will show Byron a video on a new fireproof coating. Because Byron insists on wearing his virtual reality glasses during the meeting, the marketing team must explain the film to him. As he makes frequent outbursts over his wife’s conduct, his emphasis stays on Hazelvision rather than the presentation.
I’m guessing it was the revelation of his orgasm status that seemed like a betrayal. Let’s remember that every morning, Hazel filled out a survey regarding her orgasms, and Bennett went through them with her if Byron had any questions. When it’s done to you rather than someone else, that kind of violation of privacy seems different.
The commercial film depicts a family returning home to discover their home engulfed in flames. Only their Gogol gadgets, which have been coated with the new substance, have survived. The family is overjoyed since Gogol has come to their rescue. Byron urges them to get it to market as soon as possible, then informs Bennett that Hazel is sharing too much with Biff and that he should take care of it. On his way out, he runs into a wall.
In this episode, Billy Magnussen and Cristin Milioti are both nailing the physical comedy. With the bowling ball, Hazel was comically incompetent and nearly violent.
I appreciate how none of the guys in the room could find anything wrong with that marketing approach. Though this program sometimes switches Hazel and Byron’s preferences and feelings, it also has a point to make regarding men and women’s socialization. Hazel wasn’t adequately indoctrinated into normal, “acceptable” feminine conduct since her mother died when she was young and her father couldn’t be bothered, so it probably gender swaps the two. We don’t know what happened to Byron, but he doesn’t seem to understand regular human society.
After Hazel informs them the chip in her brain is worth $1 billion, Biff and Herb both reconsider Hazel. Biff warns her not to allow anybody approach her head, since it is her marital property.
Finally, she is valued for her intellect rather than her appearance.
She has to retain the chip in her head until the divorce is finalized, according to the fact that possession is 9/10 of the law. Based on the typical dog battles that Biff handles, the case will most likely drag on for a couple of years. Hazel’s brain equals a dog in this equation.
I’m now terrified that Hazel will be abducted for the chip. She urgently needs a high-quality security detail.
Hazel is against keeping the chip in since it was the lack of privacy and control that drove her to leave Byron in the first place.
Biff: “But, on the bright side, you essentially have the equivalent of a winning lottery ticket in your head… With the chip in… I mean, you’re useless without it. Our proof of physical attack is the chip. We’d be nowhere if it weren’t for it. We don’t have any leverage. So that chip is gold to me.”
“Oh my God,” Hazel exclaims. I mean, I would have remained at the bottom of the pool if I had known it was going to end out like this.”
And there you have it. Hazel is a waste of time. The only thing that counts about her is her relationship with Byron. She has no claim to community property in the divorce or even a part of the revenues from the product that was created by experimenting on her if that link is severed.
Herb catches up on the suicide connection, but it’s now up to Bennet and Byron to add their two cents to the conversation. The bowling alley’s main lights go off, and colorful disco lights come on. Photos of Biff having fun with sex workers are shown on the score monitors above each alley. Biff yells for everyone to look away from his naked body in the photographs. Then everything comes to a halt, and the phone at Shangri-Lanes rings—for it’s Biff. Biff is asked by Hazel not to speak to Byron or Bennett, but of course he does. Bennett speaks a few words to Biff before leaving the premises, nearly forgetting to take off his rental bowling shoes first.
Bennett informs Byron that the Hazel/lawyer issue has been resolved. Byron is sad since Hazel has said that she would sooner die than marry him and live in the Hub.
“The life she lives out there, that’s death,” Byron says. As a result, I’m going to save her life. Noodle, I’m going to make you happy again. It’s time to join forces.”
Only what happens within Byron’s mind is genuine in his universe. The Hub is his thought manifested as if he were a deity, so he can accept thinking of it as real. Anywhere he can’t fully control is too terrifying, like a nightmare world with homes on fire and vehicles exploding. He’s the epitome of narcissism.
The campsite, where Lyle has gone throughout Nomadland, is Fiffany’s next destination. He just has a few tracksuits borrowed from a fellow camper and his tiny 3-wheeled electric vehicle remaining after Byron erased his whole identity. And his fingers in a cooler, but that’s best left unsaid.
Fiffany informs him that Byron has ordered him to be transferred to the Pasture cube, where individuals are put to be “lost” indefinitely. She then informs him that Byron intends to combine with Hazel, which Lyle already knows would result in her death. If Lyle can interrupt the signal long enough for Fiffany to remove the chip from Hazel’s skull, she has a mobile tech suite in the van that will enable her to do it securely.
Lyle says he can interrupt the stream for an hour, but he’s not sure why she’s doing it. He deduces that she must have a buyer and persuades her to confess that Ignacio is the one. She tells him that he’ll receive his 50% share, but Lyle is taken aback by the fact that she’d work with her ex-husband again. There seem to be some skeletons in that closet with dubious morality.
Bennett informs Fiffany that Byron wants to begin the merging right now. They need to extract the chip from Hazel as soon as possible.
Herb points out a help needed sign on their walk out of the bowling alley and suggests Hazel apply for a job there. She doesn’t seem to be interested. Then he wonders whether she used a euphemism when she said the pool. He doesn’t want to hear the truth, so she tells him what he wants to hear.
“I figured if I got away, I’d have a fresh start, you know?” Hazel says.
“There’s no such thing as starting again, okay?” Herb says. It’s all a dream. However, there is progress to be made. It’s all right to acquire a life.”
I agree with him: you’re always there, no matter where you travel. You can’t go back in time and alter what happened; all you can do is keep moving forward and attempt to do better next time.
When Hazel fled for freedom, she wasn’t exactly thinking of a life in her hometown. Herb reminds her that it’s all she has as she considers her choices. Let’s make the most of the situation.
He says he’s ready to go home and remove his socks. She chooses to go home since she never got to take a stroll outdoors while working at the Hub. He warns her to be cautious. Then he comes to a halt, rubbing his painful kidneys. She inquires as to his well-being, and he responds that he is well now that she is at home.
Bennett is apprehensive about conducting Byron’s chip surgery, but all he needs to do is shave Byron’s head. The remainder will be handled by robotic surgical arms. While they work, Bennett flees the room.
While Byron undergoes chip surgery, Hazel wanders home across the desert. She hears a high-pitched whine, feels a burning agony in her head, and then falls out in the street as the merge occurs.
Fiffany and Lyle arrive just as she passes out and realizes what has occurred. They apologize to her corpse, which they believe is dead, and then take her away to remove the chip.
When Byron awakens after surgery, he chuckles uncontrollably.
There were minor Dr Who allusions in the previous episode, and there are subtle Back to the Future references in this episode. Fiffany is portrayed as a strange, mysterious, but lovable crazy scientist with questionable morals who is primarily seeking for someone to fund her research, but who is nevertheless devoted, if a little reckless, to her pet dolphin and the few individuals she still trusts despite being burnt in the past. Doc Brown is depicted in the original Back to the Future film in this manner. Doc Brown from the 1950s must be convinced to care about Marty’s rescue, much as Fiffany is more interested in the chip than Hazel, but ultimately does the right thing.
Marty McFly is a fish out of water in the original Back to the Future, having been transported from the 1980s to the 1950s. After ten years in the Hub, Hazel returns to the outside. For the first time since she returned, she had to appear normal and competent in front of a stranger, Biff, in the stronghold of normality, a bowling alley, and she fails horribly. That’s partially due to Byron’s meddling, but she was also a little strange with the bowling ball.
In a Pleasantville reference*, the bowling alley takes the role of Marty’s school as the social institution that demonstrates Biff’s normalcy and eccentricity—why is he there in the middle of the day if he’s such a successful lawyer? Obviously, he enjoys playing as much as Biff Tannen does, as shown by the pictures.
In an age of conformity, Marty’s school showed that the previous generations, represented by Biff, Principal Strickland, and Marty’s parents, were all hypocrites and strange. The bowling alley shows the same thing about whatever institutional assistance Hazel may have hoped for. When the blackmail pictures show on many screens, no one in the bowling alley reacts strongly; the owner is more worried that Biff does not take his bowling shoes.
When Hazel left the Hub, she went to a strip club that started off with real people but quickly emptied out and began displaying stripper films, as though Byron’s crew had vacated the premises. The two incidents together indicate that Hazel’s society is rife with corruption, which Byron encourages and uses in order to make it easier for him to get his way when someone opposes him.
To be a member of the Back to the Future world, Byron is almost too evil. He seems to be a part of something bigger, like The Matrix or The Wizard of Oz. Only as alternative timeline Biff, creator of Biff’s World, can he fit. Maybe the Hub has taken over the whole globe, and Hazel was tricked into believing she had fled by taking whatever medication made her believe she had.
In this episode, there was a musical flourish that was extremely similar to the Syfy program Eureka’s theme tune, and it was played quite a bit. It drove me insane because I thought I was seeing Eureka or a crossover for a split second. It’s possible that this is a crossover. It would explain everything if Byron grew up in Eureka. It’s possible that it’s another nod to Made for Love’s inspirations and/or a hint towards the band’s future. Eureka was set in a tiny, hidden corporate town controlled by a single technology firm. Byron and the Hub may swallow Hazel’s hometown and rebuild it in his own image—World, Biff’s I mean, Byron’s World—in order to keep Hazel happy.
Hazel and Herb should study finger spelling so that she may communicate with Herb with her hand even when she is not looking at him. To avoid getting her eyes or ears involved, Herb may have to spell back to her in her hand, like Annie Sullivan did to Helen Keller. While she has the chip implanted, she may be able to learn to read Braille.
The Hub and its cubesTM are intended to parody contemporary workplaces with their small cubes, low walls, and lack of privacy, countered by the tendency in modern tech/software firms to pretend the office is also a place for leisure and play, so that you never have to leave. Google Gogol has carried those ideas to their logical conclusion: Byron and Hazel didn’t leave the Hub for ten years, but his cubes supplied them with everything they needed, including the sensation of being somewhere else, doing anything they chose. However, Gogol Cubes do not offer privacy.
Fiffany and Remy’s offices, which seem to be large but are also vacant, make me wonder how big they are. They may be the same size as or even smaller than Byron’s “restaurant in Rome” truck trailer cube. Gogol Cube technology seems to be able to change viewpoints such that it appears and feels like you’re traveling across space, similar to the Star Trek holodecks, even if you’ve just traveled a few feet. When the basic office cubes are switched off, they all have grids on the walls, much like the Trek holodecks, implying that any of them might be turned on and projected wherever Byron wishes.
*I like the deep-cut Pleasantville reference that they weren’t secure at a bowling alley, which my family has been making since the film’s debut in 1998. The bowling alley remained a timeless stronghold of conventional male safety and culture, which Bennett and Byron penetrated with their alien mega tech bro money and culture, even if the joke was unintentional. However, one thing that all of the guys have in common is that it is very distressing when women begin to behave erratically. As a result, Diane.
“For the time being, we’re safe. We’re lucky we’re at a bowling alley.”
“This isn’t about George’s meal or Roy’s clothing, my friends. It’s a matter of values. It’s a matter of whether or not we want to keep the ideals that have made this place so special. So now is the time to make a choice. Is this something we’re doing alone, or are we doing it together?”
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