Things accelerated quite a bit on Dispatches of Elsewhere last week when the show finally found the mysterious Clara and her mandate of divine nonchalance. Now Dispatches from Elsewhere looks to keep up the pace in episode 6 “Everyone.”
Judging by this exclusive new clip, however, there are some loose ends that need to be tied up before Peter (Jason Segel), Simone (Eve Lindley), Janice (Sally Field), and Fredwynn (André Benjamin) can continue on their Clara hunt.
Recall that last week Peter was fired for making a mockery of FCC regulations and transmitting The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” to everyone’s playlist. Naturally he did this at an imaginary Clara’s request. Now it looks like Peter and Fredwynne are paying a trip to Peter’s former place of employment, music streaming service Manamana (a division of Bender Elmore) to pick up his stuff. Perhaps there is something within the walls of Manamana key to unlocking the secrets of the Jejune Institute’s treachery. Or maybe Peter just understandably wants his stuff back.
One thing that’s nice about this brief look at “Everyone” is how well it leans into Jason Segel’s natural comedic talents. That’s not to say that Dispatches from Elsewhere has misused him thus far (and it would be weird if it did because Segel created the show). But this is our first glance at the full Segel-ian comedic arsenal in awhile.
His “Hi, how are you. Good. Thank you. Good,” at immediately being reminded of his termination is pure stuff. His further failed attempts at improvising are hilariously and helpful reminders that this is the actor who got his start in classics like Freaks and Geeks, How I Met Your Mother, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
The real surprise here, however, is how much better Fredwynn is at thinking on his feet and how much fun André Benjamin is clearly having doing so. Fredwynn posing as Peter’s life coach, Leslie Hunter, and pitching this return to the office as a crucial coping mechanism isn’t exactly convincing. It is certainly better than Peter’s lie about it being Johnny Hoenig in accounting’s birthday though.
Will Peter and Fredwynn’s gambit work? It had better if they want to get back on track in this great Elsewhere game. The synopsis of “Everyone” reads:
“With time running out, the gang splits up in an effort to find Clara; Simone and Janice follow her artwork, while Fredwynn and Peter link the game to a large corporation.”
Dispatches from Elsewhere episode 6 “Everyone” premieres on Monday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.