God Friended Me Episode 4
This episode was enjoyable—Wait a minute. I watched it again to make sure I was paying attention the first time.
Has a miracle happened?
I don’t get you man.
God Friended Me was a mixed bag for me since the pilot. I found it too sappy, too sugary, too many empty calories. At first glance, the show has all the feel-good vibes to romance the powers to be into giving it a full season order.
But when you turn to its nutritional label (always a mistake), you realize the list of ingredients weren’t adequately combined and left a taste in your mouth.
This fourth episode, however, I caught myself smiling at the end (and hating myself for it).
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Rakesh (Suraj Sharma) ran the God account code using their workplace IdentitySeal’s servers. And while his new found, self-proclaimed expertise in love was eye-roll worthy, the fact we know where he now stood in the show made him less of a disruption. He’s still the comic sidekick foil (but enough with the self-doubt, insecurity fits already) to Miles’s straight man persona, but he’s also an active participant in investigating the God account rather than just tagging along.
Meddling with God (account), though, screwed up the servers. It created a weird error code that relates back to the Fibonacci ratio, aka God’s Fingerprint. Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) and Rakesh found themselves free to check on the next suggestion: the Hayden Planetarium.
It’s not for a person, it’s for a place.
There’s a nice bit of reminiscing about the planetarium when the Scooby gang (plus Jaya) rendezvoused. Rakesh didn’t want to be “some third wheel” so he invited Jaya, unintentionally creating a double date.
Oh, but remember: Miles and Cara (Violette Beane) are “just friends.”
To Miles’s credit, he gave a legitimate reason as to why he’s afraid to ask Cara out; if she says no, what will this do to their friendship?
As usual, our characters angsted over their issues, but this time, it was during the quest inside the planetarium.
Rakesh was worried (again) about their relationship; Jaya didn’t want to put a name to what they have.
Miles was still trying to figure out the God account’s motives, but at least he stopped complaining how the account was ruining his life and embodied the quote “doth protest too much.”
And Cara? Well, this episode conveniently failed to mention her writing career. She seemed pretty content to play Nancy Drew this week.
I thought you could use some help, but maybe I was wrong.
Cara and Miles met Fliss, a quirky out-of-towner from Nebraska who flew to New York on an impulse to “meet her destiny.” Cara struck up a conversation with Fliss; she believed this was the person the God account sent them to help.
Rakesh and Jaya encountered Beaker, a docent guiding a tour that related to the Fibonacci ratio, God’s Fingerprint. Rakesh, who’d been foiled many times before in tracking down the account, was convinced Beaker was involved somehow.
Labels kind of ruin things.
The story splits off at this point; each pair following an odd parallel to their own lives. Cara and Miles themselves debated whether destiny or love at first sight exists. And here was Fliss, searching for a long-lost love with a twenty-year-old list Joe Smith about New York sites and hope that finding Joe Smith is her destiny.
While they investigate (stalk) Beaker, Rakesh and Jaya discussed what they want with each other, their lives. Rakesh felt concerned Jaya wasn’t invested in the relationship given her discomfort of being referred to as his girlfriend.
As usual, Rakesh waffled between displaying indifference and worry.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Beaker was determined to find his “star” despite having lost it for no discernible reason. Jaya was impressed with Beaker’s tenacity which made Rakesh channel his own insecurities into proving Beaker was behind the God account.
Meanwhile, Miles appeared willing to help Fliss until he was called back to work. He wasn’t ready to buy in on destiny and Cara’s belief in fate, but he stopped resisting helping as he did in previous episodes.