Hello and welcome to the fifth installment of the sci-fi drama’s Laughing Place recaps Y: The last man. The latest episode in the series, titled “Mann Hunt”, was released yesterday via FX on Hulu.
“Mann Hunt” begins at the abandoned Fenway Park in Boston, where Agent 355, Yorick, and Ampersand are racing on their motorbikes. “RACISM: AS AMERICAN AS BASEBALL” is spray painted onto an exterior brick wall. After the opening credits, Sarah hides the bike in a cardboard box while Y wonders what Dr. Allison Mann looks like. He notices graffiti that says “HOAX” and “THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING”. A tank drives around making announcements in an attempt to keep the peace and 355 makes sure Y wears her mask as they sneak past. Yorick later complains aloud about Sarah’s controlling nature before she makes him wait in an alleyway and gives him a small knife for protection. She walks down the street to talk to one of the soldiers in the tank. She makes up a story about cleaning up a nearby supply of grenades and asks the military to let her pass, because she is one of them.
Yorick sees more graffiti about how the Cataclysm was a hoax and the President is a liar. He bursts into a door behind him in the alley. Sarah enlists the military’s help in locating Dr. Mann and learns how they treat protesters and rioters at Harvard University. 355 asks for access to the Science Center, but is told there are no more. Yorick finds a print shop that makes the propaganda posters he’s seen in town, and he picks up a literal ampersand from the print shop. A woman comes up behind him and confronts him, telling him that if he is a “friend” he should act like this. More and more women are being brought into the printing press after receiving tear gas while demonstrating outside. Pour milk into one of their eyes to neutralize the burn. The first woman thanks him, believing him to be another rioter, and offers him a place to stay. “They have testosterone, if you need it.” Yorick takes off his mask, feeling safe that the woman believes he is trans, and says he saved Ampersand from a lab. He received information about a local shelter.
Yorick returns to the alley to wait for Sarah, who returns and asks if something has happened. He says he lost the knife and 355 tells him the lab has been destroyed. We move to the Pentagon, where President Brown is briefed on current situations. She tells her team what will happen when Senator Oliver returns, planning to offer him “some leadership position.” Sarah and Yorick break into Dr. Mann’s apartment, where they find a crib. “There was nothing in his file about a cradle.” They also find several pictures of a Union Club, so they go there and 355 opens the lock when Y takes too long to use his hook. Inside, they discover that someone has lived in one of the bedrooms. Yorick lets Esperluette out of his cage, but is attacked from behind by Dr. Mann, whom Sarah holds at gunpoint. “May I?” Mann immediately realizes that Y has a Y chromosome and is shocked to discover that Yorick and Ampersand are both male and together survived the cataclysm.
Sarah tells Mann that they were sent there by the President and that she intends to return to Washington with them. Mann refuses, saying she plans to travel to San Francisco where there is another lab she can use to continue her research on human cloning. Yorick bleeds from Mann’s knife attack and 355 sews him up as they argue. Sarah tells Mann that no one can know for Y’s survival, and calls the protesters outside “crazy,” which Mann balks because of his distrust of the government. Yorick tries to defuse the situation with a joke, but instead, 355 leaves them alone together while she retrieves her satellite phone. She intentionally breaks the antenna and tells Y that she needs to find a new one. “I’ll be back in a few hours. Dr Mann and Yorick don’t seem thrilled to have been left with each other.
At the Pentagon, President Brown launches a campaign to fight disinformation. “We are the government. We can do better than newsletters. An aide tells Brown that a helicopter crash site has been found, although no human remains have been located. Officer says 355 and Yorick must be dead. Kimberly Cunningham washes her hands in the bathroom and drops her purse on the floor. As she sifts through the fallen trash, one of Brown’s assistants walks in to use the restroom and Kimberly presses her for information about the helicopter crash. “Can you blackmail me another time?” Christine said from the stall. From under the door, Kimberly notices Christine is bleeding, and the second woman says she thinks she is having a miscarriage. Kimberly helps Christine clean up and takes her to a doctor, who gives her an ultrasound. Christine asks Kimberly to keep it a secret just before the doctor finds out the baby’s heartbeat and that it is probably a girl.
Agent 355 arrives at a barricaded mansion and knocks on the door, having learned the address from the piece of paper she keeps folded in her pocket. No one answers, so she goes up to the second floor and enters through a bathroom window. Inside, she has a gun shot at her by another woman, and they fight until it is a draw, with the two fighters pointing their guns at each other. Sarah asks the other woman if this is her house, and she replies that she knows they are “both looking for her.” The second woman admits being Agent 525 and pulls out the cartridge from her gun. “Did Fran give you this address?” She told me I was the only one who had it. Did she tell you that too? She says she was in the middle of an operation in Michigan when the cataclysm happened and was also reassigned the day before. “It’s quite a coincidence,” says 355.
Later, 525 gives 355 additional weaponry and tech and asks where the agency originally found it, and Sarah asks what 525 will do if it finds it. “I’m going to put a bullet in his eyes and finally live my life.” You should do the same. “At the Union Club, Yorick notices that Dr. Mann drew penises on all the male portraits in the building.” People cry in their own way, “says Mann, who also says that she doesn’t like teaching, but didn’t want to work for the government. Y says he’s a teacher of magic and Mann asks if 355 still runs away on a secret mission without saying where she’s going. Mann casts doubt on Sarah’s intentions and tells Yorick more about her secret San Francisco lab. She says she needs to collect Yorick’s genetic material before he turns 40 and begins to deteriorate. What Y says he’s 27. “You look older.” “It’s been stressful months.
At the Pentagon, President Brown begins to wonder why she hasn’t heard from her son or Agent 355 yet. Christine walks in and tells him that the bodies of the two pilots have been identified, but that they are not. ‘found no one else. Brown asks if Sarah killed the pilots and demands to know more about the agency she works for. “I’m going to worry about the story of the cover. Just do it. They set off to meet Senator Oliver, who is brought in in a wheelchair and greeted with a round of applause. “We’re so glad you’re home,” says Brown. Later, Christine crosses paths with Kimberly in a hallway and chills her back. Kimberly meets Oliver in his private quarters and says none of this turned out the way her father, the former president, would have liked. “This place is a Rachel Maddow fever dream. We have to stick together. “Your father won in a landslide, and we still ended up with Socialists in charge.”
President Brown enters, interrupting the conversation, and Kimberly leaves. Oliver guesses that Brown doesn’t want to give up the presidency and asks him for something to eat. Back at the Union Club, Dr. Mann and Yorick discuss drunken biology, and Y asks Mann why she’s been hiding there. “I didn’t have enough Jim Crow-era stained glass in my place,” Mann jokes. Yorick tells Mann that he noticed the crib in his apartment. “You made assumptions. I have no children. “I was just asking because you look sad.” Mann is offended, but says that while she can understand why Y survived, it won’t start to scratch the surface of what they lost. She talks about biodiversity among many animal species beyond humans and collapses against the wall. “I don’t envy you,” she said to Yorick. “You won’t have much life from now on, will you?” Suddenly Agent 355 comes in and says they must leave, lying that President Brown has authorized a trip to San Francisco.
New episodes of Y: The last man are released Mondays via FX on Hulu.
Mike is Laughing Place’s senior Southern California reporter, editorial director for Star Wars content and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars Podcast. He has been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general his entire life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.