Episode 2: Co-Op
18 Putnam Ave
Ilana, gunning for some organic zucchini and grapefruit, is told that “today is the last possible day” she can finish up her shifts at the co-op “for this moon cycle.” Since she’s headed out to Long Island that afternoon to get a belated HPV vaccine from her childhood pediatrician, she asks Abbi to go in her place. Abbi, who claims that Ilana’s organic produce-based meals have given her the “healthiest shits of [her] life” feels they can’t stand to lose the co-op membership, and agrees to the scheme. But, since co-op members aren’t allowed to share shifts, Ilana has Abbi impersonate her, which, of course, entails a lot of “Yasss, queen”-ing.
When Ilana shows up at the end of the shift, Abbi reveals her true identity to Craig, the man-bunned co-op member she’s been lusting after. The gals are promptly led to a dingy basement storeroom by the co-op’s witchy-looking middle-aged manager who’s still able to breastfeed the infant strapped to her body, “because the power of co-op produce has made me fertile into my fifties and beyond.” Lori takes their mugshots with a Polaroid and pins them to a wall labeled “Shitty Peoples,” proclaiming that, since they signed a billion-year contract prohibiting shift-sharing, they’ll be banished from this co-op and all others for life. “All the co-ops are connected,” she cackles. “You two are going to be eating vending machine foods and bodega vegetables for the rest of your very short lives.” The scenes were shot at Greene Hill Food Co-Op, where members held a meeting to discuss the show’s request to film onsite. (They voted yay, because “We decided it’s better to laugh at ourselves.”)