This episode had an interesting premise, what if you could change your body quickly easily and without problems.
Would concepts such as gender, beauty and ethnicity have any of the meanings they have today?
There was so much this could have explored what happens to your awareness of "self" when the person in the mirror could change every week. How would relationships survive if your husband could become your wife. Would people choose hybrids, a little from column A a little from column B?
Some are these things are touched on. After Cleo gets the male chest her husbands response is "you did this without even asking me" to which she replies "about my body?". This opens a whole can of worms about relationships, I don't think that gives you domain over the other person but I would hope you care for them enough to consider their feelings and responses to your actions.
She does do this in seeming response to seeing him having an affair. It is understandable she wanted to hurt him and his response to hearing she knows he is having an affair is troubling. He doesn't deny it or admit and apologise he barely even acknowledges it instead focusing on her change. It does seem their relationship is in deep trouble.
Cleo go to the oophyte lounge (which is the stage in a plants development where sex organs develop, clever show). She meets a guy who looks like he's cosplaying as a Bajoran from Star Trek Deep Space 9. She dances with him and then he snaps at her "go become a man" not very tolerant of you. He does at least go after her and is a little more supportive this time.
The video playback thing seems to be one of the most constant bits of technology in this series, apart from the VW Beetle and seems plausible.
Back at the clinic Cleo is now going for the procedure. I liked how the attendant was now a woman, though it was not the most convincing of transformations. If that was an advertisement of the effectiveness of the procedure I would have second thoughts.
Interesting they get her to count backwards. We don't tend to use that in anaesthetics as much as the concern is people might think something has gone wrong if they start to reach 3,2,1.
After the change it's been 4 days and the attendant is a man again, guess he wasn't happy with the result.
Now man talk, between Leo and a bartender. It is interesting that Jules recognises Leo so easily. I guess knowing that the change can be done and Leo was considering it make it more likely.
Back to the Oopyhte and it was at this point I realised I have mixed up Leo and Jules' names so had to go back and switch them. I realise now why the show chose these names. Leo is now a man so jumps in bed with the first woman who shows interest. I suspect this wasn't what the show was trying to say and Leo has a lot going on that might contribute to the decision, plus Nora is kind of hot.
I now realised that Leo is the male version name and Cleo was the female, back to changing my review.
We then get the very awkward moment where Jules has brought the woman he is having an affair with to his house and Cleo walks in on them after having slept with Nora. I did feel for Janice, she is the only one in this situation who doesn't know what is going on.
We do get the amusing moment where Leo and Jules go to the bathroom. Leo shows himself as not having the male bathroom handbook when not only does he use the adjacent stall but also talks, you have much to learn young one.
Here this will help https://www.urinalman.com/
The VW beetle turns up again, this time I think as a self drive taxi.
So I guess from the ending Jules and Cleo have reaffirmed they want to be together whatever form they take, marriage saved.
Especially because it leaves no permanent damages or consequences, so it's more like magic than a medical procedure. It kind of breaks the unwritten law that says that any advantage in fiction must have a consequence for the characters.
I agree with you, but I am going to give the episode a pass on this. I think by making it consequence free in isolation it meant they could explore the other consequences of the changes and in this case the effect on Cleo and Jules relationship.
Overall this was a decent episode.
7 new employment tags the clinic has to print out for the attendant each week, out of 10.