Repeating some of the employees from Slow News Day: After Northwind.
Kudzu’s alias “Kale Romarin” isn’t an homage to President Olive Romarin — it’s in honor of Peony Romarin.
Peony: The tricky thing about cults is, they get you to cut off anyone who isn’t a believer. So the only friends and family you have left are the ones in it with you. If one member wants to go — maybe they’re starting to notice some of the party line is [censored] — can I say [censored] on air . . . ?
Okay, sorry, sorry. Point is, breaking away is really hard when it means leaving your whole community behind. Unless everyone has the same doubts and decides to bail at the exact same time — and what are the odds of that, right?
Enter Kudzu. At some point, he turns his mind-reading on Northwind Senior Management. And guess what, they know everything they’re selling is a load of . . . you-know-what.
So he blasts that knowledge out to everyone in town! All at once! Years of propaganda, and false data, and people convincing themselves to ignore their own doubts — all burned away in a second.
And sure, then he tries to make everyone not think about it — seems like he panicked — but after he got depowered? They all remembered.
Peony: Yeah, there’s a lot we still don’t know . . . What Kudzu was thinking, what exactly got him to flip. And if stuff comes out later that proves me wrong? So be it.
But, Bennett, let me tell you: if you brought Kudzu out in this studio right now? I would shake his hand. I would tell him, thank you, for giving all those people a clean break with all of their loved ones.
Bennet: So, um, Ms. Romarin . . . how do you feel about the part where he killed a lot of people in the process?
Peony: Real talk? It’s probably not as many as Northwind would’ve killed themselves, by now. In my opinion.
Bennet: O-kay, that’s all the time we have! We’ll be right back after this break!