Emily in Paris season 3 episode 2 recap: What’s It All About…
Emily’s Paris bestie Mindy‘s (Ashley Park) plays a big role in episode 2 of season 3. An aspiring singer, Mindy turns down a big-time gig at a Parisian jazz club to continue busking. In doing so, Mindy backhandedly reminds Emily how difficult it can be to “work in two places at once.” As if Mindy’s comment weren’t enough, Emily also learns Alfie and her friends have been keeping her in the dark regarding his whereabouts. At the end of episode 1, he was leaving Paris to pursue a new job. But by episode 2, Alfie’s back in Paris and working for Antoine (William Abadie), who appoints him the new CFO of Maison Lavaux. Gabriel and Camille (Camille Razat) are in the know, but Emily isn’t.
Later in the episode at an amicable but awkward dinner, Alfie explains his connection to Antoine and how it started at the going away dinner Emily missed. He admittedly hid the news from Emily because he felt like they weren’t on the same page. Plus, Alfie didn’t want Emily to think he was returning to Paris for her.
This episode has plenty going on in terms of the drama in Emily’s professional life, too. Sylvie and Madeline are both battling for the biggest and best clients in season 3. Sylvie decides to leave Savoir, confident she can take plenty of big-name clients with her — something Madeline quickly realizes. When Madeline struggles to find someone to fill Sylvie’s role, she desperately offers her the job back during a Pierre Cadault (Jean-Christophe Bouvet) event. But the American-loathing Sylvie reminds Madeline how poorly she fits into the U.S.-based company.
Sylvie’s slam isn’t the only bomb dropped at the Cadault event. He announces his brand has been acquired by the family-owned conglomerate JVMA, Savoir’s prime competition. Since they handle all of their marketing in-house, Sylvie and her micro-firm are down their one and only client. So, Sylvie meets with Nicolas de Leon (Paul Forman), JVMA extraordinaire, who offers her and her team a job with the firm. Luc (Bruno Gouery) delivers Sylvie a healthy reminder of who she is — “it’s not easy starting a new business” — and she ultimately declines the JVMA offer.
Episode 3 ends with a grand romantic gesture from Emily, who sees putting work first isn’t always worth it — at least for now. In an attempt to save her romance with Alfie, Emily performs Dionne Warwick’s “What’s It All About, Alfie?” amid Mindy’s set at the Fête de la Musique.