The following recap of “The Last Man On Earth” from last Sunday night on Fox, April 19, details the events of episode 11, titled, “Moved to Tampa,” and may contain spoilers. During last few weeks of “The Last Man On Earth” we found out that Phil Miller, played by Will Forte, and Carol Pilbasian, played by Kristen Schaal, were not the last two people on earth. The cast has grown to include Melissa Shart, played by January Jones, Todd, played by Mel Rodriguez and in the episode, “The Do-Over,” we were introduced to Erica, played by actress Cleopatra Coleman and Gail, played by actress Mary Steenburgen. Tonight we gained one more cast member, Boris Kodjoe as Phil Miller, a former special forces member who just so happens to have the same name as our original protagonist, Phil Tandy Miller.
The episode begins in the cul-de-sac where everyone has gathered so Phil and Carol can update the group on their relationship. Carol tells everyone, “So the reason Phil and I called you here tonight is to let you know that we have made the mutual decision to get divorced.” Phil chimes in, “The big D,” and is generally upbeat about the situation. Phil goes on to say, “Carol knows that my door is always open,” and Carol jokes, “Oh, not as open as my door that you promised to fix but never did.” They both force out some laughter.
Phil looks into Carol’s eyes and tells her, “I sincerely hope you find the happiness that I was never able to give you.” Carol toasts to Phil and retorts, “Thank you for three wonderful weeks of marriage,” which causes Erica and Gail to gossip to each other under their breath, “Three weeks?!” A few moments later, Gail begins to play a dirge and then a waltz on an accordion and Phil and Carol begin to dance awkwardly as everyone looks on bemused and bewildered at the sudden turn of events.
The next morning, Phil, now a free man, yells out, “Carol, I’m throwing paint into a wood chipper right now, for no reason! Just mindless, messy fun. ‘Cause I don’t have to answer to anybody anymore! Anybody!” Phil pays no mind that the wood chipper is throwing paint onto his priceless Vermeer painting on the wall, destroying it. When there’s a knock on the door it ends up to be Gail, who tells Phil, “I did not realize that you and Carol were only married for three weeks. That puts kind of a different little spin on things.” Phil’s interest is sparked when Gail tells him, “I just thought I’d come by and see if maybe you wanted to have a little fun.” Phil tells her, “I love fun, you know? Big fun enthusiast.”
Phil asks for a little clarity, saying, “So, uh… We talking, like watch a movie or?” Gail begins to make her intentions clearer, saying, “No, Phil, I don’t want to watch a movie,” and tells him she has some detailed plans in her head. Just then, Carol walks into Phil’s house unannounced and says, “Just picking up more of my stuff,” then jokes, “Divorce, right?” Phil tells Carol that it’s not the best time but she tells Gail and Phil to just go back to what they were doing. Phil ends up making a date with Gail and she tells him, “Why don’t I come back later? Say around 3:00?” The two agree to meet up in Phil’s bedroom, where he says that he’ll doing chores there about that time.
Todd and Melissa are meanwhile working out their new relationship. Todd walks over to his new girlfriend and says, “A little breakfast for my lady,” and Melissa tells him, “You know how I love butt pancakes.” The heart pancake Todd made her was served upside down, and the two have a good laugh over the matter. Things quickly turn serious as Todd gets confessional with Melissa and says, “I’m happier than I’ve ever been. It’s all because of you.” Melissa, a bit stunned only says, “Todd,” and he continues, “When I was out there, you know, the world was dark and empty. Then you came along, and you filled it with light. I guess what I’m saying is I love you, Melissa.” Melissa responds by saying, “Todd… Thank you,” and a devastated Todd, not hearing her say back that she loves him, manages to spit out, “You’re welcome,” with a disappointed expression on his face.
When Phil goes to get some coffee and milk in the cow room, he runs into Erica who asks, “So single life’s treating you well?” Phil explains to Erica, “Breaking up was definitely in everybody’s best interest, you know? And I wish Carol all the best. And she does the same for me.” It doesn’t take Erica long to ask the newly single Phil if he wants to spend some time with her, inquiring, “Hey, so I was thinking about going on a hike later, at this bluff I found. Do you have any interest in that?” Phil, intrigued by the sudden turn of events in his dating life, responds, “Love to go on a hike with you. Big hiking enthusiast. Got all the gear, got the mindset.” Erica asks, “Shall we say 5:00?” Phil remembers his date with Gail and remarks, “I got a little appointment at 3:00, but knowing my history that won’t last anywhere near two hours.”
A short time later Phil is driving down the road and comes upon Todd, who is walking alone. Phil asks Todd what’s up and he responds, “I told Melissa I loved her, and she didn’t say anything back.” Phil remarks back, “Oh, that’s a major burn. Oh, that’s horrible. You must feel like crap. God, that is a bummer. That’s… that’s big time.” A couple moments later, however, Phil has some practical advice for Todd, saying, “Hey, even if she wasn’t into you, we’re the only two guys around, okay? And she hates me, so I think you’re safe.”
Todd tells Phil, “You know, I just keep thinking, you know, if we all showed up, what’s to say other people won’t show up?” Phil assures Todd that nobody else is going to show up and says, “Look, I’m finally single again. I’m friends with my ex, and I have two dates lined up, one of which is a straight-up sex date. I’m about 69 percent sure of that.” Phil strikes a plan after the conversation to go back to the alive in Tuscon billboard and change it to inform people that he’s moved to Tampa. While spray painting the billboard, Phil says out loud, “I got a good thing going here, Tucson. I don’t need anyone showing up to blow it for me.”
The ladder that Phil used to get up onto the billboard falls to the ground, much to Phil’s dismay, and he remarks, “Oh, farts.” Phil starts to yell for help and sobs as he wonders if he can make the landing if he jumps off the billboard just right, hopefully not breaking his legs. Phil cries as he says out loud, “Two beautiful women waiting for you at home, Phil. Now, stick the landing and get home and make love to those women!” Phil continues to yell, “Help me, I’m gonna die up here! Help! I am so scared!” Phil takes off his pants and shirt, hoping to use them for some shade, but his pants blow away in the wind and Phil is left to sunburn in the elements.
When Erica comes over to meet up with Phil for their date, she discovers he is nowhere to be found. She ends up drinking alone and passes out on Phil’s bed as she waits for him, only to be woken up by Erica at 5:00 when she also comes over to see Phil for a date. Erica states the obvious to Gail that, “Guess we got double-booked,” and Gail remarks, “And double stood up.” They both mutter Phil’s name, with Gail saying, “Friggin’ Phil.” Carol again walks in unexpectedly and tells the women, “You didn’t waste any time.” Erica explains, “Carol, Phil and I were just gonna go hiking.” Carol looks at her disgusted and comments, “I don’t need to know your little Australian terms for when a man plays with your breasts.” Gail is more straight forward with Carol and tells her, “We were gonna have sex.” Carol tells the women, “Not upset, just know you’re getting my sloppy seconds,” and after she chuckles madly clarifies, “And they were sloppy.”
The next morning Carol asks the women how their three-way with her very recent ex-husband and they tell her that Phil never showed up. Carol is flabbergasted and says, “Phil Miller missed out on a chance to have sex with two women? Oh, my God. Phil’s dead.” As the group starts to organize a search party for Phil, now missing for about 24 hours, a truck approaches the group, but they notice it’s not Phil’s truck. A new character, also named Phil Miller, carries a limp and sunburned Phil in his arms and asks, “This guy belong to you?” The new Phil Miller, explains, “So I was driving down Route 77 I saw a ladder laying beside a billboard. So I looked up at the sign, I saw something move.”
The new Phil goes on to explain, “So I stopped to check it out, and I found this guy passed out in his underwear. I was surprised he didn’t notice the ladder behind the billboard.” The old Phil Miller says, “There was a ladder?” and he can’t believe that he could have saved himself. The group thanks the new Phil for saving the old Phil and it finally comes time for formal introductions. The group finds out that the man who saved Phil Miller is also named Phil Miller. You have to wonder if this is a coincidence or if there’s an ulterior motive going on with the new Phil. The old Phil, dazed, mutters, “I’m Phil Miller.” The new Phil says, “He’s in shock he’s just repeating what I’m saying.” We’re left to wonder if the new Phil Miller is a good guy or a bad guy, but he definitely presents himself as a hero. The situation is that there are now two Phil Millers out of the three known men and four known women left on earth.
Everyone gets to know each other and it ends up the new Phil Miller is from North Carolina, the same as Gail, was stationed at Fort Bragg and is former military. This causes the old Phil to also claim, “I did military.” The new Phil explains, “Well, after I left the Special Forces, I became a contractor, mostly for Habitat for Humanity, but also to make a buck here and there.” Melissa tells everyone, “I also did Habitat for Humanity in college.” Todd, insecure, pulls Melissa in close and says, “Yeah, hey, Phil, I’m Todd, Melissa’s boyfriend.” Carol remarks, “It’s so nice to have someone here with practical skills. I mean, none of us have any idea what we’re doing.” Todd mutters, “I wouldn’t say none of us.”
The new Phil inquires, “So, when are you guys going to Tampa?” Everyone looks puzzled at the questions, and he continues to explain that, when he found Phil, he had written moved to Tampa on the billboard. The old Phil says quietly, “Ah, yeah, let’s just keep talking about something else,” and then goes back to his old ways of lying and claimed it was another prank. Melissa chimes in and says, “We all know why. He was finally gonna get a chance to sow his oats, and he didn’t want anyone else to come in and ruin it for him.” Everyone is disgusted with the old Phil. At the same time, with the exception of Todd, they are also infatuated with the seemingly good-hearted new Phil Miller that just arrived. Everyone gives the new Phil a tour of the neighborhood as the old Phil is left alone to sulk, declaring once again, “I’m Phil Miller.”
Later that night, Todd, already insecure, tells Melissa “Well, that guy’s handsome. So we now have a super handsome guy on the block. That’s fun, huh? Just fell from the sky like a gosh dang angel.” Melissa asks him, “We doing okay?” Todd, frustrated, says, “Can you imagine how gorgeous your little babies would be?” Melissa assures Todd that they’ve talked about this and declares, “I like you,” but Todd reminds her, “Yeah, but you don’t love me.” Todd admits that he’s scared that he’s going to screw things up but Melissa reminds him, “Just be your normal, sweet, charming self, and everything will be fine.”
The old Phil heads over to Gail and Erica’s house to see where he stands with both women after missing his dates with them. Gail answers the door and Phil tells her, “I just wanted to apologize for, uh, missing our date yesterday. Circumstances were just cray-cray.”After some small talk about Phil’s painful sunburn, he says, “You know, speaking of painful, uh, we were talking about having some sex earlier, and, uh, I just wanted to know what you’re, uh, what you’re up to right now.” Gail is simply not interested any longer and lies to Phil, telling him, “Um, no, Phil, I’m actually gonna hit the hay.” Phil decides to see if his second option wants to play and asks, “Is, uh, Erica around?” Gail speaks for her and tells Phil, “Actually, she’s, um, she’s gonna turn in, too.” As the old Phil is leaving he looks in the window to find the new Phil drinking with Erica and Gail and he understands what’s about to go down without him.
Phil decides to take action and calls a meeting of the group. When he declares to the group that he’s the president, Gail scoffs at the notion while Todd actually backs him up regarding his position. The old Phil declares his presidency is legit and says, “Anyway, as you’re president, I just wanted you all to know that you can always come to me if you need anything, okay? And that privilege now extends to you, new guy.” Carol reminds the old Phil that the new guy is also named Phil Miller and, “It should be easy to remember.” The new Phil asks, “Well, Mr. President, what are y’all doing about electricity?” The old Phil responds, “Uh, generators, obviously. Next question.”
Carol eventually chimes in, “This having two Phil Millers is getting confusing already,” and Gail agrees, suggesting they use their middle names. The old Phil tells everyone, “I was here first.
I’m the president; I should get to be Phil.” It turns out that the middle name of the old Phil is Tandy, while the new Phil claims he has no middle name. To settle the matter both Phil Millers play a game of Jenga for the right to be called Phil. The two men play the game and there’s significant smack talk between them. Gail is impatient with the old Phil, who is taking his time making a move. The new Phil says, “You should enjoy this, Phil. This might be the last time somebody calls you Phil.” The old Phil responds, “I hate to disappoint you, but I’m about to set in motion a chain of events that will leave you shamed, tamed and without a name.” The old Phil loses and is now known as Tandy while the new Phil wins the rights to their name.
A dejected and sunburned Tandy goes over to Carol’s house unannounced and walks right in, hoping for some companionship. He yells to her, “Hey, Carol? Where’d this door come from?”
When he notices Carol all dressed up and questions her about it, she responds, “Oh, this? Oh, it’s just how I do. How about that door, huh? Phil installed it.” Tandy knocks the work of his new rival and says, “Well, it’s a a little wonky,” and asks Carol to rub some salve on his sunburned back. Phil really has no one left to turn to and he’s hoping Carol, his former wife, will show him some sympathy in his time of need.
Carol declines because she’s going over to see Phil and deliver him an apple pie with homemade creme fraiche, a thank-you gift to Phil for fixing her door. Carol offers Tandy some raisin balls in the kitchen, if he wants them. Tandy asks Carol, “The apple pie, the-the makeup, the clothes you like this guy?” Carol asks if he’s jealous and Tandy scoffs at her and says, “You know, we’re divorced, and you have the right to do whatever you want.” Carol looks at him and declares, “Oh, I know,” and she leaves to go see Phil. The door closes and Tandy is left alone in the house as the episode comes to a close and he screams, “What is happening here?!” Tandy and Todd seem to have some real competition now that a new Phil Miller has moved to Tuscon.