We've spent the week discussing Oliver's incremental deconstruction, Shane's relational growth and changing values, Norman's new approach to his relationship with Rita, and Rita's achievement of the life of which she always dreamed---and then some. Since the early days in which the house rules were issued, the Postables have grown both individually and as a team.
Let's discuss how their individual growth combined to make them an unbreakable unit of extraordinary capacity, and how Martha returned to evaluate them.
One of the things I found most interesting about Impossible Dream is the way Martha chose to tell this story---a sort of pseudo-flashback-to-present style that had the Postables recalling just how they came to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capability.
In a lot of ways, the Senate subcommittee's name is the crux of what was truly being evaluated here---emerging threats to the POstables cohesiveness and their capability to move through and past them as a unit, while also evaluating how they worked as a team to decode a letter that brought a soldier home, perhaps their most intense task to date.
And the whole thing was presided over by none other than Martha herself!
The Chairwoman clearly held all the cards, accepting nothing less than all the facts---and it was up to the Postables to deliver every last one. It took a flashback to do just that, revealing how each POstable contributed to the final outcome.
But before we hit the unity button or discuss why Martha might have chosen to reinsert herself into the narrative at this junction, let's address the relational threats the Postables encountered in D.C.
This was a testament to the relational growth prompted by each Postables' initial house rules directives, which, carried out, caused them to simultaneously grow into each other, strengthening their bonds and building them into a family.
But it's one thing to grow into a family, and quite another to grow into a family that also works well together to achieve goals.
The Postables developed a certain synergy that makes them capable of working together to achieve just about anything they put their mind to, and their contributions to solving the mystery of Randilynn's letter is only half the story.
A Uniform Approach
The Postables exhibited a few more subtle signs pointing to their unity. Two in particular.
The first I happened to catch by accident, but it speaks to just how in sync this quartet is---even in pairs! NoRita leads with their left feet, while ShOliver leads with their right. It's a small detail with a big impact when it comes to seeing them as a team.
In true wardrobe week fashion, perhaps building off their Truth Be Told momentum, the Postables synchronous wardrobe followed them to Washington, and proved a visual representation of what their approach to solving the mystery of Randilynn's letter ultimately proved---they are a cohesive and unbreakable unit.
A Verdict Rendered
The Postables achieved something pretty incredible in Impossible Dream, and it was unlike any other letter they had ever encountered. Sure, they have a license to deliver, but to bring home a soldier and reunite a family, the Postables needed more than what was in their power to control to be successful, and that's truly what set this letter apart. To be honest, I haven't quite nailed down what the true significance of this observation might be.
What is clear is that the Postables' individual development has brought them together both personally and professionally in a way that makes them darn near invincible when carrying out the divinely inspired task they've been assigned.
Besides making for a great story, I think Martha is ready to release this quartet into a future for which we simply have no vocabulary yet---it only makes sense she would reinsert herself to see them off into their next phase, much like she did to set them on this path in the first place. The only questions is what will the Postables do next? What does Martha have up her sleeve?
Forecasting Future Capability,
In case you missed where I got the name of the committee [do that pinch thing to make it bigger if you're on a mobile device]: