NTSF:SD:SUV:: Episode Recap – How Piper Got Her Groove Initially – Season 3, Episode 11
Synopsis: How did the NTSF:SD:SUV:: come together and become the premier, well-oiled San Diego crime-stopping machine it is today? It all started in a West Korean nail salon.
Details: The backstory of how the “NTSF:SD:SUV::” crew came together begins with Piper in 2003 at T.G. McDrunks where nobody claims to find Piper attractive – well, actually just one guy who keeps hammering it home every three seconds – until she finally cracks and nails the guy to the dartboard wall. Sensing a future NTSF:SD:SUV:: team member, a younger Kove materializes from the crowd and immediately snags her for NTSF:SD:SUV stardom.
Their first mission is to infiltrate the West Korean nail salon being operated as a front for a West Korean terrorist who also happens to be a University of Phoenix graduate. Kove informs Piper that the West Koreans are using their newfound mani-pedi cash to acquire industrial amounts of toxic chemicals to construct dirty bombs. Kove can’t be bothered with the mission herself because she has a baby shower to attend, so she puts the fledgling Piper on the job.
Piper and Sam are currently college students – and Sam is hopelessly in love with Piper, who keeps reminding him that he will always be just a friend to her and never anything more. Piper receives her first NTSF:SD:SUV:: uniform – a tight black vinyl body suit with a bright red-pink wig – and proceeds to the mall where she initially kicks the butts of the three nail salon employees and then gets konked on the head from behind with a baseball bat when she is about to free the person they are torturing [which turns out to be Trent] and the nail salon attendants remove her hairy eyebrows.
Sam suddenly appears to save the day by defusing a bomb in a plant just before Kove returns from her baby shower and shortly before Alphonse shows up as an Alaskan exchange student seeking nail treatment. Sam is no longer attracted to the eyebrow-less Piper and no explanation or origin story is provided for either Jessie [Rebecca Romijn] or Daisy [Jessie’s replacement, Amy Pond].
The Poop and Skinny: West Korea is not in Korea – it’s west of Korea.
Piper and Sam are students at the nonexistent University of Southern San Diego.
This episode’s title is based on the 1998 movie “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.
NTSF:SD:SUV:: opening disclaimer – “Tonight’s episode of “NTSF:SD:SUV::” is a prequel to the series “NTSF:SD:SUV::” in which all the characters from the existing show meet within a 24-hour period”.