I arrived at set, and the other journalists and I were briefed on the scene we were going to be a part of. I knew it was going to be the 80s episode, but I had no idea what scene it was going to be. Luckily for us, we will get to witness the Deke Squad’s performance at a club!
The episode prior had left Deke and Mack stranded in 1982 when the Zephyr unexpectedly time-jumped without them onboard. While Mack retreats to his childhood home to process the death of his parents, Deke gets to work scouting a chart-topping group of new agents. Deke started a band as a cover for their S.H.I.E.L.D. activities, but in true Deke Shaw-fashion, he used his knowledge of the future and “borrowed” popular hit songs. This absolutely goes against Mack’s ‘Ripples, Not Waves’ order.
It was my turn to get styled in the wardrobe trailer, and boy, let me tell you, it was an absolute blast! The stylist gave me the wonderfully 80s ensemble of an oversized animal-print bomber style jacket, chunky necklace, black jumpsuit (which I will later regret asking for), a fabulously bedazzled belt, and 80s pumps.
With my outfit laid out, it was time to head to the HMU trailer!
The only thing I knew for certain I wanted out of today was a du jour success perm, and the hair stylist happily obliged. Despite growing up in the 80s, I absolutely did not know the time and effort that went into maintaining the 80s aesthetic. The hair stylist and makeup artist did their magic while we talked about their favorite looks from the past few seasons of the show.
Show time! It was time for the other journalists and I to make our way to stage. To help us ‘find our motivation,’ we were told to imagine we were record producers scouting the Deke Squad before they situated us right in front of the stage.
To my delight, when the cameras began to roll, Simple Minds’ Don’t You (Forget About Me) began to blast through the speakers. It was incredibly dope getting to be part of this scene, and the excitement on Jeff Ward, who plays Deke Shaw, was totally palpable. This man was born to rock a pair of red leather pants and perform his heart out!