Episode 5 of Orphan Black is “Ease for Idle Millionaires.” There’s lots of crazy science this week. We spend our time with Cosima and Sarah. This is a recap. There are spoilers. Continue reading “Orphan Black S5 E5 Ease for Idle Millionaires”
The Fall “Wounds of Deadly Hate” is episode 5 of season 3. We’re nearing the end of season 3 and Paul Spector’s (Jamie Dornan) lawyers are determined he will never stand trial. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “The Fall S3 E5 Wounds of Deadly Hate”
Orphan Black season 4, episode 5 is “Human Raw Material.” All that raw genetic material is manipulated at Brightborn into perfect babies and that’s where a lot of the action takes place in this episode. Continue reading “Orphan Black S4 E5 Human Raw Material”
Happy Valley S2 E5 takes some major turns. A mystery gets solved. Other mysteries remain. Several of our favorite characters are still in trouble. I’ve tried to be cryptic about spoilers in these brief reviews, but there are some spoilers ahead.
Episode 5 of Last Tango in Halifax starts with a bang when Lawrence (Louis Greatorex) pulls a prank on the boys at school who put the sign on his back. By bang, I mean he tossed some firecrackers at them and pretended to shoot them. A chase scene ensued, with wild music which was also used over the credits. Continue reading “Last Tango in Halifax: S3 E5”
“Scarred by Many Past Frustrations” is the title of season 3, episode 5 of Orphan Black. Most of the episode deals with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany, a multitude) and Helena in the Castor prison.
To recap this episode, I’ll start with the shorter bits about everyone else including Cosima, Felix (Jordan Gavaris), Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Gracie (Zoé De Grand Maison), Art Bell (Kevin Hanchard) and the arrival of Shay (Ksenia Solo). Alison and Rachel do not appear in this episode.
Everyone Outside of Prison
Everyone is worried about what’s become of Sarah. Art is trying to call her, Mrs. S and Felix are stewing.
Cosima is waiting for her first internet date, Shay. When she comes into the room, she’s stunning. Cosima is reduced to babbling.
Shay is charming, gentle, lovely – she touches Cosima frequently and pretty much wraps her around her little finger. Shay tells her that holistic healing involves nutrition, body work and spiritual counseling. Shay leans close to Cosima and says, “Plus, I can see inside your soul.” As they talk, they are photographed by an unknown watcher.
Cosima suggests they leave. They go to Felix’s apartment. They make sexy eyes at each other and act like they are ready to jump each other’s bones. After a while Shay offers to go, because Cosima seems a bit conflicted about Delphine. Cosima agrees Shay should go, but she doesn’t look like she believes what she’s saying.
Then Shay kisses her instead of going. They end up getting more lesbian germs in Felix’s apartment.
Gracie shows up at Art’s. He learns that she lost the baby. He takes her to Mrs. S and Felix. Mrs. S is healing nicely; she’s not so beat up as she was the last few episodes.
There’s a bit of discussion, but eventually they give Gracie a place to stay, shower, eat, and also some of Sarah’s old clothes. Gracie now wants to experience life – the restrictions of her father’s religion need to be cast off.
Gracie comes downstairs looking like a hooker. She wants to go to a bar. They keep her in the house, but give her alcohol and teach her to dance. She exclaims, “I love alcohol,” and falls on the floor in agony. When the paramedics come, they see her eyes are very bloodshot.
Art meets with Patty (Natalie Krill). We met her in episode 2 after her strange sexual encounter with Rudy and Seth. She’s wearing sunglasses at night because there’s something bloody wrong with her eyes, just like Gracie.
Helena and Sarah in Prison
Helena, who says she once survived 4 months in a broom closet, is back in her cell after killing Parsons (Ari Millen, an army). She has cuffs on her ankles with a bar between them. She examines everything she sees as a potential tool or weapon. Sarah’s in the next cell.
Sarah and Helena talk through a grate between their cells. Helena thinks Sarah sent her there and is not friendly. Sarah tries to convince her that Mrs. S did it to protect Kira, but Helena is guarded. She tries to unlock her ankle cuffs with a tiny nail, she talks to her scorpion friend about butter, and she doesn’t trust Sarah. The conversation with her imaginary friend about butter is actually relevant, because Helena is stashing pats of butter from her meals behind a loose block in her cell wall.
The clone Miller drags Sarah off. As he does, Sarah yells to Helena that the Castor clones are their brothers. While Sarah is gone, Helena notices that one of the bars in the window of her cell door is loose.
Sarah meets Dr. Coady (Kyra Harper), who takes blood from her.
The Castor doctors have the Johanssen baby, which they think will give them genetic material to develop a cure for the male clones. Dr. Coady patches up Mark and tells him to make sure his first ever journal of intimate contacts begins with Gracie. She takes away his wedding ring, which bothers him. Mark may actually care about Gracie.
Paul (Dylan Bruce) shows up at the prison after convincing someone higher up to keep funding the Castor program. He’s not happy to see Sarah there. He wants to be her friend. Sarah tells Helena that Paul is the one who turned her in. He says it was either Helena or Sarah. Helena finally believes Sarah isn’t the one who turned her in.
Paul yells at Dr. Coady about Sarah’s imprisonment. Paul then also goes into the room where Parsons is stored and looks at his journal of intimate contacts. It’s a list of names of women, with a lock of hair from each one.
Sarah knows Helena must have an escape plan. She wants in on it. Helena says Sarah can be her sandwich. A sandwich is a weak person you take with you because you eat them! Sarah softens Helena up by talking about what a bad mother she is and crying as she explains why she left Kira with Mrs. S so often.
Helena is compassionate and soothing when Sarah cries. The crying apparently works, however, and Helena tells Sarah how she can help with the escape plan.
Sarah starts a fight with Miller and another guard. They knock her out. She is taken to the infirmary, where she steals a pair of tweezers.
Helena unlocks the cuffs on her feet with the tweezers. She uses the bar between the cuffs to pry the loose bar from her cell window. Then she slathers herself with butter and slides out the tiny opening she created. She leaves Sarah behind, saying they are now even.
Helena is the master of parkour. She scampers around, jumps from cars to rooftops, climbs straight up a wall and reaches the highest parapet of the razor wire encrusted prison wall. She hesitates there because her heart moves for her seestra. We don’t know if she jumps down to freedom or goes back for Sarah. She is perched there at the end of the episode. The whole camp below her is on high alert, looking for her.
The idea that having sex with one of the Castor clones causes sickness is an interesting turn of events. Can’t wait to see where that goes.
Something is going on with Shay. Something mysterious.
The set they are using for the prison looks like an old mission. Adobe walls, vigas, rounded parapets. It’s shot in yellow light and everything outside the walls is dark and invisible. I love that set.
Speaking of sets, what happened to Cosima’s apartment? Why is she always in Felix’s apartment – she even takes dates there.
The way we hear backstory is fascinating. In this episode we heard about Mrs. S’s husband dying in a drunken brawl and we heard about why Sarah ran off with Vic, leaving Kira behind. These tales are revealed in natural ways to enhance character development.
Helena uses the tiny nail she finds to cut her back. She feels a great release from doing it – the scene is framed and shot like sexual ecstasy. I hope at some point Helena’s cutting becomes a bigger topic of conversation.
The Title Quotation
We’re sticking with Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation in 1961. If only we had paid this much attention at the time. Here’s the location of this episode’s title. Our moral strength, in particular, seems to have been purchased by the 1%.
“Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.”
The Fall episode 5 is called “The Perilous Edge of Battle.” Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) has fallen. If the police can produce the evidence, he’ll be out of circulation forever. It’s one of the tensest and most nail-biting episodes in this suspense-filled series.
Here are the basics of the episode. Spoilers everywhere.
Paul goes through his sopping wet house. He dries out his murder books, then burns them. He takes his computer apart and smashes the hard drive with a hammer.
Jim Burns (John Lynch) goes to see the pedophile priest in hopes of learning something about Paul. Burns can hardly stand to talk to this disgusting man, and I can hardly stand to watch the self-righteous ass tell how much the boys he abused loved it.
The actor playing the priest is Sean McGinley. He did a masterful job of being heinous. In a series about one of the creepiest, most heinous villains ever, this guy provides creepy beyond the creepy. The only useful thing Burns learns is that Paul started writing about the women he followed while still a young teen. So they know he keeps journals.
The police are watching every move that everyone makes. They have officers and cameras on all the principals. Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is still holding off on arresting Spector until they know where Rose Stagg (Valene Kane) is.
Katie (Aisling Franciosi) does errands for Paul. She goes to a bank and withdraws a lot of money. She goes to Paul’s hotel room and is in the process of destroying evidence for him when the police break in and arrest her. The voyeuristic hotel desk clerk saw what she was doing. He gets arrested, too, but the police may not ask him the right questions.
Paul leaves his house wearing a back pack. He runs fast, evading a number of police who are watching him. He runs into the Botanical Gardens and goes into one of the buildings. He drops his computer into a pond. When he leaves he’s changed his clothing.
Stella is watching Paul, Katie, and everything else that happens from the police station. She’s kept in the loop with the help of a police officer known only as Control (Orla Mullan) who tracks everyone’s whereabouts on multiple computer screens.
We experience a lot of this episode with Stella as she watches various monitors showing suspects, interrogations, and cells. Stella’s anxiety and concern while following the action this way transfers to the audience, because we are feeling it with her. It’s an interesting technique to use in this episode in particular, because it increases tension. It shifts some of the focus away from Paul Spector, who’s had more than enough attention from the camera, and back to the police pursuit as they close in on him.
When Paul leaves the Botanical Gardens he sneaks out in a way that doesn’t use any of the exits the police are watching. James Tyler (Brian Milligan) – the guy who was beating his wife in season 1 – just happens to see him. Tyler attacks him and forces him at gunpoint to make phone calls to figure out where the women’s shelter is that his wife is hiding in. Someone sees the gun and calls the police.
Dani Ferrington (Niamh McGrady) responds to the call and realizes that it’s Spector. She’s on the phone with Stella. Shots are fired and the thug with Tyler is killed. Officer Ferrington is hit, too, but is wearing a vest. Stella tells her to just hold Spector there. The police talk to him as if he were the victim of an attack by the gunman – taking his statement. He starts to think he’s going to get away.
When Spector thinks he’s free to leave, Stella sends Officer Anderson (Colin Morgan) to arrest him for abducting Rose Stagg. No mention is made of the other women, the other crimes. He’s finally in custody.
The police then arrest Sally Ann Spector (Bronagh Waugh) because they know she lied about Paul’s alibis. When she gets interrogated by the police at the station she tells the truth. Or what she thinks is the truth.
Katie doesn’t get questioned yet because they can’t yet find an appropriate adult to be with her.
When Paul is questioned he is insolent but totally silent. He doesn’t even ask for a lawyer. Maybe he still thinks he smarter than our girl Stella. Pffft!
Paul’s phone has video of Rose Stagg begging to be released. Stella watches it with tears in her eyes. The begging goes on and on and on. The camera slowly closes in on Stella’s face as she watches – the terror and horror of it reflects in her eyes, her face. Suddenly Paul Spector’s face is on the video, saying, “Why the fuck are you watching this? You sick shit.”
There’s DNA on the scissors (the ones with Paul’s fingerprint) that belongs to the guy he stabbed. They’ve got him for that murder, now.
Paul is put in a cell for the night and Stella has a brainstorm.
She finds Officer McNally (Bronagh Taggart). She undoes McNally’s hair without asking her permission. The moment is sensuous and charged, and not something a superior should be doing to a junior officer without explanation.
McNally holds her breath. Stella looks her over carefully, and says, “There’s something I’d like you to do.”
Stella gets McNally dressed up in a short skirt, brushes her hair and adds some lipstick. Paul’s exact type. She sends McNally into his cell to announce he’s being further arrested for the murder of Joseph Brawley and the attempted murder of Ann Brawley. McNally leaves and Stella watches Paul react to having the young, dark-haired, beautiful officer in his cell.
The last scene is the police finding the burned out car that Paul drove with Rose in the trunk. When they look in the truck, it’s full of all kinds of stuff. It’s hard to tell if there’s a body in there or not. One of the bits of stuff in the trunk might be an arm.
I’ve said several times how much I love Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson. I hope she continues as a character with new cases. But maybe her future cases could involve crimes not about sexual predators. My nerves can’t take it.
It’s Bo’s (Anna Silk) birthday in the “It’s Your Lucky Fae” episode of Lost Girl. She gets some unusual presents. Kudos to the writer of this episode, Ley Lukins, because this is one of the funniest Lost Girls ever, and there have been some very funny things on Lost Girl.
Enormous spoilers ahead.
Bo stares at a card from her father. There’s a gift, too. She decides she needs some oracle intervention for her birthday gift from hell. She calls Cassie (Vanessa Matsui). Cassie promises to meet Bo the next day at the Dal.
Cassie’s on a boring date with a guy who calls himself Heratio55 (Noam Jenkins). She assumes he wants a reading, but he surprises her by acting uninterested in knowing his future.
Bo lifts up the birthday gift. It’s a jack-in-the-box, which we saw before in the season 2 preview. She’s not twisting the handle.
Cassie is less bored with Heratio when he doesn’t want a reading. She takes him home. He kisses her and leaves like a gentleman.
As soon as Mr. Gentleman of the Goodnight Kiss is out the door, Cassie begins to scream in pain.
Bo shows up at the Dal looking for Cassie, who is late. Trick (Rick Howland) presents her with a birthday present – an actual finger from Alexander the Fae. It’s been in their family a very long time. Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten), who sees this, realizes she has nothing for Bo for her birthday and dashes off.
The Lauren and Tamsin Show begins with them walking down the street, planning a surprise party. Lauren (Zoie Palmer) will bake a cake and buy balloons. Tamsin spies the perfect gift. A magic kitty – it brings luck.
Tamsin and Lauren show up and present Bo with the cat. Bo calls it Road Kill Chic. Bo is worried about Cassie. Tamsin goes with her to look for Cassie.
Cassie’s place is a mess. A bloody mess. Cassie isn’t there. Tamsin calls Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) to investigate it as a crime scene.
At the Dal, Mark (Luke Bilyk) is the new employee. When Trick has him sign into the book, Mark rips a page.
Lucky Bo finds an earring on the floor of the Dal she thought she’d lost. Tamsin reports that Dyson’s taken blood from the crime scene to Lauren. Bo called two other oracles trying to find Cassie, but they are not responding either.
Bo asks about Cassie’s family just as Cassie’s cousin Seymour (Dax Ravina) shows up. Unlike his uncle, Seymour eats souls, not luck. He says Cassie emancipated herself from the clan. She’s been using online dating. Bo decides to look into online dating.
Lauren reports to Dyson that all the blood at Cassie’s place is the same type. She’s also making a cake in Bo’s kitchen. Which she burns. Blame it on the kitty.
Vex (Paul Amos) and Mark get into it at the Dal over weak drinks and other bartending failures.
Vex and Mark bond over a game of rock, paper, guillotine to see who will take possession of these two divine birds. Mark wins.
Mark takes the two women to Trick’s lair. Iris (Shanice Banton) steals Trick’s book of signatures while Kat (Sofia Troop) distracts him with her oral accomplishments.
Bo purrs while Tamsin is photographing her for her online dating profile. Her profile lists her as an oracle. Heratio55 responds immediately.
The phone rings with a call from Cassie but there’s no talking. We see Cassie with bandaged eyes as someone grabs her phone and smashes it with a sledge hammer.
A fight breaks out in the Dal between Vex, Mark, and the boyfriend of the two divine birds Mark just entertained downstairs.
During the fight, Lauren comes in with a beautiful two layer cake. It says Happy Birthday. She obviously purchased it.
The fight knocks Lauren face down into the cake! When Lauren looks up, cake-faced, she tries a bite and complains that it was supposed to be chocolate.
Dyson has to come to break up the bar fight. He reads the riot act to both Vex and Mark. Plus, Trick’s book is missing. Mark is smart-mouthed and disrespectful and doesn’t want to learn anything about being a shifter and claiming his birthright.
Bo meets Heratio55 at a bar where she slurps up her martini with her tongue like a cat. She also licks her hand and grooms herself with it. She uses her charm to learn that all Heratio did to Cassie was kiss her. Then she starts growing cat hair on her hands paws.
Quick meeting on the Bo is turning into a kitty question reveals that the cat brings good luck to its owner by stealing luck from others. Then Miss Kitty takes over the spirit of the person it’s feeding luck to.
Bo will use her luck to drive blindfolded to wherever Cassie is. Of course, the Lauren and Tamsin Show go along for the ride.
Bo stops somewhere in the woods, and runs off, tail wagging. The Lauren and Tamsin Show follow along. I really want to say something about Bo’s tail right here, but being a feminist prevents me from such behavior.
For some indecipherable reason, Iris shows up back at the Dal. Mark asks her for the book. Iris pretends to be innocent. They talk about their powers. Mark doesn’t know what his is. Iris says she always delivers what she’s supposed to.
Bo falls into a hole. She lands deftly on all four feet. She finds the three missing oracles.
The oracles are missing their eyes. Not a good look for someone whose job is to see.
Back at the clubhouse, Bo is curled up in a box, complete with kitty whiskers under her nose. Dyson comes in with Seymour. Seymour sold out Cassie to Heratio55 for money.
Dyson and Tamsin bamboozle Seymour into sucking the soul from the lucky kitty. He’s off to Reno, and Bo is Bo again.
Dyson’s checking on Cassie. Lauren can’t fix Cassie’s eyes without the actual eyes and she doesn’t have them. Dyson and Lauren look at the files for Heratio55. He’s Kevin Brown, one of the three Fae from the elevator. Bo went on a date with a dead man.
Bo’s staring at the mystery jack-in-a-box when Tamsin comes in. Tamsin brought a cupcake for Bo’s birthday.
While Bo is appreciating the cupcake, Tamsin offers herself as a birthday present for Bo. Tamsin’s all wrapped up in a red ribbon. Bo tosses away the cupcake and unwraps her present.
The wait is over. Bo and Tamsin are going to do more than endless one-off kisses. Well, the wait is sort of over, Valkubus fans. We only see one more one-off kiss before skipping straight to the afterglow.
Tamsin and Bo have a long session of baring their souls after baring their skins.
Bo tells Tamsin she was born in Hell. Her dad is Hades. Tamsin says, “It was him. Who I sat across from when I made the deal. That was Hades.” She thinks Bo should talk to him.
Bo won’t talk to him. Bo thinks he’ll always be part of her no matter how much good she tries to do. He’ll always find her. Bo wants to find a way to separate herself from him.
Tamsin says she used to think that Freya controlled her. Then she changed – got angry. Got empowered.
Cassie wakes up in the clinic. Lauren asks her what happened. She says she saw everything from the beginning of the universe to the end. It was too much. She ripped out her own eyes to make it stop.
The last scene reveals who Iris delivered Trick’s book to. And he’s not feeling friendly toward the succubus. Plus he has a jar full of oracle eyeballs.
Zoie and Rachel kill with the comedy in this episode. Absolutely kill it. The lines were funny; their timing was perfect. The physicality and the chemistry between the two was hilarious, too.
Anna Silk got to play with her inner 7 year-old self in this episode by turning into a cat. She made an excellent cat. In my mind, her best cat antic was batting that salt shaker back and forth between her paws – excuse me, her hands.
In the woods, when Tamsin said she and Bo were getting close, Lauren said, “I’m very happy for you.” Lauren grows exceedingly enlightened about Bo’s sex life. I wonder if that’s going to last.
The long anticipated love scene between Bo and Tamsin finally happened. Except it was a non-happening. The pillow talk scene we got instead revealed some significant things.
- At a time when she should have been happy and satisfied, Bo was sad. Tamsin recognized it.
- Bo needs a Fae friend who gets her, one who shares and understands her life, her strengths, her regrets. Tamsin is that. Tamsin can help Bo figure things out.
- Bo is always ready to have sex, but with Tamsin she never initiated it. She waited for Tamsin to be ready.
- Hades is the evil one who sent Tamsin to kill Bo.
- Tamsin found a way to free herself. Maybe Bo can too.
I thought the “family man” with his back turned in the elevator when we first saw the lit-candle scene was going to be Bo’s father. He looked just like the guy on The Wanderer card. He turned out to be Heratio55, AKA Kevin Brown, AKA Dead Man Dating with a sister who likes to party (and probably looks exactly like Amanda Walsh). That leaves only the bike messenger from the elevator still unidentified. Maybe it’s Iris.
This is interesting. Wikipedia on Iris:
In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.
Episode 5 of Happy Valley winds down a long road to recovery for Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire). The journey is as much mental as physical for Catherine, and it isn’t an easy trip. There are spoilers ahead.
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Episode 5 of Last Tango in Halifax begins in Harrogate where the Elliots are packing a car with William’s (Edward Ashley) things as he sets off for Oxford.
A for sale sign is outside the driveway. John (Tony Gardner) and Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) take a moment to share a rancorous discussion about their divorce papers as John carries out William’s luggage.
Everyone comes outside to see William off, including Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) who are making tea in the cottage. Hugs and handshakes and Lawrence’s (Louis Greatorex), “Finally we get rid of him,” and William is off with John driving.
Caroline looks torn as her eldest drives away from the nest to begin college. Celia follows her down the driveway as the car disappears and wraps her in a hug. “Big day,” Celia says.
They talk about mundane things for a moment. Celia says she and Alan are going to Ripponden to help with the baby. She says, “It’s a shame that bungalow fell through.”
Caroline asks about Celia’s wedding plans. Celia says they are on hold because of Alan’s brother Ted in New Zealand. They can’t plan a date around all of them who want to come from there.
Celia wants to know if there have been any inquiries about the house. Caroline says not this week.
Caroline walks into the kitchen and stands there, utterly alone. Beautiful image, even though it’s full of pain. This kitchen, with its big window, has been a wonderful frame for some lovely shots, but this one is exceptional.
At the farm Ellie (Katherine Rose Morley) hands off the baby, dirty nappy and all, to Raff (Josh Bolt). He passes the baby to Gillian (Nicola Walker) for burping and a diaper change.
Everyone calls the baby Calamity. Gillian says, “Calamity, is there no end to your shining wealth of talents,” in regard to her dirty nappy. In spite of everything that’s wrong in Gillian’s life, and there’s plenty wrong, little Emily Jane makes her happy. Perhaps she sees a bit of redemption in her grandchild’s eyes.
Ellie has moved in at the farm, with cash coming from her mother to help out. Raff says he, Ellie and Calamity are eating at Robbie’s that night. Cheryl is cooking. (Cheryl? Who is Cheryl?)
The two young people leave for school and Gillian is alone with the baby.
Kate (Nina Sosanya) enters Caroline’s office. She sits down across the desk from Caroline and tells her she’s pregnant. She’s past 12 weeks now and is cautiously thinking about the future. She asks for arrangements to be made for her to work part time after the baby comes. Caroline asks for time to work out the logistics.
As Kate is leaving, Caroline says, “Congratulation.” Kate smiles and says, “Thank you,” but Caroline cannot look at her.
As soon as Kate closes the door, Caroline begins to cry.
Gillian loads a trailer with sheep as Alan and Celia arrive. She tells them the baby is with Harry (Paul Copley) down at the wharf. Celia goes inside to use the bathroom. Gillian tells Alan the relatives in New Zealand keep Skyping about a date to come to the wedding. Alan says Celia won’t set a date, but his story isn’t like Celia’s on this topic. He says it’s because of Celia’s sister, Muriel.
At the wharf, Harry has a boat where he plans to live. He’s going to install a stove, a satellite dish, and a drinks cabinet.
He says losing Maurice made him want to seize the day. He wants to take them for a spin and Alan is ready to jump aboard. Celia grabs Alan’s coattails and won’t let him go. She tells Harry he’s a dozy old sod. I’m not sure what that means, but I don’t think it’s a compliment.
Alan and Celia have dinner at the farm with Gillian. Gillian tells them Robbie (Dean Andrews) has a new girlfriend named Cheryl. She’s a cop like Robbie, blonde, gorgeous and 15 years younger than him. Celia talks about John being back with Judith like a bad habit.
Gillian says, “Celia, tell me about your sister. I didn’t know you had a sister. Shame the wedding plans have got bogged down because of her.”
Celia says it’s because of Ted. No, says Gillian. There’s no problem with Ted coming from New Zealand. You set a date, they turn up. Celia isn’t thrilled about her daughter-in-law calling her bluff.
Caroline and Lawrence are having a quiet dinner. He asks if he can move in with his dad. Caroline thinks this is a bad idea, but Lawrence says at least his dad isn’t boring. Before they can finish talking about Lawrence’s idea, Gillian calls.
Gillian tells Caroline that the wedding is bogged down. Caroline says, yeah because of Ted. No says Gillian, it’s because of Muriel. She wants to move it along for her dad’s sake.
Caroline says she’s not surprised. Muriel and her mom are chalk and cheese. Gillian asks Caroline to ring Muriel so they can get things moving. Caroline says it will be complicated.
Gillian goes into the living room where Celia and Alan are playing Trivial Pursuit. Celia says, “Sherlock Holmes, the Beatles, Shakespeare,” before Alan even reads the question because that’s the answer to everything.
Gillian suggests she and Caroline organize the wedding. They can check out venues, make up an invite list. Gillian says Celia can cross anyone out. Celia agrees just as her phone rings. It’s Muriel (Gemma Jones). Celia answers with false cheer.
Celia speaks with apparent warmth to Muriel, but it looks forced. Muriel is enthusiastic about Alan Buttershaw and how wonderful everything is. She asks when the wedding is. Celia says she and Alan were going to pop down to tell her all about it. That’s news to Alan.
Meanwhile Caroline calls back and tells Gillian that Muriel didn’t even know about the wedding. She says she will have to face Armageddon with Celia because of letting Muriel know. Gillian tells Caroline that she offered to organize the wedding. Caroline hesitates but Gillian convinces her to help.
Alone in their bedroom later, Celia complains about Muriel finding out. Alan says if you don’t want her at the wedding, we won’t invite her. Celia says why wouldn’t she want her there. Alan says, “It’s an impression you’ve given.”
Celia has a long list of old resentments about Muriel, which she airs to Alan.
In Harrogate, John arrives. He’s supposed to be taking Lawrence for the weekend.
John says, “Just so you’re aware. Judith’s pregnant.” Caroline says, “How? Is it yours? Does she want it?” He stumbles and stutters a lot, and says things may be a little bit fraught and it isn’t a good weekend to take Lawrence. Lawrence gets in the car and won’t be moved.
Caroline goes to the farm. She arrives just as Robbie and his new girlfriend Cheryl (Rachel Leskovac) are leaving with Raff, Ellie and the baby.
Caroline endears herself to Gillian by pronouncing Cheryl annoying. Caroline wants to take Gillian to lunch.
They pull into the same hotel where Caroline took Kate, but they are there to consider it as a possible venue for the wedding. They sit down for drinks and Caroline tells Gillian that Muriel stole a boy named Frank from her mom when they were younger. She married him. That’s two women who stole men from Celia. Ouch. And Celia does hold tight to her resentments.
A wedding planner gives them brochures and offers to take them round to look at the venue after lunch.
At Muriel’s, Celia and Alan conduct a conversation in the car, as they are prone to do. Celia doesn’t want her sister to know that her marriage was unhappy. She doesn’t want her sister to know that Caroline plays on the girl’s team. Both Alan and I find Muriel perfectly acceptable, but every word poor Muriel utters irritates Celia.
Over tea, Muriel thinks Celia must be proud of William, wants to know what Alan’s daughter does, wants to know about Caroline and John and is full of questions. When she leaves to make more tea Celia says, “I don’t know how much more of this I can take.”
The wedding planner shows Caroline and Gillian around, talks about deals, offers them champagne. They’ve already been drinking wine at lunch.
Judith (Ronni Ancona) tries to work as John and Lawrence watch TV in her tiny flat. She can’t concentrate and goes out. Lawrence thinks she’s too old to be pregnant. John follows Judith out the door, ostensibly because she shouldn’t be drinking.
The conversation at Muriel’s moved to the garden, where they talk about Harry. Alan says he and Harry share a great grandchild, which makes Muriel ask about Raff still being in school and irritates Celia even more.
Caroline calls Celia to explain that she thinks Celia would love the hotel as a venue. The only available date is December 24. As Caroline is talking to her mother, Gillian realizes that the waiters and the wedding planner think that she and Caroline are the ones getting married. Celia asks Caroline to email photos as Gillian goes into a contagious giggling fit.
“They think you and I are getting married,” Gillian giggles. She acts coquettish with her hair, and says, “I’m going to finish with you if you aren’t careful.” Caroline continues the conversation with her mum by punctuating it with laughter, and can hardly say goodbye to her mother before she and Gillian burst out in loud guffaws. Another toast with champagne seems in order.
By nightfall, Gillian and Caroline must take a cab to the farm because they are both too drunk to drive.
Lawrence calls his mom and asks to be picked up because his dad is gone. He says, “I”m sorry I said you were boring.” Caroline’s forgotten her phone at the hotel bar so she doesn’t get his message.
At the farm, Gillian and Caroline flop on the couch side by side. Gillian asks what happened with Kate. Caroline says, “I booked two separate rooms for our romantic getaway.”
“You did not,” says Gillian.
Caroline says she’s tried to apologize but Kate won’t listen. “I really blew it. I only realize now how lovely it was. How precious. Now I’m in this box with bad written on it. But I’m not bad, just arrogant . . . inept . . . selfish . . . repressed . . . emotionally crippled.”
“What about you and Robbie?” Caroline asks. Gillian sits up, goes for more liquor.
Celia and Alan study the emailed photos of the hotel. Alan also looks at the photos on Muriel’s bedroom wall, including ones of Kenneth and Frank. He says Muriel seems fond of Celia, even though Celia isn’t fond of her. Celia drags out even more resentments about her sister. Alan has a more mature point of view. In a stroke of brilliance, he tells Celia that Muriel is very plain compared with her and hasn’t made him laugh even once.
Judith and John arrive back at her flat in the midst of a drunken argument. Lawrence is not there.
In Halifax, Gillian tells Caroline about going out with Robbie early on. She says she’s always been fond of him. But she says it will never work with Robbie.
“I’ve never told anyone this,” Gillian says.
“Don’t tell me something you’re gonna regret.”
“I want to tell. I . . . I murdered him. Eddie. The only proper family Robbie ever had. I murdered him.”
Gillian talks about her marriage to Eddie. He beat her, pinned her down and burned her with cigarettes. She says she’s shed blood in every room of this house. He knocked her teeth out. He humiliated her in ways she won’t name. Caroline listens without speaking, but her face says volumes. Gillian thinks her Dad and Robbie know there was more to it than what she told the police.
Nicola Walker is stunning in this scene. Stunning. In a show filled with outstanding actors and acting, this powerful scene stands out. Amazing performances from both Nicola Walker and Sarah Lancashire.
In the morning Gillian wakes up on a couch in her living room. Caroline is asleep on the other. Gillian runs to the kitchen and throws up.
She turns to look at Caroline with terror on her face as she remembers what she confessed the night before.
The precipitating moment setting off the story of Last Tango in Halifax was the reunion of Celia and Alan. Alan leaving the farm set off a chain of external events for Gillian, leading directly to last night’s confession. Caroline’s journey, on the other hand, is internal. It began before Celia and Alan even found each other. Caroline and Gillian have been yin and yang every step of the way.
Yet, here they are, because of their parents, telling each other things they’ve never said to anyone before.