Monday, November 9, 2020

Take Three: The Undoing

The Undoing: Season 1, Episode 3 “Do No Harm” (B)

While the story here continues to be interesting, I’m noting that much of the dialogue, particularly the interviews involving Detective Mendoza, feels clunky and less than realistic. I do like that there’s a focus on all aspects of this, including the lawyers involved. I would never have recognized actor Douglas Hodge, who played the Badger, from another role of his that I really enjoyed, as military commander General Velementov on “The Great.” His approach to his case was a relatively unfriendly one, but even though he indicated unhelpfulness with Jonathan, he nailed it with Grace, expressing that he didn’t think Jonathan had done it either but that he wasn’t terribly likeable, which wouldn’t be good for his case. Hayley Fitzgerald was just as direct, promising Grace that this trial wouldn’t help her marriage at all and would simply serve to create muck to cloud the prosecution’s case. Henry is experiencing a wave of complicated emotions, and his anger at his father when they went to go see him in jail was replaced by a sadness when he had to leave. Henry’s experience in prison isn’t going well at all, and his best hope is to be placed in solitary for his own protection given how little time it took for him to get into a serious fight. After being confronted by Fernando, Grace thought she was doing the right thing by going to talk to the police, but now she has an entirely new startling reality to contend with: that she may be a person of interest because she walked near the studio where Elena was murdered. It’s unlikely that she was indeed involved and is complicit in something that she’s repressed, but she’s sure to be tried in the court of public opinion before any of that is proven.

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