Sunday, November 29, 2020

What I’m Watching: Ratched

Ratched: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Bucket List” (B+)

This was a very eventful episode with numerous irreversible developments that set the stage for an extremely different setup going forward. Mildred is trying a new approach of honesty, telling Huck that she was a lesbian when he asked her out and not denying what Nurse Bucket surmised when she confronted her in the motel room. I was surprised to see that Bucket opted to be relatively cooperative with Mildred, forming an alliance that still involved Mildred withholding some important information from her so that she could present it straight to the funder for its full shock effect. They dismissed Dr. Hanover quickly and emphatically, and it’s possible that Mildred was fully aware of what could happen if he took Charlotte with her, which may have been what motivated her to allow them to leave together. Putting her in a closet was a bad idea, and Dr. Hanover paid for that mistake with his life. Mildred used that situation to her advantage to get paid by Lenore, who in turn ended up killed by her unforgiving son, whose own efforts to get his mother’s money failed when he found out he wasn’t in the will. I’m not sure if the remaining living characters will interact more in the season finale, but the notion of the nurses running the hospitals with no doctors is definitely intriguing, even if we know that it ultimately leads to the events of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Since the show was initially commissioned for two seasons, I’m sure the finale will set things in an interesting new direction.

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