Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What I’m Watching: A Teacher

A Teacher: Season 1, Episode 5 (B+)

I called last week how I thought this was all going to come to light, and Claire’s confession to Kathryn at the end of this episode, coupled with her reaction and expression that she now has to report it, make I seem like a done deal. I was startled to see Claire and Eric away together at the start of the episode, mostly because renting a home somewhere feels like exactly the kind of “paper trail” that she would want to avoid creating since it would lead to her inevitably getting caught. But she was even letting Eric record videos of her on his phone before telling him to delete them, something he actually did but could just as easily have pretended to do without her knowing. She didn’t get that he wanted to think of this not as something fated to end but a long-term option, and he responded angrily – and forcefully – when she suggested that he would have sex with so many girls in college. Saying “I love you” to each other is a big deal only because that’s a step that indicates a seriousness to all this which is going to make its undoing all the more painful. Kathryn did prod Claire for information when she told her she knew she must be having an affair, but Claire could have gotten out of it by telling her that it was someone she didn’t know and throwing her off the scent. But instead she wanted to share it, because apparently she thinks it’s perfectly acceptable since Eric is eighteen. Unfortunately, he just turned eighteen, and so that safeguard which has enabled her to let her guard down is going to prove very unhelpful when it becomes very clear that this affair started before that age of consent.

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