Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Take Three: Mare of Easttown

Mare of Easttown: Season 1, Episode 3 “Enter Number Two” (B+)

This episode only further intensified the drama on this show and the interconnectivity of everything, bringing Frank into things in a way that did not sit well with anyone. Showing up to his house while they were in the middle of playing Trivial Pursuit was her first mistake, and then she decided to bring it up in front of everyone when he wouldn’t walk outside and only begrudgingly took the paternity test because he was so angry and unafraid of the results. Mare also had a big blowout with her mom after she told her great-grandson that he might have to go live with his mom, and then all of a sudden things were fine between them again, even though Helen was a bit too friendly with Richard when he showed up at the door. At least that relationship is relatively positive, but Mare is about to spiral out of control now that she’s had to give in her badge given her very obvious and unsuccessful effort to frame Carrie so that she wouldn’t be a problem anymore. Colin was entertainingly drunk at the bar, opening up more in a way that he doesn’t when he’s intimidated by the admittedly scary Mare, and it will be interesting to see whether he continues to consult her now that she’s technically off the case. Kenny confessing to a murder didn’t mean much since his alleged victim survived, though he’s going to have a tough time both physically and emotionally given the likelihood of his not being his child’s father. It’s intriguing to see some of Siobhan’s personal life with her documentary and her new date, and I’m not sure Mare would be happy to learn about either of those developments. Marc is clearly suspicious, and seeing him throw Erin’s bike off a bridge doesn’t cement his guilt, but it confirms that he was involved in some way that he shouldn’t have been.

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