Monday, August 2, 2021

What I’m Watching: The White Lotus

The White Lotus: Season 1, Episode 4 “Recentering” (B+)

This episode was a great showcase for Brittany O’Grady, who I got to interview recently, as Paula, far more real and less vain than she usually is when she was away from Olivia and then ready to explode when Nicole doubled down on her defense of how hard it is for straight white young men. Olivia, who appears to be doing exactly what she promised Paula she wouldn’t do this time with the guy she likes, did try to stop her mom from making the situation worse with her repeated use of the word “cringe,” but Nicole isn’t going to be told by anyone what she should or shouldn’t think. As if this cast couldn’t get any better, Molly Shannon as Shane’s mom is an absolutely fantastic addition, and I like that she is very judgmental and opinionated but in a different way than her son. Armond making up fake business cards to ward off the nuisance that is Shane didn’t go too well since the number he put on there didn’t work, and now Shane is beside himself with glee that he caught Armond and Dillon in a compromising position, which in all fairness they were doing in his office and not out in public. I hope that Rachel is going to stand up to her oblivious, condescending husband, and I’m curious if it’s Shane’s mom who ends up in the casket given that he seems to care a whole lot more about her happiness than he does about his wife’s. I worry that Tanya is going to be entranced by her BLM neighbor, who I thought might be very much against the tenets of the Black Lives Matters movement rather than just confused because he worked for the Bureau of Land Management, and she’s going to forget about Belinda, who has already invested too much emotionally in what Tanya proposed to her.

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