Monday, February 7, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window: Season 1, Episode 5 (C)

I found this episode to be interesting because it changed the narrative in a productive way, one that reshaped everything and suggested that Neil was never a bad guy but instead the victim of someone else’s scheme, about to get very badly hurt by those taking advantage of him. Rex, who initially didn’t get too far by covering Anna’s mouth while he was asking her questions he wanted her to answer, seemed legitimately concerned for Chastity and at the same time upset by the fact that she had cut him out of a deal that had been part of a working arrangement for him. The sequences of the two of them ripping older men off as they wrote checks for her allegedly ill brother were once again imagined, but this time it wasn’t Anna making them up but someone else describing them in great detail. That still felt a lot like a fantasy, as opposed to the harsh reality of her being served a restraining order by the police, who showed up wanting things that forced her to carefully ensure that Rex wasn’t seen. Even if Rex’s story is all true, there’s still a dead body, and Lisa may have used Anna’s reputation to try to frame Neil, a deviation from her typical operating procedure. I was pleased to see Michael Ealy, whose character I presumed was dead but it turns out has just moved on to someone who’s able to function while reserving a soft spot for the ex-wife he clearly does still care about even if they can’t be together. Finally getting to be with someone else in any context will probably be good for her.

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