Saturday, April 23, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Girl from Plainville

The Girl from Plainville: Season 1, Episode 6 “Talking is Healing” (B+)

I didn’t expect to get to the trial quite so soon, even though there are only two more episodes after this, only because many of the other true-life shows like this have saved their biggest moments for the final hour. But this one took us there now, with Michelle looking different than we’ve seen, emphasizing her eyebrows and questionably requesting a bench trial rather than a jury to judge her. Katie and Teresa were certainly not happy with that choice, one that required them to change their strategy and opening statements, but it’s hard to deny the effectiveness of many of the witnesses who took the stand. While Lynn’s testimony was particularly emotional, it was Natalie and Cassie reading messages from Michelle that seemed to hurt her the most. Michelle coming face-to-face with Lynn and Co on her way into the courthouse was also an intense moment. Flashing back to Michelle’s time in a facility designed to help with her eating disorder was interesting since she was completely cut off from her phone, and since Coco thought he was being ghosted, he was not kind to her when she finally responded and explained the situation. Seeing him lash out at Michelle’s attempt to offer sympathy by insulting his family was unsettling, as was his pledge to end up dead the next time so that everyone will finally listen. The circumstances of Co hitting his son were also unpleasant to watch, though Coco seemed to see and acknowledge his role in that situation, even if it’s still hard for Co to defend.

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