Sunday, August 14, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Maid

Maid: Season 1, Episode 8 “Bear Hunt” (B+)

This episode illustrated the destructive cycle of abuse in the most potent way yet, opening with Sean celebrating the fact that he woke up with Alex and thinking they were back together. He seemed willing to do anything to get her back, including going back to his job as a bartender at night and then telling Hank he had to leave because Alex insisted, even after Hank had helped him get an apprenticeship so that he could become a partner. His suggestion that they share a cell phone when her minutes ran out even sounded innocuous enough, though it did come with a condescending assertion that her business model wasn’t working when he was still setting up his own career in a delayed way. All it took for him to snap was Alex wanting something for herself and not bothering to clear it with him first, and his reaction wasn’t nearly as harsh and devastating as his decision to return the car to Nate, presumably with a warning not to come near them anymore. That scene was immensely painful and featured phenomenal work from Margaret Qualley. Alex didn’t bother to protest when Yolanda fired her because she knew she had done something wrong, and Regina offering her a job that would solve all of her problems was wonderful, though now she’s not likely to have any way to do it. Regina’s response to her saying that she ran out of minutes was an unsubtle indication of the tremendous gap between the lives they live.

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