Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Scenes from a Marriage

Scenes from a Marriage: Season 1, Episode 3 “The Vale of Tears” (B)

This episode started from a very different point, with Jonathan seemingly much more at peace with what was going on, apparently reconnecting with some Jewish traditions that Mira wasn’t too fond of when they were together. They felt much more like good friends catching up, and I think the dynamics of a relationship can help guide a conversation since different people talk to each other in different ways. But this one took a similar path to the one featured in the previous episode when Mira dropped another bombshell, indicating that she had a work opportunity in London and thought it was reasonable, which maybe it was, to ask Jonathan to uproot his life and move there with Ava. The idea that her company would pay for his apartment somehow made it worse for him since he felt extraneous, but there was also the added dimension of her not staying with Poli but still not wanting to get back together with Jonathan. Pushing him to read his morning pages was a way to get close to him, and he quickly stopped himself from jumping into having sex with her since he knew it wasn’t going to be good for him. But playing Poli’s voicemail showed that he knew she might be there to rekindle things, and Ava waking up to ask for Poli to make her pancakes only further demonstrated just how complicated this situation has become. Presumably, it will be a while before we see the next scene and things won’t have gotten any simpler.

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