Gaynor Phelps, Gus Birney (“Dickinson (TV)”, “Plan B”), is still trying to get with Ryan, Derek Luh (“Runaways (TV)”, “All Rise (TV)”), but, as she puts it to her mom Pat, Courtney Cox (“Scream”, “Shameless (TV)”), she’s being cock-blocked by the lord almighty.
Terry Phelps, Greg Kinnear (“Brigsby Bear”, “The Stand (TV)”), meanwhile, suspended from his job after the presentation incident, has been cleaning up the tiki-bar and finds an old movie projector, which he can’t get to work so can’t see the film that’s on it, and a creepy doll.
Jake Phelps, Dylan Gage (“PEN15 (TV)”, “Hillbilly Elegy”), gets caught at school with a porn magazine and Terry goes to pick him up and all-round embarrass him.
Later, Terry is walking to the bathroom with the magazine only to find Pat soaking in the tub, with an alcoholic drink. Which is a surprise to Terry, as they both stopped some 17-years ago because Pat was drinking way too much.
Meanwhile Pat continues writing her novel, as she writes, we see Rosemary, Mira Sorvino (“American Crime Story (TV)”, “Stuber”), acting things out, though they don’t also go as Pat wants them to, in fact they usually end in blood, lots of blood.
She calls Dr. Berg the marriage council guy, James Connor (“Miracle Workers (TV)”, “Vice Principals (TV)”), for some advice on how to stop Rosemary from killing herself, and to ask for some more drugs.
Gaynor goes with Ryan to an old peoples home where he helps out, giving them food, someone to talk to etc. She actually enjoys it, much to her and everyone’s surprise, right up until Ryan introduces her to an old woman who, when she learns where Gaynor lives, goes a bit mad and tells her to, “stay away from the house in the trees, she’ll kill you!”.
Terry, annoyed that Pat has started drinking again without even talking to him about it, decides to go out with work one night with his boss Tom, Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure”, “Billions (TV)”), who, after a few too many sherberts, tells Terry that Pat is bad for him.
Terry, also drunk, loses it and writes “I Quit” on a napkin, then calls Pat to triumphantly explain what he’s done. But she’s in the middle of a crisis and tells him not to quit, so Terry has to try and intercept the note before Tom reads it.
At the end of the episode we see that Jake is in the treehouse looking at more old porn mags having a right old time, whilst Pat is in the tiki bar trying to summon Rosemary.
She shouts, “what do you want from me?”, when suddenly the old movie projector fires up and the lights dim.
As we hit the half-way point I’m beginning to wonder if anything will actually be resolved by the time we reach the end of Shining Vale. Not that it’s slow, I’m just wondering what there is left to resolve.
Written by Julieanne Smolinski (“Grace and Frankie (TV)”, “Sirens (TV)”), directed by Catriona McKenzie (“Mythic Quest (TV)”, “Supernatural (TV)”)
6th March 2022
THE QUICK SELL
Pat is writing like a woman possessed until she finds out the true identity of her muse. Terry makes a decision about work that will come back to haunt him.
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