At the end of the previous episode we had the weird ‘Wicker Man’-esq moment, where Mrs. Eaves, Amira Ghazalla (“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”, “Carnival Row (TV )”), came holding the baby aloft and Nat, Michelle de Swarte (“The Duchess (TV)”), began seeing his history, ending in someone shouting a name, outside the same hut at the bottom of a cliff Nat stayed in all that time ago.
This episode is very different. We are in the seventies, or maybe sixties, that sort of era and we are with Helen, Tanya Reynolds (“Sex Education (TV)”, “Undergods”), who is at a dinner party with her husband Jack, Karl Davies (“Chernobyl (TV)”, “Fractured”), his brother and partner and his father.
It’s clear that Helen is not a child wanting woman, when her brother’s partner puts her hand on her stomach to feel the baby kick, but also when she answer the telephone to her secret lesbian lover Nour, Seyan Sarvan (“Spin State”, “It’s a Sin (TV)”).
They arrange to meet at midnight, though Helen is late owing to her having sex with Jack who was upset because he’d learnt his father was dying from cancer. It only takes once as they say.
In the night Helen packs her bag and leaves, it looks like this time it’s forever. They head to the hut at the bottom of the cliff, Helen inherited it from her aunt, Jack doesn’t know about it.
They also stay in a big house, with a few other couples, and all is going well until the police show up, looking for Helen, saying her husband tells them she’s got something of his.
Helen comes clean to Nour and, whilst Nour wants children, Helen does not and they go to a clinic. Nour says she’ll pick her up in the morning, but Helen wakes up in a house, Jack at her bedside, with a doctor.
Jack has a female helper, Judy, Ella Bennett (“The Demon’s Waltz”, “Casanova in Jail”), helping him. She tries to get Helen to feed, to hold the baby even, but Helen wants nothing to do with him.
Helen grabs her opportunity to leave when Jack goes to his father’s funeral. She makes a call to Nour but is forced to do some brutal things in order to get out of the house, but she manages it, leaving the baby behind. But that’s not the end of proceedings.
A complete change of pace for The Baby this time round with a history lesson into how the baby came about, I mean, not biologically obviously, but his past, his mother’s history, who the father is.
It’s all deadly serious as you’d imagine given the abhorrent things Helen is undergoing throughout.
7th July 2022
THE QUICK SELL
As Natasha and Mrs. Eaves remain trapped in Barbara's summer solstice ritual, the baby's complicated origin, connection to Mrs. Eaves, and trauma-filled path to Natasha are revealed.
CAST & CREW
Albie Hills, Amber Grappy, Amira Ghazalla, Arthur Hills, Ella Bennett, Faraz Shariat, Isy Suttie, Kara Smith, Karl Davies, Lucy Gaymer, Michelle de Swarte, Seyan Sarvan, Shvorne Marks, Sian Robins-Grace, Tanya Reynolds
TV / STREAMING PLATFORM