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It’s mid-season, which means our guests are in the middle of their Sicilian holidays. And for most of them, the journey they find themselves on looks a lot different than the one they planned. For some, it feels different than the flight they took only yesterday. Good vacations made bad, bad vacations made good. All the while, our characters navigate these unexpected changes of circumstances, and loss of control, with mixed success.
In the case of Cameron and Daphne, they (Cameron alongside Lucia and Mia) sober up after exposing their sinful relationship to their traveling companions, who now each know their secrets. The facade of the perfect, fight-free relationship is gone, but Ethan and Harper vow to honor Bro Code and Girl Code. This vow only lasts until Harper returns from the mansion and is finally able to exhale safely into her room, where she immediately leaks to Ethan everything she has been told in confidence about Cameron’s infidelity. But rather than bond with his wife about this shared revelation, Ethan remains silent about what he witnessed, sticking to Cameron’s Bro Code.
When he gets up to use the bathroom, Harper stumbles upon the remnants of last night’s debauchery when she finds Cameron’s condom wrapper tucked into their couch. Harper naturally assumes it was Ethan and starts spinning internally. Seconds ago, she was enjoying the fact that Cameron and Daphne were “quirky,” and by comparison, they had a good relationship. But now she quietly fears the cover in a panic rather than confront Ethan about it. All week she’s been determined to prove how good their relationship is based on how badly sure she is about Cameron and Daphne, and once that happens, everything falls apart in one fell swoop.
As Harper’s trip takes a downward spiral, things look up for the once-desperate Tanya. In an example of art imitating life, Jennifer Coolidge’s character finds herself the object of affection of a group of gay men led by Tom Hollander Quentin. With her elegant and graceful style, they invite her to spend the day with them at the beach club, and this newfound interest proves to be the exact serum Tanya needed to recover from being dumped by Greg. She now finds herself on a very different journey than she thought she was on. Instead of a romantic getaway, she’s suddenly the belle of the gay ball. The latter situation is where Tanya thrives, and she’s finally getting her groove back (though I don’t know if she actually got her groove in the first place).
This is a very different dynamic than what we’re used to seeing with Tanya, who is usually the one who brings people together like trinkets (Belinda, Greg, Portia). But now, it seems she’s the one that this group of gay men has drawn together, each one more like Gallagher than the last. But because this white lotus Nor under the scorching sunI’m skeptical about their intentions with Tanya. after every thing, Quentin It’s a very deceptive name. In addition, he tells her an ominous story about a wealthy mother being murdered by a group of investors because she wouldn’t sell them her home on a nearby island. “But the house is now open to the public, so it might have been worth it,” he says with a chuckle.
However, this change in itinerary reinvigorates not only Tanya, but the perpetually miserable Portia, who is introduced to Quentin’s nephew Jack (Leo Woodall). Mike White’s answer Love Island, Jack is exactly the kind of damn Himbo Portia was looking for to “throw her around” on this trip. “If you want adventure, stay with me,” he says, “because I know how to have fun in the sandbox, if you know what I mean,” he says—a phrase uttered by a colleague. Love Island The contestant is praised as “great banter”.
The only problem is that earlier that morning Portia had appeared to have come over to Albie’s, eagerly inviting him to spend the day together and telling Tanya, “I feel like if I win the lottery I’ll throw away the ticket.” But if Albie is a winning lottery ticket (debatable), she throws it away again only hours later when he comes to see her at the beach club and she’s with Jack instead.
The interesting thing about this show is that even though the season opener sets us up for just about a crime, I’m never really consumed by the mystery I’m watching. In fact, I hardly care about the fact that one of these characters could be a killer – except now. Seeing Albie’s spot, Portia with Jack, immediately brings this plot point to the fore of my mind, as I prepare him for the photoshoot. Albie is a suitcase that contains either a time bomb or a cute Mickey Mouse watch, and it’s impossible to tell which is which.
Meanwhile, Lucia and Mia find themselves in trouble after their drug-fueled night with Cameron, which seems to lead to a… Freaky Friday –Like a role reversal. Lucia suddenly becomes frustrated at night when Mia was originally hesitant about the operation. “Having sex knowing exactly what you’re getting out of it isn’t a bad thing,” she says, despite Lucia’s newfound shame. But when it comes to getting a thing out of sex, Mia has a different goal in mind than the money Lucia collects. She decides to sleep with a lousy pianist, Giuseppe (Federico Scrippani), and she tells a distraught Lucia, “He said he’d help me with my career. If I wanted to sing, I had to.”
While Mia attempts to have sex with him in an “unholy” church, Lucia abandons her original plan for the week, ditching wealthy men like Dominic and Cameron and instead setting her sights on Albie. After Portia kicks him aside, he becomes outgoing and spends nice afternoons with the sex worker his father hired for the week. “I’ve always wanted to go to L.A. It’s my dream,” she tells him, repeating what she said to his father verbatim. Albie, of course, is more interested in hearing about her dream than Dominique.
The first major change to the de Grassos vacation occurred before they left, when Abby and Kara bailed – making it a boys’ trip and creating a place for Lucia and Mia. But now, Dominic is determined to make things right and offers a gift he bought from Abby. Albie turns it down because he’s trying to buy her off but really explodes when his dad suggests he’s the one who can talk to her. “I’m not going to be on your side on this, Dad,” he said before leaving. Albie was considered the family’s peacemaker, and he reaches a breaking point and transforms an established family dynamic.
We were told in one episode that the men were visiting them to learn about their Sicilian heritage, but the genealogy of this voyage seems to go back only three generations as we continue to compare the relationships of de Grasso’s men with the women. Or in the case of this episode, there’s one woman in particular: Lucia, whom Bert and Dominic spotted with Albie across the diner at dinner. “Like a father, like a father, like a son,” Burt says.
As her guest’s travels unfold around her, Valentina lives in her own world, seemingly infatuated with one of her staff members who brings out a warmer, gentler side to the zany resort manager. This story line might call to mind last season, when we saw Valentina’s Hawaiian counterpart, Armond, pursue an employee played by Lucas Gage. It seemed odd at first that both seasons would have similar plot points, but given that so much of this season revolves around sex, sexual politics, and power, it seems like this gender-swapped version is almost the show in conversation with itself, contrasting the men and women in it. the same situation. Valentina buying this woman a pin from a store she loves feels very different than Armond bringing his employee up high and eating his ass, for example, though both are nice gestures.
Valentina is brought back to the barn at dinner after chaos erupts in the dining room when Giuseppe collapses, overreacting to a drug that Mia mistakenly tells him is Viagra. Mia makes lemonade out of lemons, and sees an opportunity while being carried to the ambulance. “If I need a singer tonight, I can do it. I’m really good,” Mia said to Valentina, who immediately told her to get lost. Worth trying!
Fortunately, Lucia does not poison her companion, Albie, who joins the women for a drink at the tavern. Unfortunately, Portia and Jack were awkward at the other end of the bar as well, and even though she claims to feel bad, that doesn’t stop them from showing up to Albie. Seeing this play, and refusing to let them win, Lucia begins to manipulate Albi in response. “That’s a twist,” Portia says, almost admiringly, before taking Jack to her room. Portia and Albie’s sexual duel continues behind closed doors as they each bond with their new mate.
After a long day being haunted by discovery, Harper asks Ethan again about what happened last night. Still not knowing what she meant, he instead told her about Cameron’s investment proposal. Not getting the answers she’s looking for, Harper goes to the bathroom, where she takes out the condom wrapper and puts it in the sink – perhaps to find Ethan before his early morning run. Do you take a page from Daphne’s book and play games?
While, yes, on the one hand, this is a silly misunderstanding that should be easily remedied through communication, simply making it clear that Cameron’s condoms may not be the cure – whatever it seems. Because the question then becomes why is Ethan keeping Cameron’s secret from Harper? This secret, along with how shaken Harper was by this in the first place, illustrates the notable cracks in their relationship, which seem as close to falling apart as they are. Di Moro test flower vase.