It’s me, Andrea_Briz! Westy’s computer’s being a koala so I am finishing off the recap. I don’t have a roller derby name because, like Westy, I’d never even entertain the thought of strapping on a pair of roller skates partaking in a roller derby. I’ll be the person who brings the oranges out at half time, all cut up in little segments and in a Tupperware container.
So I am left with the best bit to recap. Thanks, Westy! When I say best, I mean one heck of a performance from Alex. I have to give props to Christine Lahti, too. She’s an amazing actress and she’s doing a bang up job of making Doris thoroughly unlikeable. (By the way, Westy, you were very restrained back there on page 1 with the “get over it” line. I was totally ‘are you freakin’ kidding me?’ when Doris said that.)
As Westy said on the previous page, McG is finally confronting Doris about her lies. He has his serious face on and he’s still in his black shirt and pants so he looks beautiful and serious at the same time. Doris is reading a magazine and sipping on a cup of tea as if nothing has happened in the past 24 hours. Her air of nonchalance is making me tetchy. McG is so frustrated at being lied to but he tries to keep a lid on things. The tension is palpable and both actors knock it out of the park in this scene. McG drops the name Mangosta into the conversation. Doris, you are so busted! He’s angry at her for bringing Cath into the situation and messing up their relationship. Then he really struggles to keep it in when Doris finally fesses up about the microfiche (remember this, from way back at the start of the season?) and tells him it has been hidden under the floorboards all this time. In the family home! Doris bangs on about keeping the family safe (which we are all tired of hearing, Doris) but McG’s not buying it and neither am I.
So McG storms out, leaving Doris to contemplate her actions. Or not. He finds Cath contemplating HER actions while taking in the beauty that is Hawaii. And standing on rocks in really high heels, another thing I couldn’t do. And then she sees the beauty that is McG. She apologises for lying to him and they make up. I sigh because we are finally getting to see the ‘adult’ side of their relationship and this scene allows both actors to show us their acting chops. All the feelings! Cath is really upset and Alex is giving us one of his incredible faaaaaaces again – has he really forgiven her and where to from here?
We cut back to Doris who’s on the phone to a Mysterious Voice I presume is her CIA contact. Mysterious Voice expresses some surprise at hearing from Doris again (just like McG, who was REALLY surprised to hear from her again). Does this mean that Doris has spent the past 20 years enjoying the sushi and sake in Japan and has been on an extended spy leave of absence? I think not. Mysterious Voice asks Doris if she is safe and she replies “not for long.” The plot thickens!