I must report that Ms bold, a Glenn Close and Damages fan, found this episode curiously unsatisfying. I fear it’s because each scene is now on average 4 seconds long and by this point the series is weaving so many multiple strands of story that you’d have to be a skilled Lancastrian loom operator to follow the warp and weft on this cloth. It will look great when finished, but right now we’re all too close to the threads to see the big picture.
This episode primarily builds up Tommy’s emotional and financial motives for the flash forward ending. Extra denouement glimpses this week – Tommy and Ellen with vast amounts of cash; new timeline reveal, means we know Patty’s car smash was a few hours before Tommy died. So it was Tommy … but of course it won’t be this obvious. Never is.
And the flash forward now has some lovely guitar music – maybe Patty sued to stop the shrieking music that sent her eyes into lunatic independent rotation. It’s a nice 4 seconds of relaxation among the ongoing plotting mayhem.
Best set up scene: Patty seeking deal with (beautifully Dickensianesque-named) Sterling Biddle, a fraudster she put away in the 80s. She wants to know how the Tobin cash might be squirreled away. He promises information in return for a “conjugal visit”. Patty calls as yet unhired blonde Alex for an assignment: “How badly do you want the job?” Alex is next seen unzipping her leather boots, sitting uncomfortably next to a gently salivating Mr Biddle: “Patty always had an eye for the pretty ones”.
Would Patty really do that? Such is her hardball status that you think – yep, on reflection she could. And they let you think this, right up to the end, when you see she was in fact smuggling in caviar. Mind you, he did want her to stay and watch him eat it. Sicko.