In another case of “wishing I could build a time machine for all these characters,” Sheila and Dr. Patel are trying to navigate their relationship. Lorna thinks the two have no business being together, since their cultural differences leave them futureless. Dr. Patel concurs, since he is a Brahman and long-since promised to an Indian woman. He and Sheila are just making hay in the meantime. Neither Lorna nor I are quite sure what to do with this honesty. Do I hate him for making other plans or love him for living in the moment?
HELP. AMERICAN TV HAS NOT PREPARED ME FOR THIS LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY.
Meanwhile, Gladys’ date takes a turn for the creepy when Clifford stops the car next to a fog machine factory and tells Gladys to get out. And even though they called too much attention to it, kudos to Rachel Talalay and company for really capturing the paranoia of a good film noir.
Returning to one of my favorite storylines this week, Kate tries to rouse the silent soldier with an absolutely gorgeous rendition of “There is a Balm in Gilead.” The song is about taking whatever you have and putting it into the service of God, and Kate’s case, her gift is the song itself.
I wish I could quit you.
The soldier cries and I cry and we are all about to cry, so if you have a little stuffed animal like the one Sheila turned away, I suggest you hold it tight.
Outside the Jewel Box, the louts from last night are waiting for Betty and Teresa. They pick up Betty and drag her to the car, presumably to rape her. I’ve certainly seen more violence on television, but I can’t remember the last time I was so afraid for a character. And it’s hard to watch but I think that actually makes it a good depiction of violence; its suddenness and stupidity and terror. I will say though, that the moment, like the exact second, I saw Vera round the corner, I knew everything would be OK. And indeed, Vera gets some of her men to fight the assailants, and Betty is rescued.
Inside, Vera and Teresa tend to Betty’s severely banged-up face (second and hopefully last time this season she is bleeding), and when Teresa calls her “slugger,” a wave of understanding comes over Vera.
Welcome to the circle of trust.
And then Teresa kisses her and calls her a hero and we should all be so lucky as to have a girlfriend who knows how to kiss around our bruises.