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“The Flight Attendant” Recap: Death of Dapper

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The second season of “The Flight Attendant” has landed, and while the eight-episode experience was a little bumpy, the snacks were great, and the view from the window seat was nice and clear. So clear, in fact, that I could see the outcome of the final on the initial liftoff. But, despite the predictability of the murder mystery plot and the unnecessary awkwardness of Cassie’s other selves springing up like little blond devils on her shoulders, the heart of this season which dealt with one woman’s struggle with sobriety and of her difficulty loving herself enough not to self-sabotage everything healthy in her life had an impact.

In last week’s episode, after the person mirroring Cassie in an attempt to frame her for multiple murders turned out to be Grace (Mae Martin), we were given a rather rushed exposition that warned us of the fact that Grace was not acting alone. in this spying. Shortly after the finale, as suspected, we find out that Dot (Cheryl Hines), the CIA director overseeing Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) and her handler, Benjamin (Mo McRae), was the big bad all along. But, like most other attempted twists in this “mystery,” this reveal is more of a “yes, we knew that,” rather than the “holy shit” that was probably intended.

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To have a season’s main villain sidelined in favor of frequent and, I repeat, unnecessary artistic montages, visually spoon-feeding Cassie, battling with different aspects of herself, feels like a gamble that doesn’t did not bear fruit.

Although we could see it coming, Cheryl Hines was fantastic as Dot. The actress has had a rough year, dragged through the mud by her husband Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s anti-vaccine tirades and bizarrely insensitive comments from Anne Frank, but she’s made it public that she doesn’t. didn’t. shares her husband’s beliefs, and therefore deserves to bask in the huge victory of this role which, in my opinion, should have benefited from a lot more screen time. To have a season’s main villain sidelined in favor of frequent and, I repeat, unnecessary artistic montages, visually spoon-feeding Cassie, battling with different aspects of herself, feels like a gamble that doesn’t did not bear fruit.

Kaley Cuoco as Cassie and Cheryl Hines as Dot in “The Flight Attendant” (Jennifer Rose Clasen/HBO Max)Besides giving us confirmation that Dot was the one who orchestrated Cassie’s takedown, we see plenty of other details tying themselves together in quick succession. Grace, who has been retired from the military into a possibly even more dangerous new vocation as a spy/assassin, was recruited by Dot, whom she met during her service. Were they lovers? I feel like it was suggested, but the showrunners were too scared to solidify it. Another missed opportunity.


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Megan (Rosie Perez) gets the happy ending she deserves when Cassie hooks her up with Shane (Griffin Matthews) as he recovers in the hospital after being stabbed by Grace. Unable to escape the forced interaction, Shane is receptive to Megan’s offer to give him her laptop containing information on the North Koreans trying to kill her, in exchange for the safety of her and her family. . We later see her reunited with them as they move into a nice, but safe, home in the witness protection program.

Zosia Mamet is fantastic at everything she does, and I’m not just saying that because I’m still obsessed with “Girls” and make it a point to revisit the show once a year.

Cassie’s best friend Annie (Zosia Mamet) marries Max (Deniz Akdeniz) in a kitschy Vegas ceremony with an Elvis impersonator, and the two plan to start their own businesses as detectives private. It’s a spin-off that I would watch with pleasure. Zosia Mamet is fantastic at everything she does, and I’m not just saying that because I’m still obsessed with “Girls” and make it a point to revisit the show once a year.

As the episode draws to a close, putting an arc to the season with each main character receiving their appropriate send off, we watch Cassie put her drama to bed, issue by issue. She’s been clean for 30 (real) days, she’s back to work for Imperial Atlantic, she even had a healing phone call with her mother Lisa, giving us some very nice last moments with Sharon Stone. But where is Davey (TR Knight), his brother?

After receiving a few frantic texts from him, which Cassie doesn’t respond to, and then a worried call from Davey’s partner, Cassie learns that her brother was fine and needs to be picked up from Jenny (Jessie Ennis), the weirdo she knows AA meetings.

When Cassie arrives at Jenny’s, she’s confused, and we’re also momentarily confused. But then! A twist! It turns out that Jenny is also a murderer, but a true psychopath, and not the CIA/spy type.

Falling in love with Buckley/Feliks (Colin Woodell), a Season 1 villain whom Jenny became pen pals with after hearing about him on something called Dapper Death, she was manipulated into stalking Cassie, whom Buckley/Feliks wanted revenge for landing. him in jail. A fun messy little surprise at the end, but it felt too rushed for really many.

At the time of this post “The Flight Attendant” has not been renewed for a third season. Based on Season 2, I’d give it a 50/50 chance of advancing, but if this is the last we see of Cassie and her friends, they’ve definitely done enough to earn their wings.

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