The White Lotus Recap: Change of Mind

The White Lotus Recap: Change of Mind

The White Lotus

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Season 2

Episode 3

Editor’s note

4 stars

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As the third day of our Sicilian vacation begins, we see a drastic change in one of our most stubborn guests, Harper. While it was established last week that she’s not a morning sex person, we now see her dolling up and lying on the bed to greet Ethan after the run after being confronted about their sex life asynchronously last week. But that’s nothing compared to the real Harper change we’ve come to know and love. “I will be then good today. And friendly,” she tells Ethan, not just to prove him wrong, but because she knows it’s important to him. Although he seems to doubt her ability to do a full 180, she insists she’ll be just plain lovely for Cameron and Daphne all day. “Don’t you think I can be adorable?” Just look.”

It’s not just Harper either. We see a change for several of our characters this episode, in which they are confronted with who they are and are challenged to change, either by themselves or by others. But are these efforts sustainable? Can they really change?

Nice Harper is unsettling to behold, both to us and to her breakfast buddies. After a brief pause while she ponders what a nice person might say, she lands on “Have you seen the sky this morning?” It was so beautiful,” immediately catching Cameron and Daphne off guard with her change in attitude. But kind Harper struggles not to break her character when Cameron and Daphne begin bickering over whether to visit a palace in Noto. (So ​​that they do fight!) And this is where the nice Harper is really tested: Daphne proposes that they both go to the palace, leaving the boys at the Jet-Ski. Enjoying watching her struggle through her self-imposed mission of kindness, Ethan encourages them and, refusing to concede, Harper agrees.

Across the buffet, Albie and Portia reunite after their awkward split the night before. “I wanted to come in and keep hanging out, just so you know,” he tells her, saying he just didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable – something Portia thinks Albie is incapable of doing. . In fact, she thinks he could be more aggressive. He wastes no time making this change, and when she tries to decline Bert’s invitation to visit the Godfather filming locations with them, Albie insists that she has come. “I’m more aggressive,” he whispers. It’s like a newborn puppy in a lion costume.

While visiting a house where the movie was shot, they have a conversation about men’s interest in The Godfathera spiritual successor to the same conversation of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You’ve got mail. It doesn’t take long for good boy Albie to return, pushing back against the film’s romanticization of patriarchy, leading to a conversation about whether the film encourages a male fantasy or simply reflects it. Unfortunately, Portia is unable to stick around for what I’m sure would have been a productive conversation about gender identity with an 80-year-old man, as she gets a call from Tanya the summoning him to the hotel as a result of her tears. – Goodbye to Greg.

We’ve known Tanya the longest of our guests, and it seems she’s the least capable of changing. She is exactly who she was when we first met her. But in her desperation to keep Greg from leaving, she offers to get rid of the prenup if it means he won’t go. But their marital problems go deeper than that. We find out that Greg is going to live thanks to the doctors Tanya gave him, but she thinks that with this longer life expectancy, he realized he didn’t want to spend it with her. Despite her best efforts, Greg leaves, which means Tanya needs backup. Enter her emotional support assistant Portia and a fortune teller whom she asks Valentina, “Do you think they could do a house call because it’s some kind of emergency?”

“I just want to know if our marriage is going to last,” Tanya tells the tarot reader, who quickly tells her that her husband is in love with someone else and there’s someone beautiful in his life. “Couldn’t that be me?” Tanya asks, but alas, no. This isn’t the outcome Tanya wanted, so she throws out the “negative” tarot reader. Obviously, Tanya does not change, rejecting people as always. Even her attempt to void the prenup is nothing new; she’s the one who uses her money to try and get out of her troubles, much like when she left Belinda a big tip to work out her guilt last season.

Meanwhile, Harper’s changed attitude is further tested, when Daphne informs him that they are in fact going to spend the night at the palace. When Harper asks why Daphne didn’t tell her about this plan, she says she wanted Cam to think it was a whim so he had FOMO and regret skipping it. “So, are you playing games with him?” Harper asks, and Daphne takes care of it, saying that makes things interesting.

Back at the hotel, Cameron congratulates Ethan on his newfound financial success, but wishes he had been warned. Ethan is upset by his blatant request for insider trading advice, and before he can really get the hang of it, Cameron insists Ethan invest with him – proving to Harper he’s right about his intentions for this trip. .

Harper and Ethan essentially simultaneously direct, Oh these people are crazy. Unfortunately for them, this shared realization happens when they’re apart, which means they have to go through and process without their partner to bring them back to reality.

After their disagreement at Godfather house, Dominic pushes his son aside, worried about having a bad perception of him. “I have always supported women, I am a feminist. I didn’t marry a submissive woman, your mother is a brilliant and amazing woman. Ah, so that’s not really what Albie thinks of Dominic, that’s what Abby thinks of Dominic. He encourages his son to convey his apologies to his mother, but Albie tells him that the only thing that can solve this problem is for his father to change. Dominic insists he has, or rather will, change, but Albie doesn’t seem convinced.

Dominic was once told by his dad to pull himself together and didn’t after yet another night with Lucia and Mia. But now it’s Albie who asks him to change; will he be able to do it for his son? He’s caught between those two generations, and while his sleazy father’s advice might seem like the pot calling the black kettle, his son’s perspective is probably worth more to him. So we see Dominic trying to make that change again, telling the women he won’t be able to meet for the rest of the week and honorably discharging them of their duties. But for Lucia and Mia, it’s just next, and Lucia has her eyes on Cameron and Ethan on the other side of the restaurant.

Luckily for the women, insider trading isn’t the only deception Cameron is interested in, and he’s shocked that Ethan isn’t reaping the sexual benefits of his newfound success. After trying to introduce a resistant Ethan to the benefits of cheating, much like he was trying to introduce him to the benefits of insider trading, Cameron spots Lucia and Mia and leads them to their table.

Outside, Albie and Portia meet for a beer by the pool, where she is caught off guard when Albie boldly kisses her out of the blue – clearly still determined to be that aggressive new guy. But it’s not landing with Portia, who declines his invitation to return to her room. In Albie’s case, his attempt to transform into someone he is not falls flat because this very act of change is just another example of being the same sweet game of child as we know him. He’s only “aggressive” because a girl told him to be, taking all the weight off for Portia. I can’t wait to see how Albie handles this. Will it make him lean more into his whiny “good guys finish last” attitude, or (hopefully) redirect that frustration to his dad and finally stop trying to to be the peacemaker of his family?

Back at the palace, Harper is thrilled with an edible Daphne gave her earlier, and the couple have a chat about their husbands. “Has Ethan changed at all?” Daphne asks. He didn’t, Harper says, almost disdain in her voice, but Daphne assures him that’s a good thing. She’s seen people like Ethan hit hard and then suddenly become cheating monsters. Daphne is happy that her husband has a friend like Ethan, who she thinks is a good influence, especially compared to the Bernie Maddoff-esque psychopaths Cameron works with.

It’s great for Daphne and all, but what kind of influence would Cameron have on Ethan then? We can see this conversation starting to seep into Harper’s mind, like, Oh no, who did I let watch my husband while I was away? “Do you think Cameron ever cheats on you?” she asks Daphne, who says she’s learned to handle it, without elaborating too much.

But Ethan wouldn’t cheat, as Harper said earlier, calling him honest. And so far, she’s been right. Back at the hotel, Cameron and Ethan party with Lucia and Mia, on a drug trip, but on something stronger than Harper’s edible. The whole time, it feels like Ethan’s body is simply being dragged through this montage as the unruly party unfolds around him. Cameron starts having sex with Lucia, but when Mia kisses Ethan, he shakes his head, present enough to stop her.

Harper calls Ethan, but it goes unanswered. She’s completely confident in the kind of guy Ethan is, but because she knows him so well, she also knows he’s not a dominating force. When she is there, he follows her. But what happens when Cameron, another alpha, is the only one around? Will Ethan follow his lead? The day started with Harper deliberately changing who she was to prove a point to Ethan, but could it end with her husband risking changing who he is?

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