White Lotus Essence: The Journey of Energy

white lotus

Italian dream

season 2

Episode 2

Editor’s Rating

4 stars

Photo: Fabio Lovino/HBO

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Last week, we learned about the Sicilian legend “Test de Moro” about a contemptuous woman who beheaded her cheating lover. But the focus this week seems to be on cutting a different part of the body. “I think some women just cut their husbands’ balls and then wonder why they’re not attracted to them anymore,” says Daphne, as she speculates on her husband about the relationship dynamics between their traveling companions, Harper and Ethan. The idea of ​​castration – or, more broadly, who exercises power in these relationships – is a thread running through the “Italian Dream”. Who (the designer) wears the pants, and what are the implications?

Our second day begins at White Lotus where our guests plan their itineraries over the breakfast buffet. De Grasso’s clan actually adopts Portia, and invites her to walk to the Greek theater with them. Greg is much nicer than what we saw last week indulging Tania in her fantasy of a Sicilian day—”whatever you want; he told her ‘It’s your day to shine’—although it’s unclear if that day includes the Oreo cookie she ordered for breakfast. Meanwhile, Harper finds herself alone while Ethan is racing early in the morning, until Daphne and Cameron invite her to their table.He ends up getting a call, yelling into the phone about his lost bags, but Daphne assures Harper that she was never on the receiving end of this anger. , and she said to her, “We never fight.”

Harper finds this inconsequential, and we can practically see her folding that hard lump away to cheerfully reach Ethan in the room – but when she gets there, she finds him shivering after running. I was moderately offended that he not only waited for her so they could have sex, but barely, because it seems like it’s no secret that they are out of sync in this department. Morning preferred. Prefer the night. They don’t seem in a hurry to tackle this issue (Ethan passes her offer to quit the job), but that will probably change after a week of comparing themselves to Cameron and Daphne.

Speaking of, Harper is quick to make this conversation pivotal to bring up the “we don’t fight” revelation, seeing it as a sign that their ideal life is truly fake. “You always do this to some people,” Ethan tells her, defusing her joy. “You have to find it deficient in some way compared to yours.” Giving up sex was nothing compared to shutting down what really matters to Harper: her bullshit. She is hit by the accusation that she was threatened by them, but quickly defends herself, replying, “Everyone is doing it, Ethan. I’m sure they’re there squatting on me now, saying I’m a bitch or you can do better.”

And she’s right! Cameron and Daphne say exactly that later in their room, where Daphne puts forward the castration theory mentioned above. While it can be debated whether Harper is actually hiding Ethan, or if she has had any effect on their asynchronous sexuality, it is clear that she is the one who wears the pants in the relationship. Take, for example, last night, when I practically told Ethan what he was going to order for dinner, trying to veto his choice of fishy whitefish.

Unlike Cameron and Daphne, one marriage exists in it sure The fight is the conflict between Dominic and his absent wife Abby. However, Burt can’t get over why Abby and their daughter Kara chose to skip the trip. What could Dominic do to provoke them to the point of missing out on a trip to Italy? As they wander through the Greek theater, Bert tells a Sicilian story of Persephone’s rape, in which Hades kidnapped Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, and dragged her away to the underworld. “Demeter forgave Hades, and raped her daughter. I mean, everything I did couldn’t be that bad,” he told Dominic.

The thing is, Bert knows what his son did. “Your mistake was filthy,” he told him later at dinner, saying that the real culprit was not cheating but negligence enough to catch him. Dominic criticizes this, accusing his father of not keeping his private affairs secret – something Burt denies as a “piccadilose”. But if Burt was aware of this, why so persistent fu Confused by the absence of Abby and Kara? It seems that in question Why They’re not there, he really means why are they so angry this is, which Burt sees as an event that did not happen. So much so that he believed it was a completely solvable problem, and urged his son to solve it: “Just work together.” Apparently Burt couldn’t hear that phone call with Abby through the hotel wall.

Our dysfunctional pair meet for another day of sitting at the tables with Aperol Spritzes (mixing things up by sitting on the beach, too), and like clockwork Cameron and Daphne dig out plenty of stuff for Harper to judge. She collects each of these embarrassing comments like little souvenirs, and with each one we can practically see becoming more justified, as if she were silently saying “We see?They detail several five-star hotels they have visited in depth, while saying that Puerto Rico, where the Harper family belongs, “was never on our radar.” Cameron then addresses the elephant in the room, asking them how they like being newly wealthy. A lot changes, they say, as Harper added that they’re not really materialistic. Cameron returns to this comment after Daphne mentioned her charitable donations. “Yeah, we’re not just materialistic pigs… despite what you might think,” he says with playful hostility.

There have been a lot of comparisons between Cameron and his fellow financial resident last season, Jake Lacey, Shane. But the main difference this time is that Cameron has a worthy opponent in Harper. Just like Cameron, Harper is the alpha in her relationship and on his level when it comes to trust and wealth. This parity is something Shane didn’t have in his struggles with Armond and Rachel, and it brings a new dimension to this character archetype. It’s what makes watching them compete so entertaining: they challenge each other more than their partners do, and the very idea of ​​the challenge seems to surprise them.

When Cameron retracts her “physical” comment, we see Harper feeling confused for the first time, as if she didn’t realize she was good enough to identify her fossils as fossils. Something similar happens later, when she hears about the traumatic birth of her baby and suddenly sees a different side to the couple, like, Oh wait, these are real people.

Meanwhile, bent on making Tania’s Italian dream a reality, she and Greg hire Vespa, despite the frustration of an extremely nervous Valentina. “Who do I look like?” asks Tanya, showing off her pink Monica Viti Jr. “Peppa Pig” is answered by Valentina, before anxiously sending them on their bumpy journey through Sicily. Monica Fetti and Peppa Paige – two European icons.

We later find out why Greg was so intent on making her day perfect, when he dropped the bomb that he would have to leave their romantic trip early for a work emergency in Denver. (Is there a White Lotus in Denver? Free idea for season three here.) Tanya, a half-billion-dollar heiress, can’t wrap her head around why he didn’t leave. “I can’t quit; I can’t afford to quit. You made me sign a prenup. What if we don’t exercise?” he says, afraid he’s just becoming another one of the many people Tanya ignores (*cough* Belinda* cough *).

This fight provides us with an interesting context about the dynamics of their relationship, but it’s not entirely clear who’s weakening whom. On the one hand, we saw Greg horrible for Tanya, disrespectful and walking on her throughout last week’s episode, even giving us reason to believe he’s cheating on her. But we now know that when it comes to money, she has all the power and has it through the balls. It’s practically a toy at her disposal (not a fun one either – if you roll her up, she coughs, and her only accessories are underwear). The question is, is his poor treatment of Tanya the result of this imbalance of power or is he just an excuse for it?

During that fight, across the restaurant, Portia and Albee get to know each other better at dinner and prove to be another case study in Daphne’s castration theory. Nobody’s undercutting Albee, who was already quite a temper, of course, but the idea of ​​”nice men finish last” completes the attractive part of Daphne’s thesis.

“Girls always complain that guys aren’t nice, but then if they find a nice guy, they won’t always be interested,” he says, lending support to Daphne’s suggestion that women aren’t attracted to men with ED. This assertion may unfortunately seem to hold true between Portia and Albie, because despite Albie’s pretty good looks, there seems to be some disconnect when it comes to what both of them are looking for. After all, just yesterday, Portia, urged to “go get some dick,” said her goal was “to be thrown by a sexy Italian guy.” Albee is not the throwing type. Albee is the type to politely ask to kiss her at the end of the night and then say, “Let’s hang out tomorrow!” He refuses to have a bad relationship with women, breaking the cycle of generations we see with de Grasso’s older men, who insist Bad relationship with women.

In turn, one of De Grasso’s older men, Albee’s father, hosts Lucia and Mia in a triple room in his room. This kind gesture is a way of thanking Dominic for adding their name to his rooms (and thus his tab), which he had to do to grant them access to the hotel – something Valentina was resisting to budge. So after a day of living it Pretty woman His style is on a dime for Dominic, they visit him. But Dominic, seemingly intent on following his father’s advice and “fixing” his marriage, tries to banish Lucia. However, upon Mia’s appearance, the three proved to be company, Dominic Fold, and inviting women.

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