Brain, what you got me into THIS TIME? (Photo courtesy HBO)
HBO | Sunday | 10:00 p.m.
Awww, Purpose. Something to liiiiiive for! Something to diiiiiiie for! That’s all e’erybody wants, Mistah Garvey! …………………………………….. PURPOSE! It’s all so siiiiimple, guyyyys!
Errrrr, uhhhhh, EXCEPT IT’S NOT AT ALL. I mean… What a wacky mess this is, eh? I haven’t been writing about The Leftovers too much because it makes my brain hurt quite enough as it is. But things are getting so, so crazy, and we’re so near the end of this ride that… whoa. We oughta check in with each other…
First of all, this poor guy Garvey is just taking a hell of a beating. I feel so bad for him that it’s to a point that’s hard to watch. One week his crazy wife is divorcing him, the next his schizophrenic father is escaping from his care facility to tell him — in a variety of scattered ways — that it’s time for him to open his eyes (???), and the NEXT he’s in a cabin with a wackadoo who decides to kill herself. I get that something heavy is happening in Kevin’s mind, and that it needs some attention, and he’s off his meds and things are escalating. But also, just, like, how much does one guy have to take? His stress level stresses ME out (so much)! All the while his daughter’s sleazy pal is wandering around his house with no bra on and there’s a rabid dog tied up in his driveway!!!!!! (And also, like, REALLY no one has called to complain about that GD dog? Don’t believe it…).
SO PATTI. Kevin and his buddy Dean — who I thought was maybs a figment of Kev’s brain but appears to be real, since he’s interacting with other people now… though the jury is out on his mental capacity after he chatted with the air tonight briefly, errrrr — kidnapped and beat Patti and tied her up in a cabin, all at Kevin’s suggestion… while he was sleepwalking/having a fit. Well, well, well… Kevin is horrified, Dean tries to help and then — preeetty exasperatingly for a crazy guy, right? — is all “We’re friends but your indecision is too much for me.” Kevin can’t even keep crazy friends! Patti lays it out — Kevin’s wife didn’t leave him because of his infidelity, she left because the Guilty Remnant offers its members PURPOSE in life. Rather than, you know, just existing in a world that can swallow its members whole on a random day in October, dig? She also unleashes a truth-tell about being responsible for Gladys’ death (boom!), alludes to the fact that Laurie could be next (Boom!), and then juuust as Kevin is cutting her free… she stabs her neck with a piece of broken glass! (BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!)
Errr, uhhhhhhhhhh. I scared.
And how scary is Laurie getting these days? That whole thing with Liv Tyler starting to talk again (because Liv Tyler is clearly the only person besides me who is like, “If we’re communicating with all these goddamn NOTES, we may as well just SPEAK anyway!”), and Laurie hitting her! And Laurie sitting in Patti’s chair… like, before anybody knows that they are without a leader? Laurie is gettin’ coooooold. She breaks slightly at the sight of Jill in the doorway at the end… but then a wee bit of satisfaction flashed, did it not? Eyurghhhh.
………Stuff about Nora’s gun and that awkward meal and Matt trying to make the GR feel bad by mentioning shizz about their family members…… (Basically the format of the show is to have several uninteresting things happening amid the interesting thing, amirite? COUGHCOUGHTOMMYCOUGHCOUGH)
SO THEN WHAT ABOUT ALL OF THESE LOVED ONES? The GR stole all of those photos so that they could order Loved Ones and dress the people up to look like themselves in the photos… to either a) give their family members some peace or b) further traumatize everyone? I AM SICK JUST THINKING OF THE POSSIBILITIES. Maybe their intentions are pure? But at this point, and with all of the enemies they’ve made… Where would that get them anyway?
WHERE IS IT ALL GOING? When will Kevin’s inevitable psychotic break come? When will he figure out what the heeeeeell is going on? And with a season two coming… What does that mean for a season one resolution? I mean… How long can this madness go on?
Side note: I found myself on the streets of Oakland a couple weeks back, chatting with a heavily “influenced” stranger and somehow The Leftovers came up, and he proceeded to jump up and down explaining his shock over the episode in which Nora was “hugged” by Wayne. “Like, all of a sudden THAT’S A REAL THING?” I shouted! “I KNOW, WHAT IS THAT? NO WAY!” he replied. And then we hugged.
Final thought: Are you watching this? LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS A LOT. Whaddya think? And how freakin’ awesome is Ann Dowd ALL THE TIME?