Kelinswriter (@worddancer21) and Rysler are here for the penultimate episode of Season 4! Traditionally, penultimate Venice episodes have brought on the climactic.
Lara’s alone and drinking and contemplating. “Come home, Ani,” she says. “Please come home.”
Kelinswriter: Lara is at least wise enough to realize that she’s too bombed to go out looking for Ani. Considering what happened last time she got behind the wheel, this is a step in the right direction.
“Only you can stop the rain” plays as:
Natasha (Patrick Killen) is setting up the wedding chairs with Drew and Jamie.
Ani’s in her car.
Kelinswriter: Ani is forlorn in pink….and apparently has a new vehicle.
Gina’s eating garlic bread. The music stops as she gets a text.
Brandon and his partner are in their car. Brandon reports Sami’s been caught!
Kelinswriter: Yay! They caught Sami!!!!!
Brandon wants to write Van out of the scene, but his partner is pushing the issue. “I hope Guya’s worth it.”
Kelinswriter: Partner lady is not overly happy at the notion of Brandon sidestepping the full truth. Apparently she’s never watched NYPD Blue.
He’s ready to hang his career out to dry for Guya. He thinks.
Speaking of, Guya’s come over to Gina’s to drink.
Kelinswriter: At last we have these two together in a proper scene (in other words, with martini glass in hand). I’m so happy to see them bantering – though I will add that this is the moment that I most miss Owen and his perpetual younger brother instigator self.
Gina’s ready to spill. “So, I saw Owen.”
Guya believes her, of course. She asks if Owen’s happy. Gina cannot report that he is. Guya rolls with that.
“It sounds like he’s not going to find any peace up there unless you find some peace down here.”
Gina doesn’t have much faith in her own happiness, much less Owen’s.
Meanwhile, Lara walks around her wedding set-up. Natasha comes up to brag. She’s really looking forward to meeting Lara’s bride. Lara just nods and smiles. Delusion or determination?
Kelinswriter: Lara is wearing black and white stripes. Foreshadowing perhaps?
Ani’s still in her car. Sarah prances up to the window and accuses Ani of stalking Gina. Because Ani’s at Gina’s door.
Kelinswriter: Okay, first, either Guya stayed over and they wore their nice outfits all night, or she and Gina had martinis at 8 a.m. Second, Ani is once again trapped – afraid to go after what she wants, afraid to stay where she is. It’s a hard place to be in and I feel bad for her – but I think she also needs to start doing some real work on herself and figuring out where this is coming from, because it’s not a healthy place to be.
“Aren’t you getting married today?” Sarah asks.
Ani doesn’t have an answer.
Lara’s doing her makeup when Jake arrives and announces, “I look hot as hell.”
He does really look good suited-up. Though he also looks good in his underwear. He’s a man for all seasons.
Lara lies and lies, even to Jake. He can see through it, but he doesn’t seem to care.
Kelinswriter: Lara is strangely optimistic about the wedding moving forward. If my fiancée dropped her engagement ring on the table and disappeared all night, I’d be trying to figure out a way to get my deposit back.
Guya leaves Gina’s house and passes Sarah, giving her a look.
Kelinswriter: Guya gives Gina good advice, then gloats when Sarah shows up at the door as she’s walking out. I suspect Gina would have given Sarah a harder time if Auntie Jane hadn’t been eavesdropping. Good for her for relenting and letting the kid in.
Gina lets Sarah in! Persistence is rewarded.
Gina tells Sarah all about her Owen experience, and also her general shittiness (not shiftiness, spell-checker. That’s Jake). This, Lara? Is honesty. See how it builds relationships?
Relationship apparently repaired, Sarah dishes Ani gossip.
Kelinswriter: Love this convo. It’s equal parts awkward, sweet, and uncertain. Gina looks like she wants to get up and run out of the room but somehow she finds the strength to stay put and act like a grownup. I also love Sarah’s takedown of her and Ani because it’s dead on. And the kid doesn’t pull any punches, going right for her long-lost mother’s clueless blind spot. At last someone tells Gina what she can’t seem to figure out about herself…mostly, that she’s a REALLY BAD COMMUNICATOR.
“What the fuck. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to curse.”
“I’m not four.”
“Then what the fuck!”
“I think you two love each other so much your teeth hurt.”
Sarah also thinks Ani and Gina dancing around each other is a colossal waste of time. 😉
“Ani’s marrying Lara today,” Gina offers up, in her defeatist post-letter existence.
“Is she?” says the idealistic child.
Brandon struts over to his woman like a cowboy. The smoke helps.
Despite the warning not to phone home, Guya’s created all these smoke signals to contact Owen.
Kelinswriter: So…Brandon. You might want to lead with “We caught Sami.” In other news, I don’t even want to think how much those two wreaked of sage when that scene was done. But apparently Guya is too busy nattering on about how she hopes to once again see dead people to really care that that scarf is going to need to be dry cleaned.
Brandon’s not convinced, but he loves her anyway. “Find some peace in all this,” he says, with a somewhat guilty soul.
She has a good feeling.
He goes off to drink.
Speaking of drinking, Jake’s doing as much as he can at the “wedding.”
Kelinswriter: I’ve never seen someone slam chardonnay like Jake is doing. I’m actually slightly offended by such blatant alcohol abuse.
“You look nervous,” Alan says.
“The bride is missing,” Jake says.
Alan is there with Katherine and wants to know why Jake is so nervous. Jake slinks off. Katherine gets champagne!
Kelinswriter: Katherine looks lovely. That’s a gorgeous shade of green on her.
Natasha gets Lara all prettied up in a white wedding suit. Which is gorgeous. I’d marry that in a heartbeat.
Jake checks up on her and still sees no Ani. “Oh for fuck’s sake.” Then he whispers that he can’t find Ani either.
Kelinswriter: Again with the alcohol abuse. Good LORD Jake.
Oh, but there she is!
Natasha’s smitten. Lara and Jake are shocked.
Kelinswriter: Natasha is perceptive and splits the moment Ani walks in, but Jake is a clueless douche as usual. (Also pink seems to be the color of the episode.)
See? Ani couldn’t resist Lara in that outfit either. She makes demands. Lara agrees to all terms.
“I already called my sponsor.” Lie number one. “I won’t disappoint you again.” Lie number two.
Kelinswriter: I like that Ani lays down the law, but as someone who is supporting a person in recovery, she should know that one of the worst things for an addict to do in the first few months is make any major life changes…like, oh, say, getting married. (Also I have a strong suspicion that Lara may actually need a stint in rehab to get on track.) In terms of Ani’s behavior, this just seems foolish and illogical. She’s doing it for the wrong reasons and she knows it – and that never works out well.
Ani wonders why it feels so awful when the ring is placed back on her finger. She heads off to throw up–I mean, get ready.
Ani and Jake discuss familial relations at the top of the stairs.
Kelinswriter: Ani also lays down the law with her brother. It’s a sweet little scene, but also creepy. And…oh GOD GINA IS STANDING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRCASE!!!!!!
So, this episode. I have no idea what Jake’s going to do. Or Alan, or Lara, or Gina. Or Owen and Guya. Or Sarah. No idea. Finally.
That’s a great feeling.