Recap of Candy Episode 3: The End (and The Beginning) of the Affair

Recap of Candy Episode 3: The End (and The Beginning) of the Affair ...

Candy is a story about a woman slain her friend with an axe after an affair that began with a literal list of pros and cons. Seriously: When we join Candy and her would-be inamorata Allan in the planning, there''s a large sheet of paper on the side of the affair and it''s not surprising that emotions enter the picture. At least it would be clear if it weren''t for the whole eventual axe-murder thing.

Candys third episode follows a long-running process into what may be the most depressing and passionless affair of all time, at least once the emotional touch comes to an end. During their first dialogue, allan admits to being afraid of all their feelings and dismisses them from the rest of the show. He refuses, telling her he needs her, and bam, it''s off to the races.

Candy is almost as affluent as Allan is. When she confides in Sherri (Jessie Mueller), she puts it like this: I am sick here, Anais Nin! I think he might have the most beautiful penis I have ever seen, and she continues, which is, I guess, but is still a bit clinical, like she is writing a Yelp review of her lovers dick.

Betty, who is struggling to keep her marriage in the face of her husband''s sexual indifference to her, is convinced that her pregnancy isn''t giving up without a fight. She enlists herself and Allan into Marriage Encounter, a type of couples therapy designed to foster honesty and, thus, intimacy in any couples relationship, difficult or no. It is the kind of communication that the hopelessly repressed Gores could never quite manage on their own.

Despite Betty''s plea for a baby shower, Candy pleads for caution. After her mother informed us about the affair, she conveys gratitude to Candy. In the same moment, it is unclear who likes Candy more, Betty or the guy she''s been fucking.

Glad that marriage Encounter helped him reconnect with Bettywho, on the other hand, had an affair of her own long ago. In response, Candy ices Betty. Desperate to return to an English class with Sherri and goes out dancing at a bar. But she''s still dancing alone, and the display might be the most regrettable in the whole episode.

After the credit roll, we get another closeup of the bloody axe and a pair of broken glasses.

The cast of this short little series is pretty excellent: Pablo Schreiber may be the most awkward man ever as Allan, while Timothy Simons'' goofiness as Candys husband pat is a whole different type of awkward in itself. Melanie Lynskey is heartbreaking as Betty, a woman who is being played by her closest friend; Jessica Biel knows exactly how to portray Candy''s chipper attitude as it frays around the edges when her and Allans relationship collapses.

The performances aren''t alone in making Candy appointment viewing. Ariel Marx''s traditional orchestral score is as much of a welcome throwback as the Saul Bassinspired title sequence. Simon Dennis is bounded everything in an amber glow, like a faded old photo album. It''s fine work across the board, but it continues to derail our dark gratification by keeping the central crime offscreen. In the end, I see myself dreading the moment it finally lets the axe fly.

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