Episode 4 of Loot Season 1 begins with a news report of an amusement park in the Philippines breaking down. It just so happens that the park is owned by Molly.
Until now, Molly didn’t know she received half of John’s companies through the divorce. Arthur helps her go through her assets, but he needs some more information on some of them, including an art gallery.
When they go to check on the gallery together, Arthur particularly admires a painting of a bird. When he’s in another room, Molly buys the painting.
Meanwhile, Howard finds out that Nicholas is an actor. He encourages him to audition for a play, but Nicholas insists that acting is in the past for him.
They rehearse the script together for fun, and Nicholas eventually decides to go for the part. At his audition, however, he gets insecure at the last minute and leaves. But when he gets an encouraging text from Howard, he decides to go back and give it another shot.
Molly and Arthur next go to Molly’s alpaca farm, where they exchange stories about post-divorce life.
Arthur gets a message from his ex-wife asking him to take their daughter to her soccer game. He and Molly are four hours away, but Molly offers up her helicopter so they can get there in time. At Arthur’s invitation, Molly stays for the game.
Sofia gives a presentation to the city council about a motion, and she’s nervous about how they will react to Molly’s recent bad publicity. She’s surprised to learn that they love Molly and find her situation sympathetic.
When Molly returns, Sofia tells her that the city council is putting Sofia’s motion to a vote because of her. They love Molly. Because of what John did to her, people are rooting for her–and Sofia says that so is she.
Sofia tells her she still needs to be careful as a public figure. People will be ready to tear her down for anything.
The same day, a gossip magazine posts pictures of Molly and Arthur together, claiming that Molly is moving on with a “mystery man.”
Molly apologizes to Arthur for putting him in the public eye, and she starts to act a bit more coldly toward him than usual, trying to keep some healthy distance.
When Arthur gets home, he finds a package on his doorstep. It’s the bird painting he liked, sent from Molly.
The Episode Review
Because this episode focuses more on chemistry and romantic development than trying to land mediocre jokes, it actually delivers quite a sweet and sad arc. Molly and Arthur may be an unlikely pair, but their interactions are adorable, regardless.
In addition to romantic chemistry, this episode furthers Howard’s and Nicholas’ budding friendship, which makes for some comical and wholesome content I can get behind.
If Loot shines in one aspect of its production, it’s with the sheer charisma and charm of its cast–and that’s on full display here.