Notre Dame – Season 1 Episode 6 Recap, Review & Ending Explained

Episode 6

The General and Colonel brief the men at the start of Notre Dame episode 6. To save Notre Dame, they must protect the belfry and try to extinguish the fire from the top.

Max fights the fighter but loses given his age and rustiness. However, the people get a great show and Rico makes a lot of money, mostly covering Max’s debt. Billy waits for Victoire in the bar, as she sits upstairs and wonders about taking the drugs. Rico finally allows Max to talk to Victoire. Despite him telling her that her mother is about to die, Victoire still thinks Max is lying just to get her back. The former boxer is insistent that she has gone back into remission. The cancer was gone for a while but now it has come back and will take her life. When Rico hears about Max’s wife, his attitude changes and he begins feeling empathy for Max.

Rico tells him the address and offers comforting words. Victoire decides against taking the drugs and instead rushes toward the hospital where her mother is admitted. When Max reaches the spot, he finds that Victoire has already left. Trusting that she has indeed gone to the hospital, he also makes his way there and runs, as Larrier’s car is stolen. Victoire picks up Billy, who says that he knew she would come back for him. Varese and the firefighters go in but Ducourt spots Alice on the cameras. She overhears them talking and goes through a small gallery to separate from the group.

Ducourt decides to go in himself to save Adamski and help in the rescue. He leaves Bastien in charge of overseeing the operations. Bassem tells the woman about his wife Sherine. He says they got separated when they were crossing and has never seen her again. The woman understands but in a twist of events, it turns out that the woman is indeed Sherine’s apparition and that Bassem hasn’t been able to let her go.

Elena goes live but the feed turns out to be disastrous. She partly blames the network for gawking at the event and trying to mint money off the operation and going to extreme lengths.

She talks about her own life and it is revealed that she and Antony were once engaged. But chasing her dream, money, and fame, she chose to leave her house in Reunion and came to Paris, abandoning her family and Antony. She says one final goodbye to Steph and leaves the job. She starts running towards the cathedral too. Ducourt and Alice’s paths collide and he says that he wants her to live and not suffer the same fate as Ben. They together go to the belfry and try to put out the fire by throwing water from a steep angle. The plan finally seems to be working.

When Victoire reaches the hospital, the path is blocked off due to the rescue attempts. She leaves Billy there saying that his father was never a firefighter. He was dressed up as one for Halloween or some other costume party. Billy is angry with her and runs off. Victoire sees her father reach the spot too and the two embrace. Antony and Elena too are reunited and kiss in front of everyone. Max and Victoire say one final goodbye to the ailing mother and wife, who breathes her last and passes away, content seeing her family together again.

The fire is successfully put out. Varese and Adamksi embrace, as Ducourt walks off with a win in his final operation; perhaps the biggest one of his career. Billy reaches the hospital and reunites with Victoire. Max drops off Billy at home. The small child finally comes to terms with the possibility that his father might be dead. They embrace before he leaves.

Ducourt throws his letter of resignation in the fire, indicating he will continue with the department. Notre Dame is saved and Max tells a pregnant Alice that this will be the “Michael Jackson moment” everyone will remember now.

The Episode Review

A happy ending: is all that we were going toward all along? After all the pointless suffering and trauma, we have been returned to square one in terms of plot. A fire broke out, without explanation, and was put out, without explanation.

If all it took was six firemen to strike at the heart of it and weaken it so considerably that it would blow out in a few hours, why wasn’t it done before? A lot of questions with seemingly no answers. The finale of Notre Dame offers a weak tie-up to the story that never really unfolded in the course of the six episodes and never made any significant strides.

All it became was another derivative regurgitation of cinematic themes now in need of reinvention. Hardly any storyline appealed to the heart, as it seemed before, and that is just disappointing. Arguably the most predictable end to the series, something that we were hoping all along could be avoided.

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