The Seeds Of Doubt
After last week’s deliciously dark episode, Why Women Kill returns for another progressive slice of drama, this time seeing the first seeds of doubt for our husbands come into play. Although the 2019 story continues to be the weak link here, there’s enough charisma and charm inherent in the episode to keep you hooked right through to the open ending, leaving things open for next week.
We begin in 1963 with Beth Ann visiting April and giving her her number. Sheila and Beth Ann discuss her arrangements soon after, where the latter reveals that she wants to befriend April in order to convince her away from sleeping with Rob. Visiting him at his office, Beth Ann steals one of her husband’s important files and hurries off, leaving him to his fate. As Rob frantically calls her to see if she’s found the file, she feigns ignorance before April phones Sheila (the other Sheila) and tells her to come to the club. Impressed, Sheila tells her kids that they’re in the presence of greatness thanks to Beth Ann’s cunning sass.
In 1984, Simone reveals to Tommy that her husband won’t be leaving any time soon. Distracted, as she heads home Simone is reminded of a charity event she’s supposed to perform at, feigning a warm smile at the prospect. As she arrives with Karl, social pleasantries come easily to her, tinged with a small dose of sarcasm all the way, until she realizes Tommy is the waiter.
Taunting Tommy’s outfit, Simone tells Karl to cool off before one of the women mentions how degrading it is that a 32 year old is trying to flirt with Tommy. The conversation then turns to marriage, after a suitably awkward moment for Simone, where Tommy spills a drink on Karl after he overhears him antagonizing her about their marriage.
In the kitchen afterward, Simone talks to Tommy about their affair and for now at least, things appear to be straightened out while she and Karl keep up a happy facade for the public.
Meanwhile in 2019, Taylor, Jade and Eli decide to go clubbing together. Once there, they come across two famous influencers on Instagram who ask Jade to come with her to Venice. This prompts Taylor to get jealous and she and Eli leave together while she stays on to party with the influencers. However, when they get home Taylor admits to leaving a tracker in Jade’s phone, which causes them to come to blows over their arrangement. It’s here Eli learns the truth about why Jade’s so important to her, prompting him to ask whether he should just leave. When she says no, they try to figure out their arrangement as they head back inside their large, empty house.
Jade heads home soon after, to find Taylor waiting for her on the stairs. She tells Taylor she wants to go to Venice, deciding that staying in their house is beginning to feel like a home, which will only hurt her later on down the line when she leaves for real. Overhearing the whole conversation, Eli descends down the stairs and tells her she’ll always have a home with them, suggesting she can live with them permanently.
As the episode closes out, all three of our leading ladies dance to the beat of their own drum while the tango dancers from the opening shot of the episode dance in the street. For now at least, things appear to be back on track for our ladies, as the seeds of doubt slowly plant themselves in their men’s heads.
Much like the previous episodes, Why Women Kill does well to emulate the mischievous tone of the series thus far, and Desperate Housewives before it. The consistent colour choices and snappy dialogue really helps the series stand on its own two feet and throughout the 45 minutes, there’s tinges of foreshadowing beginning to come to the forefront of the drama.
Quite where Why Women Kill goes from here remains to be seen, but as the knives sharpen in the near future, the inevitable bloody conclusion for our men still feels like a faint whisper on the air.