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S1 Episode 4 – Longing
One of the things that I am enjoying in “rewinding” and viewing these early episodes is a fresh peek into different aspects of the main characters as we are getting to know them from the beginning. I can also appreciate how in the early episodes, the story lines had continuity and progressed to a logical conclusion instead of just being introduced and dropped as we saw in subsequent seasons.
Jenny so torn between her deep love for Tim and the life she sees with him and so tortured by the feelings for Marina that she can’t ignore. What I can appreciate about Marina now, is that she is finally stepping back and giving Jenny some room to come to terms with these feelings and to make it her choice. I think she was so over-bearing in previous episodes and she was almost predatory in her pursuit.
We get a glimpse of Bette at work, and a taste of what she is up against in her job at the CAC. We now understand a bit more of why she has to always be on top of her game. She not only has the stress and pressures from external sources in this highly competitive field, she also has to deal with a boss and a board of directors that are not progressive and have no vision.
The Bette and Tina connection/chemistry (or whatever you want to call it), is becoming more evident now as we witness the subtle communication with body language and glances. We are getting more of the nurturing Tina as we see her taking interest in Bette’s work and offering her support in any way that she can. We also start seeing some traces of Bette putting work first, but Tina in her subtle way reminds her that she will accept it for now, but she won’t be shut out and she reels Bette back in. I think this is evidenced when Tina follows Bette as she suddenly gets up from the table without a word to anyone, and starts heading for her car on her way to see Peggy Peabody.
I love Tina’s approach to Jenny in offering to be a friend she can talk to if she chooses, but being respectful and not intruding where she is not wanted. We see the same thing with her comment to Bette about Kit when asked why she didn’t stop Kit from drinking and Tina says it wasn’t her place. A bit off the subject – I loved Tina’s top in the scene with Jenny