Previously on The Leftovers, ‘No Room at the Inn’
Nora is now responsible for Mary in addition to the family she and Kevin have created together. Erika is trying to learn how to live without Evie. The DSD is in town and Erika is being pressed to answer the questionnaire designed to prove Evie’s disappearance was an official Departure. Two researchers are harassing Nora in an attempt to prove their Lens theory because they believe she is responsible for all of the Departures that have happened around her. Laurie calls looking for Tom. The men in their lives are no help – John is busy beating the town’s “sinners” and Kevin is wrapped up with Patti. Both women are visibly exhausted and emotionally strained.
Both are reaching their breaking points.
Everything comes to a head at an event to raise funds for the search for Evie and her friends. Jerry comes in prepared to make a goat sacrifice and Erika finally lets loose. She calls out every superstition the town has been relying on before storming out. Nora joins her at the house and reveals she has stolen a copy of the DSD’s new questionnaire. She offers to put Erika’s fears to rest by going over the questions with her.
Considering both women have lost children, the questions could have been a chance to form a friendship around their mutual grief. Instead, Erika shares that she had planned to leave John before Evie departed. She explains that her grandmother had taught her the town was magical and that a wish could be granted by burying a bird in a box. If the bird was alive, the wish would come true. Erika had wished for her children to be okay when she left and that night, Evie disappeared. She blames herself for Evie’s Departure. Nora responds by attacking Erika’s guilt and Erika calls Nora on her hypocrisy.
Both women are in tears when Nora returns home, but her day is not over yet. Despite her apparent grief and exhaustion, Kevin decides the secret of Patti must be revealed.
Seriously, how much can one woman handle?
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The Leftovers S2E6
Another perfect episode. It was wonderful to get answers to some of the town’s superstitions and it is impressive how the show is able to unfold these mysteries in such a natural way. This show continues to deliver such strong performances and it was impossible not to feel so much pain for both Erika and Nora as they tried to maintain control in their chaotic surroundings.
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