Previously on The Leftovers, ‘Lens’
Kevin’s admission to Nora did nothing to bring them closer. Instead, she waited until he was handcuffed and sleeping before running off with Mary and Lily. Between Patti’s smug “Toldya Sos” and Jill’s bitter accusations that he is ruining their family, it is clear Kevin needs to get serious about separating from Patti if he wants any chance at keeping his family whole.
Kevin’s desperate quest to rid himself of Patti reveals two very different solutions from two unlikely sources.
A chat with Michael leads Kevin to Virgil. However, this is not Kevin’s first visit to the trailer. During one of his sleepwalking episodes, Kevin visited Virgil and accepted his advice for dealing with Patti without question. Virgil suggests that Kevin meet Patti on her ground to do battle… in other words – Kevin has to die to face off with his adversary. The mystery of Kevin’s near drowning at the lake has been solved but he is now awake and hesitant to kill himself on the advice of a man he has never met.
Kevin is pondering the pros and cons of battle by suicide when he gets a call that his wife is at the town gates without a wristband. He is even more surprised to realize it is Laurie and not Nora. She has arrived in search of Tommy, a fact that is soon brushed to the side as the two discuss Kevin’s current crisis. Laurie patiently uses logic to point out that Patti is most likely a manifestation of Kevin’s failing mental health. Kevin’s not as willing to believe her as he is the idea that battle by suicide could be a viable option, but he does acknowledge Patti does not show up when Laurie is in the area. He decides inviting her back to the house would be the best way to keep Patti away.
At this point, Kevin has lost all sense of caution. He has no concern for how Laurie’s presence in the house will affect anyone else. He just wants a break from Patti. Jill is not home when they arrive at the house and Laurie is left to investigate when Kevin receives a call from Nora. When Jill returns, she goes off on a tirade when she sees Laurie. Unfortunately, Kevin has bailed through the window, leaving mother and daughter to face each other on their own.
Kevin is on a mission. He has decided to trust Virgil’s plan and arrives at the trailer ready to face death. Virgil explains that he will give Kevin a poison that will act like an overdose of heroin. He will administer a shot of adrenaline to restart Kevin’s heart well within the 5 minutes necessary for brain damage.
This plan sounds good to Kevin and he chugs the poison. This is not a peaceful death; Kevin is flailing on the floor while Virgil calmly spills the antidote from the injection pen. Virgil then places a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger. If this wasn’t enough WTF for an ending, Michael walks in and begins calmly tidying the space and dragging Kevin’s body across the floor. WTF?!
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The Leftovers S2E7
Although this was another fantastic episode, I feel there was a huge hole in the story. Would Nora really leave because Kevin opened up about Patti? I had considered the thought that she was hung up on the Lens theory but if that was the case – why endanger Lily and Mary? She handcuffed Kevin to the bed when he was sleepwalking, adopted the baby on the stoop, cheerfully took over the care of Mary… Would she really sneak out in the night over a psychotic break? Would she leave Jill? It just seems so unlikely. I am hoping a logical explanation will reveal itself in time. Aside from this nagging issue, the episode was fantastic. The bickering between Kevin and Patti is such a guilty pleasure to watch and are a fun break from the overall sense of tension Kevin’s dilemma submerges us in.