So we have reached the penultimate episode of the season, usually a penultimate episode starts to tie up the season’s loose ends but doesn’t completely as that is the finale’s job, rather it focuses on the loose ends that need tying up.
The loose ends are the reveal of whether Kasey is a sister or not, Roxy’s pill taking, whether the class action will happen, the disintegration of Edie and Tim’s marriage, and the possibility of Julius’ death.
The episode kicks off with Kasey trying to swab Julia for the DNA test, which again is another strong hint that Kasey isn’t a sister. While I understand the need to keep a story arc going, in all honesty, the to-ing and fro-ing of if she is a sister and the kind of person she is has gone on long enough, and I’m hoping the writers will confirm this in next week’s finale. That being said I personally enjoyed the foils to Kasey’s plan with Julia rolling over in bed and then almost catching her in the act as her alarm woke her up.
Meanwhile Abraham has been confirmed as another sibling, although whether he is the first IVF child hasn’t been established. Abraham claims his innocence to Julia, Edie and Roxy, who don’t seem to believe him. While his story is briefly touched on, I am wondering whether it will actually be addressed in the season finale.
Roxy’s virginity and Isaac as her love interest is fully addressed in this episode. I appreciated the awkwardness of the first moments of the date, which is something I think a lot of people can relate to. However what I appreciated even more was Isaac’s reaction to the revelation that Roxy is a virgin through her assumption that Julia told him. It was true to their characters and I was amused by their conversation of their similar dating troubles, while I felt the outcome was obvious, I felt it was sweet and well done. Julia and Carl’s scenes and their own sexual encounter contrasted well with Isaac and Roxy’s scenes and blossoming romance, and Edie and Tim’s mediation scenes and disintegrating marriage.
The mediation between Edie, Tim and Amanda were the best scenes of the episode, with a great combination of humour and tension. While I’m glad the cheating and their disintegrating marriage has finally been fully addressed, it’s a bit of a letdown that the fate of the marriage still hasn’t been made clear, however it is highly likely this is being saved for the finale. Unless Tim’s hiring of the prostitute is going to be addressed in the finale, I didn’t see the point of their brief scene, other than Tim getting a little bit of revenge, it really didn’t add to the episode as a whole.
Ron and Diane reappear in this episode, Diane for the first time in a while and it was pulled off brilliantly. Considering how much of an acting powerhouse Szubanski is, frankly I feel her and her character have been underused. Like Edie and Amanda, I wasn’t expecting her to reveal that she had a child when she was fifteen to a Father. It certainly adds to her character and Szubanski’s performance was outstanding, however I do question what purpose this revelation serves.
Overall this was a solid episode albeit with a few flaws and a great springboard for next week’s finale.
-Em Rusciano and Harley Breen make a cameo appearance.
-Abraham’s reaction to seeing Julia, Edie and Roxy, especially Roxy was oddly sweet.
-Roxy’s pill addiction is getting to the point where she’s threatening her colleague for pills.
–Best one liners:
- “Oh my God, I think I found 1980s babywear!” (Oscar).
- “He’s marvellously Scandinavian isn’t he?” (Julius on Oscar).
- “Did you get a DNA test first?” (Oscar to Julia on her sexual encounter with Carl).