HBO’s The Undoing Episode 2 Review: Lies, Deception and Secrets

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The Undoing is a psychological thriller miniseries that is based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The series is written and produced by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier. The series stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Noah Jupe, Lily Rabe and others.

The Undoing episode 2 review

The Undoing episode 2’s biggest positives, or actually the whole series’s biggest positives, are its exceptional star cast and its ability to hold on to tension.

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The Undoing episode 2 gets ugly very fast. A series that started off with an “innocent” murder became too close for comfort by the end of the second episode. Grace, unable to get a hold of Jonathan, goes on overdrive. She tries to find him, but without much success – he meant for himself to be untraceable. Obviously shit hits the fan soon, and Grace is left to pick up the pieces.

The police then bring her in for questioning, and it is here that she learns the horrible truth about Jonathan. That, evidently, breaks her, and kudos to the director for showing us exactly how Grace feels inside her head. Although she initially decides to stay and fight it out, that all becomes impossible when the police get a warrant to search her home. However, once in their lake house with Henry, she gets an unlikely visitor.

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The Undoing episode 2 is one intense and tight rollercoaster. Not one scene feels out of place or boring. Every minute of every scene is thrilling and makes it hard to breathe. Additionally, kudos to the cinematographer and costumer design for making this such a good-looking show. Grace’s outfits are wonderful and they express her moods on her behalf splendidly.

There’s a lot to unpack in this series. Lots of questions that make us wonder if we know Jonathan at all. Is he really a murderer? Would he ever lie to Grace? Is this seemingly harmless man capable of something so abhorrent? We get some of the answers in The Undoing episode 2, but those answers give birth to more questions. The series is doing a wonderful job of answering some questions and teasing others without divulging too much information. There are moments when it feels like too much, and answers are necessary at once. But well, we gotta give the show time to open itself up completely.

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There’s also some foreshadowing of what’s about to come during Grace’s therapy sessions. Kudos if you caught on to that early on.

Additionally, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of other players here, so it seems like Jonathan is the only one capable of such a crime. Although he states otherwise, you really can’t trust a liar’s words anyway. It doesn’t seem like there can be anyone else here, but I am waiting to be pleasantly surprised, honestly.

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Oh, by the way, there’s a major revelation about Jonathan that Grace comes to know of that changes a lot of things. What, however, does it mean for Grace and Jonathan (if he’s not guilty, as he claims)? Also, does Sylvia’s character have much more to provide in this whole debacle than she’s letting on? Her connection with Jonathan means that she might just know more than she’s letting on, and if that’s the case, how much more is there to go through? Does Grace’s father, Franklin, have anything in this mess? I feel like he wasn’t his son-in-law’s biggest fan. Only one way to find out, at this point!

Nicole Kidman looks so stunning and is, honestly, so good in The Undoing episode 2 that’s it’s almost painful to watch her break down on the inside at her husband’s lies. The first time she gets to know about Jonathan from the police is absolutely shattering and so is when she breaks down on her stairs. We don’t see much of Hugh Grant here, and you’d constantly miss his presence because of it. His character, much like himself, is so charming, warm and enigmatic that it’s impossible to believe someone who’s so nice is capable of something so horrible.

The Undoing episode 2 is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar and HBO Max.

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HBO's The Undoing episode 2 contains revelations that we were not ready to delve into, and it breaks our heart as much as it breaks Grace's.
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