The Girl from Plainville Episode 5 is out now! The series is created by Liz Hannah & Patrick Macmanus and, inspired by The Girl from Plainville by Jesse Barron. It is produced by UCP, Echo Lake Entertainment and Littleton Road Productions and, distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution (internationally) and Hulu (United States). The runtime for the episode is 50 minutes.
Elle Fanning headlines The Girl from Plainville as Michelle Carter. The other cast members include Colton Ryan as Conrad “Coco” Roy III, Chloë Sevigny as Lynn Roy, Norbert Leo Butz as Conrad “Co” Roy II, Cara Buono as Gail Carter and Kai Lennox as David Carter, with Peter Gerety as Conrad Roy, Sr., Michael Mosley as Joseph Cataldo, Aya Cash as Katie Rayburn, Ella Kennedy Davis as Sydney Roy, Pearl Amanda Dickson as Susie Pierce and others.
– Hulu’s The Girl from Plainville Episode 5 Recap Contains Spoilers –
– (Trigger Warning: Mental Health, Suicide) –
The Girl from Plainville Episode 5 starts with a flashback of Michelle texting Conrad. We see Conrad texting Michelle that he wants to see her, to which Michelle starts seductively clicking pictures of herself. As dramatized as the sequence is and feels, we see Michelle not sending those pictures to Conrad and, instead just clicking a regular funny selfie and sending that. We are confronted with Michelle’s issue with self-esteem and her body for the first time in this episode.
We walk down the discussion Cataldo has with Michelle and her parents about the case. The prosecution has too much evidence for dismissal of the case but, Cataldo promises to try. However, Michelle is against the idea and wants to testify to explain her and Conrad’s ‘love story’ to the jury. Cataldo makes Michelle read texts that incriminate her of pushing Conrad over the edge where she asks him to drink bleach even to question the ‘love story’ she keeps talking about.
On the other hand, we see Lynn learning about Michelle’s involvement in Conrad’s suicide from the papers. She charges Katie for clarification, who explains that Michelle had been in constant touch with Conrad while he was going through his depressive phase so much that she even might have pushed him over the edge. Katie asks Lynn to testify at the trial where she would have to talk about Conrad, his future and plans as well as Michelle and her relationship with Conrad and Lynn. Keeping in mind how Conrad’s father had assaulted him at home once, it would discredit him to testify.
Katie and her partner head over to Susie’s place to interview her, where they understand the nature of Susie and Michelle’s relationship. Susie states that she had a falling out with Michelle as the latter turned needy and intense. Susie’s mother further added that Michelle would, in fact, even keep notes in the car to contact Susie back, which Susie had been clearly unaware of until the interview. Katie asks for the notes and, when Susie is left alone with her she inquires when Susie and Michelle had last talked. Susie says that she had texted Michelle after she read about her involvement with the suicide of Conrad on news but, has not responded back to her texts.
Susie’s mother hands over Michelle’s notes to the lawyers. She asks why they are being questioned at all and, Katie reveals it is because Michelle could have been involved in Conrad’s suicide to get Susie’s attention. Back at Michelle’s house, David (Michelle’s father) suggests that they should stay at the lake house to avoid the press, which is discouraged by Gail (Michelle’s mother) who says that they have nothing to hide. Michelle’s parents continue to argue when Michelle finds her sister- Hayden heartbroken and crying in the washroom as everyone is labelling her as the ‘murderer’s sister’.
Michelle visits the school the next day where she is teased and looked down upon. She approaches her friend Natalie who states that she is advised by the lawyer not to talk to her and, the same goes for Cassie. However, a new guy named Adrian pops up in Michelle’s life and, motivates her to not give an ear to the gossip floating around. Michelle is pleased to have someone be kind to her.
In a flashback, we are taken back to the time Conrad and his father shared a seemingly happy and healthy relationship. We even see Conrad’s father allowing him to steer and, put the boat in the shed. At the same time, we see Michelle in the past hopping around Susie’s house late at night and keeping a note for Susie in the car. On returning home, we are confronted with Michelle’s episode of possible bulimia, where she stress eats and, then vomits her food.
The next day at school, Michelle talks to Conrad over texts and, discusses her problems with her body image issues. She also reveals to Conrad that she had feelings for Susie and, the two have a conversation in regards to where they stand in each others’ life and if they have a future together.
In the present timeline, we see a new character in the case from Ithaca – Dr. Breggin. We see the old man offer his two cents on medicines and Michelle to Cataldo stating that under the heavy influence of medicine, especially considering eating disorders, Michelle could easily have been intoxicated while texting Conrad during the time of his death. Meanwhile, Katie approaches Conrad’s father to talk about the assault but, is dismissed.
Another flashback takes place where we see Michelle’s grandmother’s death causing her to stop responding to Conrad for a while. At a party Conrad has sex but, is not satisfied with it. When Lynn picks him up and drives him home, they have a ting argument. This flashback memory triggers the Lynn in our present timeline to give Katie Rayburn a call, possibly to testify and we immediately move to a court setting.
In the courtroom, the judge gives his ruling that the investigation of Conrad’s death will only be for the 18-month timeline before his death. He also ruled out Susie from the witness list along with other witnesses provided by Cataldo, except officer Taraves, who was present for the case when Conrad’s father assaulted him. Outside the courtroom, Katie initially hyperventilates on losing her case as the motive is lost. But, she figures out that she can use Natalie and Cassie and, Michelle’s other friends as motives too.
In another flashback, we see Conrad and Michelle meeting after Florida for the first time at Michelle’s grandmother’s funeral. Conrad tries his best to lift up Michelle’s mood and, the two even talk about love, death and more. Conrad tries to have sex with Michelle but, she says that she isn’t ready but, pleases him instead. We come back to the present and see Michelle going to the prom with Adrian but, soon is heartbroken as she misses her friends. She returns home soon and, the episode ends with Michelle on the treadmill doing an intense run.
The Girl from Plainville Episode 5: Final Thoughts
The Girl from Plainville Episode 5 gives us a more detailed look at Michelle’s character. We have been seeing Conrad for the last four episodes, so in comparison, this episode feels more dedicated to Michelle as well as the case at hand. The flashback jumps are rather smooth in this one along with shedding equal light on Lynn, Co, David and Gail as parents of the two in question.
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