The White Lotus Episode 1 Recap: After Mare of Easttown, HBO is back with another compelling miniseries – The White Lotus. Thankfully, Indians can watch the series on Disney+ Hotstar. Directed by Mike White, the dark comedy stars Murray Barlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Steve Zahn.
The White Lotus Episode 1 is called Arrivals. The summary for the 54 minutes episode reads – As a new wave of guests arrive at the White Lotus, resort manager Armond tries to assuage an unreasonable Shane and his easy-going wife, Rachel. At the same time, spa director Belinda calms a grieving Tanya. The series features some rich and elite guests enjoying the enjoying at the Hawaiian Lotus Hotel. However, tragedy knocks their week after a week, and the makers will take us through it.
HBO’s The White Lotus Episode 1 recap contains spoilers. The opening scene of Arrival is a pensive Shane (played by Jake Lacy) sitting at an airport. An elder couple asks him questions, and we find out that a murder takes place at The White Lotus hotel. Shane loses his mind on the older couple due to their constant questions. The makers then take us to a week ago when all the rich and tantrum-throwing judges arrive at the hotel. The hotel’s manager Armond and trainee Loni (played by Murray Bartlett and Jolene Purdy) welcome all the guests.
We see different kinds of guests and meet the characters in The White Lotus Episode 1. We meet the Mossbacher family – the couple Nicole and Mark (Connie Britton and Steve Zahn) and their son Quinn (Fred Hechinger), and daughter Olivia (Sydney Sweeney). Olivia brings along her friend Paula (Brittany O’Grady) to the Hawaiin holiday. In just one glance, we see Olivia and Paula are the rich spoilt brats.
Shane arrives with his wife, Rachel (Alexandra Daddario), for their honeymoon. At this moment, you wonder if it’s Rachel who got murdered at the hotel? After all, Shane is sitting alone at the airport in an unpleasant mood. Anyway, Rachel is sweet and gorgeous, and Olivia and Paula take no time to pass judgements on her. The third guest is a grieving Tanya McQuoid (played by Jennifer Coolidge). The moment Tanya arrives at the hotel, her first demand is to get a massage. Despite all the appointments being booked, the hotel’s masseuse Belinda (Natasha Rothwell) adjusts an appointment.
In those 54 minutes of the HBO or Disney+ The Lotus Hotel series, we see that these wealthy guests deal with some issues. Shane is complaining that they didn’t get the honeymoon suite and takes it up to Armond. Rachel tells her husband to get over himself as his demand for a honeymoon suite might ruin their honeymoon. Mark thinks he has testicular cancer and raises the concern to Nicole. Nicole tells him not to overthink and spend some time with their son Quinn.
Olivia and Paula are chilling by the pool, where Rachel strikes a conversation with them. Both the girls share b*tchy reactions to anything she says. The moment she takes off her robe and walks into the pool in her bikini, the girls’ jealousy can be felt through the screen. Tanya is grieving the loss of her mom and talks about it to Belinda, who gives her some weird massage. Strangely, Tanya feels relaxed with whatever massage she gets.
While the guests have their hilarious internal drama going on, trainee Toni is on the verge of giving birth to her child. She hides it from manager Armond as she doesn’t want to give birth to her child on the first day of her job. Armond is anxious, and there’s drama in his office as Toni’s water breaks, and she is birthing her child. The guests are having a blissful time in the hotel. This is the drama that has unfolded in The Lotus Hotel Episode 1 Arrivals.
The White Lotus Episode 1 Recap: Is it worth watching?
The first episode is engaging and somehow reminded me of 2019’s one of the best murder mystery movies – Knives Out. The White Lotus star cast is spectacular. Writer-director Mike White is going somewhere with the story, and I can’t wait to know who got murdered because I don’t want it to be Rachel. She is the only sane character so far in the series. In the next five episodes, we will find out what happened at the hotel and who murdered whom and why!
The White Lotus Episode 1 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.