UnREAL Recap: Monsters, Inc.

UnReal Marys Suicide Note Recap

Question of the week, raised by Everlasting gofer/Pippi Longstocking stunt double Madison: If you do something completely terrible, then do something almost as terrible in order to escape blame — but that second something makes at least one person happy — are you worthy of a comforting cuddle?

OK, that’s maybe not 100 percent what the P.A. means on this week’s UnREAL when she raises the possibility of a good ending resulting from a bad situation. But we’re up to our walkie-talkies in the immediate aftermath of Mary’s death, and everyone’s feeling a little out of sorts.

Shia finds herself a prisoner, with Jay her warden. Quinn gets screamed at by the network head. Chet makes a life-altering decision (but will it last after his high wears off?). And Rachel makes a choice that should bite her in the tush — but doesn’t — and winds up between the sheets with Adam.

Who are the monsters? Who are the pragmatists looking out for the greater good? Can anyone tell the difference anymore? Read on for the highlights of “Savior.”

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‘THIS IS ON US’ | The moments immediately following Mary’s jump are a blur of oh-s—t! activity. Quinn has Shia and Jay round up the remaining contestants and stick them in a room. Rachel starts her slow tumble into shock, numbly mumbling to a worried Jeremy, “I had her hand.” Quinn pulls Rachel into a hug, the latter crying as the guilt sets in hard. “The whole thing with Kirt. This is on us,” she says. “This is our fault.” The police show up.

In their room, Grace, Maya, Faith, Anna and Shamiqua only start to realize something’s really wrong when they notice there are no cameras rolling outside — and no one’s filming them, either.

UnReal Mary Suicide Note RecapBLAME GAME | After Brad the Network Head orders Quinn and Chet to shut down production until the lawyers can sort everything out, Rachel pulls herself together and grimly asks Adam to tell the girls what’s happened. “That’s insane. I’m not a grief counselor,” he says. “I’m English.” (Heh.) But of course, he eventually does what she says, because he does everything she says. (Side note: And he likes it.)

Just then, Shia and her tiny braid pull Rachel into the edit bay to purge her soul… but her teary confession that she swapped out “a few” of Mary’s mood-stabilizing drugs soon becomes a defensive screed about how she’s a good producer. “I got her off the sidelines and into the game,” Shia crows, citing Rachel’s call to bring Mary’s abusive ex to set. But Rach (who’s maybe a little happy she’s not the only one who made a really bad decision re: Mary?) is hearing none of it. “Kirk didn’t kill her. You did,” she says, warning Shia to tell Quinn quickly.

MOVING ON! | When Shia does divulge the truth to her boss, Quinn summons Rachel to the meeting and then promises Shia she’ll take care of her. (This means locking her in a hotel room with Jay as her guard for most of the rest of the episode.) And once Shia’s gone, Quinn briefs Rachel on the party line: “Mary took her own life. End of story.”

When Rachel adamantly refuses to go along with that reasoning, Quinn points out that hundreds of people (and their families) will be adversely affected if production is shut down for good — a high price for a clear conscience.

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LIZZIE WHO? | Fresh off learning that Kirk is suing Everlasting and that Maya is quitting the competition, Rachel retreats to her bunk in the back of the equipment truck and is followed closely by Jeremy. She is barely holding it together (though I feel like that phrase can be applied to her on most days, no?) and though she makes a halfhearted attempt to keep him at arm’s length, he knows she’s not OK. “When it comes to you, I see more than you think,” he says, pulling her into a deep hug that warms up when he puts his lips on her forehead and then combusts when she kisses him in earnest. Man, these two go from 0 to smoldering fast.

“So, that happened,” he says the next morning, but challenges Rachel when she calls their hookup “grief sex” and is shocked when he hears that she’s OK with the show’s plan to settle with Kirk. Reminded that she doesn’t have to be a sleepwalking zombie through all of this, a reenergized Rachel starts to put together some footage that’ll make Kirk look like the beast he is. She plans to leak it to the lady-friendly media (Jezebel, etc.), but Adam won’t play because he blames her for what went down. “You’re a monster,” he spits.

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LETTER BE | Brad the Network Head gets Mary’s toxicology report (which proves she was drunk and off her meds) and puts the kibosh on Rachel’s little side reel, then gets really angry and threatening. So Rachel slinks up to Mary’s room and finds one of Lily Belle’s stuffed animals. (Side note: Doesn’t the fact that Mary’s motherless little girl is named “Lily Belle” and not just “Lily” make everything just a little more tragic?) And hey, Rach says when she finds Chet and Brad the Network Head: Mary left a note!

So Mary’s sister, Louise, returns to the set and reads her sister’s final words during the taping of the episode — Everlasting is back on, everyone! And isn’t it convenient that the note mentions how Mary had been so happy with Adam, she’d stopped taking her medication? And that she invited Kirk to be a part of the show? If you haven’t figured it out yet, allow Louise to spell it out: She knows Rachel wrote the note but she doesn’t care, because she’s on board with “whatever it takes to keep Lily Belle away from that monster.” And the network’s lawyers are relieved, too.

Shia returns to the house long enough for Quinn to tell her she’s done; Maya’s quitting means the producer no longer has players in the game, so Quinn sends her home for good. “Be grateful that’s where you’re going instead of jail,” the older woman advises. Then, all that’s left is for Quinn to hug Rachel as they agree they’ll probably never mention this entire incident ever again.

THE MEN STEP UP | But wait! Two more very important things! First, Chet — having taken Pippi’s words to heart — shows up at Quinn’s office and lets her know he’s just left his wife. Via phone. (Stay classy, Chet.) And a lonely Rachel, having watched Jeremy leave with Lizzie, creeps into Adam’s part of the house and slips into bed with him. You can tell she’s not there for nookie (stays clothed, turns away from him) and he feels bad about what he said earlier. “You’re not a monster,” he whispers. “Yeah, I am,” she responds despondently. Not knowing how to handle that, Adam just draws near, spoons her and allows his hairless chest to do the soothing.

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

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25 Comments
  1. Dude says:

    Ugh, this show is great. Awesome episode.

  2. CoolCoolCool says:

    Loved the final scene with Rachel and Adam. The slow burn is perfect for these two.

  3. co2bl says:

    Not sure I should be rooting for them, but I loved that she ended up with Adam at the end of the episode. I love their scenes together. I can’t wait for next week.

  4. Lauren says:

    Critical question….are we going to have to wait until next summer for season 2?

  5. Mary says:

    The ending was perfect… love Rachel and Adam together!!

    • Chris says:

      Too bad Freddie Stroma won’t be back as Adam for the next season of “UnREAL” since the cast of “Everlasting” changes every season, and “UnREAL” co-creator Sara Gertrude Shapiro said I a interview that he’ll have to lose Freddie after this season. So much for Adam and Rachel beyond season one! :-(

  6. Ally says:

    Love love love this show!!

  7. tallsy says:

    Rachel and Adam are great. That last scene was perfect.

  8. Red Lentil Soup says:

    Reblogged this on redlentilsoup and commented:
    Terrifying episode this week.

  9. Sarah_ says:

    At least shia is gone..or is she?
    Great episode especially Adam/Rachel I think they have something going on but she’s kinda hung up on Jeremy ugh!!
    Hope Adam comes back for season 2.

  10. Charissa29 says:

    I love this show, but Chet and Quin need to be together, if only because they are so dangerous while focused on each other that I shudder to think what would happen if they were apart!

  11. Erica says:

    I can’t say why, but this was an amazing recap! Thanks

  12. Carol C says:

    Terrific recap, Kimberly. Love, love, love this show!

  13. robandco says:

    I loved this show. It so fresh and unexpected. And I love Rachel and Adam together

  14. Steven says:

    People are really missing out on this show. So glad Lifetime renewed it despite the anemic ratings! I hope they find a way to bring Adam back in season 2. Rachel and him have great chemistry!

  15. laura says:

    I love Adam. It’s sad he won’t be in season 2

  16. Nero tTVFiddler says:

    Nice recap once again KR. Thank you! I try to watch the show live, but am in-out of the room in the 10pm hour, getting ready for the early Tuesday morning work-week wake-up alarm, so I miss some portions of each episode.

    I noticed a couple of the comments regarding the season 2 renewal despite low ratings. The ratings might improve in S2 if the show pivots a bit away from the focus being on the dating-component of the show, and swung a bit over to more of the behind-the-scenes of television production. More Quinn, more network suits, more backstabbing on that level to get ratings, anything goes mentality in order to ‘sell the product’, that sort of thing. The dark, funny side of Hollywood television production.

    Perhaps a sort of ‘Entourage’ series for women, with Rachel and Quinn at center. A bit more dark comedy touch – that might help draw in more viewers, men in particular. Entourage was/is one of my all-time favorite shows, and Constance Zimmer (and Shiri Appleby) and her connection with the Entourage series was the reason I found ‘UnReal’. I think guys like the cast, but perhaps a bit less melodrama and more dark humor would help draw them in.

    Just a thought – either way, very glad season 2 will come; I enjoy the show.

  17. Sabrina says:

    This was a great episode and I can’t wait for the next episode.

  18. Jeri says:

    Really Must View TV. Continues to shock. Cannot guess What Next!!?? I like Jeremy & Rachel but things change quickly on this show so….

  19. LKE says:

    This show truly lives up to its name – UNREAL! I love it. My summer guilty pleasure!