The Village Episode 4
So, before we get into this week’s episode, let’s do a recap and chat a little. We left off last week with two passionate kissing scenes. The first one was between broody Nick and his Army buddy’s widow. The other was between Ben and Ava. I suppose some would say these were positive scenes, but I have a feeling that many other fans would agree with me when I say: NICK NEEDS TO STAY AWAY. Okay, whoops. I’m calming down. I promise.
Since we’re now to our fourth episode, our storylines are heating up. Nick has made connections with other Village occupants, most specifically with his former lover and his teenage daughter (even if she doesn’t know it yet). There have been several signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and it’s no secret he’s guilty about Cooper’s death.
Is now the time?
Don’t get me wrong, I am aboard the Sarah and Nick ship, but … is a relationship, a hook up even, what he needs right now? ESPECIALLY with a dead teammates widow? Not only is it in poor taste (from the perspective we get its only been a few months), but wherein is this a great idea? I’m hoping its poor choices stemming from grief, but regardless, it was never hinted that Nick had feelings for her. This is a storyline I am curious about, mainly because I want to see how they take it. I’m not a fan of sleeping with your friend’s widow, morally.
And on top of that, what about Sarah and Katie? Eventually, they must tell her, right? Sarah’s spent most of the show so far getting frustrated with Katie lying to her while she’s holding back the biggest secret of all. The longer this goes, the worse it’s going to be for everyone involved. Will dancing be able to fix this?
Especially now with Jagger being such a dud. Wow. I can’t believe how terrible he was last episode. Okay, fine. He’s a kid. I get that, and his immaturity doesn’t mean he’s necessarily a bad person, but his mother is a grade A bitch. I hope she doesn’t go back to him; she deserves better than some kid obsessed with his phone and a guy who changes women like their underwear.
Everyone’s Favorite Enzo
What about Gabe and Enzo? Right now, they seem to be the most stable of everyone. Sure, Gabe has a jackass for a father and an ice queen for a girlfriend, but to be fair, those are both easily fixable. I think it’s safe to say that Enzo is loved universally by all fans. He’s charming, sweet and the kind of person you hope your grandfather is like. But, I worry things can’t stay this good in a show like this for the two.
Ben and Ava. This is a pairing I’m curious about as well. We still know so little about Ben’s past, other than some major event happened that Ava was kind to him for. I’m leaning toward something PD related, but with such little evidence thus far, it truly could be anything. And Ava has been so flippy in terms of how she acts. One minute she comes off as an innocent, unaware victim and others, it almost feels as if she’s hiding something major from everyone. I hope for Ben and Sami’s sake, it’s more of the former. Ben is bending over backwards to make sure she sticks around, I just hope it doesn’t end up hurting him.
And finally, our power couple of the show, Ron and Patricia. After such a moving scene last week, it should be interesting to see how both live up to the promises they made. Ron is so loving and positive, hopefully it sticks on his wife as well.
This Week on The Village…
The episode starts with Patricia receiving her first round of treatment. Ron compliments her “hat” and then pulls out a football helmet to match her. He’s adorable. Oh my, power couple, or what? The show enters a music montage—Nick is putting on his leg is up first. Katie’s pants won’t fit. She seems pretty annoyed by this. Nick is playing basketball and the residents take time sitting with Patricia over a course of a few months. In this time, Katie gets maternity pants and a bump. Its nice to see the support of her chosen family with her in this little scene.
Katie makes a new piece of art as well. It’s a dandelion puff blowing in the wind—maybe it is supposed to symbolize a wish for Katie? I’m a little jealous of her talent.
Ron and Patricia “celebrate” finishing her first round of chemo with “kale shakes”. She drops the glass accidentally on the floor, side effects of the drugs hurting her. You can see that she’s growing frustrated with this and Ron is trying his best to be supportive.
Enzo to the Rescue
Enzo, a few apartments away, is annoyed by the new neighbors upstairs who are loud. Gabe is trying to work on Ava’s case; he suggests that Ava claim Sami would suffer hardship if she were deported even though it is not factual. Ava’s ex-husband’s family is around, which makes this difficult even though he himself has a drinking problem. They would be able to care for her son if she was deported. Is it wise for Gabe to offer this information? After Ava and Ben leave, Gabe is sitting alone at the table. He seems overwhelmed. He’s not a lawyer yet, so can he handle this?
Eat your Greens, Eat your… Placenta?
Katie and Sarah discuss options after an awkward adoption interview that would involve Katie eating “placenta pills”. Katie may be leaning toward keeping the baby after all, but Sarah says they need to figure it out. She can’t attend school if she has a baby… they don’t have the means financially. If she wants to do both, she needs a job. I give Sarah credit. She really tries to support her daughter no matter what. This is obviously a huge decision for the two of them, but keeping a baby requires responsibility and effort. From what we’ve seen of Katie, those are qualities she possesses. But does she believe that herself?
“We don’t keep secrets.”
In a heartbreaking turn of events, Nick experiences a flashback or terror event in his room. He is covered in dust and grime, as if he was still in battle. He gets up from bed, only to hear an incessant drip in what he believes is the bathroom sink instead. It frustrates him, but he can’t find the source.
He throws the top of the toilet seat in a rage, but then starts to rip into the bathroom wall. Sarah comes into the room. She explains to him it is the radiator, but is interrupted by Satan, I mean Amy. She tells Sarah she can handle it. Sarah questions if this happens often, and Amy admits it has happened before. She asks if she has suggested therapy, and Amy tells him he won’t get help from people who don’t understand.
This is a weird scene. Granted we are only four episodes in, but how well can she really know Nick? She was married to Cooper, and even though the show has jumped two months, its hard to believe she understands PTSD and what comes with it. I don’t like her, and I think she’s a bad fit for Nick. Amy even throws a comment in her face— “we don’t keep secrets” that is a bit ridiculous. She needs to realize that ignoring what he is experiencing is only going to make matters worse. If she really cares for him, it’s a poor way to show it. Amy isn’t a licensed professional, she’s the girlfriend in way over her head.