「It’s Too Late」
That feeling I first had after watching the first episode of Carole & Tuesday returned tenfold after watching this episode. Why? Because now I have attachments to each of these characters, Angela included. It’s been a wild ride and things are getting bumpier as we reach the turning point in the story.
There’s so much to unpack in this one episode it’s a little overwhelming. First, Spencer returns to his mother’s side claiming he is better suited working with her to help her campaign. Jerry doesn’t look too convinced but Valerie couldn’t be happier, welcoming him back with her version of open arms. This will come at a cost for her, however, when she realizes her son, and perhaps her daughter Tuesday, will cost her the presidential election.
Second, is that romance brewing between Carole and Amer or platonic love? I didn’t explicitly sense any romance between them when they met up in the previous episode but I did sense their connection, one Amer (Ezekial) denied at first. I didn’t expect Carole to go see him in prison but her presence ignited a side of him he hasn’t connected with in a while. His song to Carole was an emotionally charged letter, but again, I think it’s a lot more about the sense of ‘home’ she creates for him. I mean, if it’s been so long since they’ve been together, I highly doubt the love he’s referring to in his song has romantic connotations. In time though, after the series ends, if they ever reunite I wouldn’t put it past them to get together. Yes, I’m one of those people. I always do this thing where I imagine an untold future when a series ends.
Third, Angela is hanging on by a thread. With her Mama and Tao out of the picture, she has absolutely no one left to guide her. I had thought she would find the strength to step up but I can’t blame her. When every step in your life has been handed to you, what do you do next? She’s a child star who’s never had to consider the questions: “Who am I? What do I want?” As a result, she’s imploding. She’s destroyed her AI replica (which I’m glad she did but I’m sure Tao has her saved somewhere) and she’s abused so much substance she’s hallucinating. Will Tao make it in time to help her or will he choose to fall back on his AI for the Grammys? I’m unsure which way this will go but I hope Angela’s story doesn’t end with her down in the dumps.
Finally, Carole and Tuesday have completed the final song to their debut album, an album meant to take the music industry by storm! It was a beautiful performance accompanied by Tobe playing the organ. Their song is meant to encourage people to come together and lean on one another. Is this the song that will mark the beginning of the seven-minute miracle? Or is it the collaborative song they’ll perform with Crystal on the Grammys stage? Also, I knew Crystal would return. I just didn’t know when until Gus mentioned collaborating with an established musician. Even so, I still reacted like Tuesday did.
The election is at hand, Valerie has surpassed the opposition, Christmas, Carole’s birthday and the Grammys are around the corner, and Tao is highjacking Schwartz’s plan to power. What’s in the works for the next three episodes? A whole jumble of events if you ask me.