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  • Writer's pictureWill Scarbrough

Review: The White Lotus - 2x04

Set in a tropical resort, it follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week.

Jennifer Coolidge, Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Michael Imperioli, Haley Lu Richardson, Sabrina Impacciatore, Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco. 

The White Lotus episode 4 might have declared itself as the best of the show so far with an absolute joy fest of thrills and heart throbbing moments that have me too attached to certain characters and dynamics. Staying consistent with the season so far, the episode is so gorgeously shot and written that it has become a certainty that this season will end up being one of my favourites of the year. 

Firstly, while The White Lotus shines in its chaos & story threads blowing up, it’s just as engaging with its set ups for those storylines to turn into warfare. Grinning from the first scene till it’s last, the dynamics developed here bring me a lot of joy and anticipation for how they will end. Primarily involving Lucia and Albie & Daphne and Harper. Which could end in disaster, or strangely work out for both pairings. 

Despite my criticism last week, Tanya has started to grow on me again, as they’ve started to introduce her to a new group that appear to be a very engaging group of people that create some extremely enjoyable scenes. While not as dramatic as other storylines, I anticipate where they will be heading. Surely Tanya can’t avoid another chaos fest like in season 1. 

Keeping with tradition, Mike White loves to overlap story threads in interesting and jaw dropping ways that you can’t help but jump in excitement for, whether it is sloppy seconds from a relative or the wrong viagra pill that I definitely didn’t expect to ensue during this episode, involving a certain character. Each episode seems to build and build subtly for what I expect to be a perfect 3 episode ending.

I can’t help but call this a perfect episode for it’s genre and tone. It’s strangely heartfelt, but subtle in its storytelling of class, relationships and manipulation. It continues to impress & left me with the biggest smile on my face.

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