Is there a single functional relationship to be found on this show?
Rodrigo deals with a mid-season Anna Maria crisis as Lizzie stirs up drama with Hailey. Hailey takes one step forward and then one step back with Alex, as he sleeps in his roommate-former-lover’s bed. Betty likes hanging out with Cynthia, as long as she can do her best Mother Superior impression. Is there a single functional relationship to be found on this show?
They Could Have Just Hugged It Out, You Know
A number of the orchestra members are performing a sidegig, recording pieces for the soundtrack of a movie. Betty, the orchestra’ lead oboist, continues to be snoody, turning down an opportunity to socialize with Cynthia and then abruptly changing her mind only after Hailey declines the same offer. Despite having just complained about the indignity of the soundtrack session, Betty then insists on paying for the entire check. Later in the episode, we see Betty’s softer side as she smokes up Cynthia — but even then, it’s all about Cynthia depending on Betty, while Betty depends upon no one. They gab about their male partners; Thomas, the Maestro Emeritus, has wandered off with no indication of if/when he will return. Cynthia acts nonplussed on the surface but seems lonely underneath1.
A Work in PROGRESS
Hailey and Lizzie attend Alex’s performance, a dance interpretation of Moby Dick. Lizzie plants seeds of discord in Hailey’s mind, suggesting Alex and Addison, his dancing partner / roommate, seem awfully cozy with each other. When Rodrigo calls Hailey multiple times and insists she meet him right away, she bails in the middle of the performance2. Lizzie sticks around and plays detective. She chats with Addison, who insists she’s not into dating at the moment, especially not other dancers. After a text invite, Hailey stops back by Alex’s apartment with a bottle of wine; he’s asleep in Addison’s bed. She insists they’re not together (anymore), but it’s too awkward for Hailey and she leaves, minus one bottle of rosé and one opportunity for sexy times.
She’s Really Pretty
Rodrigo seeks guidance about his marriage from a priest on a park bench3. The priest advises him to maintain inner strength, but Rodrigo twists this into exactly what he wants: permission to go see her. He calls Hailey and insists she meet him right away. Upon her arrival at the performance, Rodrigo insists she prevent him from going backstage after the show.
Only later does Rodrigo spill the beans: the performer is his wife, Ana Maria. She is as aggressive and moody as she is beautiful and talented. Rodrigo weasels his way backstage as Hailey insists that she’s going to forcibly remove him in two minutes. The two lovebirds catch up; according to Ana Maria, she has been off raising awareness for environmental issues while Rodrigo has been cutting his hair. When Hailey finally walks in on their make out session, Ana Maria chases her out of the room, then proceeds to accuse Rodrigo of a number of past indiscretions. They fight, he threatens to leave, she begs him to stay and then proceeds to detail how he disgusts her. You know, your typical abusive relationship, can’t wait to see how THAT one turns out!