Sweetbitter: Season 2, Episode 6 “Truffles and Champagne” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Simone’s ex-husband, Etienne, shows up, giving her fresh optimism, as Tess gives will a look over after he treats her to truffles.


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Director(s) Geeta V. Patel
Writer(s) Christopher Oscar Pena
Air Date 8/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
Etienne William Abadie
Eddie Eric D. Hill

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Recap

The Boy I Should Like vs. The One Who Riles Me Up: Tess, Will, Jake

Tess is having a bit of a conundrum. Jake is this mystery whose unavailability is both frustrating and appealing. Then there is Will who doesn’t look bad in a suit, is a good guy, boyfriend material, but being with him feels like an award for good behavior than him getting her hot and bothered. Which messes with her a bit since she knows Jake is an irrational choice, but Will seems like such a safe one that she can’t commit to the idea of being with him.

The Man I Left Behind & Look Back On Fondly: Simone, Etienne, Tess, Jake

Etienne (William Abadie) visiting the restaurant.
Etienne (William Abadie)

Yet, maybe that is another issue Simone and Tess share – while brilliant, like sponges for information, they find people difficult to grasp if they aren’t stimulated by them. Case in point for Simone, Etienne, her ex-husband, shows up and while we’re told he is wealthy, charming, and she barely says a negative thing about him, she left him.

Now, to be fair, according to Jake, Simone did feel like an outsider for she was this New England young woman living in France, separated from her family and trying to integrate into Etienne’s. A task which was not easy. Add in Simone’s neurosis we’re familiar with, and it caused her to leave.

Yet, with the champagne doing well, Simone older now and, let’s face it, feeling stagnant, she sees Etienne as an opportunity for a new life. If not, at the very least, an old one which was far more challenging. So, after reconciling, to a point, Simone tries to offer her marketing skills to Etienne since he isn’t fond of traveling throughout the states for how foreign Simone felt in France, he feels in the US. However, Etienne is very clear that he didn’t come to NY to see Simone or retrace their relationship.

Also, with her working the same job as before, wearing the same lipstick, and him accusing her of still being incapable of actual intimacy, he doesn’t find a valid reason to invite her back into his life. So, they part ways, and with Etienne being the silver lining of a rather rough time for Simone, the rejection hits hard. But, just to show maybe she has become more capable of intimacy, when Tess offers her ear, they snuggle in Simone’s bed and talk about Etienne and Tess trying to choose between Will and Jake.

Review

Highlights

Another Layer To Simone

It’s strange. While we learn something new about Simone every episode, she maintains this sense of mystery. One that, even with meeting her ex, allows this façade about her to continue. Which I can’t pinpoint if it is the writing or acting, maybe even us still seeing from Tess’ point of view, but I think it is one of the factors which keeps this show from seeming as boring as it probably should.

On The Fence

Eddie

Eddie (Eric D. Hill) talking about being a token.
Eddie (Eric D. Hill): We all have to play the token Black person somewhere.

I just want to see more of this Eddie x Heather thing. Like with the dishwashing crew, there is this sense the show feels obligated to acknowledge the “other” in terms of cultures and races which Tess can’t necessarily gain access to. So, due to her not being able to, realistically, ease her way in and out, they throw a scene here and there but don’t put any real time and effort into those characters or their cultures.

The Slice of LifeStyle Of The Show

As said, this show should be boring at this point. Nothing really happens worth noting, and even with Etienne showing up, Tess making out with Will, or getting her nipples rubbed by Jake in the last episode, things feel strangely tame. Which, admittedly, I like in some ways, for Sweetbitter doesn’t seem reliant on constant escalation. Yet, as Simone and so many others push the idea they are at the restaurant because it is comfortable, they are figuring out their next move, or stuck, it does take away from that positive aspect. Not enough to be tempted to stop watching but it certainly makes the show seem less like something you have to watch on a routine schedule and more something to view when you have free time and are working through your watch list.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 8 “Bodega Cat” [Season Finale]How one wields their power and influence is focused on as Tess reads Simone’s short story and Will fears what may come if he continues to be a manager.
Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Azie Dungey, Luke Sand
Air Date 8/18/2019
  • Will, Layla, Howard, Sasha, Heather, Tess | Preparing For The Next Episode
  • Simone, Tess, Jake | The Mermaid, The Boy, And Tess
  • Tess, Simone, Howard, Jake, Scott | You Know This Means War?
Season 2, Episode 7 “Peach Treats”In the penultimate episode of the season, Tess’ fantasy becomes a reality and many start contemplating life after the Pink Chair.
Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Lucy Thurber
Air Date 8/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Layla Erica Pappas
  • Ari, Tess, Heather, Simone | You’re All Going To Leave Me
  • Layla, Simone, Tess, Will, Jake | One Dream Dies & The Next Becomes Reality
  • Jake, Simone, Tess | Can’t Have One Without The Other
Season 2, Episode 6 “Truffles and Champagne”Simone’s ex-husband, Etienne, shows up, giving her fresh optimism, as Tess gives will a look over after he treats her to truffles.
Director(s) Geeta V. Patel
Writer(s) Christopher Oscar Pena
Air Date 8/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
Etienne William Abadie
Eddie Eric D. Hill
  • The Boy I Should Like vs. The One Who Riles Me Up: Tess, Will, Jake
  • The Man I Left Behind & Look Back On Fondly:Simone, Etienne, Tess, Jake
Season 2, Episode 5 “Entropy”As the restaurant is thrown into disorder, the chaos coerces conversations between people who haven’t necessarily been on the best of terms lately.
Director(s) Geeta V. Patel
Writer(s) Sharr White
Air Date 8/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
Manny Gabriel Gutierrez
Martin Allen McCullough
  • Starting From The Bottom Shouldn’t Mean Life Will Be Hard: Howard, Santos
  • The Rebellion Begins: Sasha, Jake, Ari, Tess, Manny, Simone, Howard, Santos, Scott, Will
  • Peace Talks: Santos, Howard, Jake, Tess, Simone, Martin, Will
Season 2, Episode 2 “Equifax & Experian”Tess opens up about her mother, which concurrently happens as many let out their secrets.
Director(s) Augustine Frizzell
Writer(s) Stuart Zicherman
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rosalyn Sadie Scott
  • Being A Family Is Exhausting: Rosalyn, Tess, Jake, Howard, Ari
  • While We Are Different, Alas, We Are Also The Same: Sasha, Santos, Tess
  • We Are One Of Many: Tess, Simone
Season 2, Episode 3 “Last of the Season”

As the owner of the restaurant appears, we’re reminded all who envy Tess’ brand new eyes to things still are capable of experiencing something new.

Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Kenneth Lin
Air Date 7/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Maddie Sandra Bernhard
Omar Karim Saleh
Gabe Paul Anthony Stewart
Giselle Tiffan Borelli
  • Some People Are Meant To Change Your Life Just In Minor Ways: Tess, Simone, Omar
  • You Gotta Keep Stimulated: Maddie, Tess, Scott, Howard, Simone
  • Not All Growth Needs To Be Public: Tess, Will, Giselle, Gabe
Season 2, Episode 4 “Sec of Demi-Sec”As Sasha has a mental breakdown, Tess finds herself a pawn in Howard and Simone’s passive-aggressive chess game.
Director(s) Marta Cunningham
Writer(s) Charise Castro Smith
Air Date 7/28/2019
  • I Don’t Need A White Savior: Heather, Tess, Howard
  • What’s Left Behind In Old Country: Sasha, Tess, Jake
  • While You Talk Too Much, Keep Going: Tess, Howard, Becky, Simone
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Salt” [Series Premiere]There is a bit of a change in the usual girl from nowhere comes to the big apple, and with Ella Purnell at the helm, this could very well get interesting.
Director(s) Richard Shepard
Writer(s) Stephanie Danler
Air Date 5/6/2018
Noted Actors
Tess Ella Purnell
Howard Paul Sparks
Simone Caitlin FitzGerald
Will Evan Jonigkeit
Sasha Daniyar
Jake Tom Sturridge
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Now Your Tongue Is Coded”With Tess being alone in New York City, naturally she is seeking friendship. However, finding something, or someone, normal is becoming quite difficult.
Director(s) Cherien Dabis
Writer(s) Stuart Zicherman
Air Date 5/13/2018
Actors Introduced
Ari Eden Epstein
Sophia Meaghan Bloom Fluitt
Nicky Todd Gearhart
Heather Jasmine Mathews
Santos Rafa Beato
  • A Lonely Girl In The Big City: Tess, Jake, Simone, Howard
  • A Past (W/L)ife: Sasha, Tess
  • Though Things Might Be Bleak, The Future Looks Bright: Tess, Jake
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Everyone is Soigné”How one defines settling is pushed to the forefront as Tess starts something with Will and someone from Simone’s past comes to the restaurant.
Director(s) Adam Bernstein
Writer(s) Kenneth Lin
Air Date 5/20/2018
Actors Introduced
Serena Wrenn Schmidt
  • Settling For Will: Tess, Will, Ari, Heather, Simone, Jake
  • Settling vs. Stagnant: Simone, Tess, Jake
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Simone’s”Tess spends most of this episode with Simone and in doing so, some layers to this rather mysterious character are stripped away. But not so much you think you fully understand her.
Director(s) Shira Piven
Writer(s) Liz Tuccillo
Air Date 5/27/2018
Newly Noted Characters
Scott Jimmie Saito
  • Welcome to Simone’s: Simone, Tess
  • One of the Group: Tess, Ari, Jake
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Weird Night”Baby Monster spends some time with uncle Sasha to help her get through a bad day and make him feel less alone in the world.
Director(s) Ry Russo-Young
Writer(s) Stephanie Danler, Deborah Schoeneman
Air Date 6/3/2018
  • No Good Deed Left Unpunished: Santos, Howard, Becky, Tess, Will
  • Live Life With All The Regrets: Sasha, Tess, Will, Ari
  • I Don’t Want To Live Forever: Tess, Sasha
Season 1/ Episode 6 “It’s Mine” [Season Finale]As we learn why Simone was said to not be trusted, Tess takes her trials and learns her fate.
Director(s) Stuart Zicherman
Writer(s) Jaquén Castellanos, Azie Dungey
Air Date 6/10/2018
  • What Am I Getting Myself Into?: Tess, Jake, Simone, Will, Ari, Heather
  • Decision Time:  Tess, Howard, Will, Simone
  • The Peeling of the Mask: Tess, Simone
Season 2, Episode 1 "The Pork Special" [Season Premiere]Sweetbitter returns, picking up from where the finale left off, and Tess continues to push to be seen beyond everyone’s perceptions of her.
Director(s) Augustine Frizzell
Writer(s) Stephanie Danler
Air Date 7/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Becky Katerina Tannenbaum
  • Some Pig: Simone, Will, Tess, Howard
  • The Return Of Sasha Fierce: Sasha, Tess, Jake, Sasha, Ari, Heather
  • We All Have Our Secrets: Becky, Howard

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