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As Shauna finds herself investigating Adam, we get some good news and some tragic news regarding the 90s version of the characters.

Aired 1/2/2022
Network Showtime
Directed By Ariel Kleiman
Written By Cameron Brent Johnson, Liz Phang
Introduced This Episode
Suzie Colleen Wheeler


Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures – Misty, Natalie, Jessica, Shauna, Taissa, Simone, Suzie

With how life is going, Natalie doesn’t just need a drink, but she needs coke. Life isn’t going her way, and it is only getting worse from here, and, honestly, things have reached a dead end with Travis. But, luckily for Natalie, Misty has wrangled information out of Jessica and has been watching her! Thus, somehow Misty finds a way to make it to Natalie’s room before she can get a single line up her nose.

But, to make things weird, she doesn’t just kick the plate over or give a hard blow in the air. Misty does a line then tries to keep Natalie from using what is left. This, as you can imagine, pisses Natalie off and confuses her because the timing is just too good. Thus leading to her finding Misty’s hidden camera and not believing Misty when she reveals the information about Travis’ bank account being closed right after his death.

Suzie (Colleen Wheeler) talking to Natalie at a Nacrotics Anonymous meeting
Suzie (Colleen Wheeler)

Luckily, Natalie’s former sponsor, the one she assaulted a decade ago, Suzie, seems to work for a bank, if not the bank Travis was with, and she blackmails her to get the information she desires. Meanwhile, Taissa leans on Shauna heavily about what’s going on in her life, particularly the sleepwalking, since Shauna is one of the few, if not only, people aware. I mean, even Simone didn’t know.

Now, why is this? Well, it seems the sleepwalking issue isn’t a normal thing. It happened out in the wilderness, likely due to stress, and with the campaign being what it is, Taissa is right back in that headspace that has her sleepwalking. Thus far, this has only led to the family dog getting out, but Taissa makes it seem that her sleepwalking can worsen. She even makes it seem that she could get violent when she talks to Simone.

Taissa and Shauna talking about their lives

However, Shauna is well accustomed to helping Taissa deal with her sleepwalking, so it’s not a big deal for her. In fact, she uses this opportunity, before Taissa gets some rest, to have some girl chat about the dreams she had if things didn’t go left, and even about Adam. In return, Taissa talks about her marriage lacking that “It” factor and her fears about messing up her son.

You Really Know How To Ruin A Good Thing – Adam, Callie, Shauna, Travis, Ben, Natalie

Travis struggling to get an erection led to a bit of an impasse in the past. One that Natalie wanted to work through, and after having a heart-to-heart with Ben, she learned Ben is gay, and Ben believes Travis is not. However, with Jackie revealing to Travis that Natalie hooked up with Bobby, who gave Travis the nickname Flex? He has no further interest in Natalie, and Jackie has definitely made things worse between her and Natalie.

Which brings us to Adam. Callie is the first to raise a red flag for she can’t imagine an artist who doesn’t have any online presence. Shauna follows this up by seeing if he really went to Pratt and then finds herself confronting Adam twice. First, it is about Pratt and coercing him to reveal his actual background. The second time came from discovering glitter in her closet, where Adam had to hide. Now, bad enough, he stole money from her and the other ladies, but with her safe empty? The safe which held her journals chronicling what happened in the past? Now Shauna really wants to know who the f*** is Adam and does he know who he is f***ing with?

When Hope Was Lost – Ben, Laura Lee, Van, Taissa, Jackie, Shauna

Despite Van’s injuries, she lives! Granted, Taissa thought she was dead like we did, but she is alive, just in a massive amount of pain that getting sewn up isn’t necessarily going to fix. Hence Laura Lee really wanted to fly that plane to find help. Add in winter coming and Jackie forcing Shauna to reveal she is pregnant? It makes getting in the air a dire need, but Ben doesn’t think it is safe.

And he was right for not too long after takeoff, over the lake, Laura Lee died in the plane after it exploded.

Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Did Taissa and Simone meet at Howard, Columbia Law, or somewhere else?
  2. Why did the plane explode?
  3. How long has Jeff’s job had “Inventory Issues?”
  4. Is time moving faster in the past than present? According to someone in the past, there was a mention of weeks going by, yet we’ve only gone maybe two weeks in the present day. I mean, shouldn’t Taissa have hit election day by now?
  5. Between Ben and now Van’s injuries, is Misty really that good at first aid that neither one of them died from an infection?
  6. How will Misty react when she learns Ben is gay and perhaps only recently broke up with his boyfriend?
  7. Was Ben looking to go to Seattle to have sex with multiple men to get over his ex? Hence all the condoms?
  8. At what point will Natalie punch Jackie in the face?
  9. Are we going to learn anything about Javi, or is he just going to be checked in on once or twice an episode?
  10. Did someone send Adam, or did he hunt Shauna on his own? If Taissa could get herself a private investigator, I’m sure her opponent could too, and with Shauna maybe Taissa’s only friend, she makes the perfect target. Also, could he maybe be Ben’s boyfriend trying to get money for surgery or equipment?
  11. All things considered, why didn’t Misty hurt Jessica after she threatened the life of her bird?
  12. So, in episode 1, there are 8 people masked eating someone. We know Taissa, Misty, Natalie, and Shauna are four of the 8. Who are the others? It appeared that Charlotte was the one getting eaten, so that leaves Van, Mari, Akilah, Travis, Javi, and Ben. Two of these people didn’t make it, and I’m curious who that is.
  13. What happened to Kelly, who had her soccer career ended by Taissa?
  14. Did Jeff and Shauna stop going to marriage counseling?

What Could Happen Next

  1. With Jeff talking about a high school reunion coming soon, could this mean we’ll learn who survived beyond the characters established?
  2. I’m hoping election day is soon
  3. Us learning Javi is alive and took money from his brother’s account
  4. Charlotte getting another ominous vision
  5. Jessica being killed by Misty since she doesn’t have any other option really



Understanding Shauna and Taissa’s Bond On A Deeper Level

Shauna and Taissa seemed like an odd match when they first started to interact, just because they were different. Taissa was introduced as this high-powered lesbian woman running for state senate and lived a high-profile life while Shauna? Well, she lived a quiet, unsatisfying life in the suburbs, with her husband cheating on her and a rude ass child.

Yet, in the last few episodes, you start to understand why Taissa was Shauna’s first call, and it seems that, beyond Taissa being the knot which perhaps binds everyone, she and Shauna are mutual confidants. Shauna knows about her sleepwalking, and who knows what else, and Taissa was the first to learn about Shauna’s first baby with Jeff. A child that I wonder, does Jeff know about?

That aside, with those two, we see a genuine friendship, as displayed by them having giggly girl chat and exploring what happiness means to them, be it career-wise or in terms of love and that “It” factor.

Natalie’s Desperation

Natalie flipping out

I’m going to set aside Natalie flipping out in her hotel room since she couldn’t get assistance on the phone since that made me roll my eyes. However, Natalie blackmailing her former sponsor, who she assaulted? I feel that really helps us understand why she is so forgiving with Misty. Misty is someone who owns her crazy and has no issue tapping into that, just because it’s Tuesday. On the other hand, Natalie needs to be pushed, and I think a part of her appreciates how far Misty can and will go without the situation being dire.

Not just in terms of the obvious, regarding Misty consistently getting things done and getting results, but also it can make Natalie see herself as not as crazy as Misty, so she can lessen her guilt a bit.

Misty and Jackie Biding Their Time

We have two episodes left this season, and I’m quite proud that, even though Jackie had the perfect moment twice, she didn’t blow up Shauna’s secret. She definitely hinted that she knows things, but does Shauna even realize her journal has been moved yet? Heck, will Shauna even think of Jackie took it and not Javi, and maybe Jackie snatched it off of him?

Then with Misty, it is still major information that Taissa hired Jessica, yet she has kept this to herself for reasons I can’t fathom with 100% certainty. Is she waiting for Taissa to say something against her or a desperate moment that could mean losing access to the group? What’s the long game with that, never mind Jessica?

On The Fence

Laura Lee’s Death

Here is my thing, we didn’t learn much about Laura Lee. She was religious, understanding, and while there was a badass inside of her, she was in a plane about to die by the time we met that side. Add in we just thought we lost Van, and we didn’t; as much as you can understand what this death means to Charlotte, I can’t say it meant much to us.

The Long Term Plans With Jessica

Jessica has to die, right? Misty can’t let her go for then it won’t just be the plane crash survivors, but the general public who knows Misty is crazy. Never mind, think of the leverage here. Jessica is the key to Misty and Taissa having a relationship in the form of Misty not snitching on Taissa, and knowing if Jessica gets out, she is likely to present a story that could tank Taissa’s political career.

So the only option is to kill her, right? I just hope it isn’t the kind of kill which has everyone, Misty, Taissa, Natalie, and Shauna, involved, and that be the new secret that gets carried over into season 2.

How This Adam Thing Can Play Out

Shauna questioning who is Adam?

Which, honestly, I can also see for Adam. Shauna has shown herself more than capable of getting an animal, and I think she could gut Adam. Thus leading to Taissa getting called for help, and the others maybe. And one of the reasons we’re jumping ahead to Adam’s death is because his lie and motive aren’t set up to really make you feel like he has something juicy going on.

Yes, can he be connected to Javi, Jeff, maybe, even Ben? Of course. However, increasingly I feel that the theories I’ve seen in comments, or came up with on my own, have been far better than what was delivered, and I don’t see that changing with Adam or anyone else. So I’m hoping for the best but preparing for the worse.

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This isn't the best episode of Yellowjackets. Yes, Laura Lee died, but she was safe to eliminate since we didn't get to know her. And with Van living, it seems this show may play it safe, which is frustrating. Especially considering how slow it is starting to feel and Laura Lee blowing up in that airplane, just not the kind of boost that is starting to feel overdue and, at this point, may not come.
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  1. Does anyone think that the writers want us to see a connection between Adam Martin and Havi Martinez (the H is silent in Spanish). Every scene with Havi has Shauna comforting him and encouraging his art. Shauna also says that Adam is younger. Adam says he has one brother. And the tatoo on Adam’s back looks a lot like the postcard — mountain and symbols. Also, Natalie’s sponsor notes that family could get the bank account information.

    Does anyone think that Jeff could be the blackmailer? He went out the night of the money drop, and he bought Shauna a new dress from Saks. He feels strapped for money. And Shauna did not receive the postcard and the blackmail note specifically said not to take to the other teammates because he blackmailer would know.

    Finally, there were 16 females in the funeral burial scene. Now, there seems to be fewer at the plane crash at the lake. The night gown worn by the victim seems to be Laura Lee’s nightgown.

    Natalie tells them she thinks they were all drugged in the trailer for the next episode. Travis wrote, “Tell Nat she was right.”

    It’s quite possible that different people are responsible for the murder of Travis and the blackmail.

    1. That could be possible. Adam has lied to us thus far, so who knows what is or isn’t the truth. For example, in this episode, Adam says his older brother is a surgeon and his family is from the suburbs of Houston, but post-high school he came to the area and dated a girl who went to Pratt in New York. But, if you recall, Misty has had trouble finding other survivors who didn’t want to be found so, who is to say Javi didn’t change his identity and looks so different Shauna doesn’t recognize him? Never mind, who is to say Javi making that figurine for Shauna wasn’t him trying to show he liked her back in the wilderness?

      Um, it could be Jeff but I feel that he really isn’t covering his tracks if he is the blackmailer. Though I’m starting to wonder like how many wanted Laura Lee to be involved with the blackmailing, they want Jeff to be since it would boost the character, or they just don’t think highly of him.

      I added it to the review but, what about the girl whose career was ended because of Taissa? Maybe she is the blackmailer?

      1. I think the girl whose leg was broken was interviewed in the beginning of the pilot episode. There’s a forty-something women who says she is lucky that she wasn’t on the plane.

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