Shining Vale — Chapter 7, Impertinent Questions Review

The End Is Nigh

By Mark

We being Chapter Seven with Rosemary, Mira Sorvino (“American Crime Story (TV)”, “Stuber”), swanning around the Phelps household, in black and white, like a Stepford Housewife, then she walks through a door and it’s colour and it’s actually Pat Phelps, Courtney Cox (“Scream”, “Shameless (TV)”).

She’s been ironing, cleaning, cooking and cheerily announces it’s time for the funeral. That would be the funeral of their neighbour Valerie He, Susan Park (“ Snowpiercer (TV)”, “Briarpatch (TV)”), who jumped to her death in the previous episode, impaling herself on Terry Phelps’, Greg Kinnear (“ Brigsby Bear”, “ The Stand (TV) “), new fence he’d made.

At the funeral and Jake Phelps, Dylan Gage (“PEN15 (TV)”, “Hillbilly Elegy”), shows the skull he’s found to his friend. He’s worked out that Daisy is probably who the skull belongs to and they draw the conclusion that she wants them to find her killer.

Pat meanwhile is switching constantly between her and Rosemary, Pat generally coming out when she’s annoyed. In a moment of Rosemary being in control she convinces Terry to throw a party and to invite Kathryn, Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black (TV)”, “Butterbeans Cafe (TV)”).

Rosemary also invites Pat’s writing rival Claire Vanderbilt, Chrissie Fit (“I Know What You Did Last Summer (TV)”, “Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (TV)”), and her publisher Kam, Merrin Dungey (“Lucifer (TV)”, “Greenland”), as well as purchasing a fifties car and asking Kam for a £250k advance.

Gaynor Phelps, Gus Birney (“Dickinson (TV)”, “Plan B”), steps up her attempts at getting Ryan, Derek Luh (“Runaways (TV)”, “All Rise (TV)”), between the sheets and manages it shortly after his moms funeral, though she then feels awful afterwards.

Rosemary/Pat is happy to give out advice, not all of it good and some of which will come back to bite her in the end. Pat tries to stop Rosemary but instead Rosemary convinces her to take more of the pills and leave it all to her to enjoy the party.

This results in Rosemary/Pat coming between Kathryn and her husband which in turn pushes Terry and Kathrn together and sees Rosemary have a little fun with the smile guy (it will make sense when you see it).

At the party Laird, Parvesh Cheena (“Craig of the Creek (TV)”, “T.O.T.S. (TV)”), arrives, with his son Fred who immediately runs off with Dylan to sleep in the treehouse, wearing a kilt, gives an awkward speech, then pulls out a bag of cocaine.

In the treehouse Jake and Fred attempt a ouija board to see if it is Daisy’s skull, but the board has other ideas.

A fantastic, rollercoaster of an episode that sets up the ending wonderfully. That’s, if we do actually get an ending and it’s not left to the next season, but with everything left balancing precariously, literally in some cases, we look forward to seeing what happens next.

Written by Lindsay Golder (“In the Dark (TV)”, “The Mick (TV)”), and directed by Liz Friedlander (“The Boys (TV)”, “American Horror Story (TV)”).

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