The mystery thriller miniseries “The Undoing” is the small-screen adaptation of American author Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2104 novel “You Should Have Known”. The show has debuted and now everyone is eagerly waiting for its second episode to come out.
So let’s take a dive in and have a quick look at everything we have gathered up for you here.
The Undoing Season 1 Episode 1: Recap
After a lengthy title sequence featuring the cover of Doris Day’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Kidman himself, the premiere episode begins with a young boy frantically making his way across Harlem to what supposed to be his mother’s studio. In a voiceover conversation between the boy and his father, it is revealed that she hadn’t been home the night before. As we learn later, this boy is Miguel, a scholarship student at the private and exclusive Reardon School and the son of Elena Alves. The thing that is revealed at the studio is horrifying.
The series then shifts to two days earlier and focuses on Grace and her picture-perfect family. A relationship counselor at the heart of Manhattan, she seems to have struck gold with her practice. Her patients often complain about how exorbitantly high her fee is. Her loving husband, Jonathan, is a paediatric oncologist.
The premiere episode establishes that Grace, like any other mother, is an exceptional multitasker. She juggles has practiced with her responsibilities toward her family, which includes serving as a member of a fundraising committee at Reardon. The committee, comprised exclusively of white and rich women like Grace, doesn’t know how to deal with its latest member, Elena, who is a Hispanic and working-class artist.
The Undoing Season 1 Episode 1: Ending Explained
From the moment Elena is introduced to us she appears to be troubled and confrontational. We don’t yet know why she volunteers to help the fundraiser and join the committee; but as fellow committee member Sylvia correctly points out; Elena seems downright “hostile” toward other women there in how nonchalantly; she exposes her breast to feed her child. But this can be regarded simply as a reaction to the vulgarity; of the women themselves who flaunt their wealth with equal audaciousness.
But what’s odd about Elena’s behaviour is how familiar she acts around Grace. At the gym, she appears fully nude in front of the older woman; and asks a clearly uncomfortable Grace if she has done anything wrong. There is a strange vulnerability; in her voice that gets accentuated multifold by the nudity. There is, however, a level of mockery in these actions as well; as if she is taunting Grace with her youthful beauty. During the fundraiser; there is an intimate scene that starts with Grace running into a; Crying Elena and ends with a kiss. It is clear that while Grace doesn’t know much about Elena; the latter is aware of the deeper connection between them, leading to their volatile interactions.