This publish accommodates spoilers for this week’s episode of The Curse, which is now streaming on Paramount+ with Showtime.
“Down and Soiled” begins with the inevitable disaster that Whitney created by letting the costly denims retailer preserve her bank card on file to pay for all of the shoplifters. In fact, phrase of this has unfold all through Española, and native teenagers are profiting from the scenario, to the tune of a $14,000 cost up to now for all of the stolen merchandise. Between that and Fernando bringing in much more armed guys to attempt to police the strip mall, the entire thing is an utter mess. And since Whitney is just too embarrassed to completely acknowledge her errors on this space, she pushes again at Asher, doing a merciless, mocking, child discuss impression of him. It’s not simply that they appear to be preventing continuously in latest episodes, however it’s the completely belittling nature of how Whitney talks about Asher. If she has this degree of contempt for her husband, why are they even nonetheless collectively anymore apart from to make the present work, or maybe to maintain making an attempt to show a degree to her mother and father?
Within the aftermath of this nasty argument, the duo break up up, every searching for the consolation of individuals they consider to be their mates, although they’re something however. However the tales show a combined bag, with the Asher story particularly not fairly coming collectively.
Whitney as soon as once more rushes to Cara for consolation, and as soon as once more utterly misses that Cara hates her. On this case, she obliviously crashes Cara’s date with Brett, and much more obliviously doesn’t acknowledge that Brett is making enjoyable of her by adopting a stereotypical smart Indian persona whereas coping with her. It’s an amusing scene, and Whitney actually deserves to be the butt of a joke, even when she has no concept that it’s occurring.
Whitney and Cara wind up attending a celebration collectively on the dwelling of a wealth army contractor who likes to gather artwork. The host and most of his visitors are the sort of people that stand in opposition to most of what Whitney professes to worth, however she sees the occasion as an opportunity to movie a very good phase for the present. Or, no less than she does till she realizes Dougie cares so little about it that he despatched one cameraman, with no microphone. She flirts with the host and will get in his non-public elevator with him whereas Dougie’s B-roll man movies it, as she appears virtually longing for the HGTV present to depict the tip of her marriage.
Principally, although, she continues to be clueless and terrible with Cara. She all however begs Cara to go with Whitney’s homes as nice artwork, and when Cara reluctantly parrots Whitney’s phrases again at her, Whitney acts like she’s simply acquired the best praise on this planet. Moments later, she will get Cara to lastly clarify the which means of the efficiency artwork piece with the deli slicer. Cara provides a transparent and considerate rationalization, saying that being a Native individual includes “slicing items of your self” on behalf of different individuals — entitled white individuals like Whitney particularly. And since Whitney needs so desperately to be Cara’s buddy exactly as a result of Cara is Native — which might solely reinforce the model of herself that Whitney needs the world to see — she utterly misses the implication of what Cara is making an attempt to inform her. She’s terrible.
Dougie, in the meantime, primarily turns a speaking head interview right into a entice for Asher, asking questions concerning the marriage designed to make Asher seem like a blind idiot when the viewers sees his doting solutions about Whitney contrasted together with her far much less type feedback about him. And at one level, Dougie brings up the cuckolding fantasies, which Asher very foolishly instructed him about. Dougie pretends to stroll it again, however it’s clear to everybody within the crew that that is actual.
But in some way, regardless of having his confidence betrayed in such a public, humiliating manner, Asher agrees to exit with Dougie, and even spends a lot of their meal apologizing for not being a greater buddy to this manipulative creep. As with Whitney with Cara, it’s clear that Asher is determined for any form of friendship. And we’ve seen prior to now that Asher will mislead himself concerning the nature of Dougie’s remedy of him after they have been youngsters. But it surely doesn’t monitor in any respect that in a single second, Asher could be enraged and mortified with what Dougie did to him, and the subsequent be all however groveling for the man’s continued affection. It’s very unusual, even by the requirements of The Curse.
As if to show why it’s by no means a good suggestion to inform Dougie actually something, their night time continues with a visit to the home on Questa Lane. Dougie needs Nala to place a curse on him, maybe as a result of he blames himself for his spouse’s demise, even when he can by no means admit it out loud. When she received’t do it, he breaks down in tears, pleading for this. This poor little lady is understandably terrified to have this unusual, gross man in her room, sobbing, and screams in panic. After, Asher is again to being livid with Dougie, and their argument will get as merciless as any Asher/Whitney struggle, if no more. Dougie accuses Asher of “cosplaying as a very good man,” and Asher responds by taunting Dougie about his lifeless spouse. Their drive house is extremely tense, as a result of we all know Dougie is drunk, and in addition that he could be vengeful. Asher will get dwelling in a single piece, however when Dougie is alone in his automotive, he says, “I curse you.” No matter self-loathing he felt earlier within the night has reverted again to his common disdain for Asher, solely worse after the lifeless spouse remark.
This all appears more likely to finish badly for them. Let’s simply hope the person items match collectively higher than they did on this episode.