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Sharp Objects | Episode 5 Recap: “Closer”

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Sharp Objects | Episode 5 Recap: “Closer”

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Emily Fox (@emelette) return to discuss HBO’s Sharp Objects. This week, they dig into the events of Calhoun Day and its impact on Camille, Adora and Amma Crellin. Send feedback for the show through postshowrecaps.com/feedback.

  • Patricia Marie Housh

    Is it just me, or are we all thinking that Vickery is Camille’s father?

    • Patricia Marie Housh

      Okay, so I posted that question BEFORE I listened to the podcast, and now I feel like a dope because y’all mentioned it…what made me think that Vickery is Camille’s father was when he visited Jackie and asked what he doesn’t know about Camille, and there was something about the sympathetic way Jackie looked at him that triggered my Spidey Sense. I think if she was hiding something dark or grim about Camille, she would have held more of a poker face.

      • Rick M

        This changes things for me a bit. Camiile’s name is Preaker, which I assumed meant that it was the same Preaker who owns half the town, since that’s name on everything. I had assumed Preaker was Adora’s first husband. But Josh or Emily mentioned that maybe Preaker is Adora’s maiden name, so that would mean Camille was born out of wedlock and was just given her mother’s maiden name. That would definitely mean Vickery could be her father. I wonder if Emily can address definitively (without giving away spoilers) if it was established in the book if Preaker is Adora’s family or married name.

        • Patricia Marie Housh

          It’s my assumption that Preaker is Adora’s maiden name because she gave birth to Camille when she was still underage. Camille says Adora was “a child” when she became a mother. It’s also my assumption that like Camille, Adora was also the “it” girl in her heyday, just like Camille and Amma. I’m also assuming that Adora was also a cheerleader who probably spent her fair share of time in the “End Zone” with various members of the football team, and Vickery was probably one of those horny jocks, and Camille can be a product of one of those trysts. Jackie hints that Adora was a wild child before she got herself knocked up, and being pregnant probably caused somewhat of a fall in her social standing, an exclusion only present in whispering gossip, since it’s not wise to talk shit about the richest family in town, but Adora feels the exile, nonetheless, and makes Camille pay for that loss over and over again.

          • sunny

            that all sounds really possible. even knowing what we do about Adora, I’m surprised she would have kept the pregnancy with Camille at all.

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  • Ruben Kruger

    Love listening to these podcasts!! Just a small note that I want to add; I’m not sure if you guys noticed it but it was a really cool effect, when the play starts and the camera is focused on Amma, there’s a moment where her pupils dilate once the ecstasy kicks in.. I just thought the way they’ve shown that was pretty cool!

  • Rick M

    Hey guys. Emily said she saw the word “LOSER” on Camille’s body, but I thought it said “CLOSER” which was the episode’s title. I wonder if that was done deliberately for some double-meaning?

    Also, I don’t think i saw this mentioned anywhere, but on the first or second episode when they showed the word “SCARED” on Camille’s car – later on in the same episode, they showed it again but I’m pretty sure it had changed to “SACRED”. That was a pretty neat touch, but no one else has mentioned it, so I wonder if I just misread it.

    I haven’t read the book or seen any spoilers, but like Josh, I have also been thinking the murderer could turn out to be Camille herself. Unlike Josh, I think that would be a pretty satisfying conclusion, especially if she isn’t aware that she had done it. It also might explain why there apparently won’t be a second season, since Camille’s character might be unavailable. The one thing I really can’t explain, though, is the stuff with the teeth being pulled out. I don’t see any way Camille could have done that.

    Great podcast, guys!