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The Leftovers Season 2 Episode 6 Recap | Lens


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Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) are unpacking the latest episode of season two, called “Lens,” featuring masterclass performances from Carrie Coon as Nora Durst and Regina King as Erika Murphy. Josh and Antonio discuss the sizzling scene between the two characters, the new Departure questionnaire, demonic possession, Kevin’s confession, and so much more.

Let us know your take on the episode and the podcast in the comments below.

Links From The Show:

** The Leftovers just won’t stop kicking the rest of television’s ass
** Regina King on on why last night’s Leftovers was like a Serena-Sharapova match
** On The Leftovers, is anyone to blame for their loved ones’ departures?

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  • AJ Mass

    Repeat after me: Correlation does not equal causation. However, in a world where the GD happened, how can one NOT at least entertain otherwise ridiculous notions such as lens-making demonic possession.

    • stephanie wanamaker

      @[email protected]:disqus maybe it was the demon in Nora that threw the rock through the Murphy’s window

  • AlexKuntz

    Where does the Erika and Nora scene rank in terms of all time best scenes centering on 2 female characters? I’m hard pressed to think of a more intense, emotional, and well acted scene – especially in the pseudo sci-fi genre.

    • stephanie wanamaker

      by far the best scene with 2 females on tv ever I was literally speechless the last 10 minutes

      • Stephen hooker

        I totally agree!!! That scene with Erika and Nora was mesmerizing!!! I was so captivated that I put down my burrito and forgot that I was eating.

        • stephanie wanamaker

          i am not surprised! i wasn’t eating but didn’t even have craving for popcorn like i usually do! good thing because I probably would have choked on it when Kevin confessed he was seeing Patti as a ghost! I didn’t see that coming! poor Nora ! what a day!

  • Ryan Oakley

    When is the last time you guys saw a stretch of 6 episodes this brilliant and this consistent? It’s blowing my mind, even Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have the occasional “dips”.

    • sinto

      Going back to Season 1, I’d say it’s been a stretch of nine episodes, since S1E8, “Cairo”. Episode 7 was the last “meh” episode for me, and even that was pretty good. And of course, episode 6 last year was another phenomenal one. An insanely good television show.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      I didn’t get into this on the podcast but I would say GoT is about half dips half great. I am curious as to what you think the Breaking Bad dips are, in seasons 3 and 4 especially.

      I will say, by splitting the perspectives since episode 3 The Leftovers has been just crushing it.

  • GeekFurious

    How many Emmys will this episode get?

    • stephanie wanamaker

      better get 3 one one for writing and 2 for the actresses I guess King would be in supporting actress category

    • Drew Douglas

      Sadly, zero.

  • Wharfrat

    Given the show has firmly set the expectation for us that we will NOT be receiving any “answers”, Isn’t it just incredibly satisfying to get an episode like that where we get so very many answers to the smaller mysteries?

    Is it just me, or does having the knowledge that Erika was in fact planning to leave John because he’s such a scumbag make her a far more sympathetic character?

    How sad does Kevin seem to you guys? He seems so lost lost and broken this season the guy is really breaking my heart.

    -R FIlly

    • stephanie wanamaker

      yes! that was the first time I warmed a little to Regina King but now I hate her again as she made girlfriend of the year Nora cry! I am glad she was tired of john’s BS but think she is a bit of a sociopath herself as she doesn’t seem to cry over Evie being gone and she stayed with a man who tried to kill her father ! John definitely a psychopath

    • Drew Douglas

      Yeah, Kevin is killing me. Guy is really losing it. I hope we get more of him in the back end of this season. Feel like he has been pushed to the side.

  • stephanie wanamaker

    i love Nora but she sure sends out mixed signals about the Murphys! I understand her being angry at them as John was rude to Matt but even Kevin was puzzled she wanted to go to the fundraiser and donate money to people they didn’t trust . What are your thoughts?

    • Andiamo

      I think going to the fundraiser was all about stealing the survey, not about supporting the Murphys. She donated money because she wants the investigation to continue so it can be proven it was not a departure, which would excuse her of any responsibility and prove she’s not a lens.

      • stephanie wanamaker

        @[email protected]_5w0fggCFHa:disqus omg! thanks of course! she did steal survey as soon as she could and that does explain why she wants the investigation to continue! that helped a lot

  • TrentC

    Loving this show more than anything else on TV right now. Each episode seems to improve on the last, and I was a big fan early in season one.

    As mentioned below, the scene with Erika and Nora was jaw dropping. Reminds me of Breaking Bad in terms of intensity and plot direction. Every episode just keeps on building and adding to the whole.

  • Jeff Bajorek

    I absolutely love the Leftovers… and listening to your recaps make the show even better! I am always running a few days behind, but watched the episode yesterday and listened to the podcast today. As always – great episode and amazing recap. Thanks for doing all you do Josh and Antonio!