Russian Doll Episode 4 added further depth to the story, as Nadia finds someone who has a lot in common with her recent experiences.
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It’s a good job that Russian Doll Episode 4 has started to switch it up a notch. I was getting agitated with the central premise rummaging to find what else to do with Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), as she bumbles around the city finding out what on earth is happening to here death time-loop.
We are introduced to a new character named Alan (Charlie Barnett) who died in the elevator with Nadia in the previous episode. During their brief exchange of conversation, they realized that the same experience is happening to them. Russian Doll Episode 4 focuses on Alan’s life, which is primarily repeating itself at the point his partner breaks up with him just as they are about to embark on a week-long break.
Alan likes to feel like he is in control, making this death loop convenient to him as he can be ahead in conversations and keep on refining his life until he finds closure from his break-up. Alan is a man with little patience with an overthinking nature, even when he knows what his partner is going to say next. The temper inside him cannot withhold as he realizes he cannot get over the heartbreak.
He spends most of the episode figuring out something new about his soon-to-be ex. In the second half of the episode, Nadia is desperate to find Alan, in the hope that by having that connection with him, they can figure out what has happened to them. She uses a jewelry store where he purchased an engagement ring for his partner to track him down.
Unfortunately, Alan is not best pleased because he believes Nadia is the reason he is not in control of his destiny anymore. Nadia remains persistent, inviting him to her party when their timeline repeats. Russian Doll Episode 4 opened up another string in the story, giving more depth to the Netflix series.