‘Cheat’ Episode 2 Recap You up? x

March 12, 2019
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TV, TV Recaps
4.5

Summary

Cheat Episode 2 moves the story at a reasonable pace as Rose shows she is the master of manipulation in a gripping chapter.

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4.5

Summary

Cheat Episode 2 moves the story at a reasonable pace as Rose shows she is the master of manipulation in a gripping chapter.

This recap of Cheat Episode 2 contains spoilers. You can read our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


After the unanswered question of what happened to Adam (Tom Goodman-Hill) in the previous chapter, Cheat Episode 2 begins with Rose (Molly Windsor) rolling the dice first – she’s tightening her control over Leah (Katherine Kelly) and Adam’s relationship, making sure the growing gulf widens between them. She tactically speaks to Adam in his office, declaring her sadness that his partner doesn’t like her. Whatever Rose is doing, it’s working. After Leah snoops in the student’s room and sees her profile on her laptop, Adam asks her to relieve her paranoia, and once again, questions her commitment to their relationship.

Rose has a weird spell over Ben (Burn Gorman), persuading him to retrieve CCTV footage after she suspects Leah snooped in her room. The footage confirms to Rose that Leah did sneak into her dormitory. We learn a lot about Rose in Cheat Episode 2, but most importantly that she has a fractured relationship with her father who doesn’t trust that her dissertation is hers. Leah starts considering that maybe her strained relationship with Adam is causing her to put her attention on Rose but then gets suspicious again, believing Rose stole her engagement ring while she was playing tennis.

Adam is clearly not Team Leah in any conversation in Cheat Episode 2, but once he sees an old photo of them both with Rose in the background before she even started at the University, it looks like he begins to listen – well, half-heartedly, mocking the conspiracy. On an evening out, Rose happens to be a waitress serving the table Adam and Leah are on, and she politely serves them. As she walks away, Leah notices a ring that looks exactly like her engagement ring. She attacks Rose, but embarrassingly, it is revealed that although it’s the same ring, it doesn’t have the engravements that Adam originally marked when he bought it.

Cheat Episode 2 Recap

The next day, Adam apologizes to Rose for the actions of his partner, confirming that the student has well and truly infiltrated their relationship. Leah confesses to her therapist that she wants to hurt Adam, and she explains she imagined pouring burning hot coffee over him. Of course, following on from the ring incident, she and Adam argued for refusing to believe in her. Cheat Episode 2 confirms the beginning of the end for their relationship.

Cheat Episode 2 ends with a big bang. Leah decides to move out temporarily to give herself space from Adam. But this works against her, as Rose manages to entice Adam for a few drinks, where they become close. The weakness of the man gives way, as he tries to get Rose to come back to his house, but she claims she’s tired. Once they are both back home, they engage with sexting, which started with the famous “you up? x”.

Rose is maybe meddling too far, but it provided a blockbuster cliffhanger. As Leah and her University colleagues wait for Leah for the review, Rose sends her what I presume is a photo of Adam’s ***** with the text “do you recognize this?”. As she enters the room, Rose smiles at Leah, who is enraged and unable to respond to her colleagues.

So far Rose has all the cards, but how long will it last?


You can read the recap of our third episode by clicking these words.

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