Four Weddings and a Funeral season 1, episode 4, “The Winner Takes It All” is enjoyable and emotional, but it serves a weak ending that lets it down.
This recap of Four Weddings and a Funeral season 1, episode 4, “The Winner Takes It All” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.
Well, here is the funeral. “The Winner Takes It All” was not downbeat throughout, though it did pull at the heartstrings during the ceremony. What I was surprised about was the ending, which was not sold well at all, but we’ll get to that.
Episode 4 sees Kash (Nikesh Patel) considering an arranged marriage after his father lays on the pressure. When he sees the profile of his prospective life partner, he changes his mind purely based on the attractiveness. “The Winner Takes It All” provides an amusing date in a shopping centre, with the pair followed by his date’s grandmother and his best friend. He is soon alarmed when he gets a call from an agency, claiming he needs to arrange the parents to meet. In the heat of the moment, he declines, but later in the episode, he tells the agency that he wants to cool it down and enjoy a second date first.
As for Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith), he is getting it bad from his ex Zara (Sophia La Porta) who is refusing to meet him. There’s a lot of mystery to where she has gone, with her friends not even giving a slight hint. He finds out near the end of “The Winner Takes It All” that’s she has joined a reality-based show, an equivalent of Love Island. The player got played.
Duffy (John Reynolds) is progressing his relationship with Tabby, who has helped him secure a short story space in a popular newspaper — she assumes that he loves her, and says the famous words. Episode 4 presents a scenario for Tabby that he does not understand what he has in front of him. Four Weddings and a Funeral has many more twists to come.
Maya (Nathalie Emmanuel) is struggling at her new job in “The Winner Takes It All”, mostly because of the impending funeral reminding her of her mother’s death. Tabby reminds her that she has not been to a funeral since, and convinces her to go.
And here is to the funeral — bless Gemma’s (Zoe Boyle) heart. Not only does she have to contest her dead husband’s parents, but she also has to consider genuine motherhood now. Episode 4 sees her balancing her life preparing for the cloudy day and initially her dead husband’s parents’ advice. But she has a change of heart when her son goes missing, who is trying to buy a Chelsea FC shirt in honour of his father.
The funeral itself was emotional. Gemma changed her outfit, and everyone else’s while delivering her speech — Chelsea FC shirts. “The Winner Takes It All” sees Gemma make a fitting speech, despite the disapproving family watching. Gemma also decides not to send her son Giles back to boarding school, and she will take on the challenges of being a mother instead.
Episode 4, “The Winner Takes It All” provides an ending that contained a small impact, and I believe the makers of Four Weddings and a Funeral would have preferred it to mean more. Duffy arrives at Maya’s house in the pouring rain and confesses that he has broken up with Tabby and that he has been in love with her most of his life. The series has shown no inclination from Maya at all, so it felt slightly shoehorned in when they started kissing. Of course, they won’t last as there are other forces at play here, but it felt like a whimper of a scene.
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