The Letdown Recap: Coping Mechanisms Drinking While On The Job



The Letdown Season 2, Episode 5, “Rat Park” serves some important, well-known messages – mother’s are amazing.

This recap of Netflix series The Letdown Season 2, Episode 5, “Rat Park” contains significant spoilers. You can the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

We all cope in different ways when we take on a significant life change, but drinking while looking after your children is probably not the best way of going about things. For Barb (Celeste Barber), she’s having no rest, so even a glass of wine while reading her children a bedtime story feels like a multi-task, but when she is randomly asked for a breathalyser test while on the road with the kids in the back, something has to change. “Rat Park” brings some reality to the fold.

Audrey (Alison Bell) is concerned, so she relies on her reformed drug dealer friend in episode 5, “Rat Park” who gives Barb some cold hard advice about how to reduce her coping mechanism, which is alcohol. Barb claims she is not an alcoholic, but it’s just her wish to have a glass at the end of the day.

As for Ester in “Rat Park”, she’s struggling with her age and identity. She’s becoming paranoid about what other’s think of her. When she takes on an intern who gives her a confidence boost, she realises loads of women would kill to have her world; a child and a thriving career. The intern states that she is “living proof that you can have it all at the same time”. She does highlight that she misses key moments with her child.

But if anything The Letdown Season 2, Episode 5, “Rat Park” teaches us that mothers are incredible, and whilst we already knew that the Netflix series does well in forming a story around that message. It’s okay to have a bad day, parenting and juggling other elements in your life is hard.

The Baby Brain Diary

  • Jeremy is seen skyping Stevie while having breakfast, he’s also passed his probation, but he doesn’t seem overly thrilled. He also gets mugged which forces him to make another decision
  • At the end of the chapter, Jeremy returns home and scares the life out of Audrey. Is he returning for good?

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

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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