Marianne Recap: Investigation Mode

By Daniel Hart
Published: September 15, 2019 (Last updated: November 15, 2023)
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Netflix Series Marianne Season 1, Episode 2 - Tradition


Marianne Season 1, Episode 2, “Tradition” digs deeper into Elden, and we learn more about Emma’s friends and her past.

This recap of Netflix Series Marianne Season 1, Episode 2, “Tradition” contains significant spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Camille may be regretting joining Emma (Victoire Du Bois) on this trip; Episode 2 opens up with Camille braving to walk downstairs to find Emma. The house phone rings, it’s Home Security wondering if there has been a break-in — the phone static changes and Marianne ends up talking to her, but then Emma knocks on the window.

While the situation cannot get any weirder, a quirky police investigator visits Emma and Camille after the disturbance. At first, he refuses to look into the disappearance of Emma’s parents, but he is a massive fan of her books. Emma uses this to her advantage, agreeing to write a personal note if he helps out.

“Tradition” then turns into investigation mode, as Emma drags Camille back to Caroline’s home. When the mother leaves, they break in. Emma finds a photo of Caroline, but it’s ruined by sketches making her look like she’s hanged herself. There’s plenty of books with scrawls in them. As they dig deeper into the house, Caroline’s mother (Marianne) returns and starts cutting off her own arm in front of them. Like the last episode, Emma and Camille flee again.

Emma returns to her parent’s home, and Camille suddenly disappears. The room darkens, and teeth and hair drop into her glass. Emma knows it is a nightmare. Her father begs Emma to continue to write, or Marianne will inflict pain. Emma sees the hole in the ground, which keeps appearing in flashes. Marianne appears in the hole and stabs her, which is met with imagery of bloody waves.

Emma joins Caroline’s (Marianne) mother for a ride to the funeral. The funeral is eerie, and Caroline’s mother (Marianne) spits on her daughter’s dead body.

We discover Emma’s social group in Episode 2. Next to the sea, we meet Seby, Tonio, and Aurore. They think it is nice that Emma returned for the funeral. They drink booze and catch up like old times. As usual, Emma drinks more than she can handle.

A drunk Emma returns and speaks to Camille. Before going to bed, Camille asks why her parents are referenced in a bad light in her book. Emma gets upset and storms off. She opens her laptop up and starts writing again, giving the title, “Rebirth”. She writes about Lilian and how Marianne could not resist him. Marianne Season 1, Episode 2, “Tradition” ends with a shot of Emma’s mother walking through the town naked, with scars all over her body.

Author’s Notes

  • Of course, in Caroline’s mother’s house, there is a crow.
  • The police officer finds out from Pat the bag of bloody teeth is an attempt to put a curse on someone.
  • When Aurore sees Emma next to the sea, Emma asks if she’s still mad about the lighthouse. I’m guessing this will become important later.

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

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