Personal and professional problems are rife in Pearson Season 1, Episode 9, “The Rival” as the city is under pressure from protestors.
This recap of Pearson Season 1, Episode 9, “The Rival” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.
It was always about when not if in regards to Stephanie (Betsy Brandt) confronting Bobby (Morgan Spector) about his affair. Like in the previous chapter with Keri, Stephanie slyly brings it up in conversation with Bobby, but her view is simple; if the city finds out about the affair, everything he has worked towards will be destroyed. Bobby has a decision to make.
With marriage problems mounting, Episode 9 sees Bobby’s political career become a mountain of problems. Angela helps grow a tent city outside the City Hall. Derrick confronts Bobby about the issue and soon learns that McGann now has the Icarus deal. Bobby once again asks Jessica for help — “get rid of the tent city”.
Jessica now knows about the Icarus deal and goes on the offense. She meets Pat McGann and lets him know about the well-kept secret about Nick killing Tommy. Jessica coldly looks at him and states she is going to keep hold onto the secret for as long as possible until the time is right. Jessica has McGann where she wants him.
Jessica’s main issue with the tent city in Episode 9 is that Angela is the leader of it. “The Rival” sees Jessica try and move funds to provide temporary housing. While going through paperwork, Keri asks Jessica how she would do in a private firm — Jessica wisely explains she’d do well, however, on the flip side she cannot advise on her situation with Bobby.
By this point of Episode 9, Jessica believes she has persuaded a deal with Angela for temporary housing, but her cousin declines the agreement after speaking to Salzar. Meanwhile, Bobby begs Keri to stay as she iterates her urge to quit, but she responds, “if you really love me, you’ll let me go”.
While deals and relationships are crumbling in Episode 9, another one is slowly blossoming. Derrick apologizes to Yoli for his outburst earlier in the episode. Yoli tells Derrick that she admires him, and provides a gift for the help he gave her with her mum. The two exchange a hug, and the tension is evident, and Keri gives him a slow kiss on the cheek. We have our new Mike and Rachel — almost.
With Jessica losing Angela’s confidence, the mayor continues to be under pressure from the tent city. Angela leads a session at Town Hall against the mayor, delivering a passionate speech in front of Bobby.
Earlier in Episode 9, McGann finally finds Nick. Nick threatens to kill them both, so the whole ordeal is over. Pearson Season 1, Episode 9, “The Rival” ends with Nick going to Keri’s apartment asking for legal advice — he wants to confess to a murder.
Is he confessing to the murder of Tommy or has he just killed Pat McGann?
- Derrick is getting frustrated by not being in the loop.
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