Servant Season 1, Episode 8, “Boba” is the best chapter to date as Julian babysits for Dorothy and Sean and makes an alarming discovery.
This recap of Apple TV+ Series Servant Season 1 Episode 8, “Boba” contains significant spoilers.
This is more like it. A paranoia-induced chapter that inflicts something on one of the characters.
Episode 8, “Boba” opens up with Julian (Rupert Grint) sat in the car, waiting to go inside the house. A flashback reveals Julian knocking on his sister’s house at night, the rain pouring down on him. There is no answer.
In the present day, Sean is experimenting with excess baby milk. Julian arrives. Toby is taking Leanne bowling and Sean and Dorothy are going to an Annual Television Awards event. Julian is babysitting. Dorothy suggests to Leanne that Toby is interested in her and takes an uncomfortable photo between them both.
Now that Julian is alone he does his usual in Episode 8, “Boba”. He enters the wine cellar and starts drinking copious amounts of wine before digging into the food from the fridge. He listens to the baby monitor and cannot hear anything so he goes upstairs to check. What he finds is a doll, not a human baby; Julian freaks out and checks every room. He immediately leaves a voicemail for Sean and checks in with the private investigator; the baby is not with Leanne. When Sean calls, Dorothy is listening in so Sean cannot express his concerns.
Julian’s father comes over; they have a drink and then Julian’s father reveals a secret — he shows Julian a photo of a baby that is looking for a home. The father wants to get rid of the doll and replace it with a baby. Julian laughs; not at the idea, but at the irony and absurdity of the situation he finds himself in.
After his father leaves, Toby and Leanne return home; Leanne tries kissing Toby but he backs off. When Leanne enters the house, she picks up the doll. Julian asks where the baby is and Leanne replies asking for a diaper. Julian offers her fifty thousand in cash for the real baby, but it doesn’t spark a response.
Julian tries another approach; he tells Leanne what he found in his investigation and the apparently stolen identity of the real Leanne Grayson. Leanne breathes into Julian’s face and then asks how they make cotton candy. A now frustrated Julian asks where the baby is and Leanne responds predictably — “Jericho is in his crib”. Leanne then thanks Julian for sitting with Jericho.
In a last-ditch effort to find an answer in Episode 8, Julian hangs the doll over the banister at the top of the stairs. He demands to know the truth or he will let go. As he momentarily drops the doll he hears a baby cry and quickly grabs hold of the doll again. Julian thinks the real baby is downstairs and starts going crazy, banging a self-made drum to encourage the baby to cry again.
Episode 8, “Boba” then serves us with a flashback; Julian enters the house and when he goes upstairs into the nursery, the window was wide open.
Dorothy and Sean return home; Dorothy does her usual and checks on the baby. Julian says he did not hear a peep from the baby all night and asks if he can hold him. Julian then tells Sean that Leanne now knows everything.
What that revelation is was not clear but Sean seems extremely concerned about what Julian told Dorothy.
Servant Season 1, Episode 8, “Boba” ends with Leanne helping Dorothy take off her necklace. Dorothy teases Leanne about Toby but Leanne dismisses the idea that Toby likes her — “You were wrong, Mrs. Turner”. Leanne breaks Dorothy’s pearl necklace and while Dorothy panics and picks up the pearls from the floor, Leanne puts one in her mouth.
Nursery Room Log
- Julian told Natalie that the baby is adopted.
- Leanne practices kissing in the mirror.
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