After Life season 2, episode 1 opens up with Tony’s new approach in life, but the theme is still heavy with mental health as he is still struggling.
This recap of Netflix series After Life season 2, episode 1 contains significant spoilers.
So how does After Life season 2, episode 1 start?
Well after the last season, when he vowed to be kind, Season 2 opens up with Tony in the same situation; he’s struggling with the passing of his wife Lisa but he still wants to get better. The story feels familiar, with Tony looking after his dog and frequently watching videos of his wife.
He’s still doing journalistic interviews for the newspaper — the first episode sees Tony interviewing a 100-year-old woman who does not give a s*** about her lifetime achievement.
What is his brother-in-law Matt up to?
Well, Matt is sleeping in the office at work, due to him and his wife going through a separation, Lenny offers him a place to stay. We also learned that Kath is interested in Matt, encroaching into his office despite the separation being relatively new. You always get the sense that Kath just wants to be loved.
Matt is also seeing that c*** of a therapist that Tony sees in Season 1. He’s not even a therapist, but his entire presence is hilarious.
What’s happening with Tony and the nurse Emma?
Yes, she’s called Emma — this will become important in later recaps.
Tony tells Emma about what Lenny said, that Emma is right — he is not over his deceased wife Lisa and that she only wants to be friends. Emma explains that she does not just want to be friends, but it is true that she can feel that Tony is not over his wife.
A new man called Simon has taken an interest in Emma, and you can tell it is irking Tony.
Tony, who feels well out of his depth, meets his friend Anne on the usual bench and explains he is embarrassed over his situation with the nurse.
How does After Life season 2, episode 1 end?
With Tony trying to be more zen to calm his depressing thoughts and Matt having a crisis of his own, both men attend a meditation class. The instructor keeps bringing up phlegm and slurping his tea early in the session which infuriates Tony, who quickly walks out and calls him a “snot-curdling c***”. Tony immediately heads home, grabbing a bottle of wine on the way.
He watches a video of his wife while drunk and cries.
- Postman Pat goes to Tony’s house pretending he needs the bathroom quickly, but he actually has a bath. He has a viewing for a house share — it’s his chance to no longer be homeless.
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