“WE ARE ALL SICK” closes off the season’s story pretty conclusively while still leaving some space for a follow-up if the show finds an eager audience.
This recap of Kissing Game season 1, episode 6, “WE ARE ALL SICK”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
In stark contrast to the previous episode, things aren’t looking too good for Chico in “WE ARE ALL SICK”. When he returns to school, he’s greeted by a mocking chorus. Someone filmed his woodland encounter with Maurilio, and the footage is everywhere. At home, his dad nastily tells him he deserves the disease. Outside of church, as the congregation gets into it, Chico is viciously assaulted by a gang, something it seems his brother, Quim, can somehow sense. When he leads his father outside, they find Chico in a bloody heap on the floor. It’s a bit late for your concern now, pops!
Fran, now miraculously healed, takes the amber fluid back to the hospital with a rather vague explanation of her own healing process. While there, she sees the battered Chico being wheeled in for care. At the same time, Alex’s father gives a self-congratulatory video presentation that has been spliced with footage Alex took in the barn. He himself turns up to present himself to the assembled onlookers, and wouldn’t you know it, but he’s milky-eyed and his veins are fluorescent. After revealing himself he collapses, with the words “WE ARE ALL SICK” emblazoned on the screen.
It’s time for the parents to come together in Kissing Game episode 6, since outside of the hospital, outside of their conventions and their posturing civility, a cure exists in the “cult” they have derided for so long. They carry their comatose children through the streets, to the pool, where Fran’s treatment can be mimicked.
Chico’s mother Lia, who visits him in hospital, seems to be well aware of what Progresso is — she won’t allow Tomas to blame the cult for what happened to their son. Maurilio comes to visit, and she makes Tomas and Quim leave him alone with Chico. I like this woman!
At the pool, the parents dump salt into the water and prepare for the healing, lowering their children into the water and administering the supposed cure. There’s the humming again. This scene, eerily lit, is surprisingly moving in a dreamlike way; the desperation is palpable. It works. But as it does, the police arrive and simultaneously raid the village, which is now empty.
“WE ARE ALL SICK” has the obligatory closing montage, in which plenty of things happen. Maurilio frees the bulls and burns down the barn while Alex trashes the dinner table. The parents tearfully embrace their children. Bianca turns her back on the family. Social media posting begins again in earnest, now with most of the students united in their shared scars; the lingering milky eye and glowing track. Fran and Alex stand at Chico’s bedside and hold his hands. It’s nice.
But there’s a final cliffhanger to close off Kissing Game episode 6. Manu is given food in a cell, and as the room is plunged into darkness, her eyes whiten, and she glows.