Little Birds season 1, episode 3 recap – the truth will set you free

August 5, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
TV, TV Recaps
2.5

Summary

Secrets spill out and big lies are exposed in Little Birds episode 3, as we reach the midway point of the season.

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2.5

Summary

Secrets spill out and big lies are exposed in Little Birds episode 3, as we reach the midway point of the season.

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It’s the morning after the night before in Little Birds episode 3, and you’ll recall that Cherifa is not in a good mood, Leo is paying for it, and Lucy, hopped up on pills, is scheduled for lunch with Secretary Vaney. Phew. With the Secretary interesting in finding out what’s really going on with Hugo, Lucy makes her way to lunch with him.

Vaney does that ridiculous thing of making a metaphor out of rare delicacies – I’ve seen almost this exact thing play out elsewhere recently and I’ve forgotten where; commenters, help me! – and being all self-aggrandizing, but Lucy is a bit too driven for this sort of thing, and ends up shocking the Secretary a bit with a display of marksmanship.

Lucy, though, is something of an anomaly. Most in Tangier are having to make do with their station and keep their mouths shut despite their displeasure. Hugo is having a nightmare trying to sell weapons, for instance, fretting about his marriage and such, while Leo is continuing in the employ of the Contessa, while Adham sleeps with another man.

This is a bit of a problem for Hugo, obviously, despite him being married; Adham floats the possibility of the two of them getting married in an open-minded Egyptian town, but Hugo is too self-absorbed to take the hint and Adham leaves. But this conversation is overheard and the sanctity of Hugo and Lucy’s nuptials is brought into question.

As Vaney decides to start dealing with Hugo, against advice not to, mostly to prevent him from dealing with the Nationalists instead, it’s around this point that things in Little Birds season 1, episode 3 start going wrong for people. Cherifa, who began the episode taking her frustrations out on clients, goes too far with Frederic, who likes it rough but presumably not so rough that he ends up dead, which is what happens.

With Cherifa on the run, Lucy catches Hugo and Adham in bed together, prompting a pitiful excuse on Hugo’s part and then something resembling an explanation, which runs thusly: Hugo’s family is dead broke, and he was paid off by Grant to marry Lucy. Needless to say, she doesn’t take this news well.

We’re at the midpoint, then, and drama is flaring up to let us know about it. Whatever next?


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