Detention season 1, episode 4 recap – “Falsehood”

December 12, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“Falsehood” reintroduces a darker tinge to Detention as Yun-hsiang and Jui-hsi have a bit of a falling out.

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3.5

Summary

“Falsehood” reintroduces a darker tinge to Detention as Yun-hsiang and Jui-hsi have a bit of a falling out.

This recap of Detention season 1, episode 4, “Falsehood”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


“Falsehood” picks up right where the previous episode left off, with Yun-hsiang confronting Jui-hsin whether what Wen-liang said was true. The exchange is a bit testy, especially since Jui-hsin makes no real effort to hide the fact that she wanted to sucker her in as much as possible so she could possess her and enact revenge on those who have wronged her. The poetry, the fact that Yun-hsiang’s nightmares have stopped — these were just gifts to get Yun-hsiang on-side.

Hearing this, Yun-hsiang naturally feels a bit used, but Wen-liang is able to give her some temporary ritualistic protection from the spirit. Then, since Detention can’t quite decide who it wants the frontrunner for Yun-hsiang’s romantic interest to be, they go for dinner with Wen-liang’s family and quite clearly become closer, albeit rather quickly.

Parallel to this is the downfall of Shen Hua. Pai informs Class 2-1 that he’s gone and that the usual standards of discipline, including the devils, will be adhered to henceforth, and we see that the Principal is absolutely furious with Shen Hua for cutting about in public with one of his students, buying her flash earrings and the like. Behind his back, though, Shen continues to tutor Yun-hsiang, who is worried about who she is without Jui-hsin. Was any of her literary talent or newfound confidence her responsibility, or were they all just illusions created by an ill-intentioned ghoul? This is one of the key themes of “Falsehood”. Shen Hua takes this indecision as an excuse to plant a kiss on Yun-hsiang, which should be an early alarm bell.

It turns out that Yun-hsiang isn’t great at poetry after all, and some flagrant plagiarism lands her in trouble with school, the original author, and her mother; none of this bodes well, especially since the Principal is still trying to schmooze the local councilman and Yun-hsiang’s mother is still nakedly sinister.

But the real problem turns out to be Shen Hua. After finding a load of his books in storage, Yun-hsiang discovers that he wasn’t all that great at poetry either, which really sets him off. So mad does he get, in fact, that he attacks Yun-hsiang and tries to rape her, forcing her to call on Jui-hsin for aid. The lights flicker off, and Yun-hsiang is able to escape. But this has once again tethered the girls together, as Jui-hsin explains how she was forced to rat out the book club, and throwing herself off a building and plotting her revenge as a ghost was really the only way she could get anything done.

It’s a bad day all around for Yun-hsiang, really. Her poem, Passenger, wins the literary award, but she won’t accept, knowing she’d be claiming false credit if she did. Later, she collapses, imagining she’s falling off the Hancui Building as Jui-hsin did. And that night, her elusive father finally returns home.


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