George’s parentage is revealed and the inquest into Harry’s death takes place, as Finding Alice finally clicks.
This recap of Finding Alice season 1, episode 3 contains spoilers.
At some point during Finding Alice episode 3, I think I finally got it. I don’t recall the exact moment, but I suddenly realized that I was laughing at the jokes, beading up a little at the sentimental bits, and was thoroughly invested in the outcome of the inquest into Harry’s bizarre though seemingly accidental death. It was all coming together. And we’ve got, I think, Keeley Hawes to thank for it.
Hawes’s titular Alice has been tough to read, but here the weight of not just her husband’s death but also an on-going dispute over his £1.5m dream smart home and his secret son George felt tangibly on her shoulders. Her constant acerbic wisecracking didn’t feel like a fluctuating tone anymore but a desperate and waning attempt to cling to a life that has been buried in her back garden. Then there’s the matter of the inquest itself, which is set to determine whether or not Harry’s death was an accident at all.
George is the star witness in Finding Alice episode 3 since he was present for Harry’s death, but simply getting him to testify took most of the episode, despite his early willingness. Before that, Alice has to navigate a whole slew of minor traumas and personal embarrassments, from doing the school run and chatting with the headteacher in her pajamas, to scaring off a hip estate agent who Gerry and Minnie were showing around the house that is still technically theirs (“No you won’t, you silly tw*t.”) She also visited a grieving support group with Nathan (“I’m Alice… and I’m an alcoholic”), stole a strand of George’s hair for DNA testing purposes, almost had a car accident, and visited George’s therapist mother. Virtually none of these things had favorable outcomes.
What did, though, was the inquest, which ruled that Harry’s death was indeed an accident after a timely intervention from George, who awkwardly shook the hands of his grandparents and didn’t know quite not to make of the implication that he might be after a sizeable inheritance. But the thing is, he might be, and with Harry’s death having been deemed accidental, the mystery of his arrival and his presence on that fateful night remain the only ones to unpack. Well, there’s always the matter of the house, I suppose, since Gerry and Minnie finding a buyer makes for the cliffhanger ending of Finding Alice season 1, episode 3. Then there are Harry’s shady business dealings, including the relevance of his secretive associate who hasn’t been seen since the premiere but reappears here offering to finagle Alice ownership of Harry’s house in exchange for being kept out of the inquest. Perhaps there is some mystery left after all.