“Lucid Dreaming” gives further background to Adele and her time as a person with a mental health condition; the missing piece appears to be a character not in the present-day storyline, which intrigues viewers further.
This recap of Netflix Limited Series Behind Her Eyes episode 2 “Lucid Dreaming” contains spoilers.
We’ve established that David and Adele have a strange marriage, and the reasons behind it are still unbeknown at this stage, but “Lucid Dreaming” lands a few hints.
After an unexpected encounter, Louise and Adele enjoy cake and coffee at a cafe. Adele wants to know what David is like at work — Louise calls him “professional and nice”, which is audacious since her lips have been on his. Adele states she’s never had a job because she’s had money, and she’s hoping to have a baby with David one day. Louise shares that she’s had a divorce and has a child. Adele notices the scars on Louise’s wrist; she reveals she has night terrors and Adele is interested in what she dreams about. David then rings, and Adele lies about what she’s doing; Louise realizes that Adele has an old-school phone, and then they swap numbers. There are so many red flags; if I were Louise, I’d be out of this dynamic ASAP.
The tension between Adele and Rob increases
Behind Her Eyes episode 2 then treats the audience to a flashback; Adele is with Rob on a tree, and a nurse named Marj tells Adele that David is on the phone. She tells David that she’s met a new friend called Rob. In the present day, Adele speaks to David, and she tells him that she’s allowed to be spontaneous. David sounds angry. When they put the phone down, Adele erratically starts painting and reimagines when she was in a forest. Flashbacks show a well in the woods, and the camera pans down it to show a watch.
David is irked by the painting on the wall
In the present day, Adele reads an old notebook of hers. In the flashback, Adele is wearing a watch that David owns, and Rob asks about it. Rob wonders if David is too old for her and is scared that she will get hurt. Adele raises that it’s important to trust people; she confirms that she really loves David. Back to the present day, and Adele shows David her painting on the wall. He’s upset about it and remembers when he looked down that well. When David goes into work, he’s in a terrible mood, and he takes it out on the staff, including Louise. Let’s not forget that David’s watch was at the bottom of that well — there’s a dark secret between the married couple that seems to haunt David.
Gym and more nightmares for Louise
Louise texts Adele and they arrange to go to the gym together. Adele seems overly happy to have a friend. Late in the night, Louise has another nightmare, but it isn’t a terror this time; she doesn’t leave her bed, but she does wake up shaking.
Before they go to the gym, Adele heads over to Louise’s place and looks around curiously. Louise really struggles on the treadmill at the gym, and Adele laughs at her — they are bonding quickly, despite the red flags. While in the sauna, Adele tells Louise that David saved her the night her parents died; her family house was on fire, and David helped her. She claims her parents were on a different wing and didn’t make it. David was sneaking into the house to save her. The beauty of this series so far is that we have no idea what the truth is — most of David’s story is told from Adele’s perspective.
Lunch at Adele’s
Gym turns to lunch at Adele’s house; Adele expresses how David worries about her if she’s not at home at a particular time and that he calls the landline. Louise thinks that is weird (again, why is she not sprinting out of this situation). During lunch, Adele asks Louise if she’s ever seen anyone about her night terrors. She tells her it is rare to remember night terrors but that it does happen — Adele says she used to have them and tells Louise that she needs to learn to control them. Louise remembers a time she saw a clairvoyant, and how she knew her mother, somehow. Adele gives Louise a notebook and tells her it will help.
Louise says goodbye to Adam
Behind Her Eyes episode 2 heavily suggests that whatever Adele and David’s secret is, it involves Rob — as the story progresses, this side-character becomes more important.
Later on, Louise says goodbye to Adam; she’s emotional, knowing how much she will miss her son. Once he leaves, she tidies her son’s room and lays in it. The true pain of a mother separated from her child. She then reads the notebook that tells her to do certain things, including “thinking of a door”. The notebook was written by Rob and Adele has asked Louise to use it to help with the night terrors.
David heads over to Louise’s place
Flashbacks show Rob, who is tired of the psychiatric home and expresses how much he admires her. His motivation is her. In the present, David visits Louise’s place; she has called in sick, but he sees her with a glass of wine — he was checking in on her. Louise admits that it was her son’s last day before going to France — she invites David in.
We all know where this would lead, considering Louise and Adele are strongly attracted to each other.
David admits he didn’t want to go home, and he found himself at her place. Louise thinks it’s bad luck that she found a man that she actually likes, and then it turns out he is married. David then admits he cannot stop thinking about her, but Louise doesn’t believe that’s fair and asks him to go home. But as he leaves, they kiss, and it leads to sex. Afterward, they both admit it’s both their fault what happened. Louise tells him not to worry and that she will not bring it to work. Sure they won’t.
Behind Her Eyes episode 2 gives further background to Adele and her time as a person with a mental health condition; the missing piece appears to be a character not in the present-day storyline, which intrigues viewers further.