Sex/Life Season 1 Episodes 5 and 6 Recap – Billie Fighting the Temptations

By Daniel Hart
Published: June 25, 2021 (Last updated: February 28, 2024)
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Sex/Life Season 1 Episodes 5 and 6 Recap
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Episode 5 ramps up the story, with the worlds colliding, and the possibilities in the story at this stage are endless.

Everything feels like it’s leading to the inevitable in Sex/Life Season 1 Episodes 5 and 6. But maybe there’s a twist involved. Maybe after all this time, it’s not Billie who gives in to temptation. It’s too early to tell in chapter 5, but it certainly leaves everything in limbo.

Sex/Life Season 1 Episode 5 Recap

Episode 5 opens with Billie narrating that she dreamed of the glamourous New York, and she wanted adventure and the “happy ever after.” In a flashback, Brad hasn’t spoken to Billie all night at a party, but Sasha tells her he is working with clients. But then Brad gets up on his stage and sings — he hints that the romantic song is about Billie.

She’s immersed in it and tells Brad that he should make his own music. Billie knew that Brad had a giant heart deep down. Scenes then show Brad and Billie having sex and Brad performing theCoital Alignment Technique.” In the present day, Cooper tries to use the same technique, but as Billie guides him, he gets frustrated and compares himself to Brad.

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Bille talks to Cooper about the journal

And then the argument that was needed arrives…

Billie wants to talk to Cooper about the journal. She explains to a frustrated Cooper that they are only memories (sure). Cooper explains that he knew something was wrong all this time, but Billie explains that she wasn’t being touched and it had been too long sexually.

Cooper admits he doesn’t think about sex as much anymore and that he’s learned a whole other side of her, but regardless, he still loves her. However, Cooper feels the journal has become all about Brad, and he’s become a long rebound. Billie tells Cooper she’s not in love with Brad, but she loves him.

Why does Billie suggest a double date?

The conversation turns into an argument, and Billie tries telling Cooper that Sasha is dating Brad. He doesn’t believe her, but she wants to prove it to him and go out on a double date (this is the worst idea ever).

Billie speaks to Sasha, who thinks this is a terrible idea (agreed) and doesn’t think it’s good to lie to a good man like Cooper. Sasha finally agrees to the double date but reminds Billie what Brad did to her — “he’s your Kryptonite.”

Ina flashback, Billie tells Brad that she’s late on her period. Brad is blunt about it, wondering what she’s going to do about it. Billie says it’s about “we,” not her. Brad says she doesn’t want this as she’s got two more years left on her Ph.D. and that he doesn’t want it yet.

Billie tells Brad that he should have been more careful, and he never is. She gets furious and tells Brad that he runs at the first sign of trouble.

How does the double date go?

And the date arrives, and at this stage, it feels incredibly tense. Waiting for Sasha and Brad at the table, Billie tries to small talk with Brad about the kids, but he doesn’t like that she’s making this normal. Francesca calls Brad and asks if he can come into the city to impress some clients.

But then Brad and Sasha walk in, and Billie suddenly feels flashing memories of her sex with him.

The entire situation is incredibly awkward. It’s a normal conversation, or at least at first, but Brad brings up history and how they are all connected. At some point, it becomes a Brad versus Cooper conversation, and Billie tries way too hard.

We have to give it to Brad; he has the arrogance and confidence to not care about what the other two think on the table and focuses on his prize on the table, Billie.

Billie reveals that she stopped the Ph.D. programme temporarily, and Brad is surprised as it was everything for her, but she explains her priorities changed when she got pregnant. Brad calls her “a full-time mom” and raises she wanted a big life. Billie insists she is really, really happy, but Brad is struggling to wrap his head around it and talks about his experiences with her next to the beach where they were naked the whole time. The memories flood back to Billie, and she needs to go to the bathroom. Cooper tells Brad that he is the type of man that a woman screws in their 20s to get “it out of her system.”

What does Brad talk to Billie about in the bathroom?

Brad joins Billie in the bathroom and tells her he isn’t giving up on her. She tells Cooper that she’s married and he had his chance — “you destroyed me.” Brad claims he’s not the same person he was. Meanwhile, Cooper asks Sasha if Billie and Brad are having sex, but Sasha explains that Billie is going through something, but she loves him (Cooper).

Cooper bangs on the bathroom door and enters — he’s angry at both of them — he feels like he’s been treated as a B-grade consolation prize (you have to feel for him at this point). He gets a call from Francesca and storms off. And then, Sasha heads to the bathroom, and she’s disappointed in Billie, reminding her that she gave Brad a million chances and doesn’t want any part of it.

It’s no surprise how the night ends — Brad with Billie, and Cooper out, flirting with the idea of Francesca.

Billie is devastated as she waits outside the restaurant, but then Brad turns up on his motorbike and asks her to get on so he can take her home. Like in all her flashbacks, she lets Brad back in and jumps on the bike. In a flashback, Brad dropped a gift off at campus for her — inside is a note that says, “I’m an a*****e” with a list of baby names — there’s a small baby leather jacket and other clothes.

Sex/Life Season 1 Episode 5 Ending Explained

In the present, Billie is dropped off by Brad, and he asks if she was writing about him. Billie says she was, but the best parts. As she walks into the house, Brad shouts after her and says, “you have babies now. Can I see them?” Flashbacks show them both looking at a pregnancy test, and it comes back positive. They are so happy about it. In the present, she shows him her kids, and Brad looks emotional and calls her children beautiful, but then he calls her beautiful before walking off, leaving Billie stunned.

Brad is in the city, and he joins Francesca and her group. After the social event where Cooper impresses clients, Francesca hints that she loves him, and as they are about to kiss, she tells him that it’s late. Cooper asks if they can check out the whiskey bar near her place, joining her in the taxi. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Cooper is the first one to cheat?

Episode 5 ramps up the story, with the worlds colliding, and the possibilities in the story at this stage are endless.

Sex/Life Season 1 Episode 6 Recap

Episode 6 opens with a flashback; Brad and Billie appear very happy, and Billie narrates how she has many things to look forward to. Sasha has a face on, so Billie asks her what’s wrong, and she hints that Brad is a “flight risk.”

She’s worried about her friend falling into a pattern and states that Brad is damaged. Billie asks Sasha to be happy for them. Billie moves in with Brad, and she double checks with him that he’s okay with this as it is a “big step.” Brad calls his place “our space,” and what follows are intimate sex scenes between them. They had sex everywhere they could in the penthouse (obviously).

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Billie wants to fix her marriage with Cooper

It then returns to the present, and Billie shuts her laptop to stop immersing herself in the journal. Hudson asks where his father is, and Billie tells him that he will return. Meanwhile, at work, Cooper and Francesca seem a little giddy about the previous night, but then Billie turns up at his work and eyes Francesca up and asks if she can talk to Cooper privately.

She tells him that Francesca is “stunning,” and Cooper tells her he didn’t sleep with her but spent all night on her couch imagining life without his wife. He asks how she got home last night and wonders if she went back on Brad’s motorcycle.

He raises the possibility that maybe Brad makes her feel how Francesca makes him feel. Billie begs Cooper, saying she wants to fix their marriage. Cooper tells her to figure it out.

The start of episode 6 leaves the married couple more broken than ever.

Brad tells Billie to get used to him getting home

In a flashback, Billie is hosting a dinner party, but Brad hasn’t turned up yet — Sasha questions where he is, but Billie states he’s on his way. But Brad is really late, and they start eating without him. Despite the anxiety, Brad makes it back, and Billie is wondering where he’s been. He tells her he’s late because he’s brought back tons of magazines with her feature article inside. He tells her to get used to him coming home.

And then we are presented with percentages — in a traditional relationship, can your partner give you 100% of everything you want? It seems unfeasible and impossible, right?

In the present, Billie meets an old friend who is a psychologist. She says 85% of her marriage is perfect, but 15% is lost — feeling desire and freedom to be anyone and do anything. She admits to writing a journal, but she is frustrated because she has Cooper, who is willing to give her everything, but she feels it’s not the same as what she had with Brad.

Her friend tells her you can’t have all the security but all the thrills at the same time, but he wonders if she thinks there’s a world where Brad can give her both.

Francesca wants to be with Cooper

While Billie has a temptation, Cooper feels the heat of his boss, who is willing to risk it all for him.

Cooper secures a massive client at work, and there’s a desire to make him a partner at the firm. Francesca tells Cooper that he deserves it, and he’s the best decision she ever made. They talk privately, and Cooper brings up the night before — he calls her an amazing listener and that he has things to work out at home.

Francesca tells him she would never break up a happy home, but his home isn’t happy and that he’s the full package. She doesn’t want to miss her shot, and she likes who she is when around Cooper. Francesca is laying a risky option on the table for him.

Meeting Brad in the city

It didn’t take long for Billie to give in to her desires outside of marriage as she heads out into the city with a new dress on that still has the labels attached.

Billie heads out late at night to meet Brad at a fancy art gallery — in a flashback, she’s at this gallery with another but older man. Brad is also with another woman, and they are making each other jealous on purpose.

Brad and Billie then head to the stairway, and Brad tells her it’s hot when someone else wants her, and they have sex. In the present, Billie wants to know how Brad has changed. He asks her if she wants a drink. They head out in the rain, and they are both giddy.

Brad takes her to a back alley restaurant — in flashbacks, they enjoyed this place many times. Brad secretly fingered her in this restaurant.

And this is when Brad lays down why he is a changed man…and his tale of discovery is convincing.

Back to the present, Brad tells her that she knew this moment was coming and that he doesn’t bite. Billie wants to know how he is different; Brad tells her he finally met his birth father, and it changed everything for him — his father was sick.

Brad was there with him in the end and wishes Billie could have met him. He doesn’t want to be like his father and dying alone. Billie asks why he couldn’t be this person when they were together. Brad says if he didn’t meet her, he wouldn’t have been this person at all. He asks if she wants to get out of here, and she says yes.

As they are about to kiss in the alleyway, Billie’s phone goes off — it’s Cooper with multiple messages, and he’s angry that he doesn’t know where she is.

Sex/Life Season 1 Episode 6 Ending Explained

And this is where Billie realizes what she has left behind — a family. Billie wants to go home, but Brad tells her to go home with him and asks her to consider if she’s married the wrong man. She gets angry that he asked that — she raises how Cooper never hurt her and that he deserves better. Billie runs home with tears in her eyes — she knows life cannot give it all and that it is a myth.

In a flashback, Billie has a miscarriage, and it’s painful for her and Brad. In the present, her children are not at home, and she panics. She finds her laptop and can see Cooper has been reading her journal, so she throws her laptop against the wall.

When she looks outside, Cooper has returned home with the children. He took them for a drive so their baby could nod off to sleep. Billie apologizes to her children. She narrates that it “turns out, that last 15%, could cost you everything.” Where does leave Billie and Cooper? It feels like at the end, she realized what she could lose by craving a burning past.

Episode 6 discusses the notion of long-term relationships and what it means to build something with your partner.

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