On the Verge season 1, episode 12 recap – the ending explained A terrible birthday party.

September 7, 2021
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Ending Explained, Netflix, TV Recaps


On the Verge ends with little excitement, but it does present promise for a second season.

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On the Verge ends with little excitement, but it does present promise for a second season.

This recap of Netflix’s On the Verge season 1, episode 12, “The Beginning Of The End” — the ending explained — contains spoilers. 

If you’ve made it this far, you are probably expecting some drama from our four leading women, but it’s quite a calm ending to season 1. It’s almost like the writers wanted to present a dull outcome for our characters — that sense of inevitability clouding over them as they deal with their social issues.

On the Verge season 1, episode 12 recap

Episode 12 opens with Justine waking up, and Jerry calls her — he had an out-of-body experience where he saw himself as a “giant pig” and thinks he will never have Rebecca. Justine tells him she is a wild boar too and that the beast is in her. Of course, this is all metaphorical to how she’s feeling. The conflict is swarming around her mind. When she heads downstairs for breakfast, her husband Martin is attentive, so the guilt of her affair takes its toll further.

Before the episode moves towards the paintballing session, Yasmin learns that the secret case against her husband has been closed, and she’s no longer needed. She looks disappointed, which is telling to where her mind is.

On the coach to head to paintballing, Gretchen needs to vomit. They make it there eventually. It’s Orion’s birthday, and it’s the parents versus children. The paintballing is not aspirational by any means. It’s a mix of some children not wanting to play and parent instincts kicking in. The competitive nature seems void from the whole experience.

A few notable things happen in On the Verge season 1, episode 12; Anne’s daughter asks her mother if she is “gay for sure,” and Anne heartwarmingly replies that she is perfect. And then, Justine loses her head and repeatedly shoots Martin with her paintball rifle despite being on the same team. She also hurts herself in the process.

The ending

On the coach home, the terrible birthday experience is kicking in for all the characters as they contain their demons. George tells Anne that he wants to come home, but she declines and tells him he will always be family. Meanwhile, Yasmin feels guilty for hurting her son at paintball, and her partner is not helping matters by weighing in on that guilt.

As the episode ends, the radio on the coach talks about covid-19 that has been tracked by the CDC in America. This spurs on Justine to tell her husband Martin that she’s leaving him. The episode ends with all the characters in a state of limbo with the pandemic heading towards them.

What did you think of On the Verge season 1, episode 12, and the ending? Comment below. 

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  • September 12, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    I was confused by the way Anne’s child was presented. He was clearly a male at birth but prefers to wear girl’s clothes. At one point when that child is with the other boys, one of the moms says to the rest of them, “the boys are having so much fun”, and no one corrects her. It’s never mentioned that the child wants to be a girl, other than the clothing, although I assumed the child was transsexual. I was confused when the child asks his/her mom in the last episode whether s/he is “gay for sure”. Most gay kids I know don’t dress in the clothing of the other sex and style themselves as the other gender. (Of course, some do.) I was suprised to hear the child describe her/himself as gay only because I had assumed the child was transsexual, not gay. My apologies if I have mis-used any terms here.

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