Featuring a key and emotional scene between Alex and Sean, Episode 3 may well just be the best episode of Maid. Although the episode ends on a happy note, it’s natural to assume disaster is on its way with seven more to come.
This recap of Netflix limited series Maid episode 3, “Sea Glass,” contains significant spoilers.
Maid episode 3 recap
Alex attends a court-mandated parent class, after which Denise introduces her to Howie (Philip Granger), who advises her that whilst the claim of emotional abuse may not get Alex full custody, it could help Alex win joint custody.
At work, Alex has a new work partner, and the state of the house she cleans is enough to make Alex vomit. On her way home, Alex finds that Sean is in a bar, not looking after Maddy as he was supposed to be. Later, Alex applies for SNAP for her and Maddy, with Paula by her side. Although, Paula is more interested in the prospect of getting her own show at Hummingbird. Visiting a halfway house that could be Alex’s new home, Paula thinks it’s lovely whilst Alex continues to press her to sign a letter that would help prove that Alex is a good mother. But after lunch with Paula and Basil, an argument develops (mainly Basil’s fault), and Alex calls Paula the shittest mother on the planet. Therefore, the form doesn’t get signed.
Sean hasn’t turned up for work in two days, nor has Doreen seen him, Eventually, Alex finds him. Hungover from the effects of drink and drugs, he sits beside the river. Alex sits next to him as he remembers the fun times that they had; “I’m sea glass, I’m not trash,” he claims. He asks when she stopped liking him, to which Alex responds that Maddy is a big responsibility and that it can’t be fun all of the time. Alex takes him home, to which Doreen describes him as, “Just like his daddy, a bird that never flew”.
Before Alex heads into court, Sean stops her and informs her that he won’t be applying for full custody. Instead, he will agree on shared custody. He claims that he will struggle to stay sober if he has Maddy all of the time. Episode 3 of Maid ends with Alex showing Maddy around their new house. Inside they find that Paula has painted a wall for Maddy’s bedroom.
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