Life & Beth season 1, episode 9 recap – “MRI”

March 18, 2022
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4.5

Summary

In a magnificently structured episode, “MRI” is Life & Beth’s funniest episode to date that offers a sobering look at childhood anxiety and depression.

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4.5

Summary

In a magnificently structured episode, “MRI” is Life & Beth’s funniest episode to date that offers a sobering look at childhood anxiety and depression.

This recap of Hulu’s Life & Beth season 1, episode 9, “MRI,” contains spoilers.

Access the archive of news, recaps, and reviews for Life & Beth.

Life & Beth season 1, episode 9 recap

Beth jump scares Lavar as he tries to calm himself before work. He tries to put himself in a mindset where he will not yell at anyone today. Beth wants some pain meds for her back, but she does not have a prescription. He tells her to see her doctor, and she says she has. Beth goes to the MRI today. Then, an opioid junky shows up at their side and asks for his pills to be refilled. Lavar’s patience is being tested. He reminds him that he needs a prescription from his doctor. The man is upset but walks away. 

Beth is still there and asks about getting something for her back. Lavar gives her an edible from his collection that will ease some of her pain. The man then shows up again about his pills. Lavar then yells at him. An older man shows up, who annoyed Lavar when we first met him earlier in the season. Lavar yells at him too. He then runs away from them and into the pharmacy. 

We next see Beth at the MRI, and she doesn’t feel comfortable there. The technician is nervous (and pretty hilarious, honestly) because this is his first MRI he is performing without supervision. He rambles, says weird things, makes terrible jokes, and plays incredibly inappropriate music. He wants to be a DJ, but he is in a job he doesn’t love like Beth.

That’s when the flashbacks start this episode, as she has plenty of time to ruminate. Beth focuses on Beth’s mother, Jane, and Liz (played by Grace Power, as the teenage version). Here, the mother gives Beth a backhanded compliment on how pretty she is when she puts a little effort into her presentation. She also asks about the boy, Bobby, and Beth tells her she does not like her anymore. Meanwhile, in a scene with Liz, they brush off Bobby in their science class, with Liz having Beth’s back. 

And it’s about to come to a head on why Liz and Beth have not talked. Beth, Ann, and her mother head to the lakeside cottage, owned by Liz’s family. They have dinner, along with Liz’s parents. Jane comments that her business is gone and over. Several times. Liz’s father generously offers to help if she ever needs it. All three kids go swimming, and when Beth goes back up to the house, wrapped in a towel, she sees her mother being comforted by Liz’s father in a way that could be more than just empathetic. Liz startles her from behind and asks if Beth wants to go back to the water. They do.

When Beth and Ann’s father go out for clams, Jane stops by to tell him to get the rest of her things. We hear Jane blame him for the scar she has on her leg. When he asks where is he supposed to go, Jane tells him that is not her problem. Jane buys the girls a cat later. Ann holds it tight and means the kitten they are it’s one true love. Beth tells her mother that she thought Jane could always do better than her father (ouch).

And the hits continue. After Beth’s volleyball match, they drive home. Liz’s mom is at the doorstep. Jane rushes them inside, and Beth watches them from the window. Her best friend’s mom is begging Jane not to break up her family. Jane tells her, very kindly, that this isn’t really about her, and that she should be talking to her husband (ouch, again). Beth begins to pull out her hair, and her sister notices. As they sit down to eat pizza, they hear Liz’s mother crying in the background.

The next day, Liz is not in her chemistry class. Beth continues to pull out her hair. She sees Liz in the stairwell. Things are awkward. Her best friend asks her to give Beth’s mom a note. She makes her promise not to read it. Of course, she reads it. She is so angry she stomps into Liz’s classroom and demands to talk to her. They then fight in the hallway, verbally and physically. The note says how Liz blames Beth’s mom for her family being broken apart, will never forgive her, and hates her.

The ending

Then, Beth accidentally hits the panic button, and her technician screams. She pulls Beth out, and she has to manage to calm him down. While out of breath, he asks if his sick tracks made her hit the emergency button.

Of course, when she gets back in, the memories continue. A few weeks later, she thinks about how her mother went out with Liz’s dad to a fancy restaurant with the daughters. He gets agitated with them because they will not use forks when eating clams (their father taught them initially how to eat them.) Of course, Jane dumps Liz’s father for another man. She ruined her daughter’s relationship with her best friend. So, Jane has her new man move in with them, and Beth tells him how her mom will dump him in a month.

Her mother is oblivious to the stress her actions are causing her daughter. She is ostracized at school, and her hair pulling to cope with the pressure, which is called Trichotillomania, has gotten so bad she needs a wig. She even eats lunch in a different room at school. Of course, her mother deals with depression another way by cycling through relationships for positive male attention. 

The MRI ends, and when Trevor lets Beth out, she is in tears. She tells him about her life, and Trevor cries how he doesn’t love this job and wants to be a DJ. Beth breaks the news to him. Everyone wants to be a DJ secretly. He agrees because it is so damn cool.

When Beth leaves, she calls Maya and asks how she can get in touch with Liz.

What did you think of Hulu’s Life & Beth season 1, episode 9? Let us know in the comments below!

You can watch Life & Beth with a subscription to the streaming service Hulu.

This recap of Hulu’s Life & Beth season 1, episode 9, “MRI,” contains spoilers.

Access the archive of news, recaps, and reviews for Life & Beth.

Life & Beth season 1, episode 9 recap

Beth jump scares Lavar as he tries to calm himself before work. He tries to put himself in a mindset where he will not yell at anyone today. Beth wants some pain meds for her back, but she does not have a prescription. He tells her to see her doctor, and she says she has. Beth goes to the MRI today. Then, an opioid junky shows up at their side and asks for his pills to be refilled. Lavar’s patience is being tested. He reminds him that he needs a prescription from his doctor. The man is upset but walks away. 

Beth is still there and asks about getting something for her back. Lavar gives her an edible from his collection that will ease some of her pain. The man then shows up again about his pills. Lavar then yells at him. An older man shows up, who annoyed Lavar when we first met him earlier in the season. Lavar yells at him too. He then runs away from them and into the pharmacy. 

We next see Beth at the MRI, and she doesn’t feel comfortable there. The technician is nervous (and pretty hilarious, honestly) because this is his first MRI he is performing without supervision. He rambles, says weird things, makes terrible jokes, and plays incredibly inappropriate music. He wants to be a DJ, but he is in a job he doesn’t love like Beth.

That’s when the flashbacks start this episode, as she has plenty of time to ruminate. Beth focuses on Beth’s mother, Jane, and Liz (played by Grace Power, as the teenage version). Here, the mother gives Beth a backhanded compliment on how pretty she is when she puts a little effort into her presentation. She also asks about the boy, Bobby, and Beth tells her she does not like her anymore. Meanwhile, in a scene with Liz, they brush off Bobby in their science class, with Liz having Beth’s back. 

And it’s about to come to a head on why Liz and Beth have not talked. Beth, Ann, and her mother head to the lakeside cottage, owned by Liz’s family. They have dinner, along with Liz’s parents. Jane comments that her business is gone and over. Several times. Liz’s father generously offers to help if she ever needs it. All three kids go swimming, and when Beth goes back up to the house, wrapped in a towel, she sees her mother being comforted by Liz’s father in a way that could be more than just empathetic. Liz startles her from behind and asks if Beth wants to go back to the water. They do.

When Beth and Ann’s father go out for clams, Jane stops by to tell him to get the rest of her things. We hear Jane blame him for the scar she has on her leg. When he asks where is he supposed to go, Jane tells him that is not her problem. Jane buys the girls a cat later. Ann holds it tight and means the kitten they are it’s one true love. Beth tells her mother that she thought Jane could always do better than her father (ouch).

And the hits continue. After Beth’s volleyball match, they drive home. Liz’s mom is at the doorstep. Jane rushes them inside, and Beth watches them from the window. Her best friend’s mom is begging Jane not to break up her family. Jane tells her, very kindly, that this isn’t really about her, and that she should be talking to her husband (ouch, again). Beth begins to pull out her hair, and her sister notices. As they sit down to eat pizza, they hear Liz’s mother crying in the background.

The next day, Liz is not in her chemistry class. Beth continues to pull out her hair. She sees Liz in the stairwell. Things are awkward. Her best friend asks her to give Beth’s mom a note. She makes her promise not to read it. Of course, she reads it. She is so angry she stomps into Liz’s classroom and demands to talk to her. They then fight in the hallway, verbally and physically. The note says how Liz blames Beth’s mom for her family being broken apart, will never forgive her, and hates her.

The ending

Then, Beth accidentally hits the panic button, and her technician screams. She pulls Beth out, and she has to manage to calm him down. While out of breath, he asks if his sick tracks made her hit the emergency button.

Of course, when she gets back in, the memories continue. A few weeks later, she thinks about how her mother went out with Liz’s dad to a fancy restaurant with the daughters. He gets agitated with them because they will not use forks when eating clams (their father taught them initially how to eat them.) Of course, Jane dumps Liz’s father for another man. She ruined her daughter’s relationship with her best friend. So, Jane has her new man move in with them, and Beth tells him how her mom will dump him in a month.

Her mother is oblivious to the stress her actions are causing her daughter. She is ostracized at school, and her hair pulling to cope with the pressure, which is called Trichotillomania, has gotten so bad she needs a wig. She even eats lunch in a different room at school. Of course, her mother deals with depression another way by cycling through relationships for positive male attention. 

The MRI ends, and when Trevor lets Beth out, she is in tears. She tells him about her life, and Trevor cries how he doesn’t love this job and wants to be a DJ. Beth breaks the news to him. Everyone wants to be a DJ secretly. He agrees because it is so damn cool.

When Beth leaves, she calls Maya and asks how she can get in touch with Liz.

What did you think of Hulu’s Life & Beth season 1, episode 9? Let us know in the comments below!

You can watch Life & Beth with a subscription to the streaming service Hulu.

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