This article contains predictions for the HBO Max series The Rehearsal season 1, episode 2.
Nathan Fielder has brought us another addictive social experiment with The Rehearsal. It’s an immensely impressive premiere, where Fielder helps people from the public prepare for some of life’s toughest challenges in over-the-top detail. Here’s what happened in episode one of The Rehearsal:
- Fielder narrates about how he struggles to meet new people with his uncomfortable personality. Fielder says how he prepares for these exchanges and gambles with risky jokes.
- Fielder meets with Kor, a trivia fanatic, and offers him a life-changing opportunity. He wants Kor to rehearse a confession he will make to his friend Tricia, admitting that he doesn’t have an advanced degree.
- Fielder explains how he rehearsed this very conversation, recreating Kor’s home and preparing with an actor. They will do the exact same thing for Kor and his confession.
- Kor and Fielder try to bond over clay shooting and then swimming. They discuss their divorces and talk a little more about Tricia.
- Fielder creates a blog called Thrifty Boy and asks Tricia to produce an interview for the site. Unbeknownst to Tricia she is interviewing an actress, who will be mimicking her every move to play the friend in these rehearsals.
- They have two weeks to plan for the actual confession. Fielder and his team reconstruct the bar where he will be confessing. Kor and the Tricia double practice the confession over and over again.
- Kor is becoming distracted by the trivia quiz that takes place during the simulations, so Fielder plans to find the answers so Kor doesn’t stress on the actual night. He uses his Thrifty Boy blog to film the host asking the questions in another elaborate lie.
- Now Fielder knows the answers he can subliminally implant them in Kor’s memory.
- The night of the confession and Kor eventually plucks up the courage and admits his lie to Tricia. She takes it well and the two become closer than ever.
- Afterwards, Fielder asks Kor how it went. He is happy that he got it off his chest, but ecstatic that he won the quiz.
- Fielder confesses to cheating on the quiz, although it appears he only tells the actor this betrayal and not the real Kor.
The Rehearsal season 1, episode 2 release date
The next episode is scheduled to premiere on HBO and HBO Max on Friday, July 22nd, 2022.
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- It seems likely that Nathan Fielder will continue the same format of experimentation in the next instalment, although it is unclear what type of life changing event he will focus on.
- From watching Nathan for You, Fielder likes to riff on these ideas and take them further. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Fielder continually alters and adapts this experiment and builds upon it. Who knows what crazy shenanigans he has in store for the rest of the season, but I am excited to find out.