An indisputably satisfying and surprising finale that perfectly concludes the Apple original series in style. Fans will be delighted to hear that the ending doesn’t disappoint at all — no notes.
This recap of the Apple TV+ series Bad Sisters season 1, episode 10 (finale), “Saving Grace,” the ending explained contains spoilers.
The general public has spoken, the people need to know who exactly killed JP and just how that vile excuse for a human being was killed. Well, the Bad Sisters finale doesn’t disappoint, bringing a satisfying and conclusive ending to one of the best Apple originals yet. Sharon Horgan and her team have somehow built upon every episode, keeping us hooked for ten instalments now. The long wait is finally over, let’s dissect that riveting final episode.
Bad Sisters season 1, episode 10 recap – the ending explained
“Saving Grace” opens with upbeat music playing over a somber crime scene. JP is found atop his quad bike and it is safe to say, he looks very much dead. The sisters comfort a distraught Grace (played by Anne-Marie Duff), who explains the events of the night before. They were having a lovely birthday meal, then they got into an argument and JP left to go to the pub. That spell-binding opening credits plays for one last time and we then watch as the sisters laugh hysterically, overjoyed by their unquestionable good luck.
The finale then reverts to the present for the majority of its running time. Thomas is still at the hospital, where he informs Matthew (played by Daryl McCormack) that his wife needs an emergency C-section. Thomas (played by Brian Gleeson) leaves his brother in charge of their affairs. Matthew then tries to hide from Becka (played by Eve Hewson), but she’s persistent, wanting to know why he’s ghosting her. Matthew brings up the sister’s lies and tears down their alibi.
Becka rushes to tell the others that Matthew is on to them, but they are in the middle of sorting through JP’s clothes with Grace. Once Grace has left the room, they discuss the ramifications of Matthew’s discoveries. It’s telling that Eva talks with the siblings as if they aren’t the ones that killed JP. It looks like they have lied to the insurance men to cover up their other crimes, but genuinely weren’t to blame for JP’s painful end.
The sisters start to question one another, suspecting each other of foul play. Ursula ponders the idea that Ben could be the culprit and quickly races to his home to find out the truth. Ben was repulsed by Ursula’s need to have JP killed and ends their relationship on the spot. Right, cross Ben off your suspect list everybody, he’s now out of the picture.
My second suspect was Roger, silent but deadly, and Matthew goes to question him next. In his messy abode, he finds a photo of Grace, with JP’s face torn out. Roger grows weary of Matthew’s questioning and blurts out his hatred for the man, admitting that he visited JP the night he died, when he went to forgive his enemy. He demands that they pay Grace her money and asks him to leave. Matthew then crosses the road to Grace’s, where he mentions their flawed alibis and lists off JP’s many sins. Grace rushes inside to avoid further enquiries.
Matthew’s snooping takes him to JP’s cabin and he follows Thomas’ advice, rifling through their rubbish. In their bin bag, he finds a newspaper that points out JP’s lies. He didn’t go to the pub to watch the match that night as the dates were wrong. Then he finds a DVD and lots of red yarn. While Matthew investigates, Grace does her own snooping. She finds JP’s unsavory search history and the online chat with Roger, where he tried to frame his neighbor.
The sisters meet up once more to deliberate on the tense developments. Ursula states that Ben didn’t do it, whilst Becka sticks to her story that she got drunk the night in question. Grace walks into the room and the girls go quiet. She asks why the police did a second post-mortem on JP and when the sisters don’t appear that surprised, she starts to put the pieces together. Bibi quickly owns up to everything. The widow starts to break down and then confesses to her own crimes.
Flashbacks reveal exactly what transpired that night. JP and Grace headed to the bedroom, where things started to heat up. Unfortunately, JP couldn’t get aroused and subsequently blamed Grace for his issues below the belt. An argument developed and JP said that the sisters were the real problem. He admitted to sleeping with Eva ten years ago. They were both drunk and she seduced him. Eva accused him of raping her and blamed the event for causing a miscarriage. Grace asks outright if he raped her and his response only makes matters worse. She slapped him, he then punched her in the stomach. Grace called him a liar and strangled the criminal to death with his own pajama bottoms.
The sisters are gobsmacked by the confession and Eva confirms the revelations. JP did rape her and she thinks that could have caused the miscarriage. The sisters all hold hands and try to comfort Grace. As this shocking twist plays out, Matthew makes a similar discovery himself at the cabin. He plays the DVD found at the cabin and starts to tidy up the mess he’s made. A death in the film matches with the way JP was found, a red scarf wrapped around the quad bike tire strangling him. It all falls into place. A further flashback confirms this setup. Grace knitted a scarf and staged the whole thing to look like an accident.
Bibi realizes that Grace had JP buried in the murder weapon – the pajama bottoms. As the sisters try to contemplate this meteoric reveal, Matthew calls up Becka. She heads over to meet with him, whilst Grace worries about going to prison. The sisters discover that Becka has taken the euthanasia drug with her and they race over to stop her committing murder.
Matthew lays out the evidence and Becka tries to defend Grace, sacrificing herself instead. Matthew knows the truth though and he won’t back down. Becka considers poisoning Matthew, but can’t go through with it in the end. Torn with saving his brother from jail or sending the Garvey sisters down, he heads to the beach. Here, Matthew burns all the evidence and then he goes to meet with his brother. Thomas is a father, his wife has just had a beautiful baby girl. Matthew congratulates him and reveals that Grace has withdrawn the claim.
Grace sells her house and moves in with Eva. She thanks Roger for his help, the neighbor delivering the final surprise of the series, he was the one who helped Grace move the body and stage JP’s quad biking accident. In the final scene, all the sisters meet to go for a swim. Grace looks happy once again and she jumps into the sea, free from JP’s stranglehold and raring to restart her life once more.
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