Fatal Attraction Season 1 Episode 7 Recap – what was the cause of Alex’s death?

May 28, 2023 (Last updated: May 29, 2023)
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2023 Paramount+ series Fatal Attraction Season 1 Episode 7 Recap


Fatal Attraction gets back on track with one of the best episodes of the season as we head into a drama-filled finale.

We recap the 2023 Paramount+ series Fatal Attraction Season 1 Episode 7, which contains spoilers.

We are witnessing the trial of Dan (Joshua Jackson) in Fatal Attraction. As each person takes the stand, every person is making Dan sound more and more guilty. While this happens, we get a backstory of the life of Alex (Lizzy Caplan). A lot of questions are answered as we set up the finale.

Fatal Attraction Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

The episode starts with Dan escaping the media and heading into the car garage to get into the car with Beth. She asks him if they have a body, and he says he has to think they do with him being arrested. Back home, they dissect her going on the stand and him not thinking that isn’t a good idea.

Dan tells her she would have to lie on the stand, and he won’t let her do that.

Why does Dan not want to reveal the affair to the jury?

Dan already knows he will be the bad guy, so if he reveals that he had an affair with Alex, the jury will already convict him without hearing the evidence. He explains to Beth that he must use Alex being a stalker, and that will be his case.

We get a flashback to Alex’s childhood, where we see her relationship with her father was good, but we also realize the manipulative games he played with her. Her mother didn’t love their relationship, and it caused a massive rift between them.

It followed by her being at law school and her classmates alienating her for her actions. Later that night, she discussed what went down with her friends with her dad, ending with them arguing.

The District Attorney is dissecting to the jury what she believes went down between Dan and Alex. Inside the courtroom, Dan’s lawyer gets a list of who is testifying, and Alex’s father is on the list, whom Dan thought was dead because Alex said he was.

The episode takes the approach of balancing the courtroom battle that Dan is facing while giving us a flashback to Alex and seeing what she went through throughout her entire life leading to Dan. Alex’s father was stern with her and dissected everything she did.

Back in the courtroom, person after person hits the stand taking down Dan’s relationship with Alex.

From Detective Booker to people in the courtroom who witnessed their relationship with his former co-workers, they either saw them make eyes at each other or talked highly of Alex’s character.

What was Alex’s cause of death?

After Alex’s body was found in Marina Del Ray they sent it to the medical examiner for autopsy. Upon receiving the body, the medical examiner saw a large crack to which he removed the brain and a huge contusion to the left hemisphere and revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Back to Alex, who called her amid her struggles, but it’s been over seven months since she last called him. On the call, she brings up Dan and her relationship with him. Her dad criticizes their relationship but tells her to live in the moment and not have too high expectations.

All this leads to her father, Stanley, taking the stand and telling Alex’s side of her and Dan’s relationship.

What evidence did Stanley have of Alex and Dan’s relationship?

Dan’s lawyer grills Stanley, saying all of this talks about Alex and Dan, and doesn’t have a single shred of evidence to prove it. However, Stanley tells him that he does, and pulls out his phone and shows the judge and the defense lawyer a picture of Alex and Dan together on the beach.

Fatal Attraction Season 1 Episode 7 Ending Explained

In the present day, Dan brought his application to the judge about clearing his name for the murder of Alex. The judge states that he has lied in the past and denies his motion to reopen the case.

Moments later, we hear the jury announce the guilty verdict. One of the college professors walks up to Ellen and asks her if she has heard from Stella, as she hasn’t been in class and her voicemail box is full.

We see Dan head to talk to Beth about the judge denying his retrial. He mentions that he waited so long to do this to prove that her faith in him this entire time was for the good. The episode ends with Beth at a restaurant and meeting with Alex.

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