Spoilers for Episode 6 ‘No Talking’!
FX’s ‘Breeders’ might be a hilarious comedy about two dysfunctional parents, but it is not always about fun. They have their moments of sorrow and downtimes, which only makes Paul and Ally Worsley’s story more humane.
Today’s Episode 6 was one such instance, where we see how grief can bring out the humane elements in the quirkiest characters. For context, Ally (Daisy Haggard) lost her father, Michael, a week ago in a tragic road accident. And now, she is off to the countryside, to spread her father’s ashes and say the final goodbye.
So long, we have seen her struggling with coming to terms with the loss. Michael and Ally have been estranged, and it wasn’t until after many years that he came back to live with her, though temporarily.
They might not have rebuilt their relationship or fixed the cracks that kept them apart, but his presence definitely had some impact on Ally, whether she admits or not. Also, death has a very strange way of making people realize emotions that they might have buried or archived long ago. Ally is no different.
When the whole family went to live with her boss, Darren, at his country home, and ash her father’s remains, we see very different emotions of her. She is more agitated, even more than she has ever been with her children.
She starts seeing a therapist but cannot trust the professional. And the list goes on. While trying to say goodbye in an empty, quiet chapel, she flips at her kids, who keep nagging (which they always do and yet Ally was always patient).
She ends up snapping at everyone and cursing to her ultimate capacity, disregarding where she is and who she is talking to. Finally, she ends up throwing away the urn with her father’s remains on the railway track while on her way home.
You might wonder, why go through so much, when she ended up being disrespectful? The fact of the matter is, Ally finally found closure. This was her way of getting to the end of her confused emotions. She learned to let herself go with anger, frustration, and what not. But, with all big events in life, there are changes that come with it and make us different. We have started to see the same with Ally.
Her relationship with Paul (Martin Freeman) has been outstanding. Despite all the upheavals on the home front, the couple has stayed strong like a single unit, and never let their feelings for each other die.
But things are taking a slight turn, as we see Ally needing space and distance from her partner, very contrary to her character, as we have seen so far. How much can or will she change and will Paul be able to live up to these changes?
‘Breeders’ airs every Monday night at 10pm/9c, only on FX.