'For All Mankind' Season 2 Episode 2: Molly Cobb is back on Earth but is unhappy, will she have to quit soon?
Spoilers for 'For All Mankind' Season 2 Episode 2 titled 'The Bleeding Edge'
Molly Cobb (Sonya Walger) and Ellen Wilson (Jodi Balfour) get into an argument at the very beginning of 'For All Mankind' Season 2 Episode 2 regarding if Molly should return to Earth or complete her time on the assignment. She has two months of runs left on Moon and she promises that she can find Lithium on the crate. Considering how she was the one to find water on Moon in the first place, if Molly were to find traces of Lithium on Moon, that would be a record unlike any.
Ellen will not be returning back to the moon after 723 days and four mission runs, she believes that she will have a better impact on the program from "down there". She did live through the traumatic experience of watching her colleagues die in space, so this movie is not very surprising. She is also living a lie with her husband Larry Wilson as both of them are hiding the fact that they are gay, in order to be able to work at NASA.
Molly on the other hand has to spend about six to nine months on Earth before she returns. However, no one is aware of the fact that she was as exposed to radiation during the solar storm as her colleague. The man gets cut from the program entirely and that tells us why Molly refuses to confide in anyone about the radiation exposure.
Edward Baldwin, on the other hand, can guess how Molly is not the kind of person to let her colleague wait through a storm of any kind alone. So he wants to confirm if she is doing good and he also lets her know that if she wanted to lie to the NASA doctors that would be fine, but she insists that she is fine. The best part about Edward and Molly's interaction is how much their dynamics have changed. They confide in each other and the conversation is lighter. Reminds us of how bitter Edward had been when he had to train Molly, Ellen, Tracy and Danielle in the first season.
Meanwhile, as a result of the American military's reaction to the solar storm and how the president was taken away in Air Force One, a publicity stunt now needs to be orchestrated on the moon. Turns out the president wants to show his people that he is a peace-loving man and hence he wants to see an American astronaut and a Soviet cosmonaut shake hands on the Moon. We know there is a war on the horizon, but how long before the US and Soviet Union drop pretense?
'For All Mankind' Season 2 episodes will release every Friday on Apple TV+.