'My Brilliant Friend': What's the plan? Lenu and Lila reject their unsuitable suitors in Episode 7
Following the episode of shame, Lila and Lenu are about to take their sweet revenge on the other kind who have always suppressed them.
HBO's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series has been renewed for a second season, that will probably take up from the time Lila and Lenu will be engaged. Starring Margherita Mazzucco (as Elena/Lenu) and Gaia Girace (as Raffaella/Lila), the Saverio Costanzo-created show is set against the dangerous but fascinating Naples, Italy, in the 1950s. The show follows the plight of two young girls whose friendship is put to test not just by the feud in the neighborhood between the rich and the poor, but by also how the brilliance of one friend is perceived as a threat to the intellect by the other friend.
In the sixth episode, for the first time, Lenu had stepped out of Lila's shadow when she set sail to Ischia to help out her teacher's friend with her tiny motel. Lenu soon becomes a favorite of the guests living there and her summer blooms as she is once again united with her former lover, Nino Sarratore (played by Francesco Serpico), who had made a declaration of his life when the two were kids. While on one hand, the Mediterranean summer saw Lenu and Nino come close, and even share a kiss, on the other hand, it gave Lenu every reason to reconsider her place in Nino's life.
As the episode came to a close, the sight of Lenu being molested by Nino's poet father, Donato (played by Emanuele Valenti) is pure predation. The scene served as a moment of shame and realization on Lenu's part who, in spite of being constantly warned by both Lila and Nino about Donato being a man of dubious nature, continued to treat him with respect. The ending lines of the episode, where Lenu contemplates, "However unlikely it may seem today, as long as I could remember, until that night I had never given myself pleasure. I didn’t know about it, to feel it surprised me", created the ground for her to imagine all that could go worse for her sheer lack of perseverance.
In the seventh episode, Lenu will once again return to Lila who had barely replied to any of the letters that Lenu had so enthusiastically written to her. The letter that arrived from her brilliant friend contained a piece of bad news and a jarring sense of peril which immediately compelled Lenu to cut short her sea-side holiday and hurry back home. Lenu, who had not been writing to Lila for the longest time to keep her from the impending feuds of the neighborhood, was involved in a conflict of a different kind. Marcello Solaras (played by Elvis Esposito) had refused to take her rejection and was now interfering in her family affairs in an attempt to woo her through her brother and father.
Lila had shut him up by throwing the engagement ring on his face, and with the newly gathered courage which her brother, Nino, showered upon her when he refused to compel her to accept Marcello's proposal, she is prepared to fight this war. As Lenu returns from the summer holiday to find Lila in the middle of a brand new raging war, here are the two things that we can accept from Episode 7:
1. A bait
Lila has always been ahead of everyone else in everything, even when it comes to teaching a lesson to those who hurt her dignity. She did reject Marcello's proposal but he is not someone to give up easily. Lila is about to bring in a bait in order to prove it to Marcello that he is certainly not the best person for her, in fact, she shows it to him that she can bring any man down on his knees whenever she wants. However, her hasty resolution to avenge her dignity is about to set a new kind of feud in the neighborhood, something that none of them are yet prepared for.
2. A new kiss
While Lila is busy setting a war in the neighborhood, something that she will be in the center of, Lenu is about to welcome a new lover. Bruised by the shame that was inflicted upon her when Donato molested her, Lenu is developing herself as a woman who is capable of making anyone as uncomfortable as she felt with Donato. With her charming blond locks and soft demure looks, Lenu is about to encourage a suitor to go ahead with her while, on the other hand, she rebuffs another. However, Donato's ghost continues to haunt her as she tries to move on with her life.
'My Brilliant Friend' airs on HBO every Sundays and Mondays. Watch the promo trailer for Episode 7 below: