'Sally4Ever' episode 3 review: Another awkward dinner proves Emma is evil and Sally helpless
Episode 3 sealed the fact that Emma is a hell of a character, who besides being unreasonable and unsympathetic is a sociopath and a pathological liar
An unforgettable dinner party you wish you never attended, but then you did, and now you look back at it and find a thrill in the cringe. That is what episode 3 of 'Sally4Ever' felt like. For those who thought Emma wasn't an evil character, this episode sealed the deal that besides being a jealous, vile, unsympathetic person, the seductress is also a pathological liar and knows exactly how to make a person miserable.
She will go to any extreme to get what she wants, and this time it's a role in a movie. Sally, who was so bereft with her dull boring life with ex-fiance, David, sought refuge in a whirlwind romance with Emma. For the first two episodes, Sally was just beginning to realize how toxic Emma is to her life, putting her work at jeopardy and making her life a literal living hell.
This time, as the new couple venture out and head for some home-shopping, which FYI is for David's house and Emma has completely rearranged the furniture, they bump into Sally's old friend Kate, who is married to a well-known director, Dan.
Spotted is Emma openly flirting with Dan and sparing no opportunity to promote herself as an actress. The extreme lengths to which Emma go, to ensure she gets what she wants from Dan, is especially going to baffle you.
They head for another awkward dinner - recall the dinner with David, Sally, and Emma when they casually ask David if they can have his house for themselves, and another one where Sally's parents learn she's a lesbian because Emma unapologetically blurts it out. First of all, Emma with her red fringed jacket carries her cruelty everywhere.
She points out to Kate that pasta for dinner isn't good a choice making sure that Dan yells at Kate for it. While it is pretty tragic to see Emma lurk around to destroy a family, because there's an adorable baby involved, what's sadder is how Dan treats Kate. He yells at her a lot, she exhausts herself trying to make him feel good, and that pasta was the best she could do.
When Kate goes to put her child to sleep Emma tells Dan, in front of Sally, that Kate looks worn out and it must be hard for him to "come home to that." Never in any of the dark comedies would you find something so heartbreaking. Julia Davis, the queen of dark comedy, who stars as Emma, has done an exceptionally amazing job to give us a dose of humor while weaving it into something completely shocking.
Beyond the flirting, sniffing cocaine and figuring out Emma is a sociopath, this episode also sheds light on Sally's helplessness. There's a tinge of sadness to how powerless Sally is in front of Emma's loud bewildering personality. As Kate and Sally take a smoke break, Sally can hardly open up about what she truly feels about Emma despite meeting a therapist a while back. Sally ends up telling Kate Emma is extremely talented instead. Sally's lack of expressing dislike towards Emma is frustrating.
Meanwhile, Emma, who is a pansexual person, says she swings both ways, seducing Dan, just so she can get a part in his upcoming movie. At night, when they are expected to leave, Emma doesn't budge despite Sally pointing out Kate is exhausted and they need to head home. It's cringe-worthy and humorous at a go, but it's frustrating to see Sally not able to restrain Emma because she needs restraining.
When we were first introduced to the characters, we wanted Sally to shed that Zombie-walk and dead eyes, especially when she was around David, who she was completely repulsed by. Now with Emma, there's a lot of eye-rolling but her deadness has not vanished.