'Servant' Season 3 Episode 1: M Night Shyamalan sheds light on Leanne's booty call to Tobe

While there was horror that was unfolding at one end, there was enough time for some dry humor that shed light on Leanne's relationship.


                            'Servant' Season 3 Episode 1: M Night Shyamalan sheds light on Leanne's booty call to Tobe
A still from 'Servant' Season 3 Episode 1 (Apple TV+)

'Servant' Season 3 was off to a haunting start and the episode 'Donkey' had some of the tragi-comedy moments that made it a fan-favorite show. The new season is set three months after the devastating events of the previous installment and focuses on Leanne as she struggles to come to terms with the past. Her days are filled with dread that something might occur in the Turner household. This is proved to be right when the house sees a burglar who steals the dagger that belonged to Uncle George.

While there was horror that was unfolding at one end, there was enough time for some dry humor that shed light on Leanne's relationship. Although she does discuss her dwindling and confused relationship with Julian (Rupert Grint), she is dejected with the way the relationship is heading and invites Tobe for a booty call. The latter says he'll be late to which she hangs up the phone in disgust. While much of this can be attributed to the wine she drinks, it explains the plight she's in.

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Shedding light on the booty call scene was showrunner M Night Shyamalan. There’s a scene on the phone where Leanne’s drunk and kind of making a booty call to Tobe. I had so much fun! It tickled me getting [actress Nell Tiger Free] to be funny and drunk, and playing with a bathing suit," he explained to TV Line when asked which was his favorite scene from the season opener.

"One of the reasons I did that episode was to be there for Nell, to direct her and get a complicated, deep performance out of her because it was essentially her alone in the house. There’s also a scene where she’s free-writing in her journal, and the performance she gave was super powerful. I was so proud of her and really felt her growing and becoming this very complicated actor. That was a very rewarding moment." His daughter Ishana Shyamalan, who directed the second episode also hinted at Leanne's relationship with Dorothy.

"Where they start out in Season 3 is actually a really beautiful place. They are all coexisting in this family unit and seeing if it can work as this family of four brought together by these crazy circumstances. It’s very fraught and beautiful in many ways, and we’ll see if it can work out."

'Servant' Season 3 drops with a new episode every Friday on Apple TV+

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