'The Afterparty' Episode 4 Review: Aniq is back on detective Danner's suspect list
Chelsea makes it clear she came for revenge after an incident with Xavier in high school led to her downward spiral
Friday's finally here which means the wait for the fourth episode of 'The Afterparty' is finally over! The Apple TV+ comedy series which revolves around a murder mystery dropped three episodes for its premiere which were loved by all, making everyone impatient for more.
Previously on 'The Afterparty' we saw Aniq (Sam Richardson), Yasper (Ben Schwartz) and Brett (Ike Barinholtz) be questioned for the murder of pop star and high schoolmate Xavier(Dave Franco). All three had various reasons for coming to the reunion and the afterparty at the now-dead Xaviers house with Detective Danner (Tiffany Haddish) trying to piece the events of the night together. So far into the series, Aniq seemed the most suspicious based on his rivalry, but Chelsea (Ilana Glazer) too is a frontrunner based on her sketchy behavior. Here's what happened in the fourth episode and what we thought of it.
The fourth episode of the series is centered around Chelsea who from the start is shown to have a mysterious vendetta against Xavier. Her constant aggressive remarks made her an ideal candidate and now it was time for her to be questioned when a flask belonging to her is found near his dead body. Chelsea shares with Danner that indeed she came to the high school reunion to get revenge and her plan was to drug Xavier and get naked pictures of him to release to the press which highly interested the detective.
The episode has adopted a psychological thriller style as we see Chelsea paranoid and being followed the whole episode as she goes about enacting her revenge plan. Seriousness and comedy form a great contrast as we see Chelsea and Brett pull goofy faces while pausing and restarting their argument. Chelsea has been receiving threatening messages warning her to not attend but funnily are non-threatening as they're filled with typos. Ilana Glazer is the perfect Chelsea who's driven by anger and pulls off the 'I'm not crazy' act while proceeding to make herself look crazy, perfectly. Tiffany Haddish as Danner continues to wildly amuse with her jolly antics and commentary in serious situations and is our favorite character thus far. We also get a different perspective of events that differ from Aniq's POV and the show which aims to confuse till the last moment successfully does so, leaving us wondering whose version to trust.
Chelsea's episode was the most somber till now as she is serious about getting revenge although it is revealed she had a change of heart and didn't go through with her plan. The mysterious event of what happened on St Patrick's Day during high school remains undisclosed. While finishing off with her questioning Chelsea lets slip Aniq's name in regards to the St Patrick's Day party that she said was important to all which immediately catches Danner's attention. When asked about what happened to him, Chelseas backtracks but it's too late as Danner wants him back for questioning. Now Aniq who has been listening in from the bathroom is in a dilemma as they search for him in the house begins. Suspicion is back on him with him being trapped like a rat making for an amusing scenario.
New episodes of 'The Afterparty' premiere every Friday on Apple TV+.