Mare of Easttown Episode 4: Living on Some Prayers
The following contains spoilers for Easttown mare Episode 4, “Poor Sisyphus”
As the song says, “We’re halfway there!” That’s right, Easttown mare has reached its midpoint. Episode 4 refocused our attention on the major cases that were the driving force behind Mare (Kate Winslet), Detective Zabel (Evan Peters), and the rest of Easttown, PA. Who killed Erin (Cailee Spaeny), and what happened to Katie (Caitlin Houlahan)?
From the very beginning of the series, Dawn Bailey (Enid Graham) has hoped that Katie is still alive. She fought to keep that hope burning by keeping Katie on everyone’s mind. She prints new posters to post wherever she goes. She continues to plead with the police for a search. She allows Katie’s disappearance to rule her life, which can cause people to take advantage of her.
In Episode 4, Dawn finds herself at the mercy of a few phone calls regarding her missing daughter. Katie’s disappearance took place a year ago, so the fact that someone has waited so long to ask for a ransom should raise eyebrows. This raises them for Beth (Chinasa Ogbuagu) who insists that she inform Mare. Dawn isn’t thinking clearly. The hazy uncertainty she is experiencing is due to the fact that her parental instinct to find her child tells her to do whatever it takes. It’s the same instinct that led Kenny McMenamin (Patrick Murney) to put Dylan (Jack Mulhern) in the hospital when he believed Dylan caused Erin’s murder.
Dawn is smart. We have seen it. She had convinced Tony Del Russo (Eric T. Miller) not to take it out on Mare right there in the gas station in Episode 2 when Mare suspected her daughter, Brianna, was also involved in the death. Erin.
The “what if” is powerful, however. For Dawn, what if this caller was telling the truth and he had Katie? What if she involved the police in this situation? The caller could run and Katie could never be found. What if she refuses to bring the money? They could kill Katie. What if she brought money? It gives her the chance to be reunited and the horrible nightmare she’s been living for a year could end.
Against her best judgment, she accepts the appellant’s demands. I love that his common sense prevents him from stealing money from his workplace. Instead, she turns some posters into batches and brings them to the designated location over the phone.
Bad karma is simply requested by anyone who tries to convince a grieving mother to give her money. When the caller attacks Dawn, he is revealed to be Beth’s addicted brother, Freddy (Dominique Johnson), who seeks to take advantage of Dawn’s grief to raise money. I will say it Easttown mare, it was a low blow. It hurt to see the hope that Dawn was holding on to vanish in grief. The emotional dagger twist came when she returned home to Beth, who tried to protect her brother by allowing him to stay with her and lie about how her chemotherapy was what brought her down in the first place. .
She’s a woman who had spent a year living on a glimmer of hope, and tonight that glow has faded. It was actually more like the evil queen rip out your heart, trample it and crush it in front of your face laughing. I really feel that as we go into these final episodes, Dawn’s hope of finding her daughter will start to falter.. In Episode 3 we got the bottom of Mare, but Episode 4 definitely went to Dawn.
I truly believe that every household should have someone like Mare’s mom, Helen (Jane Smart). Back in Episode 1, I discussed how Mare has the bigger “I don’t give you-know-what” attitude. Well, Helen could give it a run for its money.
Inside the Sheehan House, Helen did her job. Her children have grown up and this is the time when she should be able to relax and love being a grandmother. Instead, she’s there to help Mare, but she’s treated more like a parent to everyone who lives in the house. That said, she calls Mare for putting the pills in Carrie (Sosie Bacon) ‘s car because it was a selfish decision that could give Carrie an even better chance at taking Drew.
Helen is the voice of reason, but she always knows when to sit down and be a moral support. She knows that Mare is suspended and that getting involved in the case could put her in a worse situation, but she also knows how dedicated Mare is to her job. When Mare decides to go find Zabel for help, Helen doesn’t stop her, which shocks Mare. Yes Mare, sometimes your mother can be understanding if you give her the chance to be.
She has the ability to become people’s emotional rock. Back in Episode 2, when Mare leaves Patty Del Russo (Connie Giordano) distraught in front of their house after Tony decides to confront Mare and then follow her, it’s Helen who stays to console Patty. Tonight, all Helen wants to do is take advantage of her secret Haagen Dazs hiding place when Siobhan’s (Angourie Rice) ex-girlfriend Becca (Madeline Weinstein) shows up to talk to her. Instead of indulging in some delicious secret ice cream, poor Helen is drawn into Siobhan’s relationship issues bringing home his new girlfriend (Kiah McKirnan). To make matters worse, she has a concussion after Becca runs away hitting Helen with the heavy door on her way out. Becca, couldn’t you take a single moment to stop thinking about yourself to make sure Helen was okay? These are things to work on if you want your relationships to last.
After all of this, I really hope Mare and Siobhan give her a hell of a Mother’s Day gift. Mare’s bedside manner while Helen heals is certainly not like another recent Winslet character. In Ammonite Mary Anning of Winslet cares for Charlotte de Saorise Ronan’s health by being attentive and caring. Mare, on the other hand, is that friend who finds you sleeping on your bedroom floor and instead of checking to see if you are breathing, decides to continually push yourself with her foot until you wake up. Then they just leave because their job is done. (Not that I experienced this situation or anything.)
Speaking of Mare, that spiraling descent into the fiery pit that’s deep in the rock last week left her without a job may have been good. Mare opens up and not just to Richard (Guy Pearce). She spoke about not being well mentally to her best friend Lori (Julieanne Nicholson). These are small steps and there is still a lot of luggage to unpack. She begins to realize how deeply troubled Kevin was and how Carrie may have started to change. Mare is working on coming to terms with the idea of having a second chance in her life, which gives me hope that she starts supporting Carrie in the development of hers. She’s also talking to a therapist, which is a huge step forward for that. Hopefully by the end of the series we will see a Mare who can come to terms with the tragedies of her past and begin to heal.
Easttown mare started life as a murder mystery, but as we progress this story twists and turns. Sometimes a detective can handle a case however they want, but the evidence goes nowhere. Then another crime occurs, and the new evidence can help connect past cases that never thought were linked. Mare and Detective Zabel have worked hard to shatter the information they had so far on the assumption that Katie’s disappearance and Erin’s murder had nothing in common.
Then tonight introduced Missy Sayers (Sasha Frolova), a prostitute whom we witness getting caught by a client. The fact that she has a similar profile to Katie’s leads Mare and Zabel to believe that the two could be related, but how could that fit in with Erin? Missy’s disappearance leads them to question Jess (Ruby Cruz) about how Erin was going to pay for DJ’s ear surgery. Sometimes it takes a sacrifice to gain new knowledge that can help fill in the dark spots. Missy was the sacrifice they needed to uncover an important piece of the puzzle. Erin was going to try to work with the same escort service as Missy. Getting the three girls to connect and turn around Easttown mare in an episode of Law and Order SVU.
Of course, we’re only halfway there Easttown mare which means there must still be surprises tonight. From the first moments of Episode 4, I had a feeling Missy was going to meet up with Katie, and I was right. Knowing that Katie is alive makes what happens to Dawn here more difficult to watch.
This city invited us from day one and here we are, discovering its deep belly. Who is the mysterious man holding Katie and Missy captive? Why is he doing this? Is Easttown mareThe murder mystery of the murder is going to turn into something closer to human trafficking, and will Helen finally be able to have a quiet night for herself so that she can enjoy her hidden icy hideaway?