We notice a significant difference in Harper, one of our most obstinate visitors as the third day of our Sicilian vacation gets underway. She is not a morning s*x person, which was established last week but after being confronted by their asynchronous sex life last week, we now witness her primping and lying on the bed to greet Ethan after his run.
But the genuine change in the Harper we’ve grown to know and love is much more significant. I’m going to be fantastic today. And welcoming,” she says Ethan not simply to disprove him but also because she is aware of how significant it is to him.
She claims that she will be nothing less than pleasant to Cameron and Daphne all day, even though he looks doubtful about her capacity to change her mind completely. “You don’t think I’m beautiful, do you? Just observe.
Harper is not the only one, either. In this episode, we observe a change in several of our characters as they face challenges to change, either from inside or from without. But are these initiatives long-lasting? Can they alter it?
Nice Both for us and her breakfast company, Harper is disturbing to behold. She pauses for a moment and mulls over what a kind person would say before settling on, “Did you guys see the sky this morning? It was so beautiful,” she exclaimed, taking Cameron and Daphne off by surprise with her attitude shift.
But when Cameron and Daphne begin arguing about whether or not to visit a palazzo in Noto, polite Harper finds it difficult to remain in character. They fight, then. Daphne suggests that they travel to the palazzo by themselves, leaving the lads behind to Jet-Ski.
This is where polite Harper is put to the test. Ethan encourages them and, seeing how hard she is working on her self-imposed kindness assignment, Harper agrees.
Albie and Portia reunite across the buffet after their unpleasant separation the night before. Albie tells her, “I did want to come in and keep hanging out, just so you know,” adding that he didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable, something Portia believes Albie can never do.
She believes he could be much more aggressive. He doesn’t waste any time in making this adjustment, and when she tries to turn down Bert’s invitation to see the areas where the Godfather was filmed, Albie is adamant she must go. He murmurs, “I’m getting more violent. It resembles a young dog dressed as a lion.
They have a chat about men’s interest in The Godfather while touring a home where the movie was filmed, which is reminiscent of the same conversation Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan had in You’ve Got Mail. A discussion on whether the movie promotes masculine fantasy or merely reflects it ensues when the nice guy Albie returns and challenges the romanticization of the patriarchy in the film.
Sadly, Portia is unable to stay for what I’m sure would have been an insightful discussion about gender identity with an 80-year-old man when Tanya calls to ask her to return to the hotel after she says her tearful goodbye to Greg.
Tanya is the guest we’ve known the longest, yet it appears like she’s the least adaptable. She is the same person we first encountered as. She promises to revoke the prenup, though if it means Greg won’t leave out of desperation. However, their marital issues are more complex than that. Thanks to the doctors Tanya secured for Greg, we learn that he will live.
However, Tanya believes that because Greg now has a longer lifespan, he decided he doesn’t want to spend it with her. Greg leaves despite Tanya’s best attempts, necessitating Tanya’s need for support. Portia, her assistant for emotional support, and the fortune teller she asks Valentina to send are introduced. “Do you think they could make a house call because it’s kind of an emergency?” she asks.
Tanya asks the tarot card reader, “I just want to know whether our marriage is going to endure,” and he or she responds by telling her that her husband is in love with someone else and that there is someone lovely in his life. Could it possibly be me? Tanya inquires but sadly, no.
Tanya dismisses the “negative” tarot reader because this is not the outcome she desired. Tanya doesn’t change because she continues to throw people away. Even her attempt to break the prenuptial agreement is nothing new, she has a history of trying to cure her problems with money, as she did when she gave Belinda a sizable gratuity to ease her guilt earlier this season.
When Daphne tells Harper that the two of them will truly be spending the night at the palazzo, her attitude shift is put to the test even more. When Harper inquires as to why Daphne withheld this information from her, Daphne responds that she wanted Cam to believe it was a last-minute decision so he would have FOMO and regret missing it.
So, are you joking around with him? When Harper inquires, Daphne agrees, claiming that it keeps things interesting. Cameron congratulates Ethan on his newfound financial success when they return to the hotel, although he regrets not getting a heads-up.
Before Ethan can fully process his brazen request for insider trading secrets, Cameron is urging Ethan to invest with him, demonstrating Harper was accurate about his motives for this trip. Harper and Ethan are effectively recognizing, Oh, these people are nuts, at the same time.
Unfortunately for them, they must experience and digest this shared realization while they are apart because their partner won’t be there to snap them back to reality. Dominic draws his kid aside after their argument at the Godfather’s house because he thinks his boy gets the wrong impression of him.
“I’m a feminist and I’ve always supported women. Your mother is a clever, amazing woman, so I didn’t marry some servile wife. It appears that this is more about what Abby thinks of Dominic than what Albie thinks of Dominic.
He urges his kid to apologize to his mother but Albie reminds him that only his father’s change will make things right. Albie doesn’t seem to be persuaded by Dominic’s claims that he has or will change. After yet another night with Lucia and Mia, Dominic has been warned by his father to get his act together but has yet to do so.
Will he be able to change for his kid now that Albie is begging him to do so? He’s torn between these two generations and while his sleazy father’s advice might sound like calling a spade a spade, his son’s perspective is probably more valuable to him.
Dominic makes yet another attempt to modify that, telling the women he won’t be able to meet up for the rest of the week and acquitting them of their responsibilities. While Cameron and Ethan are across the restaurant, Lucia and Mia are simply moving on to the next.
Fortunately for the women, Cameron isn’t just interested in insider trading. He’s also surprised that Ethan isn’t taking advantage of his newfound wealth sexually. Cameron notices Lucia and Mia and ushers them over to their table after attempting to explain the benefits of cheating to a resistant Ethan, just as he had attempted to explain the benefits of insider trading.
Portia and Albie meet outside for a beer by the pool, where she is taken aback when Albie unexpectedly and boldly kisses her. Albie is still determined to be this new aggressive person. Portia, though, declines his offer to return to his room, so it’s not working with her.
Albie’s attempt to transform into someone he does not fail since this very act of transformation is merely another instance of his remaining the same sweet pushover that we already know and love. He’s only acting “aggressive” because a girl told him to which relieves Portia of all the guilt.
I’m interested to see Albie’s reaction to this. Will it cause him to lean even more heavily on his whiny “good men finish last” attitude or (hopefully) will he channel this annoyance onto his father and give up on trying to mediate conflicts within his family once and for all?
Harper is high at the palazzo thanks to the delicious Daphne provided her earlier, and she and Daphne talk about their husbands while Harper is high. Has Ethan altered in any way? Daphne queries. Harper responds, almost mockingly, that he hasn’t but Daphne tells her that this is wonderful news.
She has witnessed successful individuals like Ethan transform overnight into ruthless cheaters. Daphne is pleased that her husband has a friend like Ethan since she views him as a positive role model in contrast to the psychopaths Cameron works with, who resemble Bernie Madoff.
That’s excellent for Daphne, but how would Cameron’s impact change for Ethan? Harper’s thoughts about this start to creep into her awareness as she wonders, “Who have I left my husband with while I’m gone?” She inquires, “Do you believe Cameron ever betrays you?” to which Daphne replies that she has learned how to handle it without going into much detail.
Ethan, though, is an honest man to a fault, as Harper stated previously. And so far, she is correct. On their drug excursion, Cameron and Ethan are partying with Lucia and Mia back at the hotel, but they are using a stronger substance than Harper’s edible.
It always seems as though Ethan’s body is being pulled through this montage as the wild partying goes on all around him. When Mia kisses Ethan, he shakes his head, alert enough to stop Cameron from having sex with Lucia.
When Harper calls Ethan, no one picks up. Despite her complete confidence in Ethan as a person, she is also aware of his lack of dominance due to her extensive knowledge of him. He takes her lead when she’s present.
What transpires, however, when Cameron, another alpha, is the only person present? Will Ethan adopt his strategy? Could the day finish with Harper’s husband maybe changing who he is? The day began with Harper purposefully changing who she was to illustrate a point to Ethan.