Counterpart: Love the Lie
March 11, 2018 8:38 PM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

The aftermath of the Indigo school discovery takes an emotional toll. Quayle grapples with his wife's new identity.
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
My god. That scene with the two of them! Such incredible character acting. I went all to pieces.
posted by corb at 11:16 PM on March 11 [3 favorites]


Far and away the best recaps for Counterpart are being written by William Evans on the Black Nerd Problems site. Written in urban vernacular, they are perceptive and very, very funny. In fact, I submit they recall the glory days of the Television Without Pity recaps, which saw the pinnacle of the form. An example from episode 5:

"HIB out on the stroll when Andrei calls your boy up to play some Go. He don’t look thrilled to see this dude, but he gotta play the part, nahmean. Andrei must be getting the brakes beat off of him, because he like well damn, Howard, you done leveled up. HIB bout to hit him with the endgame but realizes that not sucking at Go might blow his cover. So he throws that shit. But also, Andrei is an asshole, man. Dude is basically patting HIB’s head the whole time like, 'There you go, boy. You almost got it. You might actually win. The sequence is right there.' Man, kiss my prime ass, Andrei. A dude can’t just relax and play some Go by the canal outchea without all this pressure to win some shit?"

And from that powerhouse scene at the end of this episode:

"Howard is going the fuck off. HIB is smug as all hell. And HIB lies about E-Coma waking up. But he does tell Howard that she was fucking Andrei. Man, he cut Howard to the gotdamn bone. And… Howard knew all along that E-Coma was not only cheating but also a spy. He just suppressed that shit. Jesus, man. This shit went from bad to fucking sad to Howard resolving that shit and making HIB look smaller than how he came in. Jesus, Simmons is Da Gawd."
posted by mojohand at 2:50 PM on March 12


This is my favorite show right now. I'm really sad that there are only two more episodes this season (but it's already been renewed for a second).

There are so many balls in the air. I think only Our Howard and Emily Prime are the only characters now not in serious conflict.

The interface scene was both very well written and very well acted. So good.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:39 PM on March 12 [2 favorites]


How great would it be if Far Side Angel Eyes already killed and replaced his double hisself and then Baldwin appears with her foot in the door like a garot salesman and straight up removes him without realising?
posted by Mr Bismarck at 6:11 AM on March 13


How great would it be if Far Side Angel Eyes already killed and replaced his double hisself and then Baldwin appears with her foot in the door like a garot salesman and straight up removes him without realising?

Yeah, you'd think you'd want to arrange the replacements a bit more tightly than shown. Clare seemed to have the right idea. Walking in and garotting your guy without the replacement to hand seems... sloppy. And how did she dispose of the body?
posted by BungaDunga at 7:26 PM on March 13


Also, is anybody getting a strange triple-agent vibe from Aldrich in this episode? After the sequence with Alice in ep.5, I thought he was a straight shooter - but now I'm not so sure.
posted by eclectist at 5:33 PM on March 17


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