The White Lotus – Season 2 Episode 4 “In the Sandbox” Recap and Review

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In the sandbox

The girls (Daphne and Harper) and the guys (Cameron and Ethan) pledge to respect the codes of the genre and promise not to say anything about their nights during episode 4 of season 2 of The White Lotus.

Lucia and Mia are fired by Cam and the girls are hungover from drugs. They decide to lie “somewhere” and go from there. Valentina sees Isabella in a new light after she suddenly bursts into a speech of admiration for the manager. In the conversation, Isabella guides Dominic to a local jewelry store. He wants something to give his wife. Valentina tells Isabella to come see her in case of any difficulties she encounters at work or otherwise.

At breakfast, Portia half-heartedly apologizes to Albie for abandoning him the other night. She promises to hang out at lunch, though. Tanya tells Portia about Greg’s infidelity. Quentin, the guy from the previous episode, meets Taya in the hallway and invites her and Portia to the Beach Club for lunch. Tanya accepts and has a warm feeling about Quentin. Lucia is suddenly plunged into an existential crisis. She feels she cannot continue to sin by selling her body and apologizes to Mia for pushing her into it. She fears judgment at the end of her time and cannot bear to face the executor.

The girls decide to use Bert’s room, to which they still have the key after seeing him leave. Bert accidentally bumps into half-naked Mia as they leave her room, amused her. Quentin and his band of “gays” are very welcoming with the girls. Turns out the guy from last night is Jack, an Englishman. He is Quentin’s nephew and recognizes Portia from the pool. They talk about Essex and the exchanges quickly turn flirtatious. Quentin is staying in Palermo with Matteo and showing some of his other friends around.

Quentin tells Tanya the story of Isola Bella Island. An old matriarch lived there and refused to sell the house on the island to investors. She was murdered under mysterious circumstances. After this, Tanya begins to tell her own story to Quentin, who listens eagerly. Harper starts doing the dishes as soon as she reaches her room. But her bitchy mood is ruined when she notices the condom wrapper Cam left on the couch. She assumes the worst and stops from there, wondering what Ethan did.

The time for reckoning has come for their relationship. At lunch, Albie lodges just downstairs from where he can see Portia and Jack flirting with each other. He even refuses Lucia and Mia places her next to his chair while waiting for Portia. Albie decides to go up to them but Portia shoots him down.

He then proceeds to join Dom and Bert for lunch but is frustrated when Dom tries to manipulate him into saying a good word for Dom to his mother. Harper still behaves nervously, putting the other three in a difficult position. Mia has an epiphany where she says she’s going to sleep with Giuseppe to give her career a boost.

Lucia tries to stop her but Mia has already made up her mind. She laments the “monster” she has created. Quentin encourages Tanya to have a good time and invites her to see his boat and his house in Palermo. Lucia sits down with Albie after Portia abandons him. They start talking and it’s hard to tell if she’s genuine or if she’s in “business”.

Mia agrees to have sex with Giuseppe and the singer takes her to an abandoned church in the station. It’s a funny sequence because he can’t “get up”. Mia goes to get Viagra pills from Lucia’s purse but doesn’t know which is which. Lucia and Albie are in the water and she is unable to help Mia when she asks about the pills.

Mia doesn’t know what she’s giving Giuseppe but keeps doing it. They can’t have sex but Giuseppe promises to help Mia anyway. Harper is still struggling with what she found on the couch but is unable to confront Ethan about it. She tries but without success. They always go out to dinner that night, together. Giuseppe has a heart attack and an ambulance is called. Jack and Portia have a drink at the bar, where they spot Albie and Lucia. Bert spots Lucia and Albie talking and Dominic looks the other way. Lucia helps Albie “win” over Portia and kisses her to make her jealous.

Valentina reveals her feelings for Isabella when she brings her a starfish pendant from the jewelry store. The Sullivans sleep peacefully, unlike the Spillers (or at least Harper). Lucia and Albie go to his room together but it seems money isn’t the issue. Portia and Jack also have a night to themselves, showing that Albie and Portia have gone their separate ways.


The episode review

With halfway through the season, things were set to heat up in Episode 4. Quite subtly, the writers steered the story toward its conclusion and a tectonic shift in character dynamics. Harper made an isolated figure after discovering the condom wrapper Cam left on Ethan’s couch.

On numerous occasions, the lack of communication between the two, despite their alleged moral superiority over the Sullivans in their relationship, has been revealed. It was quite ironic to see how the tables turned and the huge discrepancy between truth and fiction that Harper created for themselves.

She seems likely to be in the danger zone for now. Another change we saw involved Lucia and Mia, especially the latter. She defied the odds and all the limitations of her character by acting and selling out.

The most heartbreaking thing was how easily she slipped into her new reality in pursuit of the big dream. Lucia straightened up, somehow, and this role reversal doesn’t look good either. The underlying tension in Episode 4 was somewhat offset by the joyous outcome for Tanya.

His encounter with “gays” was perhaps the only takeaway for us in this episode. Coolidge is so funny and sad at the same time, you can’t really tell the difference.

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