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Two Takes: UnREAL “Infiltration”

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Lifetime

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Lifetime

Things move oh so quickly on Lifetime’s UnREAL.

The dynamic duo of Rachel and Coleman seemingly had the upper hand. Until Quinn took over. Forget about Chet’s “you’re the love of my life” mantra kick he’s on. Who needs that pathetic soul when a billionaire media mogul enters the picture?

Alas, much of the drama remained Quinn versus Rachel, a rivalry where the women involved are smart and cunning and don’t back down when they look down for the count. Before the end of the hour, it was still QvR, but a little something else filtered into the conversation. It was almost as if Quinn showed she cares about Rachel. Almost.

Lumberjack!Jeremy’s descent into douche-dom became complete. He went from sleeping with Hot Rachel to hitting Real Rachel. And on top of that, Chet was the one to give him his walking papers. Yes, we said CHET.

And finally, it felt like Ruby had it made in the shade with Darius. She didn’t. And for reasons we never saw coming.

Tina: Wow, this episode was exhausting. So much drama. So much tension.

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Quinn was such an integral character in “Infiltration” so I feel like we should start with her. She tried to engineer things the only way she can. When it comes to a night in the fantasy suite — or whatever the hell they call it on Everlasting — she wants Sexy Yael aka Hot Rachel to win the “fan favorite” vote so Quinn has her go up against Dominique, who we’ve barely met this entire season (Although I know Elizabeth Whitmere from the Supernatural Season 3 episode, “Hollywood Babylon.” She played the lead in the horror movie).

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Rachel fed Dominique the super secret information that Yael was sleeping with a member of the crew, right? Well it backfired on her. Her telling Darius didn’t exactly endear her to him. What it did spark was an act of independence. Darius went off book and didn’t pick Yael or Dominique for this one-on-one date. His choice: Ruby. Quinn wasn’t happy. But these two have chemistry, Corts!

Cortney: #TeamRuby all the way! But before I go there, we do have to discuss Quinn. Is there ANYTHING this woman won’t do to win?! I can literally imagine her drowning puppies (the truest measure of a heartless person in my book) if it put her on top. It blows my mind.

I don’t even know what to say about her bringing in Ruby’s dad (Carl Lumbly, Alias, Zoo). It was just cruel. I cringed for Ruby, I cringed for Darius and I cringed for Jay (bless him, he really cares for Ruby and believes in her!).

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

I initially applauded Rachel for sabotaging Quinn’s Dominique/Hot Rachel plan and giving Darius the chance to pick for himself (she has a heart!), but the second Ruby’s dad showed up and she picked Quinn over Coleman, I died a little inside. Quinn was right, this is who they are and this is what they love to do. Being around Coleman may have given Rachel a platform to implement her true beliefs, but when push comes to shove, a tiger can’t change its stripes. And it hurt.

Tina: Oh, man. I felt so bad for Ruby, too. The last thing you want to have happen is for your dad to show up to the reality TV show you’re starring in just in time to see you in bed with the Bachelor. I mean, Suitor. I really thought Coleman was going to dump Rachel after she took the cameras into the bedroom to capture the confrontation with Darius/Ruby and Ruby’s dad. She and Quinn are, in some ways, cut from the same barracuda cloth. I like to think Rachel has more heart than Quinn, though.

Cortney: I agree, Rachel does have more heart, but as you mentioned in the intro, there was a moment in there where it seemed like Quinn really did care about Rachel. Granted, it was after she slammed her for pairing up with Coleman, but it was still there.

Rachel: In three years, I will have my own show and a man that loves me.
Quinn: I’m just trying to protect you, Rachel.
Rachel: From what? The beautiful life you never had? No thanks.
Quinn: Easy. Be careful, ok?

And just as quickly, it was gone. What do you think? Was this genuine or was it another Quinn-ipulation?

Tina: I like the word “Quinn-ipulation.” That’s. Awesome. And it is now part of our Two Takes UnREAL vernacular. I don’t know. I keep going back and forth on whether she was sincere. She said that Coleman is Rachel’s Chet. But I don’t want to believe that about Coleman. Rachel’s now getting it from both sides. Coleman = Chet. Rachel > Quinn. Rachel needs to take some time and figure out who she wants to be, if she’s really outgrown Quinn. Is she the hipster producer with a social message or the ruthless ruin people’s lives puppet master in the making? I feel like she needs to figure this out quickly.

Can we talk about the Image Awards? Is it me or did Coleman and Rachel seem like they were toddlers once Quinn strolled into the picture and stole the attention of that billionaire media mogul guy? By the way, welcome to UnREAL, Ioan Gruffudd. Cortney, I loved Gruffodd on Ringer and, more recently, he starred in ABC’s Forever. I’m curious to see how his character affects or changes the landscape. Quinn needed an ally. And he seems to be a very, very hot, very, very rich one. And I liked that Chet spotted this guy paying attention to Quinn.

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Cortney: Yes, loved this casting! And I agree, Coleman and Rachel had the wind taken out of their sails real quick when Quinn walked in and stole the show. I have to admit that while I like that Quinn has a romantic interest (who doesn’t want to go to Costco on their first date?!), I’m kind of horrified by the fact that there is someone there to spur her on and even exacerbate her awfulness. Chet did, but he was dumb and didn’t have much power so it seemed acceptable. But this guy, he’s a successful big wig, which makes it more upsetting. Quinn is a force to be reckoned with on her own, but now that John is in her corner, watch out, world!

But back to Rachel and Coleman at the Image Awards, I just can’t get enough of how Coleman respects Rachel and treats her as an equal — he called her his “producing PARTNER”! We’ve never seen anyone truly genuinely acknowledge Rachel’s skills (unless it was for their own gain) so I love that Rachel is finally being treated well. I just hope she doesn’t see it for more than it is…after all, they’ve only been together like three days and she’s already saying the “L” word. Lol.

Back to Chet. Can we talk about how HE was the white knight who came to Rachel’s rescue after Jeremy knocked her out?! Who would’ve thought?! And the look on his face felt so genuine. I almost didn’t recognize him! But I’m not complaining, I think seeing someone else care for Quinn really hit him where it counts and I’m hoping it knocked a little humanity in to him as well.

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Lifetime

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Lifetime

Tina: Chet first tried to pay it forward with his reclaiming his manhood mumbo jumbo from the beginning of the season. It was ridiculous. But as silly as he is, I liked him saving Rachel. What am I saying? Is Chet taking a decidedly non-douchey turn? I could be here for that.

Cortney, I’m not sure how to feel about this character development for Jeremy. Obviously, what he did was horrid. He’s in a dark place. He was also in a very drunk place. I don’t care what’s happened to him or how much he’s been drinking, to do what he did ruined the character for me. He’s wasn’t exactly on my “love him” list. But he wasn’t really on my s–t list either. Now. He. Is. There’s no redeeming him for me.

Well, I guess I do know how I feel about this character development. I wonder how much we’re going to be seeing Jeremy from here on out.

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Lifetime

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Lifetime

Cortney: I’ve always been more of a Jeremy fan than you have (which his not to say I’m not an Adam fan too, I am! And I’m beyond excited for his return!) so this was really tough for me.

Tina: Even though I was always Team Adam last season, I did actually like Jeremy in Season 1. That is until the very end when he showed up at Rachel’s mother’s door.

Cortney: Yes, he was super drunk and yes, after being girl-slapped by Chet, he admitted he still loves Rachel (after calling her a black hole), so he was clearly emotionally a wreck as well. But going after her like that, not okay.I understand that he’s done everything he’s done because he loves her and is hurt, but that doesn’t justify being a douchebag. I mean, when you make Chet look good, that’s saying something. I’m never going to say never as far as being open to understanding and forgiving him, but now that someone as mature as Coleman is in the picture, it’s hard for me to ever imagine Jeremy being a good fit for Rachel again.

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Speaking of good fits, can we discuss Ruby and Darius? How freakin’ adorable were they in that overnight date? I mean, yes, jumping on the bed is silly and SO not sexy, but it was also so Ruby and part of what Darius likes about her. She’s so genuine and I love that we’re seeing her fun side. These two have sparks like no other and really truly get each other, which is why it killed me when he cut her at the end. I get where he was coming from, he doesn’t appreciate that she wants to change him (and let’s be honest, like Jeremy, he’s also hurt), but that still felt brutal.

Darius: Whoever you think I could be, you should go be with that guy.
Ruby: No, that’s not what I meant.
Darius: Maybe I could do more. I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m just saying I’m not enough for you or your dad and I don’t like how that feels. It’s gonna be too much work disappointing you every day.

I mean, that’s rough, right? And then the tears streaming down Ruby’s cheeks…talk about a day going from bad to worse. All I have to say is this better not be the last we see of her. What did you think about how this all went down, Tina?

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Tina: Things turned so wrong for Ruby so quickly. Even more so than her wanting to change him, maybe he doesn’t feel good enough for her. I feel like he doesn’t want to live up to the pressure of these two people — Ruby and her dad — who are more substance than flash. They want to change the world and do big things. Darius…wants to be an ace football player. He wants to repair his reputation. He is all about now whereas Ruby is all about affecting the future. In that way, the two are incompatible. In a romantic chemistry sort of way, they were everything. It was nice to see them have fun and genuine moments. But then it was even more brutal to see him extinguish her candle. She probably felt blindsided. Yet another casualty of the Master of Disaster a.k.a. Quinn.

This Quinn/Rachel clash of the titans is giving me anxiety. I prefer it much more when they’re teaming up to destroy lives. But I have to admit, this Godzilla versus Mothra story arc is pretty fascinating. I wonder how far it’ll go.

Now for Yael. It still seems like she’s collecting information on Rachel, don’t you think?

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Photo Credit: James Dittiger/Lifetime

Cortney: Haha, I guess if lives must be destroyed, it’s better to have Quinn and Rachel destroying the same life rather than going after two different ones (and each other!). I have a feeling this will last for most, if not all of the season though.

As far as Yael, there is definitely something fishy. There was her discovery of the Rachel photo riddled with bullet holes, but I have a feeling it has to come up again soon. That being said, I still don’t know if she’s working for someone or if she’s just trying to get the scoop on Rachel for her own purposes and to “win” the game. Either way, Darius chose her to stay, making another win for Quinn, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. As John said, “in a room full of legends, [she’s] a legend” and as such, she always wins.

UnREAL airs on Lifetime Monday nights at 10/9c.

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