The White Lotus Season 2 Episode 2
Do you have any memories of childhood vacations when your parents would argue over a seemingly unimportant matter? You might be resting at a bed & breakfast or ready to go to the beach when your parents get into a fight over the status of their relationship as you are sitting in the backseat of the car.
Talk about turning a small hill into a mountain. A dark cloud continues to loom over the family’s vacation as eye rolls and yelling battles continue.
These scenes pretty much sum up most of the action in Italian Dream, the second episode of The White Lotus’ second season. The only difference is that these people are staying at one of Europe’s top resorts and have millions of dollars in their pockets.
You’d think there would be nothing but joy and laughter among the wealthy, but I guess money can’t always buy pleasure or even contentment that is at least mediocre. Unsteady waters begin to shake the marriage foundations of the passionate couples as they begin to actually engage in the meat and potatoes of their vacations in Sicily.
As Tanya and Greg (Jennifer Coolidge and Jon Gries) continue their downhill trajectory, their relationship is very different from how we remember it from the first season, when they initially meet at the Hawaiian outpost of the White Lotus.
Without knowing what exactly sparked the conflict between the two seasons, we can only guess that Tanya’s annoying demeanor is a major contributing factor. Tanya’s anticipated emotional outburst is about to happen when Greg claims he must go for a few days for business, but this just looks a little shady.
In each of these episodes, Greg has been conversing with someone on the phone in an intimate manner, and it appears that the writers are directing us toward a plot involving infidelity. Not the only one this season, either.
Evidently, the Di Grasso men’s trip to Italy with the boys was meant to be a family-wide celebration of their ancestry, but Dom’s pattern of infidelity put a serious monkey wrench into the works.
Because they find the middle-aged patriarch’s sex addict visage and behavior intolerable, the female side of the brood chooses to remain in the United States. Bert (F. Murray Abraham), Dom’s father, is deeply troubled by the entire situation and is deeply missing his recently deceased wife.
However, Dom can’t stop himself and chooses to start dating some local women who are more than ready to swindle him out of his money and naivete. But Simona Tabasco and Beatrice Grann’s characters Lucia and Mia are much more than just cheap sex toys.
The viewer gets to observe how these women are taking advantage of Dom’s money by spending lavishly on designer apparel and expensive wine at the bar.
This is how the plots of Tanya and Dom mimic one another. Do these two actually lack the ability to maintain a committed relationship, or do they just require that they constantly have their way? Tanya’s presents and Dom’s sex are both used as symbols of gluttony, and both of them are susceptible to their forbidden urges.
It appears that both protagonists’ stories will come to a bad conclusion, but do they really care if their marriages end in divorce? Rich individuals simply go on to the next thing they want, and whatever they are looking at ends up being just another side of the same coin.
Because every variable is under control, living in a paradise is a breeding ground for unrest. Because the spoilt brats on the screen all have similar bank accounts, their ideas, feelings, issues, and solutions are reduced to their most basic elements.
The contrast between Ethan and Harper (Will Sharpe and Aubrey Plaza) and Cameron and Daphne is the ideal illustration of this (Theo James and Meghann Fahy).
The first pair is supposed to be more grounded and straightforward because they recently inherited a large sum of money. Since the second couple has been financially secure for a while, there should be more instances of boredom and marital conflict.
Instead, Ethan and Harper are learning that, despite the level playing field, their compatibility may not be as strong as that of their pals. Ethan had to wank after a morning run to a sleazy Pornhub clip because they can’t even find a time when they’re both simultaneously aroused.
Although Cameron and Daphne are delusional, ignorance is frequently equated with happiness. We’ll find out if they’re just putting on a show or if they truly are peachy and lively every single day of the week.
Ironically, at the Italian branch of the White Lotus, they seem to be the only two people who know what a holiday is all about.