Tonight’s episode was powerful. Viewers could have expected that when a disclaimer about gun control, race and police violence came up on screen before the episode started, but really we had no idea what was about to go down.
We start the episode with Rachel and Coleman in bed, he invites her to his cousin’s wedding, she accepts. They look happy, so you know something is about to happen to damper that happiness… it’s UnREAL after all.
And there it is, Madison knocks and tells Rachel someone wants to see her. It’s Adam! Who we saw arriving at the mansion after Quinn called him last episode. Adam tells Rachel he’s back for her, she says she’s not interested but still looks kind of shaken by his presence.
Rachel tells Coleman about her past with Adam and they both agree that he can’t stay. In the control room they both tell Quinn that Adam can’t stay but then John walk in and he loves the idea about Adam returning for an episode, so naturally everyone gets on board immediately.
John also approaches Coleman and tells him that they should talk later about new projects. Coleman is excited and tells John he and Rachel have many new ideas that John is sure to like. John, after Quinn tells him so, tells Coleman he just wants him and not Rachel.
Coleman goes to talk to Quinn about this, because he figures out it was her who told John to leave Rachel behind. Quinn tells him she did them a favor, that Rachel is a ticking time bomb and she knows how to keep her in line.
Meanwhile, Adam uses his time on camera (and off!) to send Rachel messages about how much he’s changed, how sorry he is for messing things up and how he really regrets it. I’m torn here, because I really like Coleman, but on the other hand I think Adam and Rachel did really have a strong connection so we’ll see how things play out.
Coleman feels threatened by Adam, and rightfully so because when Rachel goes to Adam’s room to tell him she’s not interested they end up making out. Adam also gets to her afterwards and tells her to leave with him that night. She seems tempted and tells him to meet her in 5 minutes at her office.
When Rachel gets to her office she sees Coleman and John, who are having a meeting about new projects. Coleman begins to explain that Quinn wanted her cut but she gets a text from Adam telling her he’s on his way. So, naturally, she starts making out with Coleman so Adam sees them together when he enters the office and finally understands that she doesn’t want to get back together with him.
Coleman is not happy about Rachel’s scheme and tells her to sort out this whole thing with Adam because problematic exes seem to be attracted to Rachel like a moth to a flame.
Elsewhere Darius is having one of the most horrible dates I have ever seen, fake or otherwise, with Chantal. Chantal decides the best way to prove to Darius that she’s ready to star over after her fiancé’s death is to spread his ashes right then and there with Darius. She miscalculates and the ashes fly everywhere, even inside Darius’ mouth. Oh boy!
Darius is totally done with the show with everything that has happened to him. Can anyone blame him? The good thing is Jay bring Darius back. Rachel is surprised but Darius is ecstatic. He decides to go on a joyride on the show’s Bentley with Romeo and Yael and Tiffany, who by the way are drunk. Not liking this idea, Darius.
Coleman and Rachel get radioed by Madison, who tells them she left the keys in the Bentley and Darius took it. Rachel decides it would be a great idea to report the car as stolen so the police would pull over Darius and they would be there to film it. Coleman is, strangely, in agreement with this horrible, terrible idea. I think Everlasting is starting to have its effect on him.
Darius is indeed pulled over by the police and things go south fast. He doesn’t have his ID, because it’s at the mansion. He tries to tell them that he’s on a reality TV show but they don’t see any cameras so they are not buying it. He says he’s a football player but they don’t recognize him. Tiffany and Yale make things worse by drunkenly and loudly talking to the police officers. Romeo and Darius are asked to get out of the car and are roughly pushed on the top of the car and handcuffed.
Coleman and Rachel (plus cameras) are hiding nearby. Rachel sees the situation is getting worse and tries to go stop everything but Coleman stops her. When she sees Darius getting hurt (remember his bad back?) she runs towards them. One of the police officers turns to her and tells her to stop while pointing the gun at her. The officer then turns around with the gun and shoots Romeo amidst the chaos. I was not expecting this at all. Fortunately Romeo is still alive, but this was hard to watch, especially after all the events we continue to see that are sadly all too familiar with this scene.
Quinn who is taking some time off the show with John, after a conversation with Rachel in which Rachel tells her to let go of her. “You need to get over me, you’re obsessed with me” Rachel tells her earlier in the hour. We see Quinn thinking about this and then telling John she needs to get away.
While on this getaway, she keeps receiving phone calls, which she doesn’t answer… Really, if you were on a romantic getaway with Ioan Gruffudd would you answer the phone? Yeah, didn’t think so. John and Quinn candidly start talking about their future. John says he wants children… and considering Quinn’s comments when Chet took his son to set, I don’t think she’s on the same page, John.
Things at the Everlasting mansion are chaotic, with police officers roaming around, panicked girls and an unraveling Rachel. Her head is spinning and she goes to hide in her trailer. Adam finds her and tells her he’s there for her, he wants to help her. But Rachel screams at him to leave and we really see her in bad shape crying and screaming and in a fragile state of mind. Adam finally leaves and we see Rachel calling her mother.
The next day Quinn is trying to fix things on set. She tells Coleman she’s the showrunner again and he’s fired. They are arguing when they see a broken Rachel leaving the Everlasting mansion with her mother leading her out. Quinn looks genuinely concerned about her.
Meanwhile Jeremy (ugh!) picks up Yael – who earlier was grilling Adam for details from the year before – who tells him she’s terrified about what happened. Jeremy says she doesn’t know the half of it so she says to tell her already. He agrees and she starts recording their conversation. I knew it! From that day she was asking Jeremy about Rachel I knew that wasn’t just curiosity. I bet she’s an undercover journalist or something and that Rachel is her story. Monica Barbaro, who plays Yael, seems to like this theory.
We then cut to Rachel; she's in a mental facility with her mother who is giving her medication to “make everything better.”
This show keeps getting better and better. Everyone should be watching it, not only is it entertaining as heck, it’s an important show that touches on important issues too. Everlasting may not be "television that matters" as Rachel always points out, but UnREAL sure is! Tonight’s episode, Ambush, was a big one, but I’m sure we’re just getting started and we’re going to get some explosive final episodes.