Why Women Kill season 2 has just been a string of near-perfect episodes, making this an unforgettable season of television. The ninth episode of the season includes so many twists and turns that the viewer is never bored, and the story is all the better for it.
We’ve seen characters evolve this season, both for better and for worse. Scooter went from someone who was using Rita for money to someone who actually cared for her. In the beginning of the season, he tells Dee that he wishes Rita was nicer like she is — and it’s clear Katherine’s heart is one thing that has drawn him to her even beyond the ruse Rita set up. When Katherine puts Rita in her place, Scooter just can’t let her suffer and takes pity on her, proving that he is a good guy after all.
Katherine herself has been through an evolution of her own, going from someone who was self-assured to someone who’s actually quite insecure in all she fears to lose. The final scenes where she pulls out her gun and shoots both Bertram and Scooter in an attempt to kill Rita make for a great twist and a heartbreaking ending all in one. It really is great television.
Rita herself gets some of the best character work Marc Cherry has ever done. She’s quite a unique character in a few ways. Cherry spent the last 9 episodes making Rita Castillo as unlikable as possible and then, suddenly, she loses everything and her humanity begins to show.
We get Rita’s backstory and her shame, a glimpse at the fact that she actually does have a heart underneath that venom and it’s not really played as a joke. She’s a very new character for Cherry and Lana Parilla plays these scenes incredibly. Rita’s speech to Scooter in the street is one of the best scenes in the show to date, both in terms of acting and scriptwriting.
Alma Fillcott is another unique character for Cherry’s pen, as the character started out as a good little housewife but has degraded into something far more sinister. We’ve seen complicated women written by him, women with both good sides and bad, but we never really saw a complete devolution into villainhood like this.
Alma’s greed has surpassed just wanting to join the garden club and now, she wants to be President, going as far as to blackmail her opponent by threatening to out her status as a gay woman. And while Alma degrades into this character who is very hard to find sympathy for, Bertram reemerges as a character with a heart. He feels guilt over his own actions and Alma’s, not wanting to actually hurt people. Of course, Bertram is about to meet a dramatic end, thanks to Katherine Castillo.
Dee and Vern are the most constant characters in the show, not really undergoing any major changes like the others — and that’s a good thing because the show needed its moral center. These two are the most upstanding characters in the show and Vern’s plot now revolves around him being a good PI who outs the Fillcotts as killers, or a good husband who protects Dee from the pain of knowing her parents murdered Carlo Castillo. It’s an interesting plot for Vern, one that could take him anywhere and ups the ante of the dramatic final episode.
Why Women Kill Season 1 was good TV, but Why Women Kill Season 2 is just great. Every episode gets better and better and this one is no exception. The way the plots have weaved together is just brilliant and the show continues to keep audiences on its toes, expertly playing with soap opera conventions to make a riveting hour of television.
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