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Unpacking Season 1 of The Flight Attendant - Episode 8

This is Part 8 of a blog series about The Flight Attendant. I will be posting my response to each episode after watching, and doing a bit of 'on the fly' analysis after each initial viewing. Be warned: since the plot will be discussed, there are spoilers ahead!

The Flight Attendant - Episode 8 - 'Arrivals and Departures'

Creator: Steve Hockey

Director: Marcos Siega

The season finale was set up in episode 7 so that viewers were poised for a showdown in Rome: the destination of Cassie's next scheduled flight. From the off, tensions were high as so many lives (and a lot of money) were at stake, not to mention our protagonist being on the cusp being able to love and forgive herself - two much under-appreciated attributes in people. With Miranda as an ally and a half-cooked plan to execute, take off couldn't come sooner.

Agent White doesn't get any less annoying as the finger prints come back with Cassie as a match, putting her in the Bangkok hotel room after the time of Alex's death. Thankfully, Agent Hammond (or Kim, as she tells Ani to call her) is not yet willing to accept that Cassie is the killer with this single piece of evidence. The moment she tells White to get out of her face and to stop belittling her instincts was way, way overdue and made me thankful that her character existed, otherwise we could have been looking at a much less sophisticated manhunt led by one agent and his ego. Cassie just seems to be one of those women that men feel they need to avenge. His obsession with her as the lead suspect not only undermines his professionalism but makes him seem seedy.

Take off doesn't come without a few hitches. Miranda is delayed and doesn't show as planned, Megan is still being frosty and Felix intercepts Cassie at the airport. The plan for her to stick with a group for safety doesn't quite work and she meets him eye to eye, relying on a 'Cassie stunt' to buy some time and make a getaway. Quite what his statement suit (see below) was about, I have no idea. For me, the 1940s gangster look just exacerbates his profile as a delusional (yet lethal) oddball.

The following reconciliation between Megan and Cassie made the secondary storyline about Megan stealing information from her husband worthwhile, even if I haven't been a huge fan of its overall execution as a storyline throughout the show as a whole. These characters' situations are different but the spiralling effect of being involved in a criminal world is something they bond over on more than a superficial level, and the comfort of knowing that the friendship has been anchored - even if they have reconnected over absurd experiences - is a relief.

Cassie returns to Enrico (Alberto Frezza) in search of a weapon. Lovely, gorgeous, generous Enrico. As she walks up to him (mid-shift, no less!), and declares, "I need to find a gun," the realisation that yet another innocent person will be involved and hurt becomes clear. The look on his face suggests he knows it is going to end badly too, but he obliges all the same, requesting a weapon from his grandmother. Understandably, his grandma has some questions about why her late husband's gun is needed and who might be using it. The conversation between her and Cassie while they overlook the Italian countryside is a little on the nose. She is an example of a typical elder, archetypal character whose few lines pertain less to the current situation and more to the wider battles faced. It's unclear how her advice about children repeating their parents' mistakes and having the space to carry other people's choices relates to the search for a weapon, but the close up shot on the bottles of vodka spilling out of Cassie's purse makes it clear that their exchange provides a moment of clarity for her. It's a little shoehorned in to accommodate Cassie's personal growth and to guide her on the p