|‘The Leftovers’ episode 6 video recap: Debating Laurie’s fate in ‘Certified’ [WATCH] May 26th 2017, 13:30, by Rob Licuria
For this final season of “The Leftovers,” Gold Derby is presenting weekly recaps with our staff of writers and editors (watch above). This week I am once again joined by our host Riley Chow and contributing writer Amanda Spears to break down the plot twists, highlights and Emmy prospects of “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 6, titled “Certified.” (Watch our prior video recaps of Episode 1 “The Book of Kevin” and Episode 2 “Don’t Be Ridiculous” and Episode 3 “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” and Episode 4 “G’Day Melbourne” and Episode 5 “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”.)
“Certified” (written by Patrick Somerville & Carly Wray, directed by Carl Franklin) opens on the sequence of events that led to Laurie (Amy Brenneman) joining the Guilty Remnant cult after the devastating events of the Sudden Departure. Nora (Carrie Coon) and Matt (Christopher Eccleston) are still surveilling the group behind what appears to be an elaborate con to “assist” desperate and grieving people to “depart” like their long-lost loved ones did almost seven years ago. Laurie ends up at the outback ranch house, and there Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn) explains that Kevin (Justin Theroux) must die so that he can return to the “afterlife realm” and ascertain the lyrics of a song from Christopher Sunday (David Gulpilil).
Laurie gives everyone sleeping pills and when Kevin returns, they share a deep and meaningful moment together. Laurie decides to go scuba diving on the long anticipated morning of the Sudden Departure anniversary, in what the audience is led to believe is her attempt at suicide. Before she flips overboard, she takes a heartfelt call from her children, and then falls into the water.
Riley opens up the discussion by asking the big question. “Lori was certified [as a scuba diver] and now she might be certified as deceased. Rob, why did she kill herself, if that is what we saw?”
“I don’t know! I’m clutching at straws here, but she has been through a lot!” I attempt to explain. “We’re assuming that she has gone overboard and that’s it for her right? What other conclusion could we reach?”
“Oh I think she’s dead,” Amanda declares. “I think with the disappearance of her baby, I think you kind of understand what would lead her to look for something else.”
After we talk through the Laurie’s emotional storyline, the discussion inevitably shifts to Brenneman’s Best Drama Supporting Actress Emmy chances. As we talk at length about whether Brenneman might be in the running with this strong episode, especially now that there are four available slots in that category with the three previous supporting actresses from “Game of Thrones” ineligible and past winner Dame Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) also out of the running.
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