An Actress's Take on All-Things-Screen

What the…..

….HELL happened in last night’s episode of Doctor Foster? Anyone else baffled? Confused? But not in a oh-that’s-really-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-stuff way. Not in a oooh-can’t-wait-for-next-week’s-episode style.




WHAT ON EARTH IS EVERYONE PLAYING AT?! (Sorry – you know I don’t like to be negative) But that episode WAS bizarre and unnecessary, you’ve got to admit. And it made no sense. Last week Tom was angry with his mother. It seems Simon, the dad, had said something to him to turn him against her. But this week that was all forgotten and instead they played happy families around the dinner table. I get it; it’s part of her master plan to pretend things were fine and seduce her ex so that she could bribe him against his new wife.


But then…


The story was about Tom. And the fact he had hugely overstepped the mark with a girl he fancied. Wait, what? What does that have to do with anything? Especially when Gemma was freaking out over him kissing this girl in photos. At this point she didn’t know anything bad had happened with her son and this girl. So why did it matter he was kissing a girl?! I really don’t care about this! I want to know more about Gemma and Simon! I want to see the cat-and-mouse game play out!


OK, I sort of see.


The episode showed the effect their behaviour has had on their son; a good reminder that parents hugely affect the children. Especially when there’s a fallout. Trust me, I’ve had first-hand experience. “Every time it happens you are breaking your son a little bit more. Totally destroying him.” Powerful stuff said by the loitering neighbour whose husband took about a year and a day to put his things in a transit van (seriously, he was outside the whole of the episode). But through all of this, I thought the episode seemed like an afterthought. A bit like the BBC’s previous production The Replacement. They knocked it out of the park for most of the series. Yet by the end it was as if someone had come in with and screamed ‘YOU NEED TO FINISH THIS SCRIPT WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES OR ELSE THE WORLD WILL END’. Utterly bizarre. And don’t just take my word for it, other people agreed.


So for what it’s worth, here are my main points…


What does this Tom situation rrrrreally have to do with the rest of the story?

Ros is a terrible friend.

Why did we end the episode on her wedding? Do we really care? I don’t. #sorrynotsorry

Simon can’t keep it in his pants and it’s really boring. Do people like this actually exist in the world? They cheat on their current partners and then cheat again with their exes? Seriously?

It seemed a bit too theatre-y in points. You could just feel Mike Bartlett oozing through.

Over-simplified in points – ‘You win. We’re gone’. But you’re not though are you? You’ve still got 2 episodes left!

Tom turning over tables in the video. Was that really a huge deal…..

Kate telling Tom he couldn’t come in to their house at the end. Would this happen? It felt quite melodramatic.



To summarise. My favourite character was the traffic warden. Seriously, she was really nice and chirpy.




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