‘Dead To Me’ Season 1 And 2 Recap: Everything You Need To Know Before Watching Season 3


We have been waiting for Season 3 of “Dead to Me” for way too long. Imagine our excitement when we finally saw the trailer grace our screens. It is one of the more exceptional shows of recent times that explores female grief, companionship, and healing without a sanitized filter. It is a mad, mad show, and while we go through the events of the first two seasons of “Dead to Me,” it would do well to remember that the real strength of the series is its strong emotional core that is established through the interactions between characters. That being said, let us dive into it so that our memory is refreshed, and we are ready for the masterpiece that is going to be the third season.

Season 1: Recap And Ending

Jen Harding is a recently widowed real estate agent who is dealing with her emotional turmoil after the violent death of her husband. At a grief support group, she runs into Judy Hale, a woman who claims to have lost her fiancé. Both of them strike up a friendship almost immediately, and it is clear that Judy is perhaps the only person with whom Jen is able to kick back and let herself be. But there is a wrench thrown in this blossoming friendship when Jen comes to know that Judy’s fiancé is, in fact, alive. Jen is furious and confronts Judy right away. She doesn’t want her to be part of the support group anymore, but the group asks that Judy be allowed to give an explanation. She reveals that she broke up with her fiancé because, after five miscarriages, the couple understood that she couldn’t give him any children. The group decides that Judy has good reason to grieve, but Jen is still not on board. Later, she goes to visit her at the nursing home where Judy lives and works. She is more understanding of her situation now and asks Judy to move into her guest house. That night, both of them go out, and Jen tells her that she has been investigating her husband’s death by herself and is looking for cars that may have dents in them. Later, Judy looks at her own car in the garage, which has a dent in it. Things escalate as Jen comes to know that her husband has been having an affair with someone, and the two friends run into her at a bar, where it is revealed that he has been pretending to be a widower to be with her. Jen is further heartbroken, and she and Judy go to a retreat, where the latter meets a man named Nick. Unfortunately, he turns out to be an officer who investigates hit-and-run cases. As Jen and Judy’s friendship deepens, Judy briefly reunites with Steve, which results in her thinking she is pregnant. She breaks up with Nick, who doesn’t take it well. However, it later turns out that Judy is not pregnant and can never have children.

The investigation into Jen’s husband’s death continues, and a new lead surfaces in the form of Shandy, a girl from the neighborhood who had kept a piece from the accident site as a souvenir. It is a piece of a Mustang, and Jen deduces that it must be the vehicle responsible for killing her husband. When Judy comes to know this, she panics and meets Steve, who assures her that he has completely dismantled the car. But things are not as easy as they seem. Judy comes to know that Jen blames herself for the death of her husband since the two of them had a huge fight, which caused him to storm out of the house, which is when he got run over. Unable to bear the guilt anymore, Judy confesses that it was her. Jen is shocked and asks her to leave. The next day, she installs security cameras and burns all of Judy’s belongings. She goes to the police and tells them about her findings, but they have already figured it out through one of the paintings of Judy in a place owned by Steve. They tell her that they cannot arrest her because Steve is under investigation for fraud.

During this time, Judy empties her and Steve’s joint account to give the money to Jen. Furious at this, he comes looking for her at Jen’s house, where, upon a little pushing, he reveals that he was the one who pushed Judy to flee the accident scene. When his demeanor turns threatening, Jen ends up shooting him. She immediately calls Judy, who had been trying to take her own life. “Dead to Me” Season 1 ends with both women staring at Steve’s floating body in the swimming pool.

Season 2: Recap And Ending

At the start of “Dead to Me” Season 2, we realize that Jen had not shot Steve in self-defense. Instead, she had hit his head repeatedly in rage after he said some very unsavory things. Judy moves back in with Jen, and Detective Perez warns Jen to be careful of her decisions as it could all mean very bad news for her. Also, Steve’s identical twin brother Ben is back in town, and he is looking after Steve’s affairs. On the other side, Nick is still not handling his breakup with Judy very well. Detective Perez offers him a job, which he refuses, but he gives her all the evidence he has collected against Steve and Judy. Coming back to Steve’s dead body, the women have stored it in a freezer in the garage, but it turns out to be a bad idea when they get an infestation of rats. Jen decides to dump it in the Angel Forest. As for Ben, he recruits Jen as his real estate agent after knowing that his brother was previously working with her. Things start developing further when Jen’s son is caught in Steve’s car. This gives her flashbacks about some of the more hurtful things he had said to her, which triggered her memories of the night her husband died. She sends her son home and sets the car on fire. But that’s not the end of things. Judy starts seeing a woman named Michelle, but as it turns out, after spending the night at her place, her roommate and her ex are none other than Detective Perez.

Later, Judy and Jen hold a vigil for Steve, where the latter and Ben end up kissing. We also came to know that Judy was the one who gave the police information about Steve. In the coming episodes, Jen and Ben end up sleeping together, but the next day, she tells him that it shouldn’t have happened and was a mistake. That night, Jen tells Judy that it wasn’t self-defense when she killed Steve. Judy sympathizes with her, but that angers Jen even more, and she unkindly blames Judy’s tendency to love anyone for the bare minimum. The next morning, Jen confesses her crime to Detective Perez, and they go to the forest where he is buried. Meanwhile, Judy gives them a recording to Nick and asks him to listen to it alone. Things seem to be coming together for the friends when Jen and Perez decide to let bygones be bygones and move on. The Chief of Police is going to federal prison for colluding with Steve, and Judy gets all the hidden money back when her paintings are returned to her. It looks like the two of them may have just gotten away with it. But it’s not “Dead to Me” if there isn’t a twist in the tale. Jen and Judy are returning after buying Charlie a new car, the city council has installed a stop sign at a point on Jen’s insistence, and just as they are about to cross it, Ben’s car runs into them in another hit-and-run after being distraught on hearing the news of his brother’s bones being found in the forest. And that was the end of “Dead to Me” Season 2.

What Can We Expect From ‘Dead To Me’ Season 3?

Now that our favorite black comedy is coming back, we can deduce from the trailer that things are going to get a lot more muddled as Steve’s body has been discovered. But Jen and Judy are going to get through it by being together. They both look guilty, and the secrets are unraveling with the initial hit and run that started it all. Literally, everyone suspects them, but as we saw in the second season when you have the support of a few right people, you can get away with it. It would be interesting to see where Detective Perez’s loyalties lie this season. Also, to be honest, we believe that Judy has a lot more secrets to reveal than she is letting on, so that would be interesting to watch. We have waited for this show for so long, and we expect the final season of “Dead to Me” to be nothing short of spectacular. And that’s us, waiting with bated breath for Netflix to drop the episodes.

See More: ‘Dead To Me’ Season 3: Ending, Explained – What Does Jen Say To Ben? What Happened To Judy?

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Divya Malladi
Divya Malladi
Divya spends way more time on Netflix and regrets most of what she watches. Hence she has too many opinions that she tries to put to productive spin through her writings. Her New Year resolution is to know that her opinions are validated.

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