‘The White Lotus’ Season 2, Episode 4: Recap & Ending, Explained – What Is Happening Between Albie And Lucia?


Episode four of “The White Lotus” Season 2 begins with Cameron lying on the bed with Lucia and Mia. It suddenly struck him that his wife would be back at the hotel soon, and he needed to clear up the sins of last night as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, Ethan wakes up to Harper’s call, who is surprised by her husband’s change in routine. The man who never missed his morning runs was sleeping late. Ethan blamed it on the alcohol, but he is visibly regretful about participating in last night’s madness. Valentina continues to romantically pursue Isabella. Dom misses his wife and reflects on his actions. Quentin introduced himself and his friends to Tanya. They were the mysterious group of men seated at the table next to her last night. Tanya developed a sudden friendship with the group. Meanwhile, Portia hits it off with the British guy, Jack, who happens to be the nephew of Quentin. Albie watched the two from a distance, realizing that it was always a one-sided attraction. Interestingly, he and Lucia strike up an unexpected friendship to add to the chaos. Mia decides to sleep with the singer at the restaurant to start her music career.

Spoilers Ahead

Harper, Ethan, Daphne, And Cameron

Cameron asks Ethan to live by the bro code and never disclose the events of the night with anyone. While Ethan stuck to the code, Harper found a condom wrapper on their sofa. She had been discussing how Daphne and Cameron cheat on each other and how insecure Daphne is about herself, which is why she does not have any female friends. Harper was satisfied that their marriage was at least not based on lies, and just then, she came across the wrapper and carefully kept it in her purse. She obviously doubted Ethan, and her hopelessness and frustration became more and more visible throughout the day. She was in awe of how normal everyone else was behaving at the table; she could not focus on any conversation, and at one point in time, it seemed that she just wanted to drown herself instead of dealing with the situation at hand. She asked Ethan multiple times what had happened last night, but he always replied that nothing had happened; they just had too much alcohol. Cameron noticed Harper’s discomfort and wondered if she knew their secret. Before going to sleep, Harper left the wrapper in the bathroom. Clearly, the events of the night affected Ethan and Harper’s relationship. will Ethan disclose Cameron’s secret to save their marriage? We can expect the truth to affect Harper and Daphne’s friendship because they clearly have very different approaches to dealing with disloyalty.

Meanwhile, Cameron owes Lucia money for the night, and even if Ethan keeps Cameron’s secret, Lucia has no reason to be discreet. While there is no direct hint, and this is merely speculation, there seems to be sexual tension between Cameron and Ethan. “The White Lotus” Season 2 surely wants us to read into their close friendship. Ethan has no reason to keep up with Cameron’s strange requests, but he does so. It can be that he has always been overly impressed by Cameron’s charms and wanted to be his friend, or there can be a hidden attraction or a past for which he can never really end his friendship with him. Not to forget that the series also hints in passing at Harper and Cameron’s hateful attraction. At this point, it all remains speculative, but surely, in one way or another, the dynamics between the two couples are bound to change by the end of “The White Lotus” Season 2 (or so we hope!).

Tanya And Her Gay Friends

Just when Tanya was all consumed by Greg and her marriage, she met a group of gay men. They complimented her styling sensibility and asked her to join them at the beach club. Quentin is a British man who has been living in Palermo for nearly two years now. Tanya was excited about the turn of events. What she assumed would be the most uneventful two days seemed to be promising. Quentin introduced her to his friends, who were mostly wealthy gay men who owned boats and luxurious estates. Tanya was glad to have found Quentin, who patiently listened to her tragic life story. She later discussed with Portia how gay men were better friends than women. Women are usually depressed, and she understands that they have reasons to be depressed, but gay men help bring back the lost joy. Portia had no reason to complain about Tanya’s new friends since it was through them that she was introduced to Jack.

Jack had been in Sicily for two months; he had come to Palermo to visit his uncle. Jack was ecstatic upon meeting Portia; unlike most of his uncle’s friends, Portia was his age, and he could imagine having a fun week with her. While they exchanged flirtatious glances, Albie interrupted them to ask Portia if she wanted to join him at the pool. Portia’s reply left Albie heartbroken, and he joined Bert and Dominic in the dining area. Portia felt bad for Albie; he was a kind soul, but she could not fake it just to keep him happy. Later at the bar, Jack kisses Portia to make Albie jealous, though it is not as effective. After complaining about how sad her Sicily trip was, Portia finally felt happy to be with someone who had never been to America, was not intellectual, and was pretty much the hot Italian romance she was looking for.

While everything seems to be falling into place for Tanya and Portia, there is a feeling of undeniable uneasiness. The fact that Tanya met the group of men exactly the day Greg left her seemed too good to be true. Did Greg arrange this to keep Tanya engaged? Or are these men prying on Tanya for wealth? By the look of it, the members of the group seemed to be elite, but can we trust their words and appearance? Quentin discussed the story behind Isola Bella and the lonely matriarch who was murdered by the land grabbers to take over the island; is this in any way related to Tanya’s future? Well, we’ll have to wait to find out.

‘The White Lotus’ Season 2, Episode 4: Ending Explained – Will Albie And Lucia’s Relationship Affect The De Grasso Family Dynamics?

After being rejected by Portia, Albie joined Bert and Dom for lunch. Dom proudly showed off the expensive jewelry he bought for his wife. He was hopeful that his gesture would convince Albie to ask his mother to reconsider her decision about their marriage. Albie was appalled by his father’s expectation; he made it clear that he could not buy people with money and that a gift could not change one’s opinion. He left the table and went back to the beach. Lucia had seen Albie wait for Portia and figured out that the meeting did not turn out the way he expected it to, so she offered him company.

Lucia dreamed of opening a store, but she wondered if the path she chose would ultimately lead to punishment. She was a sex worker and believed that she would be punished for her profession someday or another. While Lucia was rethinking her lifestyle, Mia fell in love with the luxury that came with being a sex worker. She was hesitant at first but now felt confident and treated intimacy as a mere object of the transaction. Meeting Albie was refreshing for Lucia because, unlike most people who treated her as a sex object, he was respectful of her and showed genuine interest. Bert laughed after noticing that Albie was with the same girls, he had seen leaving his son’s room. Albie bought drinks for Mia and Lucia at the bar, and when Lucia noticed Albie staring at Portia as she made out with Jake, she suggested they make them jealous as well. She kissed Albie, and later they went up to Albie’s room and made out. Considering how Lucia had been with Albie’s father, Dominic, this friendship could affect the already tainted dynamics between the father and son. Dom wanted to keep his affair a secret, but now it seems impossible. Just when Dom decided to stay out of trouble, trouble found a way to get back at him. It seems Albie is unaware of Lucia’s profession, and the disclosure could affect their relationship, even though Albie seems to be a genuinely good person up until now. We cannot really trust a character in “The White Lotus” world.

Meanwhile, Mia’s hesitation about intimacy has completely dissolved, and she now believes that sleeping with the piano player, Giuseppe, would help her become the singer she had always dreamed of. Giuseppe promised to help her in exchange for sex, but his body gave up during the act. Mia was disgusted by the place and the man she was making out with. The images of the church made it difficult for her to commit, and now the thought that she might have to make out with him again repulsed her. She ran to get Viagra from Lucia’s stash, but as it turns out, she fed him molly. He collapsed while performing at the restaurant. He believed God was punishing him for his sins and demanded to see a priest instead of a doctor. But amidst the chaos, Mia saw an opportunity. With Giuseppe gone now, she could become the new singer at the White Lotus restaurant; she only had to convince Valentina about her talent.

In Episode 5 of “The White Lotus” Season 2, we can expect a confrontation between Harper and Ethan about the night. It is bound to become a matter of trust, considering there is no proof that Ethan never slept with the two women. If Cameron turns his back on him and Lucia chooses to mess with them, his marriage might be in serious trouble. Harper’s reaction is the decisive factor here; whether or not she will turn into Daphne remains debatable. We can expect the Sicily trip to completely change Harper and Ethan as a couple. Also, considering how little physical attraction exists between the two, we can expect them to seek sexual favor from other people, just like Daphne and Cameron. Therefore, the couple who refused to be anything like Daphne and Cameron might just end up becoming like them to keep their marriage afloat. We are eager to know how Tanya’s friendship with the men will add to the drama. Also, we can expect the obvious chaos that is bound to rupture once Albie learns about his father’s secret.

See More: ‘The White Lotus’ Season 2, Episode 5: Recap & Ending, Explained: What Is Going On Between Harper & Cameron?

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Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni has worked as a film researcher on a government-sponsored project and is currently employed as a film studies teacher at a private institute. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. Film History and feminist reading of cinema are her areas of interest.

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