In episode four of Treadstone, we’re starting to see more than ever the ramifications that the events are having on our characters’ relationships with those they love. Let’s dive deeper into some of the central relationships explored in this episode and how the Treadstone saga is affecting them.
Doug and Samantha
This is the central relationship explored in this episode, and also probably the most painful. When we enter the episode, Doug and Samantha have just found their lives upended by the arrival of the menacing Lowell, and the ensuing fight that ends with Samantha shooting Lowell dead.
Now, husband and wife are forced to play a delicate game as they both attempt to tip-toe around the fact that they are both hiding significant secrets from their spouse. As the episode progresses, both of their walls crumble and they’re both forced to come clean about things that have potentially destructive implications for their marriage.
Once Samantha realizes that it was a kill order that Lowell was trying to bring Doug, she knows -- due to her past as a handler of Cicadas -- that the Agency will never stop if Doug fails to show up for his mission, and she therefore needs to admit to Doug the deepest skeleton in her closet… that she trained him in his past life. It’s an explosive revelation for Doug and one that will test the limits of their love and commitment.
Soyun and Dae
In the face of tumultuous events going on around them, Soyun and Dae’s love for each other has only strengthened, if anything. We see Soyun’s embarrassing escape from the party in order to deal with a massive secret that she can’t tell Dae about, but Dae’s affection reaction to this tells her, and us, how much he’s in her corner no matter what. Unlike Doug and Samantha, however, the nuclear-sized secret that Soyun is keeping from Dae is still in the dark… for now. Not only will this add to the tension of their scenes exponentially going forward, but we’ll grapple alongside Soyun with the decision over when, and how much, to let her husband in on her new memories and skills.
Becker and Tom
Many viewers are probably all too familiar with some of the dynamics at play between Ellen Becker and her husband, Tom. One member of the relationship is seemingly all-consumed with work, and this creates strain in the relationship as the work starts to get in the way of the hopes and intentions the family may have set for themselves long ago. The only difference here is that Ellen Becker is currently holding a grenade for the CIA, and she has no option but to put the pin back in before it explodes in her hand, leaving her with little choice but to let poor Tom and their children take a backseat while she tries to clean up the Agency’s mess.
Haynes and Lilah
While we haven’t met Haynes’ daughter Lilah, Haynes’ realization through hypnosis that he had a daughter in his past life is one of the most heartbreaking, and it is also the catalyst of Haynes eventually snapping through his restraints and going on a rampage to try to find her. This is an experience both heartbreaking and jarring to need to go through with someone as he realizes that he had a beloved daughter in a past life, and he has little to no way of legitimately getting to her. Backed against the wall in this scenario, Haynes is forced to use the only recourse he can think of, which happens to be bad news for anyone standing in his way.
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