“The Honourable Woman” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Unfaithful Husband” aired on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on BBC Two and will soon air on SundanceTV for the American audience on July 31, 2014. Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) proceeded with business as usual, even as her nephew, Kasim, was still missing. The MI6 headed by Hugh Hayden Hoyle (Stephen Rae) investigated a person of interest in the suicide case of Samir Meshal and discovered more evidence of foul play, leading them to dig into the incident at the Gaza Strip eight years ago involving Nessa and Atika (Lubna Azabal). Kasim’s kidnappers contacted Nessa. Read further to learn more about what went on in this episode.
“The Unfaithful Husband” opened with a flashback to Gaza, with Nessa and Atika as prisoners. The scene was brief, but it explained why Nessa, at present, with all her fame and money, chooses to sleep in a panic room that is no bigger than a prison cell. It also explained why she goes around town with body guards. Being the daughter of an arms dealer, whose clients are some of the most dangerous people in the Middle East, threats seem inevitable with the Stein family. But after the Gaza incident, her security details were made tighter.
Cut to the present day, and Nessa was seen hooking up with one of her security men, which she figured out was probably MI6. Her body guard denied this of course, and she insisted that she doesn’t feel threatened, despite what was happening with the family. Later, her body guard reported to the MI6 that Nessa may have already blown his cover. He also said that the police were taking care of Kasim’s kidnapping case. So why was there an MI6 in Nessa’s security?
Turns out, with Hoyle receiving more pressure from his boss, Julia Walsh (Janet McTeer), into Meshal’s suicide case, he decided to look into other directions. They had been digging up into the Stein’s family for possible connections to the suicide. Walsh also told Hoyle that the CIA would also like to be in the loop.
A mistress of Meshal surfaced, but before they could investigate her, they talked to Meshal’s wife, suggesting that he could be involved with another woman and that this was a crime of passion. But the wife insisted that this was not possible, considering Meshal was sick with prostate cancer.
Deconstructing the mistress, Rebecca Lantham (Julia Montgomery Brown), Hoyle made it clear to her that the MI6 knew she was lying and pointed out that Meshal was actually impotent. The “mistress” was in fact an American named Tracey Vorman, who worked for the FBI. With her cover busted, Tracey reached out to her handlers so that she could come back home safely. But as she had become expandable to whoever was behind this operation, Tracey was executed by someone she did not expect. Her shooter was then also killed by a hired cleaner. Who is behind all these, and why have the FBI and CIA become so interested in Meshal’s case?
Back at the Stein’s turf at the house of Nessa’s brother, it’s becoming clearer that the relationship between the couple, Ephra (Andrew Buchan) and Rachel (Katherine Parkinson), has strained. The tension was compounded by another incident during an earlier event with a heckler causing undue stress. Rachel, who is pregnant, expressed her anger to her husband and sister-in-law, saying that it was Nessa who was causing all these, putting their family in danger.
Later that night, with Rachel already in bed, Ephra and Atika talked in the kitchen about Kasim and the Gaza incident. Whatever the connection was, Atika didn’t want to say anything anymore. The two ended up having sex on the kitchen table. Yes, the nanny and the brother are having an affair.
Despite her assistant’s advice to lay low, Nessa still wanted to attend to all of her business engagements. In one hotel event where she was speaking to a room full of people, her phone suddenly rang. Panic-stricken, she knew what this call was about because earlier that day, someone mysteriously handed her a phone and told her to wait for a call. In a masked voice, the kidnappers on the phone said, “We know your secret, Ms. Stein…” They also instructed her to look into something to prove that Kasim is still alive. Atika rushed to Nessa to comfort her and to also get confirmation about Kasim.
At the MI6, Hoyle was busy looking at photos of Nessa and Atika at the Gaza prison, and there, he saw that Atika was actually holding a baby. Could that baby be Kasim? Was he her son or Nessa’s? Did one of them get pregnant while in prison?
And what was Nessa’s secret, which seemed to be the key to all of this?
This has been the recap for “The Honourable Woman” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Unfaithful Husband,” which aired on Thursday, July 10, 2014, on BBC Two and will subsequently air on SundanceTV for the U.S. Don’t forget to check out the clip from last week’s episode below with brief interviews from the cast. Follow more recaps of the episodes in the coming weeks only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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