Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge) learns her husband Greg (Jon Gries) may very well be cheating on her in the second episode of The White Lotus Season 2.
Tanya and Greg are the only two characters returning from Season 1, who met at a White Lotus resort in Hawaii.
They have tied the knot between their Hawaii vacation and their new holiday at a Sicily White Lotus resort, though Tanya is unsure that he really loves her, while locals Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Granno) seduce their way into Dom’s hotel room… after previously being kicked out by manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore).
Cheating?: Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge) learns her husband Greg (Jon Gries) may very well be cheating on her in the second episode of The White Lotus Season 2
Locals: Locals Lucia (Simona Tabasco) and Mia (Beatrice Granno) seduce their way into Dom’s hotel room… after previously being kicked out by manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore).
The episode begins at night with the tide coming in over rocks at the bottom of the resort, while Will (Ethan Sharper) wakes up before his wife Harper (Aubrey Plaza) and leaves the room.
He goes out for a run and says good morning to Lucia who is just leaving Dominic’s (Michael Imperioli) room after spending the night.
Cameron wakes up and tells his wife his arm is asleep while they spoon, while Harper wakes up and finds Ethan is gone.
Run: He goes out for a run and says good morning to Lucia who is just leaving Dominic’s (Michael Imperioli) room after spending the night
Harper: Cameron wakes up and tells his wife his arm is asleep while they spoon, while Harper wakes up and finds Ethan is gone
Ethan – sweaty from his run – looks out over Sicily before running back to the resort, while Tanya wakes up and finds a stoic Greg already awake.
She asks if he’s all right and he gets up and leaves and says he’s fine.
Meanwhile, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) has breakfast alone and finds herself sneaking away when Tanya and Greg arrive.
Look: Ethan – sweaty from his run – looks out over Sicily before running back to the resort, while Tanya wakes up and finds a stoic Greg already awake
Portia: Meanwhile, Portia (Haley Lu Richardson) has breakfast alone and finds herself sneaking away when Tanya and Greg arrive
She goes and sits with Albie (Adam DiMarco) to avoid Tanya while Harper goes and sits with Cameron and Daphne.
She tells them that he gets up ‘super early’ to go running and Cameron jokes tat he hates him.
Bert (F. Murray Abraham) and Dom join them for breakfast as Bert says he’s completely refreshed.
Albie: She goes and sits with Albie (Adam DiMarco) to avoid Tanya while Harper goes and sits with Cameron and Daphne
Early: She tells them that he gets up ‘super early’ to go running and Cameron jokes tat he hates him
Bert says that he doesn’t understand why Abby isn’t there and he says she can’t get a divorce but Dom says it’s not up to him.
Cameron is seen yelling on the phone a he’s told the airline sent his lost bag back to New York as his wife jokes that it’s funny when he ‘loses it.’
Harper asks if he ever ‘loses it’ on her and she says he doesn’t and that they never fight.
Bert: Bert says that he doesn’t understand why Abby isn’t there and he says she can’t get a divorce but Dom says it’s not up to him
Harper goes back up to the room… but meanwhile we see that Ethan is back in his room, masturbating to porn.
Meanwhile, Portia is still talking with the family, who invite her on their walk after she says she’s been remanded to her room.
Harper walks in as Ethan rolls over and admits to her that he was masturbating and she wonders why since she was only gone for 15 minutes.
He says he will finish it himself as he goes into the shower and she tells him that they said they never fight.
He says that Harper always does this – find something inefficient in other people that she feels threatened by.
‘Everybody compares themselves to other people, Ethan. Why are you criticizing me for something everyone does?’ Ethan says.
Harper asks if these are the people they are hanging out with now, who compare what 5-star hotels they’ve stayed in.
Harper says that they are probably ripping on her as they speak… but he’s seen trying on weird outfits.
Mia (Beatrice Grannò) and Lucia (Simona Tabasco) are walking through town when Lucia asks how Dom was last night.
They find Dom and he says he’s going to make a phone call as he goes and talks to them both as he walks them to the hotel and puts them both on hiss room and his father’s rooms.
Dom says they’re welcome to charge some food and vino to his room but not to ‘go crazy’ with it.
Lucia says hotels like that were that were made for women like them as they smile and take their keys.
Ethan and Harper have lunch with Cameron and Daphne as they talk about their honeymoons.
Harper says if they ever go to Puerto Rico they can stay with her family.
Lucia and Mia start buying clothes and charging them to Dom’s room as Lucia says not to worry about it because he’s rich.
Tanya and Greg get Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) to take a picture of them before they take off on their Vespa.
Cameron and Daphne and Ethan and Harper are laying out on the beach as Cameron sees jetskis and wants to do it.
Cameron asks Ethan what it’s like to be rich and Ethan says nothing much has changed since their ‘windfall.’
Daphne says that sometimes she has too much to drink and she wakes up and finds that she has spent a lot of money on charitable things.
‘If I have had wine and I’m scrolling and I see anything with like neglected children or babies or abused animals, it’s like, I can’t. I mean, people are just so f***ed up,’ Daphne sasys.
Cameron says ‘Yeah. Yeah, we’re not just materialistic pigs… despite what you might think. I don’t.’
Harper insists that she doesn’t think that before going off for a swim.
The DiMarco family takes a little break from their walk as Bert asks again why Abby isn’t there as Dom wants him to drop it.
‘Well, she’s my granddaughter and I wanted her here. It hurts my feelings,’ Bert says, as Dom adds, ‘Well, you can tell her your feelings next time you see her.’
‘What did you do anyway? What is so bad that you did?’ Bert asks, adding, ‘We’re in Sicily. Isn’t this incredible? It– it’s so old. It is pretty crazy to wrap your head around. You know, Hades raped Persephone right here in Sicily. She was picking flowers and he burst through the Earth -and he raped her.’
‘Well, that’s what happened. He raped her. Then, he dragged her down to the underworld. Portia: Hmm. I didn’t know that. Demeter forgave Hades, and he raped her daughter! I mean, whatever you’ve done can’t be as bad as that,’ Bert says.
Harper is on her swim when something is seen approaching her underwater… as it’s revealed to be Cameron who grabs her leg before popping up.
‘I thought you were a shark!’ Harper says as Cameron apologizes for before saying he just wants her to like them.
‘I feel like I keep saying the wrong thing, you know? I feel like you don’t like me,’ he says as she insists she likes them both.
‘Well, it’s just important, I want you to like us. I want you to like me,’ he adds as Harper insists, ‘I like you both.’
Meanwhile, Tanya and Greg continue their Vespa ride but Greg complains that she’s holding on to him too tight and she will make them crash.
Meanwhile, Mia and Lucia charge drinks to Dom’s room as Mia approaches the pianist who she threw a drink on in the last episode.
She says she’s not mad at him and says she’s not a prostitute but a singer and asks her to let her sing a song, which he does as she takes over at the piano.
She starts belting out a tune and finishes to a smattering of applause as the pianist smiles at her before getting back to work.
Albie and Portia head into a restaurant while Tanya and Greg pull up and enter the same restaurant… which worries Portia.
Tanya makes a weird face at her before leaving with Greg as Portia says she should just get a glass of wine.
Daphne and Cameron are at dinner with Harper and Ethan, as Daphne is worried about her mom.
She abruptly asks Ethan and Harper if they want to have kids and they agree they both want to.
He says that she is more of a night person and he likes morning sex but they insist that their sex life is fine.
Daphne and Cameron talk about their c-section which Cameron says almost killed him but she says it almost killed her.
‘It’s in those moments you realize just how much you love somebody, you know? I love you. Sweet baby,’ he says.
Dom is having dinner with Bert, who says his mistake was ‘being sloppy.’
‘A man does what he has to do. But you keep it tight. If you’re sloppy, it’s like you’re rubbing her face in it. Bad form,’ Bert says.
‘Thanks for the tip. You know, I don’t think you were as discreet as you think you were regarding your own affairs,’ Dom says.
Meanwhile, Albie tells Portia that his mom and sister are still pissed at Dom because of his cheating and that’s why they’re not in Sicily.
Albie says he’s the ‘peacemaker’ in the family, adding, ‘Girls always complain that guys aren’t nice, but then if they find a nice guy, they’re not always interested.’
‘But… I just don’t wanna be like my dad. You know? I refuse to have a bad relationship with women,’ Albie says.
‘Yeah. I just wanna have fun. I don’t know, feel, like, fulfilled and have an adventure, and, like, I’m sick of f***ing Tiktok and Bumble, and just… Screens and apps and sitting there binging Netflix. And I just… I just wanna, like, live. I just wanna live my life, so badly. I just feel like I just wanna meet someone who’s like, you know, totally ignorant of… The discourse.’
He jokes, ‘Like someone who lives in a cave. Like a caveman,’ and she says she would date a caveman.
‘Honestly, I think you can do better than a caveman,’ he tells her as she says, ‘I think I just need to… I don’t know, like, up my meds or something.’
Portia asks, ‘What kind of girl or person do you wanna, you know, be in a relationship with or see yourself with?
‘I seem to be attracted to pretty… Wounded birds,’ Albie tells her.
Tanya and Greg are at dinner when he tells her the bad news that he has to go back to Denver for work.
‘They’re trying to slash our budget. I have to go out there and have a showdown with these f***ers, and it’s just bad timing,’ he says.
‘Yeah. But, I mean, couldn’t someone else do it? You’re on vacation. Yeah. You insisted that we come to Sicily and have this romantic week. And then you… You freaked out when I showed up with Portia. But thank God, she’s here, you know, because otherwise I’d be– I’d be entirely alone,’ she says.
She asks why he doesn’t just quit the Bureau of Land Management and he says, ‘You made me sign a prenup. What if we don’t work out?’
‘You change your mind about everything constantly. You drop your friends. You fire people on a dime. I mean, you’ve been through– How many f***ing assistants have you been through? You just discard people,’ Greg yellss.
‘You hate me, don’t you?’ Tanya says, adding, ‘You’re a full-of-s**t man. You’re very insincere. And I can just tell. You know what? You never look me in the eye, ever. Guess what? I’m telling you in your eye, you’re a piece of s**t. I hate you,’ she says before storming away.
Albie walks Portia back to her room as she tells him, ‘Please don’t repeat any of the shit that I told you about my boss and her husband and stuff, because I actually did sign an NDA and I’m kinda paranoid about it.’
She reveals that Tanya has a half a billion dollars, adding, ‘Her dad was this big, like, shipping magnate guy and owned like half of San Francisco. And… And I don’t think he molested her, but he was definitely very pervy and inappropriate and then it was kind of sad. He actually ended up committing suicide and… I’m not supposed to be telling you that either.’
He asks if he can kiss her and she says yes and they do and he says they should hang out tomorrow.
Cameron and Daphne are back in their room as Cameron says Harper is ‘such a pill’ and wonders why Ethan married her.
Kiss: He asks if he can kiss her and she says yes and they do and he says they should hang out tomorrow
‘You know, I think some women cut off their husband’s balls and then they wonder why they’re not attracted to them anymore,’ Daphne says before they start being intimate.
Lucia comes to Dom’s room and she tells him they had a great day and wanted to thank him.
He says he is ‘not feeling great about this,’ and says he has a sex addiction that he’s trying to work through.
Not great: He says he is ‘not feeling great about this,’ and says he has a sex addiction that he’s trying to work through
Lucia brings in Mia and says she wants to thank him too as they convince him to let them both in as they all start getting intimate together.
Tanya wakes up in the middle of the night and sees Greg isn’t in bed. She walks out to the porch and finds Greg talking on the phone.
‘Yeah, she’s clueless as usual. I’ll be home tomorrow, give you a call when I get in. All right, yeah, I love you too,’ he tells the woman on the phone… as Tanya listens in as the episode comes to an end.
Intimate: Lucia brings in Mia and says she wants to thank him too as they convince him to let them both in as they all start getting intimate together
Tanya finds: Tanya wakes up in the middle of the night and sees Greg isn’t in bed. She walks out to the porch and finds Greg talking on the phone
Clueless: ‘Yeah, she’s clueless as usual. I’ll be home tomorrow, give you a call when I get in. All right, yeah, I love you too,’ he tells the woman on the phone… as Tanya listens in as the episode comes to an end
The new episode comes after the Season 2 premiere set an impressive viewership standard for the seven-episode season.
The premiere was viewed by 1.5 million viewers last Sunday night, a huge increase of 63% from the Season 1 premiere on HBO Max and linear broadcasts on HBO.
Season 1 went on to average 9.3M viewers per episode across platforms in the U.S.
Viewers: The new episode comes after the Season 2 premiere set an impressive viewership standard for the seven-episode season
The series saw a resurgence of viewing in the weeks leading up to the season 2 premiere, ranking among the top 5 series on HBO Max last week.
The first season, which premiered July 2021, received 20 Emmy(R) nominations across 13 categories and 10 wins, the most wins of any program this year, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series.
The series was created, written and directed by Mike White and executive produced by White, David Bernad and Mark Kamine.
Resurgence: The series saw a resurgence of viewing in the weeks leading up to the season 2 premiere, ranking among the top 5 series on HBO Max last week
The Season 2 cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge, Adam DiMarco, Beatrice Grannò, Meghann Fahy, Jon Gries, Tom Hollander, Sabrina Impacciatore, Michael Imperioli, Theo James, Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson, Will Sharpe, Simona Tabasco, and Leo Woodall.
Much like last season, Season 2 introduces a bit of a death mystery in the premiere, which will presumably be solved at the end of the season.
The premiere opened with Meghann Fahy’s Daphne heading out into the ocean on her last day at The White Lotus in Sicily, where she discovers a dead body floating in the water.
Death: Much like last season, Season 2 introduces a bit of a death mystery in the premiere, which will presumably be solved at the end of the season