The Flight Attendant Episode 2 Recap: To Tell the Truth (Kinda)

The Flight Attendant officially premiered this Thursday with its first three episodes, the first of which we recapped during the HBO Max series’ free preview.

What all did the titular Cassie reveal to the FBI in Episode 2? And what did she find out about the mysterious Miranda?

Confronted along with her colleagues by FBI agents Kim and Van upon deplaning at JFK, Cassie offered precious little about murder victim Alex Sokolov, and eventually asserted she was too jet-lagged/loopy to be of immediate assistance. Afterward, Cassie fretted that fellow flight attendant Megan had said too much to the feds, claiming that she and Alex had been flirting. As such, once back home, Cassie downed copious months of vodka before slipping into a bubble bath to calm down — though her being vexed about Miranda caused her to accidentally shatter the barware in her hand.

The next morning, Cassie sweats through a spin class when the Alex in her head reminds her that she has his business card, and she thus knows where he works — and maybe Miranda, the associate who joined them for drinks at the hotel, works there too. So with a changed-up ‘do and going “Alessandra Ricci,” Cassie shows up at Unisphere to meet with investment counselor Alex. But when Cassie brings up the name Miranda with receptionist Sabrina, red flags start to raise. Then, when HR honcho Jean Miller presses “Alessandra” about the exact nature of her business with Alex — and claims she knows of no “Miranda” — Cassie makes a run for it, down the fire stairs and to the street.

When FBI agent Van rings Cassie, inviting her to come by the next morning, she swings by gal pal Annie’s law firm, to shed a bit more light on her wild situation. Annie, to put it mildly, is apoplectic about the misguided moves her friend has made thus far. But as her lawyer, she is ready to make things right, provided Cassie gets a good night’s sleep and isn’t late for their morning with the FBI.

Self-destructive Cassie, of course, sets course for a late, wild night, meeting up with coworker Shane and his friends, and eventually chatting up/hooking up with a guy named Barkley, whos he meets at the bar. As such, Cassie rendezvouses the next morning with Annie looking disheveled and reeking of booze, despite bathing herself in mouthwash. Annie lays out a simple plan, whereby Cassie will plead the fifth any time her lawyer gives the nod. And that works fine enough, for a hot minute. But when Van slaps down a graphic photo of bloodied Alex, followed by curious photos of Cassie disguised in her headscarf, and then in the Unisphere elevator, she snaps and admits that she had dinner with Alex and had lots of sex with Alex, but she definitely didn’t kill him. But maybe this mysterious Miranda knows something, she suggests.

Cassie is rightly chided by Annie afterwards, but she suggests that now the feds think she is simply a drunk, slutty flight attendant and not a killer. Though technically she could be both, Annie reminds. Annie urges Cassie to stick with her regular routine and head off her next work flight, to Rome. Which Cassie intends to do. But first, she lightly stalks and “bumps into” Sabrina the receptionist, who is rightly guarded at first after the odd events of the previous day. But after a round or a few of drinks, Sabrina is willing to give her new pal all the hot goss, including how Miranda used to date Alex (possibly at the time of his and Cassie’s Bangkok banging), and how she also was not a “stalker,” but you know, a stalker. And a potentially volatile/violent one at that!

Which is not good for Cassie, seeing as on her way home that night, little does she know that Miranda — having obtained Cassie’s identity via a Bangkok bar receipt — is now in New York, walking right next to her.

Elsewhere in Episode 2:

* When agents Kim and Van locked horns over his aggressive approach, he reckoned the brass must like his tactics if in half the time he rose to the same rank as his partner. This sets Kim off on a brilliant monologue about how he, fitting the Bureau’s “male and pale” archetype , had an easier ride than she did as a Black woman who would never be given the latitude to make such bold plays.

* Megan met up at night with the clerk at some kind of store to train prescription drugs she has on hand for… non-scanned flash drives? (Despote multiple replays, the exact nature of this transaction, perhaps purposely, eluded me.)

* Cassie’s brother Davey is very worried about her — namely, her drinking — and whether it’s prudent for her to be around his kids anymore.

TVLine readers gave The Flight Attendant premiere episode an average grade of “B.” What did you think of Episode 2?

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