The Flight Attendant episode “Funeralia” really showed how out of her depth Cassie truly is. Hell, it also showed us how out of depth we are and how much we don’t truly understand about what’s going on with the people we think are the closest to us. Cassie, she’s got the biggest secret of all, waking up next to a deadman after spending a beautiful night together. But she’s not alone.
“Funeralia” showed us that that every person is tangled up in their own web of lies, problems, and fuck ups. Annie, who loves Cassie but sure seems judgemental of her best friend’s life, is hiding her own demons/problems. She’s working with people that are scary and that in turn have transformed her into someone you don’t fuck with or lie too.
Megan, who we thought was on the up and up, is far from that. They teased in episode one about flight attendants being spies for other countries. We just didn’t think that the spy we should be looking out for is Megan. She’s so kind, restrained, and put together that we fear she did this to have a “glamorous” life like Cassie does.
Giving the other characters on The Flight Attendant depth in “Funeralia” means that Cassie’s character is seen through different lens. She isn’t the only one fucking up. Yes, she woke up next to a dead body and cleaned up the crime scene aka what you shouldn’t do in such a situation. But she’s not alone in fucking up and trying to fix things while making them infinitely worse.
Even Miranda, who isn’t Cassie’s friend, is given some depth this episode. Usually, characters like her keep quiet. They’re on the hunt after all and there’s no need for words when you’re about to destroy someone. But no, we get emotion from Miranda. We get life, feelings, and worries from her and that’s simply from her mouthing the word “fuck” or wishing death on street hooligans who got between her and her prey.
With all of that going on, The Flight Attendant “Funeralia” doesn’t forget that Cassie is at the heart of it all. Her visiting Alex’s family home was a ballsy move born out of desperation because someone breaking into your apartment is no joke. It’s a stone cold threat that something far worse is on the horizon so Cassie might as well take action now and think of consequences later. And oh did Cassie take all the action.
Cassie stole a bag of shredded evidence, talked to Alex’s mom, eavesdropped on some conversations, and then somehow made it out of that room alive, well, and still kicking. She doesn’t know the extent, at all, of what she’s stumbled upon but we’re here for The Flight Attendant continuing to unwrapping it all, layer by layer.
Finally, there’s Cassie’s drinking. We’re glad that it isn’t something being brushed off. She’s got a serious addiction and it’s going to take something big (yes, bigger than waking up next to a dead body) to get her out of the cycle she’s stuck in and that we think she’s punishing herself for. Because whatever happened in her past, it’s still there, plaguing her.
And it’s about time Cassie faces those demons and comes out stronger because of it.
The Flight Attendant new episodes land on December 3, 2020 on HBOMax.