Heading to Reykjavík was a huge mistake for Cassie in The Flight Attendant episodes “The Reykjavík Ice Sculpture Festival Is Lovely This Time of Year” and “Blue Sincerely Reunion.” Why you may ask? She’s helping out Megan and isn’t that a good thing. Technically it’s a good thing to help your friends. But it’s another thing when you think someone is framing you and your friend is in trouble because of treason. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that she was giving information to North Korea.
These are not small little things or inconveniences. But Cassie continues to treat them as such while running away from her actual problem: she’s about to self implode and break her sobriety. That’s the real danger for Cassie amongst all the guns and espionage shenanigans. She’s built a good life for herself and for some reason she’s still not satisfied, chasing after adventure instead of focusing on herself and her sobriety.
Cassie sleeping with her handler Benjamin on The Flight Attendant is her coming to a breaking point and letting that chaotic person from season 1 take the reigns. And in a way, for her at least, it’s not breaking her sobriety because she only kissed a drunk man whose mouth definitely tasted like liquor. But for someone who used to drink her problems away, aka this writer, it kind of feels like she broke her sobriety and gave into the tailspin that she’s been heading towards.
Ultimately, the only one that’s going to pull her out of this mess is herself. Yes, Annie and Max (who have their own wild things going on) will help her. They’re family after all and none of us can do this alone. But Cassie needs to do the work and move forward to find satisfaction in her life and become stable to a point where she doesn’t make self-destructive decisions like this…as often. Because this doesn’t get easier with time. It just takes practice, time, and self-love.
That’s why The Flight Attendant is such an interesting show. In the midst of some of the craziest circumstances, it delivers a story about addiction and what we do to avoid facing ourselves to move forward. It’s a show about mental health, and family, with a dash of adventure thrown in because who doesn’t love a good adventure? And we have faith in this show and the journey it’s going to go on because of season 1 and the stellar acting of Kaley Cuoco, who continues killing it every episode.
The Flight Attendant new episodes air on HBO Max.