Lodge 49 unwrapped the gift of positivity in nihilism as Sean ‘Dud’ Dudley made the best with the lemons life left on his doorstep.
This article / recap contains spoilers for Lodge 49 Season 2 Episode 1.
Lodge 49’s Season 2 Premiere conjured up the tranquil, easy going ambience of life spiraling into the depths of abyss. While Liz Dudley (Sonya Cassidy) sees no water in the glass, just a pawned away television set, her brother thinks he just got a refill. And why shouldn’t he? Dud (Wyatt Russell) managed to arise back to surface after a snake bite followed by a shark attack. The freshly bearded one should feel invincible, crutches or no crutches. A warrior, nay a disciple of the religion of Dudeism. A descendant of the lineage established by The Big Lebowski.
The peaches and cream have expired for Liz Dudley, who finds herself looking for direction at the TempJoy job agency. Without a career track to speak of, Liz floats into the position of assistant for an eccentric employer in need of shredding documents. Definitely, not the respected doctor’s office she thought she was heading into. Despite Sean’s dedicated efforts toward lifting his sister’s spirits, Liz cannot find the strength to smile. Sean believing he saw his father that day on the beach was met by a speculative, dismissive silence. To Liz, it was the day she almost lost everyone and everything.
The Silver Lining for Dud
Even as Dud sat on a bench abandoned, flaked on, and ghosted by his perceived mentor Ernie (Brent Jennings), he locates the silver lining. When he confronts Ernie on his porch, it’s with great delicacy. Dud is not lacking in self awareness, he acknowledges Ernie is treating him like a stranger since he returned post-surgery. However, Dud still wants Ernie to return to the Lodge. Wearing his friendship on his sleeve, Dud tells Ernie he’ll pick up anytime he calls… Unlike him. ‘Total flakage’ and disregard by Ernie has not broken their bond in Sean’s mind.
When Alice Ba (Celia Au) and Liz show Sean the ‘Pool Party’ store that opened where his father’s store once resided, he genuinely smiles. In fact, Dud offers his services to the family running the place and gets declined emphatically. They cite taking advice from him is like taking advice from the Titanic. ‘No offense.’
At first, the family throws an indirect jab at Sean by calling the old place a dump, not knowing who he is. Yet, it doesn’t deter Sean’s ear-to-ear grin as he keeps his eye on the prize. The crowning prize of cleaning pools in basic blue-collar servitude. However, Dud’s free-flowing lifestyle has been rendered obsolete, replaced by a younger model… An arrogant, brash teenager of few words and lesser empathy. Dud pilfers the pool cleaning tools from the teen’s vehicle to end the episode. Taking his old job back by his own hands, plundering Pool Party. No remorse for the theft.
Scott Miller breaks reality to Lodge 49
Scott Miller (Eric Allan Kramer) broke the unpopular news that Lodge 49 members will finally have to pay their tabs at the bar. The proclamation was met with jeering and outright defiance when one member left the meeting instantly. Scott made certain to the unhappy crowd the decision was his own and his power was not usurped by a certain British gentlemen… ‘It’s time we faced reality!’
Connie introduced to Melinda by Clara
Connie Clark (Linda Emond) looked mystified and dazed when telling new acquaintance Clara (Pollyanna McIntosh) her ‘brain was melting.’ Clara believed her employer could help her out with the predicament. Connie was then guided blindfolded as per procedure to the mysterious Melinda…
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