‘The Leftovers’ episode 4 video recap: Kevin and Nora say ‘G’Day Melbourne’ [WATCH]

For this final season of “The Leftovers,” Gold Derby is presenting weekly recaps with our staff of writers and editors (watch above). This week I am once again joined by our host Riley Chow and contributing writer Amanda Spears to break down the plot twists, highlights and Emmy prospects of Season 3, Episode 4, titled “G’Day Melbourne.” (Also watch our previous video recaps of Episode 1 “The Book of Kevin,” Episode 2 “Don’t Be Ridiculous” and Episode 3 “Crazy Whitefella Thinking.”)

In “G’Day Melbourne” (story by Damon Lindelof and teleplay Tamara P. Carter & Haley Harris, and directed by Daniel Sackheim), Kevin (Justin Theroux) and Nora (Carrie Coon) travel to Melbourne, Australia. Nora is hellbent on tracking down the people behind what appears to be an elaborate con, promising to assist desperate people to “depart,” and join their loved ones that vanished almost seven years ago during the Sudden Departure. Kevin, watching morning television, catches a glimpse of a woman in the background that he is convinced is Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown), who was supposed to have perished during the drone attack on the Guilty Remnant compound in Miracle, Texas years earlier. The vision of her in Melbourne forces Kevin to confront past traumatic events and to come to terms with his mental state as we get closer to the ominous seventh anniversary of the Sudden Departure.

As an Australian, I was immediately taken with how well the show adapted to its new surroundings Down Under. “I like that they’re in Melbourne. It really captured the city beautifully,” I say. “Nora is on her quest. I’m really excited about this story line about these people that can promise that they can make people depart. I want to know, is there a possibility that it’s real, or is it actually a complete hoax.”

Amanda agrees wholeheartedly, but notes there’s more to this story than just an elaborate con. “I think it’s a hoax, but I think that Carrie Coon was so devastating in this episode,” she declares. “You realize that, while she thinks that this is a hoax.” Amanda notes how Nora is eventually rejected by the masterminds behind this “do it yourself” departure device, adding that “it really seemed to me that she would have done it, by the end of it. And it was just heartbreaking that she was not going to do it.”

Riley was really impressed ultimately with Coon’s overall performance in the episode. “We had that Carrie Coon episode a couple of weeks ago, ‘Don’t Be Ridiculous,’ but I actually found her to be better this episode, which I wasn’t expecting. I assumed this would be more of an ensemble episode … but it was really focused on Kevin and Nora.”

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