Meetings have cookies
Photo: Ludovic Robert / Sid Gentle Films / BBC America
“Meetings Have Biscuits” is by far the strongest episode of the third season so far. It’s not just how Villanelle and Eve collide. This is what fuels the physically raw confrontation at the center of the episode: desire. In Killing Eve, desire is brutally written on the body of the characters. The characters return from the land of bruised, bloodied desire – just look at Eve’s bullet wound scar that we saw in the first episode of the season. As Konstantin mentioned to Eve last week, the bullets leave something. What is the story of these injuries for Eve?
In many ways, the passionate and dynamic sharing of Villanelle and Eve pushes Eve to exist in her body and to face her hidden desires in an exciting way. But desire cannot be fully captured if you refuse to name it, face it. Villanelle, on the other hand, does not only know how to put a name to desire – she devours it wholeheartedly. She knows what she wants, whether it’s the new desire to find her family presented at the end of the episode, or just to play with her targets.
The episode begins with Villanelle in Andalusia, Spain, dressed casually as she uses a tuning fork to check on an old piano for a demanding customer who doesn’t realize that his time is numbered by the minute. It is the tuning fork that serves as a murder weapon, Villanelle launching it, letting it slice through the air and pierce the back of the pianist’s head. Villanelle is surprised by the sound of a child crying through a baby monitor. With little foresight, Villanelle kills the nanny with the tuning fork and takes the baby, which we only discover when she is seen dining outside with Dasha and the baby, returning from her mission.
“You have been fuzzy and obsessive for days,” protested Dasha. “I’m just having fun,” replies Villanelle. She is visibly shaken when she learns that Eve is alive. “You should pull yourself together,” said Dasha after putting the baby in the trash and walking away without an ounce of regret. Villanelle has the opportunity to prove that she is not shaken by Eve when she obtains a mission in London. At first she was completely opposed to that – Jodie Comer’s performance overflows with nervous energy here – then she said, finally, “I can handle this. In London, Villanelle prepares his combat armor, rushing into a perfume store and declaring: “I want to feel powerful. I want to make people gag. When the perfumer (Don Gallagher) does not understand the importance of this perfume, she continues: “I want to smell like a Roman centurion who falls on an old enemy, who once injured him in battle. Since then, the Roman centurion has become emperor and is now powerful beyond measure. What intrigues me right now is the way he lights up the story that Villanelle tells about his relationship with Eve, framing her with the potential for violence and blood.
Meanwhile, Eve channels her grief over solving Kenny’s murder and returning to work to unravel the mystery of the Twelve, this time helped by Bitter Pill editor Jamie. It does not start off on the right foot, because Jamie and Carolyn are overtly spicy, each not understanding the usefulness of the other. Eve firmly asserts that they will have to play nicely while sharing resources, Eve and Jamie taking Kenny’s USB stick that Carolyn was able to obtain from the police. Returning to Bitter Pill, Eve and Bear discover an account nicknamed Panda that Kenny was following, who has become active again after being dormant since Frank Haleton was killed by Villanelle in the first season. But now someone siphons money into another account. Coming out of an impasse, Eve goes to Mo so that MI6 can check the bank account, something above Bitter Pill’s pay level, although Jamie doesn’t seem keen to let them take over. When Mo protests against another task on her plate, Eve expresses it bluntly: “Did you accept this job thinking that it would be easier? If you did, stop now because it just hardens. ”
In a London toy store, she judges “psychopathic”, Villanelle receives a pink talking bear. She slips into the cabin to record her message, especially for Eve. “I should have shot you in the head,” she said first. “I should have shot you in the head and watched you die.” And finally the truth, “I can’t stop thinking about you. “
What Eve can’t stop thinking about, at least on the surface, is Nico. She will only visit him at the mental health center to find out second-hand that he has been released and in a better mood, planning to go to Poland. Eve is distraught to learn this. It’s a remarkable message from Nico to Eve that he doesn’t want her in his life. What else does she need to see for herself?
On a bus heading to Bitter Pill’s offices, Eve sends nervous messages to Nico over and over again, to no avail. When she looks up, the camera trained on the expressive face of Sandra Oh, she sees Villanelle. “Hello Eve,” she said in a drawling voice, the words dripping with desire and curiosity. It is strange to see Villanelle, dressed in a suit with thin gray stripes, in a place as prosaic as the bus. Eve’s response is disjointed, hitting, hitting and beating towards Villanelle. Fight her up and down in the aisle of the bus as people crowd the windows. Villanelle seems strangely delighted with Eve’s outburst of emotion as she effortlessly avoids most of the sloppy punches sent to her. “I’m not here for you,” says Villanelle.
Then things change. Villanelle takes control, pushing Eve in a corner, on the seats. Villanelle hovers over Eve. “Feel me, Eve. What do I smell you? Asks Villanelle. They are close enough to kiss. So Eve does it, leaning forward, a shock marking her face as if she were surprised by her own actions. Before one of them can bask in the gleam of this electrifying moment, Eve brutally strikes Villanelle.
Outside, as the bus leaves, Villanelle may be bruised, but she looks ecstatic and animated by the meeting. Eve enters Bitter Pill’s office as if she had just been caught and set down by a hurricane. She is ruffled. The forehead is bruised. Bloody nose. “I don’t want to talk about it,” she exclaims to the curious and worried members of the office. But Jamie insists on the matter in his office. We cannot hear all of Eve’s explanations of the assassin who has seduced her for years now. But I’m curious, what is the story that Eve tells of Villanelle? Is she a besieged victim? A curious budding lover? A woman defeated by desire? When Eve tells the story of Villanelle’s place in her life, who has the power?
I’ll be honest, I’m not completely committed to the mystery that drives this season beyond how it relates to Kenny’s death. I don’t really care about shady Geneva bank accounts. But I find a lot of interest in the way Carolyn negotiates her way to information. She is dressing and probably going on a date that her creaky daughter Geraldine is happy about. At the bar, it looks like Carolyn got up until she started going out and ran into an old friend she hadn’t seen in twenty years, Henrik (Alex Hanson). “I love a coincidence,” she says. At that time, I realized that it was not a coincidence at all, but completely designed by Carolyn. What becomes evident as they catch up on Chinese food is that Henrik works for the very Geneva bank that Carolyn needs information on.
Hangover the next day, she said to Eve, “It’s not fun, Eve. Use people you used to love. It’s really quite painful. Mo wonders out loud if they can believe it. “No, I think she likes it,” retorts Eve. Catching up with Henrik leads them to learn that the owner of the bank account is Charles Kruger (Dominic Mafham), whom Konstantin visited earlier and had the task of finding the missing $ 6 million on the account. Carolyn and Mo line Charles’ office. In a hilarious moment, he turns out to be too short of breath to run away.
Meanwhile, Eve worries when she remembers that Villanelle said she was not there for her. So who could she be in London for? Who would want the Twelve to die? Eve’s best guess is Carolyn.
She is right to worry. As Carolyn and Mo reach Charles, Villanelle dressed as a cop on a motorcycle follows closely behind. Eve calls Carolyn and Mo frantically to no avail. The tension mounts as Villanelle heads for the car. Eve is able to communicate with Carolyn with a text message, alerting her. But it’s too late. Villanelle is at the window with a pistol. A shot is smashed through the window, causing the glass to fly. For a moment, it looks like Carolyn is dead. But it only has a bloody temple. The real target was Charles, who died in the back.
As Eve settles into her little apartment, which she now calls home, Villanelle’s muffled voice floats from under her blankets. She finds the pink teddy bear repeating Villanelle’s message over and over: “Admit it, Eve. You want me to be here. Eve takes root inside the bear for her mechanical heart, stopping the message before letting it resume. She plays it again, holding it in her ear and closing her eyes. No matter what Eve tries to do, desire has a way to find it.