UnREAL (S04E07) “Bluff”

The duo of Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Tommy (Francois Arnaud) is a dangerous one. They have no guilt over their actions, mercilessly destroying one contestant after another. They remind me in a way of The Joker and Harley Quinn, chaotically manipulating anyone in their vicinity towards a path of heartbreak. Rachel has hooked up with some… less than savoury people, but Tommy takes the crazy cake. Part of me does enjoy their flair for intense drama, but I do feel sympathy for their subjects. Especially with Rachel really showing her sociopathic side season, none of them stood a chance. Well, except our dearest Candy (Natalie Hall) of course.

As twisted as he is, I really enjoy Tommy’s character. Throughout the season he’s proven to be ruthless and cunning, making an almost perfect match for our main dame. While it would have been nice to see her end up with someone who makes her a better person, I will settle for someone who makes her happy; or at least as happy as Rachel Goldberg is capable of being. Tommy does his best to court her, ultimately proposing in a powerful scene towards the end of the episode. Rachel has been questing for this very scenario all season, but I don’t think this was what she had been envisioning. She wanted “The Ring”; the fantasy. Tommy’s version is sweet when you think about it, but Rachel doesn’t seem as wooed. She almost seems un-phased by the whole exchange. I want to feel bad for him but I really can’t. With one episode left of the series they are certainly setting up for the final Big Bang. Oh how bittersweet it will be.