The Morning Show Season 2, Episode 3 recap: Laura

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After three episodes of The Morning Show Season 2, the big moment is almost here, and we are all waiting with bated breath to see how it will unfold. But even though this week ended just seconds away from Alex and Bradley’s long-awaited on-air reunion, so much happened before Alex retook her seat at the anchor desk.

Alex kissed her quiet life goodbye, and Bradley kissed Laura Peterson hello. Chip’s reception wasn’t as friendly, getting the cold shoulder from some of his co-workers. Plus, Daniel continues to be frustrated about the lack of COVID coverage (which we all know is a big mistake — hindsight 20/20, right?), and Mitch seems posed to make a career pivot.

Read on to find out what else went down — and learn what led up to that Bradley and Laura moment heard ‘round the world.

The Morning Show Season 2, Episode 3 recap: Double ambush

After last week’s chilly reception from Bradley, Alex wants to bury the hatchet over lunch. She swallows her pride, apologizing to Bradley for leaving and admitting that she probably lost touch after gaining so much fame and attention.

Though Bradley seems receptive to Alex, the conversation is cut short before it can get too far, with Maggie Brenner approaching them at the restaurant. Alex is worried about what Bradley might have said to her when Maggie interviewed her for her book, and Bradley resents the assumption that she said something damaging about Alex. Bradley assures her she’s been in the business a long time, but Alex isn’t convinced she knows how to handle the Maggie Brenners and Laura Petersons of the world. She tells Bradley they need to get their stories straight — about how Bradley got hired, how she interviewed Hannah the day she died, and what actually happened the morning they hijacked the show. Bradley, now nervous upon being reminded of their transgressions, reluctantly agrees.

Alex spends the next few days stressing about the interview with Laura — and rightfully so. When they sit down for their discussion, Laura pulls no punches, asking her hard-hitting questions about whether the network was as ruthless as what she’d read from an excerpt of Maggie’s book and whether she thinks they’re handling their mistakes correctly. She also explicitly asks about her relationship with Mitch, and Alex flounders for a moment before saying he was her best friend but that there were many sides to him and they don’t talk anymore.

After the interview, Alex rants to Chip, feeling set up and frustrated he approved the questions Laura posed. Chip talks her down from the ledge, promising that she will clear everything up in her own book. The only problem, however, is that Alex is still struggling with how to rewrite the Mitch chapter. To make matters worse, on her first day back at work, being in the studio makes her panic again.

The Morning Show Season 2, Episode 3 recap: Locked and Laura’d

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While Alex is locking horns with Laura, Bradley is locking lips with her.

After convincing Cory to let her cover the campaign trail, Bradley finds herself in Iowa with Laura to get her half of the interview for the big reunion. Despite Alex warning her that she can’t be trusted, Bradley warms to her quickly.

Laura seems to take to Bradley, too. Although Cory asked her to give Bradley some tips and advice, Laura admits that it seems she didn’t need any. Laura tells Bradley she’s dynamic and fun and that the network isn’t using her in the right way. People who stay on the morning program usually can’t do anything else, but Laura thinks Bradley is bigger than that.

Once the two are in the car after all the interviews are through, Laura slyly asks Bradley if she was actually vetted for her anchor position. Bradley doesn’t answer, leaning in to kiss her instead. Laura doesn’t stop her, deepening the kiss as they drive down the street.

The Morning Show Season 2, Episode 3 recap: I’ve got the power?

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Last week saw Daniel on a plane heading to Wuhan, and this week saw him trying to leave it before it’s locked down. He and his team do manage to make it out in time, spending two weeks quarantined in Beijing.

Though he’s in the eye of the storm and wants to report remotely, the network still isn’t giving Daniel coverage, often cutting his segments or not going live with him at all. Frustrated, he calls Mia, saying people need to know what’s coming with COVID. But Mia dismisses him, telling him nothing is different in New York. It’s not personal, they just need ratings, and Mia doesn’t have time to keep coddling him.

Daniel’s not the only one feeling powerless, either. Chip is nervous to reunite with Cory again, but it’s some of his other co-workers he should be worried about. Some of them aren’t too happy he’s back, and Stella does think it’s a good idea to bring him on.

In fact, Stella doesn’t think much of anything they’re doing is a good idea, and she makes that clear to Cory. Cory reassures her that they’ll have the power to change things eventually, but they have to get successful first, and that success starts with making Alex happy.

The Morning Show Season 2, Episode 3 recap: Mitch Kessler, filmmaker

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Despite Mitch knocking a (presumably very expensive) bottle of alcohol out of his hand toward the end of the last episode, Fred sticks around Italy to talk to him. Although Fred tries to find camaraderie with him, saying they’re on the same side, Mitch isn’t having any of it, disgusted by him. He feels some guilt over Hannah’s death while Fred has none — especially not when it comes to what he deems a sham of a lawsuit. He encourages Mitch to put up a united front with him, but Mitch tells Fred to leave him out of it.

Mitch also meets up with the Italian lady he met last week, Paola, who reveals she’s a documentarian. She tries to motivate him to move on from his past and do something useful with his brain, and although Mitch is reluctant at first, after watching the State of the Union address, he messages Paola about helping her on one of her films.

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