The Flight Attendant (S02) Episode 5: Recap & Ending Explained
The Flight Attendant Season 2, Episode 5: Recap & Ending Explained: The newest episode of ‘The Flight Attendant’ comes with a stark truth about Cassie that even she didn’t accept. It comes as a big surprise. The shock of the truth hits both her and the viewer deep. This revelation takes us one step back in our process of finding out about the core mystery of the season. It also became very somber in the end with Brenda and Cassie’s heartfelt conversation. The dramatic undertones added a lot of depth to the overall theme of an adult looking to find herself again, or reinvent her entire lifestyle.
There are more clues as to a bigger conspiracy brewing at the CIA offices against Cassie based on what she found in Benjamin’s office. The only solace she can take is the fact that Shane is on her side. But is he, after the events of this episode? Only time will tell. For now, let us have a recap of the fifth episode of The Flight Attendant’s season two.
Before we deep dive into The Flight Attendant Episode 5, you can read about the earlier episodes here.
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (SEASON 2), EPISODE 5 RECAP:
EPISODE 5 – DROWNING WOMEN
Cassie wakes up in Benjamin’s office. She finds a file of the information that the CIA is collecting on her. It is very precise and somewhat made up in the details, terrifying her. She takes photos of the documents in the file and leaves. Before she can, she is found by Dot. Cassie’s lie of not being able to find Benjamin in his office is quickly caught by Dot, who has a conversation with him about it. She phones Shane about the conspiracy against her and the impersonator. He is not privy to those facts and makes notes of the same. On her phone with Shane, she discovers that her mandatory Imperial Atlantic Flight Qualification Training is that day.
Shane asks her to bring him the View-Master for more digging. Cassie reaches home and reveals the entire episode to Max and Annie. She also learns that the camera has been stolen by the Diazes while they were in the house. On her way out, she comes across Marco., who is worried about her not picking u his phone and replying to his texts. She confesses to him about sleeping with someone else, but more importantly, “forgetting that he is even there”. This upsets Marco greatly and he breaks up with her. She reaches the offices and talks to Shane about the documents she took images of. He is angry with her and asks her to delete them. Brenda phones Cassie and tells her that Hildigaard (a.k.a, Megan) left her house.
Megan has gone to visit Cherri, her Long Island friend (whom she referred to as the queen in the text) to retrieve the lockbox with the evidence. Cherri, who now owns the club, tells her that she gave it away to Wanda, who took her stuff because she is a hoarder. Cherri knows where Wanda is and the two go to her place. Max uses the bugs to locate the Diazes and get into their laptop. He discovers that they hacked into him while he was unconscious. Annie and Max plan to retrieve both, the View-Master and the laptop from their house.
Cassie is nailing her training but is constantly getting nagged at by Carol (whom she blackmailed for the jump seat). She blasts off at Carol after she has had enough and leaves the training midway. Cassie goes to Grace’s house to calm herself down. She looks for a stranger who is not going to judge her. Grace, not knowing about Cassie’s sobriety, offers her a drink. Initially reluctant, but with everything that is going on in her life, Cassie’s hand is forced and she gulps down one. And then you know what happens. She. Can’t. Stop. Megan and Cherri successfully drop the wild mushrooms in Wanda’s coffee after she refuses to give up the box. Now they wait for it to take effect. Cassie, now hungry for more, goes to a wine shop to pick up more alcohol. From there on in, it is absolute mayhem. Cassie returns to her house and reads Marco’s message of him picking up his stuff the next morning. She is upset over her breakup and starts breaking things.
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT (SEASON 2), EPISODE 5 ENDING EXPLAINED:
She leaves several messages with Dot to talk to her but she doesn’t reply. She inadvertently reveals to Justin, Shane’s boyfriend, that he is a CIA operative. Shane gets extremely upset with her and cuts the phone saying she needs help.
Megan and Cherri take their stuff back from Wanda. Max and Annie get into the Diazes’ house and complete their mission but do not find the ring he got for her. After talking to her old self in the mind palace, Cassie learns that she has NOT been sober for a year. She had slippages during her period and was conveniently ignoring that memory of hers. She calls Brenda, who soon arrives. Cassie’s breakdown is halted by Brenda who then appeals to her to make a fresh start. They share a personal moment with each other and the screen goes to black.
Watching the episode just sinks my heart. All of Cassie’s “progress” was actually a hoax. As Brenda said to Cassie in the end, “you were always on square one”. She was not being honest with her recovery process and now has to start again. With almost everything going against her, Cassie felt suffocated and retreated to the only way she knows how to deal with problems. Almost the entire episode was dedicated to Cassie finding the truth about herself and that’s why it becomes really sad in the end. But this dramatic turn was required to ground the show a bit more in seriousness like last season. This season did not have many such moments to remind the audiences that what we enjoy is at the expense of someone’s sanity. “Drowning Women” is a brave attempt to recanvas Cassie’s drinking problems and shows how a positive presence like Brenda in someone’s life can make a huge difference.