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‘The Leftovers’ Review: Explosive Truths Rock Episode 4, as Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon Dig Deep Down Under

Every episode of "The Leftovers" is an emotional experience, but "G'Day Melbourne" stripped away Kevin and Nora's false fronts to expose their (broken) hearts.

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3. The infants — real and fictional — had nothing to do with why Nora was rejected by the doctors.

This may seem like the wrong section to break down this week’s big question, but we have an answer for it:

Two infant twins are born. One of them will grow up to cure cancer, but only if one of them dies now. You don’t have to kill the baby yourself, but you do have to nod to make it happen. Do you nod?

Now, before we break down Nora’s fateful response to the doctors’ pivotal question, let’s go back to Episode 3. Remember when Kevin Senior was wandering the desert, and a man pulled up in his car and started dousing himself in gasoline? Of course you do. It was an intense scene. But do you remember what he said before he lit the match? He asked Senior the same question that the doctors asked Nora. Senior said, “No,” the man said, “That’s exactly what I said,” explaining that’s why he was rejected.

So this man answered no, Nora answered yes, and neither of them got to go into the machine. How is that possible?

It’s because it doesn’t matter what you answer, but how you answer. Who knows what the man did when he was in the room, but Nora’s encounter explained why she was rejected without any exposition at all.

Dr. Bekker didn’t like Nora. She made as much clear from the second she walked in, and she clearly didn’t think Nora was a good candidate. She wouldn’t give her the time of day, let alone a smile. So when Dr. Bekker leaned forward with a wide grin on her face as Nora asked question after question before giving her answer, you knew the jig was up. Concurrently, Dr. Eden was totally dejected when she answered Nora’s last query. From their body language alone, it was like Dr. Bekker won the bet, and Dr. Eden lost: Nora wasn’t a good candidate. She had too many questions.

Think of these doctors like the Guilty Remnant: It’s not about what you do, it’s about what you don’t do. There is no family. Stop wasting your breath. Nothing matters. The stakes posed in the cancer question only matter to someone who’s invested in the outcome, and no one who’s ready to die to see their children should care about a past or a future. They’re going to another world where these things don’t matter

Big Questions

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1. Um, what explosion?
– Between the alarms going off and the sprinklers kicking on, it seemed like Kevin’s book burning and/or Nora’s cigarettes caused the hotel’s fire protection system to kick in… but then Kevin got outside. he couldn’t get a taxi “because of the explosion.” What explosion? Kevin instinctually looked up to see if he’d done it, but that wasn’t the case. His dad said, “Didn’t you see the news? All flights are grounded.” That means something big went down… but what?

2. What’s the deal with TVs in hotels?
– Kevin keeps having weird experiences with television sets in hotel rooms. I’m not saying there’s something here, I’m just saying it’s a theme. Look closer…

3. Are Kevin and Nora toxic for each other?
– Despite what I said in a Season 1 episode review, no, they are not. They’re actually very well-suited for each other, as discussed above and below. They’re just not communicating well because they’re both very scared of losing their family. A life lived in fear is not a life lived.

READ MORE: ‘The Leftovers’: Scott Glenn Wasn’t Looking for a Sign, But What He Found Changed His Life Forever

Continue reading for a breakdown of the final scene and our weekly question: How funny was “The Leftovers?”

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