Do you think the meeting in ep2 was the first time Karen and Frank have met up since the rooftop scene in dd's finale? I'm a greedy hoe..but idk I was expecting them to discuss stuff more if it was their first meeting since? Idk I'm pretty damn well pleased with the season otherwise (I LOVE ALL THE NEW LADIES OMFG)
Yes, I do! I kind of expected them to discuss more as well, but I think the reasoning for neither of them doing that beyond “Where have you been?” “I had business, Karen. I had to finish.” “And you finished it?” is also found in the dialogue of this episode and the 5th.
K: When am I gonna see you again?
F: You wanna?
K: Because I look at you and my heart breaks because all I can see is this endless, echoing loneliness.
F: I’m not lonely, Karen, please.
K: Bullshit, we are all lonely. I sometimes think that that is all that life is, we’re just- we’re just fighting not to be alone.
For Frank, I think that even after Karen’s warm reception of him he’s wary of being a presence in her life again, wary of bringing her more stress and heartache from the attachment they’ve formed. Her wanting to see him again is definitely a shock, I think very much so because how shows back up for help and not just as social call. That should be off-putting – but it isn’t for Karen when it means she gets to see him again. That might just be more reason for him to keep that wall up of not lingering, not acting like they’re two friends catching up.
For Karen, it’s that loneliness. To discuss what he’s missed is to discuss the awkward tension and grief of secrets, loss, and drifting family/friendships. She doesn’t volunteer any information or seem expectant of him returning the hesitant asking because she knows he’s not here for that normalcy of a friendship, either. Maybe that’s almost a relief? It’s there in the hug she almost leaps up from the couch to give – she’s just glad he’s here, physically, alive. They don’t need to catch up on details missed with his care and concern so evidence.
(ALL THE NEW LADIES WERE AMAZING!!!!!!)