While episode two doesn't focus much on the backstory of the Grantham House, it does very much focus on the relationship between Jac and Casey. Holy hell, it's obvious there's some aca-awkward tension going on between the two, but I don't want to get ahead of myself!
The episode begins with Jac excitedly announcing that their website is officially up and running for those following their investigation. Jac may come off like she doesn't want to be there sometimes, but deep down I think she's just as excited as Casey.
Meanwhile, Ellia's pulling dusty sheets off of couches that clearly haven't been used in awhile and Jac actually has the tenacity to ask her why she doesn't live there. As if the ridiculous amount of murders that have happened in the house isn't enough of a reason, Ellia simply states, "It's on the wrong side of town for me." She excuses herself and Jac uses this as the perfect time to voice exactly how she feels about the homeowner and the house itself, but not before Casey not so subtly checks Ellia out as she leaves.
Casey sighs and hopes that Jac will give Ellia the benefit of the doubt, before plopping down on one of the surprisingly comfy couches. Immediately, cute and witty banter ensues between the "friends." I use that term lightly, especially after this episode. Jack makes a joke about Casey's lack of gym activity and suddenly things break out into a tickling war.
Now let's dissect, shall we? Jac makes the first move to sit next to Casey. Jac makes the flirtatious joke about Casey's physique. And Jac is the one who starts tickling Casey. Conclusion? Jac's got it bad for her BFF Casey. There's a moment in which their banter stops and the two look at each other. I'm not going to lie, I yelled, "KISS!" at the screen the first time I saw it, but then Casey quickly changes the subject and asks Jac what she thinks. Jac seems confused on the vagueness from Casey but finally clarifies and asks if it's about the house to which Casey confirms.
In the moments that follow, I love the acting from Kondruss. After being asked her thoughts on the house, there's a moment in which her eyes shift in confusion and there's clearly more to it. I find it hard to believe that Casey could be so oblivious to Jac's advances based on how she looks at her alone.
Casey divulges that she feels a weird vibe from the house, a weird connection but Jac brushes it off and tells her that ghosts aren't real, a line I'm sure will come to bite her in the ass later. Jac, in an effort to lighten the situation, goes back to teasing her friend and offering up her protective services in the event the house really is haunted and goes after Casey.
The girls' moment is interrupted by Ellia returning, who I want to say is somewhat uncomfortable by the position she's found them in, but it doesn't show as she takes a seat in a chair near them. Though she's joined the pair, she's not loosing up and the acting from Negovanlis is superb in portraying a character who clearly has her guard up. However, Ellia is certainly showing some signs of curiosity, or else why would she have allowed the duo to come in the first place?
The episode ends on a lighter note than the first, but definitely a bit awkward. Jac and Casey exchange funny faces as it's clear they have no idea how to socialize with Ellia but suggesting lunch is always a good start!
Though the second episode didn't further the plot, it really did a lot in terms of character development. We now have the stage set for Casey and Jac's relationship, which I'm sure will change a lot over the course of the series. I have a feeling Casey's got a thing for Ellia, and Casey being the oblivious girl that she is, probably doesn't realize that Jac's got it bad for her! Who knows, I could be wrong but the heart eyes don't lie!
Tune in today for episode three and all new episodes every Friday and Monday at 4:30 PM EST.