Just to quickly recap, we along with Elise (Sharon Belle) got to meet the newest additions to the series: Tarja (Rachel Sellan), AJ (Tamara Freeman), Carly (Deanna Little), Patton (Robert Homer) and Tarick Glancy (Coop) all of whom work at the shop owned by Laird (Mark Nocent).
We find ourselves back at Vinyl Destination where we find its employees gathered together in what appears to be a pretty deep conversation. While everyone there feels at ease, Elise reveals she feels more envious than anything.
Through the therapy session we get a brief glimpse at some of the lives of Vinyl Destination's crew. Patton's sister we find out died rather young and while he struggles with dealing with her death, he finds it easier to cope with this support group. While we don't learn much of AJ's background, we can sense the immediate sense of leadership that she radiates during her conversation at group. Carly discloses that she's nearing her one year chip, giving us the notion that she's a recovering alcoholic.
Tarja on the other hand goes a bit more in-depth during her therapy share. We learn that she must stay at some shelter after mentioning a new contact made there and we also find out that she's an actor. While she feels like she's in a better place, she admits that she's afraid of putting herself out there. She's scared to land a role and be told to lose weight, knowing that it's a slippery slope for her. AJ steps in with some positive reinforcement and you can tell that no matter who's speaking there's mutual respect throughout the circle.
What we don't see, Tarick's tragic backstory or Laird's contribution to the circle. What we do see is Elise sneaking off during Carly's turn to speak. Elise dips outside with Laird quickly on her heels only to find her crying. While he tries to get closer and to comfort his friend, Elise quickly pushes him away. She breaks down even more talking about her mother and how her actions have probably resulted in the shitty situation she finds herself in now, but more on that later. Laird offers her a place to stay, Elise argues but the high school best friend counters telling Elise that she can't just abandon him again which obviously strikes a cord.
Now back to emotional Elise, while I agree to some extent that karma may be a theme, I find it hard to watch Elise backtrack in her character development. Since coming home, we've seen a complete regression of the Elise we saw last season. While she is emotional, I'll give her that, part of me feels like she's pretty keen on throwing herself a pity party. I'll admit - I'm sure being home is probably taking a toll on her but it really is hard to see her take such a hit and it's something I'll be keeping an eye out on in future episodes.
Catch Chapter 12 today and get caught up with our Chapter 13 recap coming soon.