But The Leftovers doesn’t seem keen on being hopeful. This isn’t an uplifting show, but a troubling one about despair, depression, and loss. The optimistic scenes are jarring, as if they’re tossed in from a different show, and I know they’ll never last. Jill knows they won’t last, either and this — combined with her growing suspicion that Aimee is sleeping with her father — is too much. If her life is going to be full of despair then she’s going to embrace it. She shows up at the Guilty Remnant and asks if she can spend the night.
A bulk of the action in “Cairo” takes place in Cairo, New York with Kevin, Patti, and dog-killing Dean. During one of Kevin’s blackouts, he apparently attacked Patti and kidnapped her. He brings her to a cabin in the woods and ties her up. Dean follows all of his instructions. Dean also tries to kill Patti but Kevin stops him. Kevin isn’t sure what the hell to do: If he lets her go, she’ll tell the authorities (the actual authorities, as she puts it) but the only option is to murder her. He can’t do that — though I admit there was a point where I thought that he would; every scene in Cairo was filled with terror, causing my heart to beat a little faster.
Kevin does the good thing or, at least, the only acceptable thing to do after you have kidnapped a woman, and unties Patti, saying he’ll cop to everything that happened. That’s too easy for Patti, who has just freely admitted that she murdered Gladys — “She was OK with it” — and that she plans to do the same with Laurie with the time comes — she’ll be OK with it, too. Patti will do anything for this cause and Kevin gets in the way of that. She cuts her own throat open with a piece of glass and, though I saw it coming, I immediately had to temporarily shut off the episode. I’m not giving up on The Leftovers — I think the harrowing stuff is necessary — but I’m starting to understand why so many people are.