DISCLAIMER: This Killing Eve recap of “Meetings Have Biscuits” contains more spoilers than the number of times Eve has sustained a head injury. She’s no stranger to concussions. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, Killing Eve fanatics! This week’s episode, “Meetings Have Biscuits,” exacerbated the action tenfold. There were altercations! Showers of blood! Dates! Not to mention, a much-anticipated smooch heard round the world. Eve and Villanelle reunited on a bus in London, and said reunion quickly escalated from a brawl to a kiss. VillanEve fans everywhere fell prostrate before their altars devoted to Goddess Phoebe Waller-Bridge. To be honest, I was taken aback by how early the pair crossed paths. Normally, we aren’t privy to a VillanEve reunion until the fifth episode of any given season. Anyway, Carolyn had a very busy day. She was stood up on a date, ran into an old lover from 20 years ago and watched another former lover die by Villanelle’s hand. The whole thing reminds me of Arya’s kill list on Game of Thrones. Here’s hoping Konstantin isn’t next!
Alright, ready to delve into “Meetings Have Biscuits?” Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with Villanelle (Jodie Comer) chilling at a sprawling mansion in Andalusia. Actually, she’s on a mission, and a seemingly innocuous woman is the target. After artfully murdering her with a piano tuner, Villanelle kills the family maid. You know, no paper trails and whatnot. Said maid was cradling the aforementioned woman’s infant, but the scene cuts away before we find out if Villanelle spared the child.
Next, Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) is having a work meeting in her bathtub. Her assistant Mo (Raj Majaj) is blatantly uncomfortable. Eve (Sandra Oh) and Jamie (Danny Sapani) arrive on the scene. Thankfully, Carolyn agrees to adjourn her bathtub meeting and reconvene in the kitchen. She reveals to the group that she was able to retrieve Kenny’s work file from the authorities. Jamie and Eve agree to delve deeper into the info on Kenny’s phone. Carolyn and Mo will continue to piece together the mystery involving Kenny’s murder. Go, team!
Then, Villanelle is having lunch with Dasha (Harriet Walter). We see that Villanelle did save the infant, and is now portraying the role of “Hip Young Mother.” Dasha is not a fan of the baby addition. Nor is she a fan of being referred to as “grandma.” But the maternal instinct is so strong in both of them! So much that Dasha promptly (but gently) places the baby in a trash can for flustered passersby to find. That’s not where babies go, Dasha!
Next, Dasha reveals that Villanelle’s next mission will take her back to foggy London. Of course, Villanelle is aware that Eve is still alive. The prospect of returning to the UK does not sit well with our favorite psychopath. But, duty and money are calling!
Later, we see Eve and Bear (Turlough Convery) riffling through Kenny’s computer files. Apparently, our dearly departed Kenny was keeping tabs on a Geneva bank account. It was dormant for several months, but inexplicably started receiving large sums of money again. Kenny had named the account “Panda” after Fat Panda, one of the casualties left behind in Villanelle’s bloody wake. Eve surmises that the Twelve may have something to do with this bank account.
Then, Eve meets with Mo, who’s reticent to find out who owns the Geneva account. However, Eve drives a hard bargain, and she persuades him to do some digging. Meanwhile, Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) pays an old comrade a visit by the name of Sergei. We learn that Sergei is the one who owns the Geneva account. He tells Konstantin that millions of dollars were extracted from his account. Sergei asks Konstantin to retrieve as much of the money as possible. Now, I can’t help but wonder if Konstantin is more involved in this scenario than previously realized. Perhaps he was the one who withdrew the funds. Anyway, he acquiesces and reassures his buddy that he’ll look into it.
Next, Carolyn is getting all dolled up for a date. Her daughter Geraldine (Gemma Whelan) is elated that Carolyn is taking time to interact with other people. Then, we see Carolyn sitting solo at the bar. Clearly, her date stood her up. But not all is lost – Carolyn runs into her old lover Henrik. Henrik knows an awful lot about Geneva accounts, and he divulges some vital info to Carolyn over dinner.
Later, we see Villanelle arriving in London. She waltzes into a perfumery and urges the proprietor to whip up a fragrance that screams “power.” He’s bewildered, but nonetheless he writes down an in-depth description of just the scent Villanelle desires. Only powerful folks wear woodsy scents, right? Afterward, she wanders into a knockoff Build-A-Bear establishment. One of the employees encourages Villanelle to record a message to be used in a bear. Villanelle records a few snippets regarding how she should have checked to make sure Eve was dead. For her third go-round, we see Villanelle tearfully admit that she can’t stop thinking about Eve. My heart! Villanelle may be a psychopath, but she still feels affection (of some kind).
Then, Eve is waiting at the hospital for Niko’s release. However, she discovers that Niko checked himself out a week prior. He’s apparently in Poland. Eve is beside herself, especially since he made no effort to contact her. Next, Eve gets on the bus and finds Villanelle walking toward her. Time seems to stand still. That is, until Eve lunges at Villanelle. The pair’s physical altercation definitely doesn’t go unnoticed by the other bus passengers. Villanelle reassures Eve that she isn’t in London to kill her. Villanelle pins Eve down and asks the latter to smell her. “What do I smell like?” she inquires. Suddenly, Eve kisses Villanelle. Villanelle pulls away after a few seconds of lip lock. Then, Eve headbutts Villanelle, and the latter flees the scene. What the what?
Later, Carolyn is waiting outside Sergei’s building with Mo. We learned that she also had a dalliance with Sergei back in the ’80s. Sergei is indeed head of the Geneva account. The accountant waltzes outside to find Carolyn, and upon seeing her Sergei instantly makes a beeline for his home. However, he appears to suffer from a bout of chest pain and slows down considerably. Carolyn and Mo cart him away in their vehicle.
Next, Mo notices that someone is following them in a police uniform. We see it’s Villanelle. Meanwhile, Eve is back at the Bitter Pill office and reveals to Jamie that she believes Carolyn is Villanelle’s target. Eve frantically tries to call Carolyn and Mo, but neither answer her calls. Carolyn is questioning Sergei’s ties to the Twelve, but the latter refrains from answering. Instead, he sullenly sits in the backseat in silence.
Suddenly, Villanelle pulls the car over and walks up to Carolyn’s window. Carolyn sneaks a peek at a text from Eve. Before Carolyn can fully, truly register that Villanelle is there to kill her, the latter pulls the trigger. We see shards of glass scatter everywhere. The deed is done.
Later, Mo wakes up to find Carolyn out cold. Blood seeps from her head. He assumes the worst – that she’s gone. Thankfully, she regains consciousness. Both look back to find Sergei was the actual target. Villanelle was sent to kill the accountant.
Next, Konstantin is getting ready to go night-night. Villanelle scares the soul right out of him when she pops up in his bed unexpectedly. She reveals that she killed Sergei. Then, she proceeds to prod Konstantin for information regarding her childhood. How did she look as a baby? Was she cute? Konstantin reaches his threshold for Villanelle antics and angrily reveals that she was an ugly baby. She forces him to smell her as she did with Eve. Now, she has a task for Konstantin – find her family. The infant from earlier really sparked her interest in family, including her own.
Then, we see Eve return home after a stressful day of kissing and headbutting Villanelle. She finds the bear that Villanelle bought tucked away under her pillow. Eve rips out the bear’s little heart that contains Villanelle’s message: “Admit it, Eve, you wish I was here.” Then, Eve proceeds to listen to said message over and over again. Because she does wish Villanelle was with her and you cannot tell me otherwise!
Now, this episode is easily the best of the season thus far. Granted, we’re only three episodes in, but Season 3 is already shaping up to be even more action-packed than its predecessors. And that’s a tall order to fill. Villanelle’s development is probably what intrigues me most. She’s succumbing to her maternal instincts – now, whether it’s ill-placed/faux or the genuine article remains to be seen. But, I’m curious to see if Konstantin makes good on his vow to find Villanelle’s family. Eve initiating the bus kiss clearly shows that she’s wrestling with her conflicting emotions toward Villanelle.
Do you think we’ll meet Villanelle’s family this season? Will Eve follow Niko to Poland? What is going on with Konstantin, and was he responsible for the Geneva account mishap? Join me next week as I recap Killing Eve, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Killing Eve airs Sundays at 9pm on your BBC America affiliate.
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