We’ve been waiting for the moment that triggers another Rachel breakdown and after last week’s episode, it feels like we’re on the precipice of something catastrophic. Monday’s (July 11) episode of “UnREAL,” titled “Casualty,” finds Rachel (Shiri Appleby) recollecting herself after her violent altercation with Jeremy (Josh Kelly). With bruises on her face and arms, it feels like she is dead set on reporting the assault to the police. As it turns out, that moment was fleeting.
Doing her best to hide the bruises from the crew, Rachel dives into her work with a ferocity that has her emotionally berating Darius (B.J. Britt) one minute and passionately making out with Coleman (Michael Rady) the next. If anything is a sign that her bipolar disorder is resurfacing, it’s this behavior right here. But instead of seeking help — or even telling Coleman — the two take Darius to meet Beth Ann’s (Lindsay Musil) family.
While it doesn’t begin as the culture clash they had hoped for, a little detail about Beth Ann’s unexpected pregnancy brings an ex boyfriend into the picture. Family drama, a bunch of tussling and a shotgun threat leads to chaos in front of the cameras while Rachel attacks Coleman with inappropriate displays of affection behind them. Quinn (Constance Zimmer) put it best when she warned Wasserman that Rachel is a ticking time bomb.
But even Quinn has her own issues to work out. And while it seems like the group — aside from the new showrunner — has agreed to not get the police involved in the assault, Quinn makes a move that is sure to send Rachel over the edge. Just when she thought it was safe to go in the water, last season’s suitor Adam Cromwell (Freddie Stroma) returns. Seriously … if Rachel is a ticking time bomb, then it looks like Quinn is the one holding the match.
“UnREAL” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.