Romance is just another word for “obstacles.” Think about what makes all the great romantic stories compelling: Not the first kiss nor the final kiss, but all the problems lovers must overcome in-between. Problems like bad timing, family disapproval, bobcat maulings. The more formidable the obstacle, the more justified the passion. Because Containment is a series on The CW, it’s therefore legally obligated to feature two young people falling in love despite the world crumbling around them. But “There Is a Crack in Everything” was the episode that finally figured out that in order for Jake and Katie’s relationship to truly make our hearts ache, they must be kept apart. What a difference a shower curtain makes!
If we’re being honest, it had been pretty difficult to care about a romance that’s been all but guaranteed since the beginning. From the pilot onward there was zero chance that two maximum cuties like Jake and Katie wouldn’t soon be hugging around the waist while an Ed Sheeran song played. But, again, it needed to be complicated. She’s a single mom; he’s a runner; she has a chemical imbalance; he doesn’t seem to launder his tank tops. These obstacles were a start, but nothing too compelling. Then this week they encountered their most formidable and frightening obstacle yet: the prospect that they might soon get to leave the cordon. It’s like that dread when high school graduation nears and you just know that many of your best friendships might not survive when you’re no longer forced to see each other every day. Were Jake and Katie solid enough to stay together in the real world? The fact that they hadn’t even touched each other yet only compounded the feeling of doom that had begun to set in.
But then that shower scene happened. If you’re like me, you borderline laughed out loud at first. Of course Jake’s taking a sadness shower — it’s such a classic angsty hunk move. But when Katie appeared on the other side of that shower curtain and they started making out and caressing each other through the curtain it was somehow bizarre-looking and emotionally devastating. (And, yeah, steamy.) It might be weird to fixate on such a small moment in an otherwise large and wonderfully executed episode, but this small moment was one of the most inspired things Containment’s done yet, if not one of the most inspired scenes in recent TV history. What a weird, sad, rich moment.
Another huge thing “There Is a Crack in Everything” had going for it was a simple change of scenery. We didn’t have to endure any scenes in the bodega nor in the data recovery center. Now that Jana and Suzy and Rooftop Hunk had decided to make a run for it, their plotline became 1,000 percent more compelling. (Just shows how crucial it is for leads to be proactive risk-takers.) Add to that the idea they had found a secret cave tunnel (in a church!) and their attempted escape route had an almost Goonies-esque inventiveness. Unfortunately a possible gas leak prevented their adventure from devolving into Descent-level thrills, but let’s give credit where credit’s due: I care way more about these people than ever before. Just please don’t let them spend several more episodes in a sterile office environment. Not even marauding meth-heads can make that place seem interesting anymore.
NEXT: Bad blood