There are so many parallels in this show, whether we’re talking about the more literal parallel of the opening montage — which showed Christina preparing oatmeal for Nate as Jay and Ava shot heroine in their motel room — or the more complex Ava-Christina similarities. The woman Christina used to be perhaps isn’t so different from the woman Ava is, at least not if we’re talking about her role in her relationship with Jay.
So it’s no surprise Christina is none too happy with Ava. “I think Jay’s feeding off of her,” Christina tells Nate, who doesn’t have time to think about his brother considering tonight’s his big return to the cage. So while Nate prepares to train — but not at the gym, because it’s being cleaned after Mac got a staph infection — Roxanne gets her first glimpse at Alvey’s house. And instantly, she knows he hasn’t always lived there alone. “I can feel her,” she explains, before he finally utters Lisa’s name in Roxanne’s presence. As to why they broke up, he simply says it “just wasn’t right.” And for now, that will be enough information. Roxanne is having too much fun to want to hear more.
At the Pink Motel, Jay and Ava have created their own little world, where all they do is drink, do drugs, have sex, sleep, and repeat. They spend their days getting as high as they can, lounging in an empty pool, talking about theoretical lives in which they run away to live together in South America. For Ava, her perfect world involves the two of them somewhere where Jay no longer has to fight and all they have to worry about is taking care of each other. But the really interesting moment comes when Jay mentions Cuba, and Ava admits she couldn’t live there because her father hates Castro and would never forgive her. Her father is also known as the guy who’s in prison for raping her friend. Perhaps Ava hasn’t completely let go of him.
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With the gym cleared out, Alvey prepares to meet Nate at the house to train when Ron shows up. It seems Lisa’s thinking about coming back to L.A. and Ron wants to talk to Alvey about it. Alvey agrees to meet up after the fight, but for now, he has to make sure Nate’s ready. After all, let’s not forget how his last couple of fights ended.
But it’s not Nate who ends up having a talk with Alvey. In what’s arguably the most civil moment we’ve seen between them, Christina and Alvey discuss Jay. When Christina asks what Alvey thinks of Ava, he simply says, “I think she reminds me of somebody I used to know.” Alvey reminds Christina that they used to disappear every once in a while, but when she expresses just how worried she is, he promises to talk to Jay at Nate’s fight. And in this moment, for the first time, I really see them as a parents — a rare moment for each of them (but especially the two of them together).
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