'The Morning Show' Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: Arguments, Coronavirus, and Gelato in 'It's Like the Flu'

'The Morning Show' Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: Arguments, Coronavirus, and Gelato in 'It's Like the Flu'

September 24, 2021

The Morning Show Season 2 Episode 2: “It’s Like the Flu” is here. The Sept. 24 episode of the Emmy-winning TV show has more drama involving Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) and Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston). Along the way, the characters on the Apple series are introduced to coronavirus (COVID-19).

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Morning Show Season 2 Episode 2: “It’s Like the Flu”]

‘The Morning Show’ Season 2 Episode 2: Bradley Jackson and Alex Levy aren’t on good terms

Alex and Bradley are in the same place as when they started season 2, on the outs. In “It’s Like the Flu,” they have a chilly reunion at a dinner party hosted by Billy Crudup’s Cory Ellison. Although they have what might look to be a friendly hug there’s a lot of tension brewing. 

Eventually, the drama comes to a head. Bradley confronts Alex as she’s leaving the party and informs her she’s going to go “toe-to-toe” with her when they start working together again. They’re not friends but “equals” who will battle it out for screen time.  

‘The Morning Show’ has everyone at the network discussing coronavirus

Following the events of the season 2 premiere, the Sept. 24 episode of The Morning Show has rumblings about COVID-19. Mia Jordan (Karen Pittman) has a brief discussion with a co-worker about whether or not they should cover it on the show. Remember, at this point in the Apple original series, it’s still early January 2020.

Then the topic comes up again at Cory’s dinner party. The anchors have a short discussion about COVID-19 coverage. Yanko Flores (Nestor Carbonell) wonders if they should cover people getting sick thousands of miles away. Daniel Henderson (Desean Terry) says they should give it airtime, suggesting someone on staff should go overseas to report on the story. Bradley agrees and, later, Daniel finds himself on a plane to China.

A woman confronts Mitch Kessler at a gelato shop in Italy

Mitch Kessler’s (Steve Carell) reading the newspaper and eating gelato in Italy when an American woman comes over to him. However, a pleasant interaction doesn’t ensue. The woman proceeds to talk to him, rather loudly, until everyone at the gelato shop is watching. 

Then an Italian woman joins the conversation to defend Mitch. While the women argue the former TV anchor slips away. A few minutes later he and the Italian woman exchange phone numbers.

Alex Levy offers Chip Black his old job and he accepts

In one of the last few scenes of the Sept. 24 episode, Alex heads to the suburbs to see Chip Black (Mark Duplass). She rings the doorbell and Chip answers. Then Alex asks him if he’ll come back to UBA as her executive producer. After a short pause where he glances at his fiancée, Chip asks Alex, “When do I start?”

Watch The Morning Show Season 2 on AppleTV. A new episode drops every Friday at 12 a.m. PT, or 3 a.m. ET, on Apple’s streaming service.

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