Transparent's Sarah and Tammy are headed for trouble in Season 2
Transparent creator Jill Soloway delighted her fans on Monday when she announced that the first episode of Season 2 would premiere a full week and a half before the season’s official release date. So what does the season premiere tell us about what the rest of the season might have in store? (Beware! Spoilers ahead!)
Sarah and Tammy’s marriage might end before it begins
There’s a significant time jump between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2, and it’s noticeable instantly. When we last left the Pfefferman clan, Sarah asked Tammy to marry her. The new season opens at their scenic Palm Springs wedding. And while all of the guests are sharing in Tammy’s joy, Sarah doesn’t look too thrilled to be walking down the aisle for a second time.
Seen solely from Sarah’s point of view, the ceremony is chaos. Loving smiles turn into mocking laughs as she walks toward the chuppah. Tammy’s vows are so nonsensical that Sarah can’t even listen to them; distracted, she directs her attention toward the “WeBuyCheapHouses.com” banner ad flying above them. She even visualizes herself collapsed on the ground, under the chuppah. It’s not a particularly auspicious start to a marriage, to say the least.
But, as Rabbi Raquel points out, the couple isn’t technically married yet. While Sarah hides in a bathroom stall during the hora, Ali, Josh and Raquel run to her aid, and the rabbi gently reminds the bride that, until the wedding license is in the mail and stamped by the city bureaucrats, their union is only symbolic. This is great news for Sarah, who confesses to her siblings that she never really wanted to marry Tammy — or leave her ex-husband, Len — after all.
Whether this is good news for Tammy remains to be seen. The end of the episode shows a montage of couples in their separate hotel rooms, including a distraught Sarah whispering to Tammy, “I’m sorry. I can’t.” Can’t what, though? Go through with sending in the marriage license? Face her family the next day? Continue living with her new wife and following through with her vows?
It may be premature to suggest that Sarah and Tammy’s marriage is over already, but they’re certainly headed for a rocky road in Season 2, as Sarah finally admits to herself that their love is not what she thought it was.
Josh and Rabbi Raquel are back together — and having a baby
Raquel and Josh’s fight at the end of Season 1 made their relationship appear to be over for good. Not so fast — not only did they patch things up, they’re going to be parents together! Are wedding bells in their future?
Likely, yes, but not without a good deal of couple’s therapy first. Josh wasn’t supposed to tell anyone about the pregnancy just yet, but of course he did anyway, and not long after the rumor makes its way from Ali to Sarah and from Sarah to Shelly, the entire wedding reception is congratulating the rabbi on the happy news. Mortified, Raquel confronts Josh, and he admits to his mistake. It’s not enough to make her thrilled, but it’s a sign that their communication has already improved significantly, which bodes well for the longevity of their relationship.
Moreover, after getting to know his long-lost adult son, Colton, Josh feels ready to be a father. He’s excited to enter into this new phase with Raquel, the love of his life, and she continues to love him in spite of his flaws. We may be gearing up to see another wedding before Season 2 ends — or, at the very least, the strengthening of a growing family unit.
After years of separation, Maura and Shelly have found love in each other again
Fans of Season 1 will recall that Maura and Shelly’s marriage ended decades ago, after the debacle that was Ali’s canceled Bat Mitzvah. But that was before Maura was living her life openly as a transgender woman, and now that she’s comfortable in her skin, she and Shelly have found their way back to each other.
Through a conversation with Davina, we learn that Maura is living with Shelly again, for the first time in years. “She’s just so familiar,” Maura explains, but it’s clear from the look in her eyes that it’s much deeper than that. Shelly and Maura talk with each other, dance together and embrace repeatedly over the course of the wedding.
And at the end of the episode, we see them sharing a hotel room — and kissing. “I hope you feel beautiful. Because you are so beautiful,” Shelly tells her ex.
This may be the most surprising turn of events for Season 2, and it will be a treat to see how this relationship develops. While remarriage is unlikely to be in the cards for them, given their ages, companionship and commitment certainly are. It’s beautiful to witness these characters finding love together again after so many years apart.