Carole & Tuesday Episode 12: We’ve Only Just Begun

Before the rising sun we fly
So many roads to choose
We start out walking and learn to run
And yes, we’ve just begun

So much of the first cour of Carole & Tuesday has been a whirlwind; without much thought, the girls came together, selected a manager (or rather gave in to Gus’ pushiness), and attempted various ways to gain fame. The last few episodes slowed things down, even as Mars’ Brightest hurled toward its finale. The girls are forced to look within themselves and to each other to decide what it is each really wants.

Angela, too, is finding herself. As she does so, she finds herself being more assertive where need be, primarily with her relationship with Tao; kinder to Katy, seeing her as a person rather than a servant; and more open to everyone. I’m eager to see if Angela’s arc is complete, as I fear it may be. It’s been interesting to see her slowly transform, generally seen more through looks and asides than by lengthy words or actions, and I would like to continue seeing her develop.

But the focus, of course, remains on the girls. They’re able to sing their song, despite breaking the rules and arriving late to the contest, and although they are runners-up, will be awarded with the opportunity to debut. Of that, they’re happy. But even if they didn’t receive the opportunity, vital steps are reached: Carole accepts her need for Tuesday and love for her despite jealousy and pain, and Tuesday grows in confidence and learns that she, too, needs Carole.

Alone for most of their lives, one literally orphaned and the other with a family consisting of members that either don’t care or haven’t cared enough, Carole and Tuesday now have each other (1). And together, now it’s up to them to make a “miracle” happen.

Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talking it over just the two of us
Working together day to day

(1) I imagine it’s purposeful that Watanabe selected a Carpenters’ song for the last episode. They, too, were a duo. It’s also interested to note that they were brother and sister, a platonic relationship, as Carole and Tuesday’s has remained despite hints (or wishful thinking for some).


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