In the end, the execution of the dive went a little better than the plans for the open relationship. In a brilliantly clever bit of writing that really taps into the perverse, contradictory nature of the human spirit, Alan and Joy found themselves closer than ever by describing (in erotic detail) what, exactly, they got up to on their nights away from one another. Unfortunately, their new lovers didn't take the news that Joy and Alan were going to stay married quite so well.
The struggles of sex and sexual desire are sensitively and evocatively approached in Wanderlust. Just as Alan and Joy are moving their marriage into unknown waters, so their children are discovering masturbation, heartache and sex for the first time. All with excellent humour and the inter-tangling of lives that lead to juicy cliffhangers.
Perhaps next week we'll see Joy literally hitting a brick wall, or smashing through a glass ceiling, or shooting herself in the foot. The possible metaphors are endless.
Wanderlust episode three airs Tuesday 18 September
|What||Wanderlust episode 2 review|
|Where||BBC One, BBC One | MAP|
On 11 Sep 18, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM