You Get What You Need
Madeline receives encouraging news about the play from her director, but his newly icy demeanor concerns her; Principal Nippal and Ms. Barnes talk to Jane about Ziggy and Amabella; Dr. Reisman examines Celeste’s relationship with Perry.
Push Comes to Shove
Nathan invites Madeline and Ed to dinner to discuss a “parenting paradigm” for Abigail; Celeste prepares for a city-council meeting about Madeline’s play; Jane meets with Ziggy’s teacher; Madeline unearths a key player from Jane’s past.
Living the Dream
Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Annabella’s birthday party to annoy Renata. Meanwhile, Celeste’s roller-coaster relationship with Perry continues before their first therapy session with Dr. Reisman; Abigail’s guidance counselor wants to meet with Madeline; Principal Nippal announces the theme for the fall fund-raiser; and Jane asks for Madeline’s help with Ziggy’s family-tree project.
Jane (Shailene Woodley) deflects Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) questions about why they moved to Monterey. Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) gets news that her community-theater production might get derailed, and is outraged over a slight from Renata (Laura Dern). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) suggests to Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) that they see a counselor. Nathan (James Tupper) and Ed (Adam Scott) meet in hopes of smoothing out the tensions between their wives, and themselves.
In the affluent beachfront community of Monterey, Cal., a suspicious death at a coastal elementary school fundraiser draws attention to the frictions among some of the mothers. Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman), longtime friends and confidantes, welcome newcomer Jane (Shailene Woodley) and her son, Ziggy (Iain Armitage), into their inner circle, much to the chagrin of another mother, Renata (Laura Dern). An incident with the children at school causes battle lines to be drawn.