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UnREAL recap: Treason

Rachel learns Darius’ secret and tries to keep Quinn in the dark about it

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James Dittiger


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Shiri Appleby
Marti Noxon

Everlasting is built on lies: lies to the easily duped audience, lies to cast members, lies to fellow producers and showrunners, lies to the network, lies, lies, lies. So it should come as no shock to Rachel that Darius has been keeping a dark secret of his own: He’s hurt. Like hurt, hurt. So hurt it could end his football career forever. So hurt that without surgery, one wrong move could paralyze him.

Does that cause Rachel to contemplate ending the season of reality TV she’s dreamed of? Absolutely not.

Rachel is having to lie to the entire cast about Darius’ condition in “Treason,” and it starts with a visit from his doctor dressed as a messenger so he can treat Darius on the DL. With his room camera turned away, she wants him to give Darius something for the pain, but the doctor says that’s no longer safe. He needs surgery stat. Romeo — who is furious Rachel even knows about this — says it’s worth Darius having the surgery, even with its 18-month recovery time, if the alternative means losing his ability to play at all.

Ever the manipulator, Rachel is able to spin this for her own gain. She says if he leaves the show now, everyone will know he lied to his team. But if he stays for the day, she’ll get enough footage to make it look like he was hurt when he hauled Hot Rachel out of the pool and Brandi’s attack just made it worse. Romeo and Darius agree to this — only because an Entertainment Weekly reporter named Dominic is on set and they don’t want the news of his injury to get out. (Oddly, I’ve never seen Dominic around the office before…)

The fact that Darius is supposed to be playing quarterback in a powder puff game with the women is only a small hiccup for Rachel. She quickly pivots the group date and tells Jay that Darius and Tiffany are going to do play-by-play from the side while the other women play. Jay is not having this — he knows something is up. When Rachel won’t talk to him about it, he goes to Quinn and Chet. (It’s a little unclear why Chet is now okay with not being in charge, but maybe having his kidnapped baby with him on set has made him soft?) Quinn starts watching the tapes and puts two and two together.

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Much like Rachel, Quinn spins how this could help her. She says if he gets hurt on set, they could medevac him out — which would cause the show to tank on Coleman’s watch. Chet says the network would have to come back to Quinn. He may not be happy his “kingdom” is being given to someone else, but he’d rather see Quinn running the show than “little weirdo and dick for brains.”

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