The fifth episode of “The White Lotus” season two, which aired Nov. 27, dropped a major mystery into the center of the marriage of Daphne (Meghann Fahy) and Cameron (Theo James). In the episode, Harper (Aubrey Plaza) is furious with Ethan (Will Sharpe) because he lied to her about what he and Cameron got up to while the two women took a trip to Noto. Ethan only fesses up when Harper finds a condom in their room, and he says that only Cameron slept with the sex workers, not him; he just did molly with them.
All throughout episode five, Harper drops hints in front of Daphne that Ethan and Cameron did something wrong. When she finally gets Daphne alone outside after dinner, she tells her, “I think something happened when we were in Noto.” Daphne is confused. Harper doesn’t specify what she means with words but with a look. And that’s when Daphne drops her bomb. She says, “I’m sure whatever happened wasn’t a big deal. And if anything did happen, you just do what you have to do to make yourself feel better about it.”
She continues, “I have this trainer in the city, Lawrence. He’s so handsome, he has this blond hair and these, like, big blue eyes. He’s really funny, too. I spend more time with him then Cameron sometimes ’cause he’s so busy at work. He’s such a cutie.” It seems she’s saying she has affairs to make herself feel better about Cameron sleeping around. But then she ups the ante even more.
Daphne offers to show Harper a pic of Lawrence the trainer, but when she hands her phone over, it’s showing a picture of Daphne’s two kids — a crying baby and a toddler who has big blue eyes and blond hair. “Whoopsie,” Daphne says when Harper tells her about her “mistake.” She adds, “Anyway, the point is, maybe you should get a trainer.”
Is Daphne’s Child Her Trainer’s?
It definitely seems that Daphne is implying her eldest child is her trainer’s and not Cameron’s, but Fahy thinks her moment between her and Plaza’s characters is more complicated than that. She told UK Elle in an interview published Nov. 28 that the answer is supposed to be unclear.
“In episode five, when she and Harper are sitting outside, that is really dark,” she said. “[Creator Mike White] wants it to be very vague, obviously. But I think that there are a lot of ways that you could take that scene. And I think one of those ways is you could wonder if Daphne’s suggesting that her child is her trainer’s child and not her husband’s.”
But is that what actually happened? “There are so many layers to her that I think you couldn’t count it out. I don’t know that it’s 100% the truth, I can’t say that it is because Mike didn’t even tell me if that was,” Fahy admitted. “But I think there is a world in which that is the case.”
It’s possible Fahy is bluffing and we’ll find out the truth in the last two episodes, but for now, it’s one of the series’s most compelling mysteries — besides which “The White Lotus” character will die before the end of the season.