On ‘The Undoing,’ questions can be lethal

On the penultimate episode of HBO’s “The Undoing” (Sunday at 9 p.m.), Jonathan’s (Hugh Grant) murder trial begins, and Grace (Nicole Kidman) goes on a deep quest for answers and is utterly unprepared for what she discovers.

Warning! Minor spoilers follow!

In “Trial by Fury,” written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, Jonathan’s expensive defense attorney Haley Fitzgerald (Noma Dumezweni) warns the estranged couple that the jury will be considering them every moment during the trial.

They must present a united front, she says. But can Grace handle playing the devoted wife?

“Are you devoted, Grace?” Haley asks.

“I’m here,” Grace says. “Under the circumstances, I think I deserve a medal.”

Haley (Noma Dumezweni) works her magic in the courtroom. (Photo: HBO)
Haley (Noma Dumezweni) works her magic in the courtroom. (Photo: HBO)

Haley’s strategy is to attack the police investigation and shift doubt onto the murder victim’s husband.

Henry (Noah Jupe) still thinks they can be a family again.

The depth of Jonathan’s lies is exposed over, of all things, a rare family dinner in public.

Franklin (Donald Sutherland) wonders if early childhood trauma leads to a person becoming more empathetic or psychotic.

That’s an important question, Grace realizes.

Answers come in the least likeliest of places.

By hour’s end, Grace will know more than she ever wanted to.

It all looks to lead to a juicy conclusion next week.