We got a closer look at the Institute of the Higher Mind on this week’s The Arrangement and it was everything we expected and more. That translates to – so many secrets. And a lot of spying.
We kick things off with Kyle giving a touching speech at a new youth center, telling them about his past as an orphan. The whack part? Kyle isn’t actually an orphan. The whole thing is a lie the Institute made up to sell him. We know because Kyle’s been acting all sorts of weird and getting secret texts from a girl named Drea, who he meets up at secretly in an alleyway. Turns out, she’s his half-sister who wants him to visit their dying father.
The photographr spying on Kyle is actually working for Terrence, who reveals that he’s been having Kyle followed and is a little peeved he’s been lying to him. Deann advises that he let Kyle come talk to him about it when he’s ready. He finally does, revealing that he’d made his final payment for his father’s hospital bill, right before he passes away.
Kyle is clearly blind to the fact that IHM is manipulating him all because he believes he owes Terrance his career and that he saved him. Megan on the other hand isn’t that naive, but she does know how to play her cards right. When Terrence tells her she needs to check out the Institute, she agrees to take the “introductory course.”
The course, led by James aka Shaun’s new boy toy, is difficult for Megan to get into mainly because she doesn’t want them to know more about her and she’s convinced someone is following her. The next day, they’re tasked with no setting an alarm to wake up and of course, Megan oversleeps and lies about it in class. James immediately goes into a speech about how lying to oneself is pointless, which further proves her point.
She befriends a woman in the workshop named Nina, who asks way too many questions about Kyle. Immediately, I knew she was a journalist trying to get the scoop. And I was right but when he recorder fell out in the bathroom, she admitted that she was trying to expose the Institute and its secrets. She begged Megan not to tell anyone and I was certain she wouldn’t.
I underestimated Megan clearly. Hoping to prove that the Institute was spying, she told Terrence about Nina, who was violently removed from class. We then see her chatting with Terrance who admits Megan’s honesty surprised him. As he continues watching the class, Megan “opens up” with the group, telling a sob story about her late son Patrick, who died a few days after birth.
Now we know that isn’t true… at least not for Megan. She heard that story during a campfire with her new co-workers from the play. Earlier in the day, she got into it with Nate after offering some suggestions about his confusing play getting lost in the metaphors. Turns out, he actually isn’t such an asshole because he took her advice and rewrote the script. But then came the kiss after a few too many drinks and the most shocking part – Megan was into it.
The next day at class, she did shut the whole thing down stating “they had to be professional.” What she really wanted to say is that she was breaking her lucrative contract and the Institute would come after her with everything they had. Brutal stuff.
Like the episode title, there was a lot of “temptation” going around and not just with Megan and her new boss. Kyle and his Hollywood co-star Amelia share a moment while he’s re-writing his screenplay but don’t act on it.
Meanwhile, Deann finally reads Anika’s script and is surprised by how good it is. She hands over the notes and then tells her that she thought how she went about getting her attention was sexy. “Let’s keep my husband out of this,” she exclaims, clearly referring to the threesome from the night before. Does this mean she’s trying to gain Anika’s trust before she gets rid of her or is she really into the girl? I can’t tell but dang, Deann is playing with fire here. I don’t think Terrence would appreciate not being the one to call all the shots.
Thoughts? What is Terrence’s agenda for Megan? Will he tell Kyle about her “late baby” exposing the Institute’s spying? Will Megan try to pull Kyle out of IHM? Will she continue having feelings for Nate? Will she tell him about the kiss? Will he come clean about his real father? And will we ever find out what the Institute’s hold is on Kyle? Does he know they have enough evidence to take him down if he ever tries to leave? Does he have a huge secret their helping him protect aside from his estranged family?
The Arrangement – The Break Up (2×06)
This season of The Arrangement is getting quite messy but one thing that we know for sure is that Megan will never get between Kyle and Terence.
IHM is always going to come first to him which means she’ll never fully have Kyle.
And for someone who is actively working to take IHM down, that’s just not going to cut it.
Megan thought she was making some headway with Kyle, who for the past few episodes, has been leaning on her more than the Institute.
But now, she’s more alone than ever. The only other people she has on her side are Kyle’s assistant and his little group, who pointed out that Shaun probably lied to her about what she found on Julie Wolfe.
Of course, she did! Shaun has been compromised. She’s totally crushing on Terence which is why she’s so hesitant to help Megan take it all down. And it’s also why she keeps getting mad that Megan is actively trying to take this thing down.
From what she’s seen, Terence is really doing this because he believes in his mission. Some people just aren’t that aware and can’t see through him.
And he relies on it! He relies on the people that fall for his charms, who feel like he saved them, for this Institute to stay open.
Trust me when I say, there’s no shortage of women who are falling for Terence.
In fact, as Kyle goes through his “break-down,” after being forced to relive his break-up with Lisbeth for an IHM documentary, he starts reliving a meltdown that destroyed his relationship.
We’ve never actually seen what happened with Lisbeth and Kyle so we couldn’t really understand why he’s so jaded, why he believes he owes Terence his life and why IHM was his lifeline.
Now we know, Terence was the one who stopped Kyle from going too deep; from going to a place he could never come back from.
Kyle pointed a gun at Terence before turning it on himself. Not to mention a moment of anger directed at Lis caused him to punch a hole in the wall.
I don’t exactly know what his past demons are that have taken hold of him. What did he tell Lisbeth that scared her off? And who is Aaron? Why was he so set on calling him?
However, more shocking is how fake Terence really is. It’s always been clear he doesn’t actually have Kyle’s best interests at heart, but I never pegged him for the guy who was actually sleeping with Lisbeth while Kyle was dating her. He lied to his face and it’s terrible to watch because Kyle truly believes him. Open your eyes, man!
Kyle was really in love with her, but she was completely in love with Terence. I mean, she wanted to run away with him which in hindsight is ridiculous cause Terence would never care about anything more than he cares about IHM and his moneymaker, Kyle.
So really, Terence is to blame for whatever messed up state Lisbeth is in right now. Remember when Megan wanted to get some intel from her and she just kept repeating the same thing over and over? But what did Terence do to her?
Still, she knows from being with both of them that nothing will come between them. She tried to warn Megan but now, she’s learning the hard way.
After Kyle presumably “cleared his head,” he did the most irrational thing — he fired Xavier. He claims it had nothing to do with the affair rumors or anything else, he simply realized that he didn’t believe in himself to act in the movie. I think that’s rubbish but whatever. It’s frankly quite annoying that they made us care about Megan relationship with Xavier just to pull him out of this.
I think that Xavier will be Megan’s saving grace sometime in the near future. He never believed in this IHM crap and only joined because he thought it would make his director happy.When Kyle fired him, he was angry but he was also relieved because he could finally be free from all of this. He sees it for what it truly is — a cult — and also sees that Megan is completely terrified of them all.
And how could she not be? Terence hates her so much, she’ll likely become the next Julia Wolfe. He even told her she “isn’t that important.” That’s basically code for, “I could end you in a day if I wanted to.”
I think that Kyle is going to turn his back on Megan when he realizes she isn’t fully supportive of IHM the way he thought she was because if they let her leave, she’ll expose them or try to ruin them.
Megan has every right to be on edge — I’d be freaked out too if I saw the guy from the Farm that drugged me and succumbed me to all this mental brainwashing. Then, he’s talking about immortality.
The only thing scarier than IHM is IHM talking about living forever. What’s next? Taking over the world. It seems like that’s what The Arrangement is setting up for.
Will Megan find Julie? Will Shaun tell Terence that Megan has been looking into her? Will Megan be sent to The Farm again? Does Terence know that Megan is conspiring against him? If he had such a solid repertoire with Lis, it’s possible she told him or he still watches her.
Terence could be playing the long-game here and setting up his pieces so that it’s going to be relatively easy to wipe Megan off the map.
Catch up with The Arrangement on E!
The Arrangement – Surface Tension (2×02)
Is The Arrangement started to feel discombobulated to anyone else? I don’t even know where to start with all the oddities.
We have Terrence’s brush with death that has led him down the path of alcoholism and taken a toll on his already strained, open marriage.
It’s unclear what that attack was supposed to mean for his overall story because it didn’t make him a better person and it didn’t teach him any lessons. In fact, the only thing that he did realize was that whatever was happening with Megan wasn’t a “one-off” occurrence. Yeah, stress usually isn’t Terrence.
His marriage is falling apart and no amount of therapy can help if Deann doesn’t want to make it work. And from the looks of it, she really isn’t interested in being with him or sleeping with him, although she damn well got made about the tie on the door. Why is she still with him? Is there a reason other than their business with IHM? Is he more trustworthy with a wife? Cause he was definitely looking like a creep at the bar practically drooling all over the young girls.
Then there’s whatever the heck that scene with Lisbeth was. Megan’s sole goal has been to take down IHM for good, including Terrance. In order to do that, she has to know what the hell they did to scare Lisbeth away. It was surprising that Lisbeth all of sudden wanted to chat and even weirder when she just began repeating the same thing over and over. Is she programmed to say that? Is that her defense? Call me crazy but it seemed like she was trying to signal something to Megan. Maybe she’s still being watched by the Institute?
One thing she did mention? Terrance was poisoning her. Now, it’s unclear if that was true or just a figment of her imagination. It’s easy to trick your mind into believing something when you think you’re in danger, which it seems like everyone at IHM is.
However, Megan also has some kind of stomach pains and paired with Lisbeth’s minuscule intel, you’d think she’d be a bit more concerned. Maybe go to a doctor on her own? Instead, she ignores the pain for a few months until she collapses at her own Women in Hollywood event. The press begins speculating everything from drugs to an eating disorder but the truth is, it’s just stress.
At least that’s what the IHM doctor said. And he’s obviously on Terrence’s payroll so he’ll say anything. Hopefully, she doesn’t have stomach cancer like her late mother but given how many times they brought it up, I’m beginning to worry.
It could very well be an ulcer she’s given herself from constantly obsessing over how to take this untouchable organization down and also, the fact that she’s constantly living a lie. How exhausting must it be to fake your happiness about a career you once dreamt of and pretend to love the guy you’re marrying. Okay, I know she loves Kyle but there’s a lot she’s keeping from him.
Shaun is putting herself in the line of fire with Andres. She really thought he would just show her the way to a top-secret location? That just shows you how much these ladies underestimate IHM. To get the clearance, I’m sure Andres had to sign his life away. He’s indebted to Terrence in ways I do not even want to know.
I mean, we’re talking about an organization that quite literally owns their own talent agency. And they make dreams more than happen, at Creative Partners dreams flourish. It makes you wonder how many levels of Hollywood IHM has infiltrated.
I can’t remember if season one was also this outrageously weird but there was a moment where I really thought Xavier and his girl were swingers. Thank god that wasn’t the case and in actuality, Kyle decided he was the perfect guy for the movie. While they were at the party and Kyle was so opposed to Logan, I had a hunch they would go for the blossoming jazz musician with soul. However, I still don’t trust his little girlfriend.
Thoughts on The Arrangement? When will Kyle and Megan get married? Hopefully, the series finds its flow before than!
The Arrangement – Long Game (2×01)
The Arrangement is back and in full-on wedding mode!
Kyle and Megan are getting married but it isn’t based on love, it’s fueled by a pre-existing contract, a movie deal and a publicity timeline. Romantic, right?
Megan also isn’t fully invested; every since she left the Facility, she’d been detached. Understandably so. Her future husband is the man who gave her away to Terrence and dragged her to this place where she was basically brainwashed.
He knows it too and wants her to admit that she’s angry at him so they can learn how to fix it and move forward.
But Megan refuses because if she’s to move forward with her plan to take down IHM, she has to pretend like she’s fully invested.
It’s impossible to take on a such a task and not break a few hundred times. After spending some time at the Facility, Megan knows what they are capable of if they figure out what she’s doing. And despite her new fondness of the place, I don’t think Terrence fully trusts her.
Megan’s love for Kyle is real, however debilitating the PTSD may be, but she has to decide if she’s going to attempt to bring him on her team or take him down with the institute.
At first, it seems like Kyle’s ex-girlfriend Lisbeth was right, there’s no separating Kyle and Terrence.
But after their major fight, Megan notices that Kyle isn’t just blindly following what Terrence says; he takes control of the movie, pulling out as an actor and signing on solely as a director. Yes, his unfavorable decision comes with the possibility of funding being pulled but he’s that confident in making it work for them as a couple. Which means there may be hope to pull Kyle out of IHM after all.
Megan knows that Lisbeth isn’t telling the public the truth about why she broke off her engagement with Kyle. Ever since then, she’s been acting really sketchy and when Megan tries to hunt her down for answers, she looks terrified and pushes her away.
Eventually, she agrees to talk. What did Terrence do to her that made her give up on the relationship? Will these two work together to bring IHM down?
I really want to trust Ingrid but given as she’s IHM’s lawyer, she could very well be working against Megan and simply pretending to find out exactly what she’s planning to do. With Andres now accepting a job at the Facility, will she be able to find out where it’s located? You expose that, you can expose everything.
Terrene honestly gives me the heebie-jeebies — the way he controls Kyle, his vision on expanding IHM to the masses, and sleeping with all those young and impressionable women. It’s just disturbing.
And what’s up with Deann? They have an open marriage so her jealousy was a bit irrational, especially since she was sexting Mason, who appears to be a former lover. Honestly, why are they even together? Does it make for better business? I personally enjoyed seeing Terrence’s hook-up freak out after seeing Deann in the room and even more so when she wasn’t even phased by it.
Megan’s only saving grace would have been Leslie but she just fired her because she was a bit too chaotic for IHM and would likely thwart all of Megan’s plans. She was trying to give her a career but that’s not what Megan cares about at this point; it’s do-or-die, and she just doesn’t want to be a prisoner in her own, fake world.
Do you think she’ll go through with the wedding? With the plans to destroy IHM?
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