“The Ex-wife”, a British Paramount Plus miniseries, is based on the thriller novel of the same name by Jess Ryder. The series centers on a young woman named Natasha (Tasha), who is married to a middle-aged man named Jack, and together they have a beautiful daughter named Emily. Although Tasha and Jack’s marriage seemed extremely happy at first, Jack’s ex-wife Jen regularly interfered in their happy married life, causing jealousy and strife. Jen wanted everything Tasha wanted. However, as the plot develops, the real villain and his malevolent intentions are revealed to Tasha, leaving her in a terrible predicament. So, let’s find out how Tasha resolves the situation and gets out of the wedding mess.
‘The Ex-Wife’ Season 1: Plot Summary What happens on the show?
Jack (played by Tom Mison) and Tasha (played by Céline Buckens) recently married and have a beautiful child, Emily. Although Jack and his ex-wife Jen (played by Janet Montgomery) separated, Jen continued to come to their house frequently. Jack and Tasha’s relationship seemed to be going well, but Jack’s sister, Hayley, wanted Jack and Jen to be godparents to her child, which upset Tasha. Hayley even behaved strangely badly with Tasha, which she had to endure for the sake of her family.
In a flashback, it is revealed to us that Jack and Tasha started dating after accidentally meeting on the road. Soon, Jack revealed to Tasha that his current wife, Jen, is barren due to the difficulty in their marriage. Therefore, they wanted to be apart and hang out with other people. Tasha and Jack grew closer and began to have physical intimacy. Tasha got pregnant a few days later, just as Jack had wished. So they got married. Sam (played by Jordan Stephens), a friend of Tasha’s who she may have had a sexual relationship with in the past, raised a question about the child’s paternity as he thought it might be his. However, Tasha assured her that the child belonged to Jack.
After marrying Jack, Tasha began to see warning signs. Tasha was sure something was wrong when she found out that Jack and Jen talked to each other quite often. She even saw Jack staying at Jen’s house. Meanwhile, Sam began to have doubts about the identity of Emily’s father, so he walked into Jack’s office and took a photo of Emily’s birth certificate to do a paternity test. . On the other hand, Jack informed Tasha that he was going to New York for work. Tasha started having unusual experiences the moment Jack left for New York. When she picked up Emily from the nursery, she discovered that Jen had already picked up Emily from there. After hearing all of this, Tasha reached out to Jack but couldn’t reach him. When she arrived at Jack’s workplace, a staff member informed her that Jack had quit his job weeks ago. Tasha arrived at Jen’s office and inquired about her child. Jen said Jack had already picked up Emily. Tasha realized Jack could be up to something nastier.
Even when Jack legally forbade Tasha from residing in his home, Tasha took refuge in Sam’s house and decided to find out more about her child. Tasha went back to Jen and learned that Jack had a second cabin. Jen was pretty sure Jack could have gone with Emily. Jack attacked Tasha as soon as Jen and Tasha entered the house. He asked Jen to pick up Emily and put her in a safe place. While Jen was doing this, Jack locked Tasha in a room. Jack revealed his true intention to Tasha and told her that she had to stay out of it since Jack and Jen were taking Emily out to live their lives. She received payment for this and sometimes visited Emily. Tasha gave her approval first, so when Jack released her, she punched him in the head and ran away. After a heated fight between Jack and Tasha, she pushed Jack into a pool and escaped.
A hurt Jack came to Jen’s apartment and confessed his feelings for her, saying he did all of this to get a fresh start with Jen and Emily. Jack intended to take Jen out of the country to save her back from Tasha. When Jen learned all of this, she was taken aback and reluctant to agree, but she also loved Jack, so she gave him her approval. Tasha, on the other hand, discovered the paternity test in Sam’s closet. Although the test came back negative, Sam’s lack of trust upset Tasha. Later, Tasha called Jen and inquired about her child. Being a human, Jen was unable to harm the mother in this way. To bring Emily back to them, Jen asked Tasha to arrive at the starting point at night. When Jack discovered Tasha was following their car, he was distracted. Their car exploded following a serious accident.
Jack fell into a comatose state, but Jen managed to regain consciousness. Since there was no sign of Emily in the burned vehicle, the police pronounced her dead. Jen received a letter from Tasha four months later, letting her know she was willing to talk. When Jen arrived at the specified location, she spotted Tasha with Emily. Tasha described to her in detail how she got into their car after the collision and saved Emily. While Jen was relieved to find Emily alive, she also worried about Jack’s condition. On the other hand, Jack, who was lying in a hospital bed, wiggled his fingers a bit, tricking us into thinking he might have regained consciousness.
Did Jack ever like Tasha?
It was nearly impossible for someone like Jack to truly love someone. His main desire was to start a family. He had never wanted to be called infertile. However, his wife Jen’s infertility shattered her husband’s dreams of being a father. He had perceived that he could start a family with someone else to have children. Jack didn’t want to lose his wife, Jen, because he loved her so much. He had aspirations of starting a family with Jen, but due to her infertility, he planned a different strategy. When he first met Tasha, he knew he had to use this as a chance to lure her into his trap. Tasha was immature and impulsive. Tasha did not even know where her family members were and had no communication with them. As a result, Jack realized that Tasha was the only possible victim. He pretended to be in love and married Tasha after she got pregnant.
Although Jack and Jen were able to adopt the child, it wouldn’t be his blood. So he tried to ruin a young woman’s life to have a child. Jack’s selfishness shattered a mother’s possible dream of having a child and a husband. Eventually, Jack confessed his love to his ex-wife Jen, saying all those things he did for her were for her. He considered kidnapping Tasha’s child and leaving the country, wanting to live a new life with Jen and Emily. Therefore, it was obvious that Jack had never had any romantic feelings towards Tasha. But, in my opinion, if Jen really wanted to tell Jack, he wouldn’t have resorted to such deception; instead, he allegedly sacrificed his desire to have children. But for Jack, women were nothing more than a way to bear children, whose struggles he didn’t even really appreciate. Therefore, in my opinion, Jack’s love can never justify the misdeeds he has committed.
Who was Emily’s father really?
Jack was really Emily’s father. Finally, Tasha learned of Sam’s distrust of her when she discovered the report in her office. In reality, Tasha had a drunk physical encounter with Sam before dating Jack. After that, Jack came into Tasha’s life. Sam believed the child might be his when he learned Tasha was pregnant. He lacked trust in Tasha as he thought she might have concealed the paternity of his child in order to be married to Jack and inherit his wealth. Perhaps this is how the world generally views women. Sam wasn’t mean like Jack, but he didn’t do anything honorable, much like the way Jack treated Tasha. Instead, he somewhat degraded Tasha and didn’t trust her statement.
Sam probably did a paternity test to get Tasha back since he wanted to be with her. If the test came back positive, he considered claiming Emily. The argument is that Sam could have perpetrated any trick to get Emily and Tasha back if the paternity test came back positive. Sam dishonestly entered their house, took Emily’s DNA and checked the birth certificate, showing that he was not Tasha’s closest friend despite claiming to be. . Sam’s actions rocked Tasha and her relationship with Sam. But in the end, Sam understood her guilt and tried to fix her behavior by supporting her. Tasha also forgave him since he was the one who helped her in her crisis.
‘The Ex-Wife’ Season 1 Ending Explained: Why did Jen decide to give Emily to Tasha? Is Jack dead or alive?
The center of the story was actually Jen, for whom Tasha and her daughter Emily had to face many difficulties. However, Jen was unaware of Jack’s sinister plan. Tasha had always thought of Jen as evil and pushy, but she was quite the opposite. Although Jen may have had a hard time seeing Jack remarry, she accepts him out of concern for his happiness. Meanwhile, when Jack sneakily steals Tasha’s baby and keeps it with Jen, Jen wants to lose everything, even though she’s blessed with a new life. She believed she couldn’t secure her future with something that wasn’t really hers. Emily wasn’t her child, and it was Tasha’s. So, Jen felt she couldn’t take Emily away from the mother who carried Emily in the womb and raised her after she was born. She did not see women as mere vessels, unlike her husband, but she understood how many mental turmoil and emotions go through a woman to give birth to a child. Jen respects Tasha’s pain and she wants to get Emily back to Tasha before she takes her last flight. Although Jen failed to deliver Emily to Tasha due to the car accident, Tasha saved Emily on her own behind their eyes before the car exploded. Tasha raised her daughter on her own and eventually met Jen and appreciated her for her best efforts.
In contrast, Jack, who was unconscious after the accident, started moving his fingers. Maybe it’s just simple stimulation, or he’s regained consciousness. However, it is unknown if he will attempt to repair himself or fight to win Emily back once more when he regains consciousness. Perhaps all questions will be answered if the creators decide to release the second season of “The Ex-wife”.
“The Ex-wife” is a very gripping drama that keeps you glued to the screen for nearly four hours. Every scene in the story seems meaningful and intriguing due to the excellent story presentation. The miniseries won’t waste your time and will keep you entertained throughout.
“The Ex-wife” is a 2022 drama thriller series directed by Brian O’Malley.