GLOW Season 3 Premiere Recap: Another Opening, Another Blow

TVLine | 8/9/2019 | Kimberly Roots
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Who needs Vegas showgirls when you’ve got Liberty Belle and Zoya the Destroyer?

Things are going just Fan-Tan-tastic for the gorgeous ladies of GLOW at the start of Season 3, which began streaming on Netflix today. As you may recall from the end of Season 2, Sam, Bash, Debbie, Ruth and the rest now are in residence at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas — aka the wrestling show’s new home. And the troupe excitedly prepares for opening night… until a national tragedy makes all the sequins and signature moves seem silly and small, in comparison.

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Will the GLOW show go on? Read on for the highlights of Episode 1, “Up, Up, Up.”

AN HONEST MISTAKE | On the morning of opening night, Ruth and Debbie appear, in character, on a local news broadcast while the rest of their colleagues watch from their hotel rooms. Debbie and Ruth are vamping it up, and when the interviewer notes that they’re going to watch the Challenger launch live (side note: Oh God), Ruth-as-Zoya sees a perfect opportunity to play up the Russian character’s hatred of the United States. “I spit on this Challenger mission!” she sneers… about 20 seconds before the shuttle breaks apart, killing all seven of its crew including school teacher Christa McAuliffe. Debbie realizes what’s happened before Ruth does, and with tears in her eyes signals to the cameraman: “We need to cut.”

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After, Ruth is heartsick about what happened. “I made fun of a national tragedy on live TV,” she says while Sheila and Carmen try to comfort her. To add to the misery, Russell phones to say that he’s been recruited for some work that evening and won’t be able to make it to the show’s big opening. Downstairs, outside the venue, Debbie is lobbying Sam and Bash to...
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