Last night’s Trust was a bumpy ride for viewers and young Paul who spent a lot of time in the trunks of cars. I kept waiting to understand what I was seeing before typing anything into the recap and was glued to the screen until the show ended without writing a word. So today, I’m just going to explain the episode to the best of my recollection. When you watch as much mind-numbing reality TV as I do, watching something that requires a handful of functioning brain cells is hard.
It’s hard to believe Paul was just wandering around the clubs of Rome at age 16. Why was he not in a fancy pants boarding school somewhere? This episode doesn’t answer that question but it does explain how a fake kidnapping was being set up and how it went terribly wrong.
First we see a home invasion that ends with Primo, a really bad guy, brutally robbing an older couple. Primo’s partner in crime says Primo’s name which results in the assassination of both hostages and Primo’s accomplice. We’re left wondering what that was all about for a while, but Primo will show up again later.
Berto, the restaurant owner who was fond of Paul’s paintings, was becoming tired of trading paintings for food after the four kids ran up $6,000 in debt. Paul manages to get one more meal for a cute painting of Berto’s adorable dog. As it turns out, Marcello has been using the Getty name to get cocaine from Berto. That is why the debt is so high. Marcello tries to smooth things over with Berto by inviting him to a party where Roman Polanski will be. Berto could not be more excited to meet Roman and go to a party with the rich and famous. For reasons I don’t quite remember at this point, the kids all ditched Berto and he was heartbroken about the let down. But at this point, Paul agreed to a fake kidnapping that would make Berto rich. This required Paul to disappear and live in a rundown building that quite literally didn’t have a pot to piss in. After a couple of days of faux captivity, Paul snuck out and went to the club. This screwed everything up, so Berto sells Paul to Primo, the bad guy from the opening scene. Primo likes killing people so he killed Berto and threw him into the trunk of his car and made Paul crawl in next to him.
The kidnapping is now very real, with a very, very bad guy calling the shots. If anyone still has episode two, I’d love to know if Primo was in the room when Fletcher went to meet the mafia.
The editing on this episode was back and forth over time and a bit hard to follow. I believe episode four has a different director. And maybe now we will be on a linear timeline. I’ll miss Berto and his cute little doggie. Are y’all still watching this?