Alex Russell (Margaret Qualli) sees Sean (Nick Robinson) looking for the right moment to make their escape. He slips out of bed, grabs his bag and pulls his daughter Maddie (Raila Nevae Whittet) out of bed. He and Maddie got into the car and drove fast, just as Sean got smart about what Alex was doing. He has $18 to his name.
The retrospective shows us why Alex left; Last night:
Sean was so drunk that he threw a glass cup and drilled a hole in the wall of his trailer. Fearing that he realized his and Maddie’s safety. Alex thought it was time to leave before one of them was seriously injured. Finding a place to sleep turned out to be problematic. So he stops at the park, and they slept in the car.
Alex applies for public housing the next day, but the social worker tells him he needs a job. Since Alex doesn’t have much experience apart from being Maddie’s mother. The social worker helps her name her a maid looking for work.
However, to go to the interview, he needed someone to look after Maddie. Reluctantly, he went and visited his mother’s house; he wasn’t there after renting it out to the Airbnb folks. He discovers that his mother, artist Paula (Andy McDowell), is back in a trailer. With an Australian man named Basil (Toby Levins). Alex’s reluctance is related to his mother’s narcissism and instability. Especially when he is not on medication but has no choice.
When she goes to the maid, Yolanda’s boss (Tracy Villar):
That gave him the job he had to do now on Fisher Island. He had to pay for uniforms, cleaning, gas, and ferry fees. Dyson Yolanda told him he had to come back. At the end of the shift or he wouldn’t get any payment. Alex tries to contact Paula, but his mother calls Maddie’s finger painting cute and doesn’t hear that she will be late.
At his customer Regina’s (Anika Noni Rose) mansion. Alex falls into a fabulous nursery and dreams of what it would be like if Maddie lived there. As he was about to pick up Maddie. He sees his mother wake up screaming, Basil was taking a nap, and Maddie was gone. Now he had to go back, take care of her, pick up Maddie and leave her again. When Paula grew tired of caring for a child. They called in the last person Alex had anything to do with: Sean.
Maid (stylized as MAID by Netflix) is based on the memoirs of Stephanie Land Maid:
Hard work, low wages, and mother’s will to survive; Although the story is fictional, one could argue that Wales. Who also directed the first episode, and the show’s creator. Molly Smith Metzler, wanted to cut Land’s story as close as possible. The story is fictional but feels as accurate as possible. With a dash of humour to make up for the first episode’s more dramatic and darker aspects.
Since he can be seen in almost every scene, Qualli takes on the role of Alex. He tries to be vital for Maddie, but he also tries to be strong for himself; she knows that it will be much more difficult for her and her daughter to live with Sean. And it will be much more difficult for her and her daughter to be alone. The surface shows that Alex has this inner strength.
In her scenes with MacDowell, Qualley’s mother in real life. There is a natural attitude that doesn’t always exist when mother and daughter share real-life scenes. When a social worker asked if there was any evidence. That she was Maddie’s mom, she said, “I can show you my stretch marks”.
Which is natural considering how Alex played against all odds. It helps that McDowell, who has come this far since her debut as an actress 32 years ago. It is setting the tone with Paula’s mental illness; he is sometimes grandiose, angry and resentful of others and is trustworthy when torn between the two.
The first episode had us sitting down, blown away by how Alex’s story would play out. One dirty toilet after another, and that was thanks in large part to Qualli. Who was supported by McDowell and the rest of the supporting cast.