Reese Witherspoon’s character Bradley Jackson kisses Laura, and the result could mean big changes on AppleTV+’s The Morning Show season 2.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Morning Show season 2!
The Morning Show season 2, episode 3 ends with a bang when Reese Witherspoon’s character, Bradley Jackson, kisses fellow newsperson, Laura Peterson. The kiss seems sudden and unexpected for a character whose romantic history on the show has been little exposed and purely heterosexual, but is the kiss really out of nowhere? And how does the kiss change the outlook of The Morning Show Season 2?
Taking a deeper look at Bradley’s character, the kiss is not that surprising. Known for her temper and her sometimes problematic pursuit of truth, Bradley (played by Reese Witherspoon, co-producer of the upcoming release Where the Crawdads Sing) is well known as the fire-starter on the show, something that only Cory Ellison seems to appreciate in her until Julianna Margulies’ Laura Peterson arrives. Bradley is also in constant pursuit of validation, which may explain, in part, her attraction to Laura.
In an interview (via TV Line), Reese Witherspoon says, “Laura Peterson is so incredibly attractive. She is so in her power and in her space, and I think there is something about Bradley that’s just so attracted to that.” In the same interview, actress Julianna Margulies points out that Bradley’s character has been mostly used and overlooked at The Morning Show, so when her mentor, Laura, validates Bradley’s worth, it “melts Bradley’s hard exterior.” With this romantic twist for Bradley, it seems The Morning Show is ready to explore Bradley’s sexuality, thus sidelining the speculative romance between her and Cory and perhaps taking the formidable Alex Levy (Friends actress Jennifer Aniston) down a notch.
Throughout The Morning Show season 1, Bradley and Cory Ellison seem to be headed somewhere, at times even seeming to delight in each other. Then, when Bradley wages war against the network at the beginning of season 2 and Cory gets ordered to fire her, he seems unable to let her go. Likewise, Bradley is the reason Cory is now head of the network. It seems the two can’t stand to be without each other. With Laura now on the scene, it is now unclear if there is a future for the pair. Never one to miss an opportunity, however, Cory may use Bradley’s new relationship to show how progressive the company is and bolster the show’s ratings. It’s unclear how Cory Ellison (played by Billy Crudup) might react personally if he harbored a romantic interest in Bradley.
What is clear is that Bradley and Laura’s kiss and prospective relationship will certainly threaten Alex Levy. Though praised as a feminist hero, Alex is hiding her sexual history with Mitch Kessler—a history Laura seems to know or suspect. Alex goes to great lengths to stop Bradley from forming a bond with Laura, undoubtedly to save her own skin. And while Alex is, and has always been, only out to protect herself, she could also be right, and the relationship might be Laura’s way of extracting information from Bradley.
If Alex’s past affairs with sexual predator Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) come to light, it may well be the end of Alex Levy’s reign on The Morning Show. If made public (by Cory or anyone else), Bradley and Laura’s relationship could lead to great praise for Bradley or great criticism (likely both). No matter what happens, the rest of The Morning Show season 2 will be very interesting.