Irreconcilable differences. What a perfect phrase for divorcing couple Dana (Lisa Roumain) and James (Tim Lane) Lafferty. I mean – would you, or could you, stay married to someone who’d lied to you almost your entire marriage?
Thanks to an anonymous letter, Dana learns that her husband has been carrying on an affair with an unnamed “bimbo” for most of their marriage. Now Dana and James are meeting with a mediator to work out financial details and custody of Katie and Brian, the couple’s two children. As the scorned wife of a wealthy doctor, Dana wants retaliation in the form of permanent custody, the house in Malibu and of course, half of their financial assets. What she wants and what she’ll get are not the same thing.
Jennifer Hutchins (Olivia Dunkley) is the other woman. She’s determined to have everything Dana’s losing – James, his children, his money. In other words, Jennifer wants Dana’s life and will stop at nothing until she gets it. Jennifer even has an inside source for information on the progress of the divorce. She just happens to be Katie (Chloe Golden) Lafferty’s high school guidance counsellor.
Divorce is always unpleasant, but it can be really hard on the children. Formerly an excellent student, Katie’s grades are falling. She’s secretly dating an college student (Justin Sorvillo) who’s pressuring her to do things she’s not ready for. Young Brian (Logan Prince) seems especially fragile, prone to tears when he sees Katie and Dana arguing. Dana’s photographer sister Cheryl (Sara J. Stuckey) is Dana’s shoulder to cry on and lends emotional support to the kids. In one of the show’s lighter moments Cheryl helps Dana figure out what kind of job she’s suited for. (Spoiler: not much, since Dana quit college to marry James.)
Creators Rebecca Norris and Gabrielle Glenn have managed to pack a lot of story into the ten episodes of Split. Soap opera, thriller, suspense, even a touch of comedy- this show has them all. I don’t normally pay much attention to soundtracks, but I couldn’t help it here. Music by Matthew Head and Benjamin Roberts perfectly conveyed the emotions of the story. The entire cast is spot-on, but it’s Ms. Roumain’s sensitive portrayal of Dana that’s the real standout and holds the show together.
Keeping it interesting with the introduction of new characters and plot twists as the series progresses, we’re anxiously awaiting a third season of Split. Watch on YouTube .
By Susan Siniawsky