If you have not watched yet inheritance, HBO’s prestigious drama that follows the Roy couple, a family of wealthy media moguls who hate each other and use each other to feed extreme lusts for power, you miss a show that delights in doing something as simple as sitting down for a meal with the family – or sipping a glass of wine – an inferno exercise . (Spoilers for season three below.)

For the Roy couple – the evil patriarch Logan, the angry (yet desperate to please) children Shiv, Roman, Conor and Kendall, and even the silly cousin Greg – eating is not something that feels essential to their existence, and meals are rarely pleasurable. They feed on intrigue and the remnants of Logan’s meticulous attention, not pastries and omelets. Instead of offering us a connection to their true humanity – everyone should eat, after all – inheritance Uses every Ortolan and Whiskey lotion to remind us how really miserable this disgusting rich family is.

It felt especially right in an episode of Sunday Night, titled “What It Takes.” Groom Tom, willing to put up with the fallout on Logan’s corporate crimes, spends much of his time worrying about whether or not he will like the food in jail. He even drags Greg, who may also find himself serving depending on how the cards fall, to what looks like a perfectly suitable 24-hour diner to peek at what they might be eating “inside.”

At the restaurant, Tom and Greg order omelets and think about their future. While Greg muses the courage to ask Tom, who is “probably already going” to jail, to take full responsibility, the two pick their plates like two children who are forced to eat a pile of cooked spinach. Tom rudely compares the dry, rubbery omelet, which for the sake of fairness does look pretty awful, to “camel lips.”

“It’s not going to be as tasty as that either, okay,” Tom says of white-collar food. “You need to drop 30 to 50 percent of the flavor of the endless salty fitness mat you eat there.”

Tom is not wrong – The food served to incarcerated people is often (literally) inedible garbage – And that means his fixation is on food when he faces imprisonment. While Royce may be able to survive solely in spite, he – Roy only from marriage – still loves his creative comfort. Clearly in the midst of a loveless marriage, a tank career associated with that marriage, and his impending imprisonment, eating upscale and delicious food is one of the few ways in which Tom Wambsgan still experiences joy.

Sitting inside his hotel suite with Shiv, Tom opens a bottle of wine produced by a vineyard owned by the couple, but apparently never visited it. It’s a biodynamic wine, which impresses Tom until he sees the screw cap. The two taste the wine, describe it as “earthy” and “agricultural”, and end up concluding that it is simply not very good. And again, Tom returns to his fear that eating in jail will be too bland for his sophisticated palate. His food obsession extends even to the metaphor he uses to describe having sex with Shiv while she is on contraception – “like throwing so much cake batter on the wall.”

In the past, Tom has used food as a way to declare his limited power in the Roy family. In the final of the second season, Tom aggressively Snatches a chicken leg from Logan’s plate In an act of defiance as he debates whether it is better for him or not without a return, his wife who almost openly hates him. Maybe it’s something he learned from Logan, that he learned He swung a box of donuts like a kind of psychiatrist against his children in the past, And insolently demanded that the Vice President of the United States bring him her voice.

Now in its third season, inheritance Often relied on meal hours to illustrate the inhumanity of her characters. In the first season, There is the agonizing Thanksgiving meal that establishes the complex dysfunction of the family. When the Roy family visits their summer palace in season two, Logan commands the team to toss a sumptuous meal that includes king crab legs, lobster and caviar Because he “sat in the stench” of a dead raccoon who mysteriously found his way to the chimney of the mansion. Instead, they eat what looks like crappy domino pizza while navigating the minefield which is this horrible family dynamic.

The Roy family manages to design simple experiences like eating a meal with the family and surprising someone with pastries for weapons, and it works beautifully for a narrative that is very busy with traps of power and privilege. Royas has helicopters, vineyards, estates and access to the best delicacies in the world; They can escape heinous crimes and pass the buck to others as if it were the bad card in the Old Maid game. But what is the value of such privilege and elegance when the food is tasteless, donuts come in inconceivable threads, and You still do not get a kiss from Dad?