His Fatal Fixation (2020 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
After surviving a violent attack at the hands of a jealous stalker, flawless beauty Lily Abrams moves to a new city looking for a fresh start. Physically scarred and struggling to cope with dark trauma from her past, Lily is haunted by visions of her stalker at every turn, and is at risk of unraveling, losing her new job, and the new life she has built for herself.
Lily is obsessed with herself. She is a doctor and takes pictures of herself in the mirror. She is so pretty that even her co-workers tell her as she operates on a patient. Lily goes on Tinder dates, and one Tinder guy is a little obsessed with her. He crashes a date and gives her a lily because that is her name. (Smooth, Tinder guy, smooth.)
Jason, another date, comforts Lily and tells her that when he is around, she has nothing to worry about. They drink wine and make out, but are interrupted by the pizza delivery man. Only it isn’t the pizza delivery man. It is the creepy Tinder date. Tinder date stabs Jason to death and throws Lily through a glass door. He begs Lily for forgiveness as she lies in a pool of glass. Lily tells him he is her soulmate to get him to leave. Tinder guy tells Lily that if he can’t have her, no one will. She pushes him off a balcony, and he dies. We get the title card. This is the BEGINNING of the movie?!?!
Lily looks in the mirror now, but instead of taking selfies, she is popping back anti-anxiety medicine. She meets with her new therapist, moved to a new city, and changed her name to Stella. Lily/Stella meets with a plastic surgeon to fix the scars on her face from the attack. Things aren’t all doom and gloom; Lily/Stella flirts with a neighbor named Danny by almost bashing his head in with a baseball bat and then later almost stabs him with a knife. (She thinks he is an intruder both times.) The woman can’t even drink wine without having flashbacks to her attack. (The poor thing! PSTD is terrible.)
After the surgery, Lily/Stella is thrilled with the results and gets hired as a temporary physician’s assistant for Dr. Michael Marlon. She helps him and his partner around the office fixing cleft pallets on child actors and then burn victims or actors wrapped in gauze and so on. (Think Grey’s Anatomy with no budget.) The gig may be permanent when Joyce, the woman Lily/Stella, is replacing dies suddenly. Dr. Michael and his partner, Dr. Brandon, agree to hire Lily/Stella fulltime.
Lily/Stella is even back to her old habit of taking selfies in the mirror! (Narcissism lives on.) She researches Dr. Michael Marlon online and finds out he has a wife named, Claire, who is also a plastic surgeon. He gives Lily/Stella a ride home, and they bond on the drive. Lily/Stella needs to chill. He is a married man! Both the doctors seem to be crossing a line with her. Offering her drinks and spending time outside of the office. The alcohol mixes with her medication, and Lily/Stekka gets taken home by Dr. Brandon.
The next day, Lily/Stella notices some blood on her dress; she keeps popping back those pills and pays it little mind. Did something happen? Yes. Brandon was found beaten badly and admitted to the hospital. A lady detective (we know this from the earpiece she wears.) with a terrible haircut interrogates Lily/Stella. It seems like the Tinder Date guy could still be alive. His name is Spencer, and the detective promises to look into it and keep Lily/Stella past a secret.
Once she is home, Lily/Stella scrubs the blood out of her dress and stops taking pills. With a new focus, Lily/Stella helps the burn victim, Joshua, go into surgery when he is challenging with Dr. Michael. Michael opens up about his wife, Clare. He tells Lily/Stella that the marriage is on the rocks. Lily/Stella decides to tell Michael the truth about her stalker and her real name. They have sex in his office.
The next morning, Lily/Stella gets a bouquet of Lillies, and she goes off the deep end. Lily goes to Michael and Claire’s house screaming about who sent the flowers. Claire overhears the conversation and fights with Michael. Claire angrily storms off and takes Michael’s car. She speeds off, and the breaks go out, causing her to crash and end up in the hospital. The lady detective returns, and Claire tells her that she suspects Lily/Stella of tampering with the breaks.
Michael accuses Lily/Stella of tearing his life apart. He tells her them hooking up was a mistake and asks her to stop working at the clinic. She promises to keep things strictly professional. At work, Lily/Stella slowly takes the bandages off of Joshua only it isn’t Joshua, it is Spencer!!! (The creepy Tinder date.) Lily/Stella stabs him in the leg and screams for help. Michael rushes in, and Spencer is gone. He thinks Lily/Stella is hallucinating and fires her for real this time.
The Lady Detective has the intake report from the night of Lily/Stella’s attack. There was only one body taken in by the coroner’s report. That of Jason, her date. They think she is hallucinating and has DID. (Commonly known as a split personality.) I thought the movie was going to depict that she did everything herself, which would have been perfect. Not the case.
Dr. Michael is alone in his house and hears an intruder. He thinks it is Lily/Stella but is Spencer with a gun. It turns out that Lily was not hallucinating? Dr. Michael wrestles the gun away from Spencer and shots him dead.
Claire, Michael, and Lily are all in the hospital together. Lily tells them to fix their marriage and is left all alone in the hospital bed. She gets chocolate from Danny, the neighbor. The end!
Minority Report: Joyce
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): 1-866-615-6464 (toll-free), 1-301-443-8431 (TTY), or 1-866-415-8051 (TTY toll-free). Available between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, professionals can answer any mental health-related question in English or Spanish and attend to requests for copies of NIMH brochures.
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