The scene transitions from intimate moments between two people to a more intense situation, where a woman is being taken away by the police, while someone else is being attended to by paramedics on a stretcher.
The story then rewinds “Four weeks earlier.” Leonard (Thapelo Mokoena), a judge, prepares for a weekend business trip, while his wife, Nandi (Kgomotso Christopher), a law professor, decides to focus on work after experiencing a recent miscarriage. Unbeknownst to her, Leonard plans a romantic rendezvous with his assistant, Ameera (Rizelle Januk).
Nandi and Leonard have had their share of challenges, and their relationship has been distant lately, with Leonard blaming Nandi for the miscarriage. Late one night, Nandi discovers Leonard’s affair when she receives a text on his phone.
Seeking solace, Nandi takes a weekend getaway to her friend Brenda’s beach house (Lunathi Mampofu). Brenda, who never approved of Leonard, questions why they are still married and encourages Nandi to have some fun. Brenda playfully flirts with a young man on the beach, catching Nandi’s attention.
At a cocktail party, Nandi meets the young man named Jacob (Prince Grootboom) again, who comes to her rescue when someone behaves inappropriately. Although not a lawyer or law student, Jacob seems to have knowledge of the law. Brenda thinks he looks familiar, but he denies it.
Nandi gives in to her desires that night, spending a passionate evening with Jacob. The next morning, she feels guilty and tries to blame Brenda for encouraging her to cheat. Yet, Nandi can’t help but fantasize about Jacob even after returning home.
Fatal Seduction presents a polarizing show that viewers will either love or hate, as felt during the first episode. The series opens with a bold scene, leaving little room for ambiguity as it shows two people engaging in intense sexual encounters. Nandi’s arrest and her contemplative narration, “it’s confusing that something that feels so good can be so bad,” further intensify the intrigue. The inaugural episode, titled “Mr. Wrong,” sets the tone for a pulpy thriller centered around the tragic consequences of Nandi’s involvement with Jacob, leading her to question everything in her life. While there might be surprises along the way, the ultimate outcome seems fairly evident, making it all about the captivating and steamy journey.
The show’s premise is a reversal of the Fatal Attraction trope, where a woman torments a man for an affair. However, it also seems to portray a somewhat sexist angle, initially presenting Leonard’s affair as drama-free, while Nandi’s own affair leads her to a sociopath, seemingly punishing her for her indiscretion while letting her husband off the hook.
As the story unfolds, there is potential for more depth, especially considering the events surrounding Brenda by the episode’s conclusion. With numerous details left unexplored, the prospect of time jumps adds to the intrigue. Additionally, the narrative briefly introduces subplots involving Leonard’s brother, Vuyo, a former cop turned private investigator, and Leonard and Nandi’s teenage daughter, Zinhle, hinting at further developments in subsequent episodes.