"A Bad Beginning: Part Two"
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Adapted from: The Bad Beginning
Main character(s): Violet, Klaus, Sunny
Baudelaire guardian: Count Olaf
Featuring: Justice Strauss, Mr. Poe, Mrs. Poe
Main enemy: Count Olaf
Olaf's disguise: Yessica Haircut
Main setting: Count Olaf's house
Library: Justice Strauss' library (law)
Key crew
Writer: Daniel Handler
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer: Neil Patrick Harris
Release details
Story number: 1b
Season/series: Season 1
Premiere network: Netflix
Release date: January 13, 2017
Format: 64 minutes
Production code: 1.2
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
"A Bad Beginning: Part One" "The Reptile Room: Part One"
"A Bad Beginning: Part Two" is the second episode of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It covered the second part of The Bad Beginning, and revealed why the Baudelaire children were sent to Count Olaf in the first place.

Official synopsis

While Mr. Poe's secretary works overtime, Count Olaf casts Violet and Klaus in The Marvelous Marriage, a work of theater with alarming implications.


In a flashback, Count Olaf arrives at Mulctuary Money Management suspiciously after the fateful Baudelaire fire. Disguised as Yessica Haircut, he secures a meeting with Mr. Poe. Yessica learns that whoever lives the closest to the Baudelaire home will become the children's guardian--thus having access to their overwhelming fortune. There is one flaw in Olaf's masterful plan: the inheritance will only be acquired after Violet comes of age.

Not a patient man, Olaf creates a masterful plan that will guarantee access to the wealth he so desires immediately. All he has to do is marry Violet. He convinces the children to join his play "The Marvelous Marriage" by Al Funcoot, which is only a scam to hide the wedding in plain sight. Olaf is cast as the leading man and Violet, obviously, is his blushing bride. The children see through Olaf's plan and Klaus decides that he must find a way to put a stop to it.

He visits Justice Strausss and uses her law library to do a little research. He learns that Violet cannot get married without the permission of her legal guardian since she is underage. Unfortunately, her guardian is her fiancee, Count Olaf. Once she signs the marriage document in her own hand, their union is completely valid and Olaf would've succeeded in getting the Baudelaire Fortune.

The children try to confront Olaf but he threatens to harm Sunny if they don't agree to play along with his evil plot. Violet tries to rescue Sunny from the dangling birdcage with a grappling hook of her own invention and Klaus desperately searches through the law books, looking for a loophole. Both fail in their attempts and must act in the performance.


An oblivious Justice Strauss marries them and right after reveals what he's done to the audience. He has finally won...that is until Sunny shows up having escaped from her prison. Relieved that her sister is safe, Violet confesses to having signed the document with her left hand. She normally writes with her right and that somehow invalidates the marriage.


Olaf Showing his true colors

The children are taken away from Olaf and Mr. Poe sets out to take them to their next closest relative.

Imprisoned in an unknown location, Father and Mother make a plan to escape and return home to their children.



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  • Count Olaf mentions not being able to find the sugar bowl.
  • Count Olaf says to the hook-handed man never to say the word lemony, hinting to Lemony Snicket.

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Deviations from the novel

  • The entire scene of Olaf going to the bank is not in the book.
  • Jacquelyn does not appear in the book while Gustav is only mentioned in book 2 later.
  • In the book, Olaf makes the Baudelaires oatmeal with raspberries. In the TV series, he buys storebought cupcakes with raspberries on them and claims they're homemade.
  • The children aren't with Justice Strauss when Olaf puts her in the play in the book; he tells them much later.
  • Violet's grappling hook propels her up automatically as opposed to having to climb it normally.
  • JS in more nervous when acting in the play. Also, she can actually conclude that the marriage is invalid on her own in the book, as opposed to here where she doesn't know and Klaus must explain it.
  • A detail not in the original novel - the children were originally supposed to be sent to Uncle Monty right from the start were it not for Olaf's own manipulations.


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