The White Lotus

10 Worst Episodes of The White Lotus

The White Lotus has been a hit series on HBO since it first aired in 2021. Following the exploits of various guests and employees at an exclusive tropical resort, this show has gathered a huge following. With three seasons under its belt, there have been some episodes that have stood out as being the worst. We have compiled a list of the worst episodes of The White Lotus, ranked from least to worst.

The White Lotus is unique in that as each day passes a darker complexity emerges. From the cheerful employees to the idyllic locale, this show paints a vivid picture of the situation. As a result, some of the worst episodes are those that have the most difficult themes and leave the audience feeling unsettled.

From episodes that focus on the moral dilemma of the guests and employees to those that take a closer look at the issues of race and class, there is no shortage of episodes that could be considered the worst. Read on to find out which episodes of The White Lotus have been ranked as the worst.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 13, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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#10 - In the Sandbox (Season 2 - Episode 4)

When Tanya receives an impromptu invite from dashing ex-pat Quentin, Portia finds herself spending the day with his beguiling nephew, Jack. After returning from her trip with Daphne, a relieved Harper is blindsided by a piece of evidence from Ethan’s night out. Meanwhile, a suddenly guilt-ridden Lucia tries to keep Mia on a righteous path.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 1010 votes.

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#9 - Departures (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Rachel shares some harsh truths with Shane and confides in Belinda, who’s reeling from bad news of her own. As the Mossbachers turn the page on their harrowing scare, Quinn reveals major life plans. With nothing left to lose, Armond goes on an all-out bender – and exacts the ultimate revenge on his nemesis.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 1519 votes.

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#8 - Bull Elephants (Season 2 - Episode 3)

After promising to have a more positive attitude, Harper gets looped into a side excursion with Daphne – leaving Ethan and Cameron behind for some bro time. On her own for two days, Tanya seeks advice from a local tarot reader and summons Portia back from sightseeing with the Di Grassos. Later, Albie questions whether his father truly respects women.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 1021 votes.

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#7 - Italian Dream (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Though Harper bristles at Ethan’s suggestion that she’s overly critical, her suspicions are raised when Cameron and Daphne claim they never fight. Meanwhile, Lucia and Mia take full advantage of their newly acquired hotel guest status, Albie and Portia (sort of) connect over dinner, and Tanya enlists Greg to help her live out her perfect day in Sicily... on a Vespa.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 1093 votes.

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#6 - The Lotus-Eaters (Season 1 - Episode 5)

As Armond attempts to do damage control, Belinda tries to redirect Tanya’s focus to her business proposal. Paula grows increasingly disillusioned with the Mossbachers. A sidelined Rachel begins to question her future. Nicole rebuffs Mark for airing their dirty laundry to Quinn.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 1456 votes.

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#5 - Recentering (Season 1 - Episode 4)


After Shane shoots down her latest career plans, Rachel is further blindsided by an unexpected arrival. Just as Belinda begins to take her business proposition seriously, Tanya’s attention turns to an intriguing hotel guest. Meanwhile, Armond’s renewed commitment to sobriety is put to the test.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 1531 votes.

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#4 - Mysterious Monkeys (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Stripped of his gadgets, Quinn reluctantly takes a scuba class with Mark, who’s struggling to process revelations regarding his late father. Hoping to reignite the spark with Rachel, Shane enlists Armond to help plan a romantic evening. Tanya leans on Belinda for support as she scatters her mother’s ashes at sea. Paula keeps a secret from a suspicious Olivia.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 1564 votes.

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#3 - Ciao (Season 2 - Episode 1)


On a couples' trip in Sicily, Harper, Ethan, Daphne, and Cameron spend an awkward first day sizing each other up. As Tanya arrives with her new assistant Portia, Dominic fields questions from his father Bert about his wife’s absence, while his son Albie plays neutral. Meanwhile, hotel manager Valentina tries to keep locals Mia and Lucia out of her establishment.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 1165 votes.

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#2 - New Day (Season 1 - Episode 2)

A cautiously optimistic Belinda walks a fine line with Tanya, while Armond brainstorms ways to deal with Shane. After her husband belittles her work, Rachel approaches Nicole for advice. Paula and Olivia lose track of their stash, while a revived Mark attempts to connect with Quinn.

The episode was rated 7.23 from 1636 votes.

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#1 - Arrivals (Season 1 - Episode 1)


As a new wave of guests arrive at the White Lotus, resort manager Armond tries to assuage an unreasonable Shane and his easy-going new wife Rachel, while spa director Belinda calms a grieving Tanya. Meanwhile, Nicole suggests her husband Mark distract himself from a health scare by spending time with their son Quinn, who’s been cast out by his sister Olivia and her friend Paula.

The episode was rated 7.14 from 1870 votes.

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