‘The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window’: What Happened to Anna’s Daughter Elizabeth?

Kristen Bell’s Netflix show The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window focuses on a heartbroken suburban woman unsure of a murder. Anna (Bell) had a traumatic event that changed her life, spiraling her to take comfort in a wine bottle. The catalyst event involves Anna’s daughter. The tragic events that befell Elizabeth (Appy Pratt) in The Woman in the House would haunt anyone.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window.]

Main character Anna in 'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window' outside in the rain in relation to Elizabeth.
Main character Anna in ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’ | via Netflix

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The Netflix show centers around Anna, who relies on wine to keep her problems at bay. In The Woman in the House Episode 1, fans learn Anna’s husband left her. The real reason as to why is later revealed.

Audiences are first led to believe that Anna’s daughter, Elizabeth is alive and well. Anna calls out into the house that they are late for school and drives there. But the truth is revealed when Anna gets ready for a date set up by a fellow mom from school.

After getting ready, she goes to her daughter’s room to say goodbye and asks for a kiss. But Elizabeth says she can not because she is dead. Anna hallucinates her daughter is still alive. As the episode progresses, Anna visits her grave and talks to a therapist. Audiences feel that Elizabeth’s death was traumatic and hard for Anna to overcome.

Anna forms a small bond with her new neighbor’s daughter, Emma (Samsara Yett). She finds herself caught in a murder mystery and recounting her past trauma.

Anna believes she is the reason for Elizabeth’s death in ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window’

Anna and Elizabeth grave in 'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window' in cemetary.
Anna and Elizabeth grave in ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’ | via Netflix

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Details involving what happened to Elizabeth slowly make sense as The Woman in the House goes on. In the show, Anna has ombrophobia, a fear of the rain. She avoids it at any cost, and when she is trapped in it, she goes into shock. The rain has some connection to Elizabeth’s death.

In The Woman in the House Episode 2, Anna tries to talk through the events with her therapist. She explains it was Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Anna had convinced her husband, Douglas (Michael Ealy), to take their daughter. As they leave, it starts to pour.

When Anna reveals Douglas is a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI specializing in serial killers, the story takes a turn. Douglas’s assignment was to interview and assess a serial killer who murdered and ate 30 people. Douglas was in the room with Elizabeth until he was called out to speak with the warden.

Anna’s story implies a grizzly situation occurred. The warden accidentally locked him and Douglas outside as Elizabeth was in the room with Massacre Mike. Anna is unable to finish the story. The details have audiences assume Massacre Mike murdered Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth’s death in The Woman in the House becomes Anna’s cataclysmic event that she cannot get over. But audiences will likely find themselves blaming Douglas and Anna for what happened. Anna knew the seriousness of her husband’s job. Working with serial killers comes with risks.

It begs the question of why Anna would allow Elizabeth to accompany Douglas to a prison surrounded by dangerous criminals. To make matters worse in The Woman in the House, Douglas never thought to escort Emma out of the room before talking to the warden. Elizabeth’s death seems like a domino effect of ill fate and unthought-through decisions.

The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window is available to stream on Netflix.