My frustration level is out of control and it's all A Million Little Things' fault. Why why why can't we have nice things? Why is this show destroying the only healthy relationship on this show? Why is Delilah still everybody's friend? How is Katherine THAT nice? It's time to discuss.
SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SEASON 2, EPISODE 4 OF A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, "THE PERFECT STORM", I'D ADVISE AGAINST IT BECAUSE IT MADE ME REALLY SUPER ANGRY BUT I'M GOING TO DISCUSS IT ANYWAY AND IF YOU DON'T WANNA BE SPOILED DON'T READ ON.
This week is all about everybody being an asshole. The only exceptions are Regina, Katherine, and Gary. We pick up right where we left off before with Jason Ritter and Jan Levinson showing up at Maggie and Gary's apartment door for brunch. Maggie is PISSED, Jason Ritter is confused, Jan Levinson just keeps crying, and Gary has a look on his face that tells me he's wondering how the Hell he got in this situation.
Pretty quickly, we learn that Jason Ritter is not Jan Levinson's lover, but instead is the recipent of Maggie's late brother, Chad's, heart. Apparently for the past six years Maggie thought that Chad died as soon as his car hit a tree, but he actually lived for a while longer and was put on machines at the hospital when Jan Levinson made the decision to donate his organs. Maggie is baffled at the fact that her mother has kept such vital information from her. Jan Levinson keeps in touch with Jason Ritter because it's like a part of Chad is still living. The whole thing is both sweet and ridiculously weird.
Maggie takes off, running away from her problems like a child instead of facing them like the LICENSED THERAPIST that she is. Gary runs after her and she demands to be alone. Jason Ritter and Gary then realize that Maggie's dad also had no idea about the reality of Chad's death this whole time, and that Jan Levinson didn't leave him, he kicked her out.
Jason Ritter drives home (alone? Didn't him and Jan Levinson come together?) and finds Maggie walking down the street in the rain, her pink wig damp. He tells her to get in the car, and this bitch just does it! They go get a drink and discuss their lives. Jason Ritter's lost his fiance in a motorcycle accident a few years back. Maggie tells him all about her mother's neglect and the cancer. I don't like where this is going.
Maggie leaves her phone at home so Gary and her mother have no way to contact her. Gary, being the Prince Charming that he is, goes and finds Jan Levinson to tell her to fix things with her family. Chad might be gone, but Maggie and her dad are both very much alive. She decides to go home and Gary drives her to the airport. She texts Eric to tell him, and he tells Maggie, and they go to the airport to say goodbye.
Maggie's mom continues to COMPLETELY SUCK by admitting that when she came into town for Maggie's surgery she met Jason Ritter for the first time. Maggie breaks down again and realizes that no matter what, living or alive, Chad will always mean more to her. She runs into Jason, erhm, Eric's arms as Gary looks from afar. To be fair, they both didn't know the other was there, but it's hella awkward nonetheless. Gary and Maggie drive home and LIKE THE LICENSED THERAPIST SHE IS, she refuses to talk about how she's feeling.
In other news, there's a blackout at the restaurant right after Gina decides to stop taking Andrew's money. SO great for business. Delilah is already going back to work and I'm not totally sure what she even does at the restaurant besides stress Gina out. Gina's freaking the fuck out, until a construction worker asks to come in and sit down while he dries off. Gina says okay, and then feeds him and all his friends. Pretty soon the restaurant is filled and business is booming and everyone is happy! Very. nice, very unrealistic.
In other news, Rome is on babysitting duty while Delilah goes back to work which confuses me because how do their schedules align so perfectly? Anyway, when Eddie, Katherine, and Theo drop off a gift for baby Charlie, Eddie is almost angry that Rome is babysitting his daughter. Bro, c'mon. Rome insists that Eddie should stay and help, and Katherine echoes his sentiments, despite how gut-wrenching it is for her. Delilah tries to talk to Katherine, but she's having none of it. Stand your ground, Katie!
Rome and Eddie suck at babysitting, as it turns out. Eddie doesn't want to be a babysitter though, he wants to be Charlie's father. Well, sir, you should've made some different decisions. The only way for them to both calm Charlie down and clear the stuff from her nose is to stand and play the guitar in a steamed shower...OR the writers just wanted to treat us to shirtless David Giuntoli playing the guitar. Either way, I'm fine with it.
Later, everybody meets at Gina's restaurant which is packed and regained power. Gary still has Maggie's phone, and notices that she received a text from an unknown number telling her that she can talk to him anytime signed, "X, E". Soooo Eric. Y'all I smell some serious trouble! Gary gives Maggie her phone back and doesn't say anything about the text or the hug or anything, really. Maggie notices the text instantly and stares longingly at Gary talking to Delilah. Bitch! You are a therapist! Can't you see the unhealthy things happening in your own relationship?
And this is what is frustrating me so much, y'all. I love Gary and Maggie, and I know their relationship is kind of messy. Their relationship was based on the fact that both of them had cancer. When Maggie's came back, she didn't even want to live. Gary gave her a life worth living. They sang "I'm Still Standing" on top of a restaurant counter. They have a lot of things to get through, but I really don't love the idea of a man with her brother's heart creating unnecessary issues. I feel like the fact that they only know each other because of cancer is enough of an obstacle to tackle. Maggie's behavior this entire arc has just struck me as really immature.
When Katherine and Eddie arrive at the restaurant it's the first time they're together in front of everyone in a long time. Earlier at work, Katherine's coworker told her that she needs to either quit her marriage or be all in. She can't half-commit. She can't "try". Limbo is a terrible place to be. So Katherine decides she wants in, all in. She has Delilah sign fancy lawyer papers so she can stay in her house, and Delilah says that she is a saint.
Katherine calls everyone on their bullshit for tiptoeing around her. They really act like she hasn't been their best friend for years. I feel so bad for Katherine. I support her decisions, but also think she deserves a better husband and better friends. Plus, how can she possibly be okay being in the same room as Delilah? And what happened to Eddie and Delilah being hopelessly in love with one another? I, for one, always saw it as pure lust and wanting to get away from their respective spouses, but still. All that depth turned to nothing. I can't even imagine them together now.
So, what are your thoughts? How do you see Maggie and Eric's arc continuing? Why is Katherine the absolute best despite being treated like shit? Why is Delilah still there? Why is the writing so lazy when it comes to Gina's storylines? Should Gary be protected at all costs (yes)? Let me know in the comments.