I originally wanted to title this recap "Uuuuuuugggghhhh". Mostly because the list of things to talk about on my notes app for this episode is so long, and also because this show can at times be emotionally draining. That sounds like a bad thing, but it isn't always. It's just a lot to take in, especially last night's episode.
SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED SEASON TWO, EPISODE EIGHT "GOODNIGHT" OF A MILLION LITTLE THINGS DO NOT READ ON. LOTS AND LOTS OF SPOILERS ARE AHEAD.
I'm going to be very straightforward about the loss depicted in this episode's preview; it's Rome's mom, Renee. She and Rome's father are about to leave for their Alaskan cruise when Renee suffers an aneurysm at the hair salon. For some reason the first person they call is Regina, who then has to break the news to her husband How I Met Your Mother-style. It's heartbreaking and really awful to watch but still doesn't quite hit the emotionality of Lily telling Marshall that his best friend, his father, has passed away.
The bright side of this episode being focused on Rome's family is that we see the return of his brother Omar, played by the magnificent Jay Pharaoh. I cannot stress enough how much I love Jay Pharaoh. He's a comedic actor, but he plays this part so well, splitting between being the funny man and grieving son.
Rome kicks it into high gear and immediately plans his mother's funeral because his father is dead set on going on the Alaskan cruise as a promise to his late wife. Rome and his father tend to butt heads, but he wants to try to make amends for his mom's sake. I feel as though Walter, Rome's dad, is too calm too quickly about his wife of 50 years dying so suddenly, but alas it is a TV show.
PJ comes to the funeral because of course he does, and there's a really special scene where all the men bury Renee together. It made me realize that all the dudes on this show are ridiculously hot, and also that PJ literally never goes away. At Rome and Gina's house later, PJ goes to get a woman's coat for her and finds the DNA test under Rome's bed. He sees the results and ends up running away from home.
Maggie and Gary are finally back to normal, but not for long because apparently she applied for a fellowship at Oxford (Britain, not Massachusetts). She was in the process of getting it when she got sick, but reapplied when she learned she was cancer free. Gary is very obviously conflicted because the fellowship is a year long ("That's longer than we've known each other,") but he's still trying to be supportive. I don't want Maggie to move away I'd rather these two lovebirds just play sock basketball in bed for the rest of time.
Apparently Gary also got fired for taking so much time off in the last year (between his best friend dying and his girlfriend fighting cancer, this makes a lot of sense). Because nobody tells each other shit, Gina finds out by seeing his work stuff in the back of his car and urges him to tell Maggie, but of course, he doesn't. Instead he decorates her desk at the apartment in English flags and buys her a very posh black wig. He's the best man, but I'm afraid that he's setting himself up for heartbreak.
My favorite moment with Gary and Maggie this episode is when they are talking to Jay Pharaoh ("They just have so much chemistry as brothers.") about Property Brothers. Gary has absolutely no idea what they're referencing ("It's a show, you gotta watch it.") and I would like to rewatch that scene over and over again. Ultimately, it convinces Gary to be supportive of Maggie's dreams and express his want for them to grow together. ABC, please be kind to these two, I love them so much.
I cannot express how much I hate Delilah Dixon. It's ridiculous really, how much I hate her. She wants to take the kids to France for the Summer and that includes Eddie's baby, Charlie. When Eddie confronts her this, she freaks out and when he asks who is listed as the father on Charlie's birth certificate, she admits that it's Jon. Eddie politely asks that she change it, but she refuses ("You know I can't do that.").
It's funny because just a little while ago Katherine literally helped Delilah stay in her fucking house and now Delilah repays her by being a complete and utter bitch. Katherine confronts her and says that she's a good lawyer and will do everything in her power to advocate for her husband ("My husband? Yes, I've been talking to him."). Delilah fights back and says that she knows Katherine is a good lawyer, but she's asking her to be a good person. Bitch what? You yourself are not a good person and you have the nerve to ask that of others? Nope.
Delilah gives Gina a hard time too, telling her that she feels ganged up on. Gina says that sometimes being a best friend doesn't always mean telling your best friend what they want to hear. Clearly, Delilah doesn't understand that. At the end of the episode she gets a rude awakening though when she learns that PJ is not only Barbara Morgan's son (something she didn't know previously I guess), but also Jon's son (allegedly, if that Harvard sweatshirt was really his).
Delilah is like "Why didn't you tell me?!" (about the Barbara thing, then she finds out about the Jon thing) and I'm like, bitch you're really one to talk, huh? I almost want her to run off to France so I can stop dealing with her.
The thing I'm most happy about with regards to the ending is that Walter and Rome finally start to make peace with one another. They watch old home movies and Rome realizes things his dad did for him that he didn't know before. It's very emotional and powerful to watch and I hope their relationship continues to grow.
Next week really looks like a lot is happening, so make sure to stay tuned. Also, the creator of the show himself as tweeted that while he is super proud of next week's Fall finale, you should make sure you're in the right headspace while watching it. I'm taking that as a trigger warning, so make sure you're taking care of yourself, friends.
Let's discuss this week's madness. What's bothering you? What did you like? Did you expect the death to be Rome's mom? How do we feel about Maggie possibly heading to the UK? Is Delilah the worst character EVER? Where did PJ go? Is it just me or has James Roday gotten really, really hot? Tell me in the comments.