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.
It's Been "10 Years" Since Theo Was Born, Eddie Had A Drink, and Delilah Was A Good Person (A Million Little Things S2, EP7 Recap)
Hey, y'all! It's time for possibly my favorite blog post of the week, the recap of A Million Little Things. I think it's my favorite because this show literally makes me either so happy or makes my skin crawl (which means it's good!). It makes for good writing about the show, that's for sure, because none of these characters (except Katherine) are likeable. Seriously, they are all such flawed, kinda awful people, but sometimes we all are, so I can't fault them too much. Except for Delilah. I'm faulting her HARD this week. Bitch has gotta GO.
SPOILER ALERT WARNING!!! IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, SEASON TWO EPISODE FOUR, "TEN YEARS" STOP READING THIS! BUT ALSO, DON'T STOP READING IT! BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT TO BE FUNNY AS HELL AND BY THE END YOU'LL HAVE FELT LIKE YOU WATCHED IT.
It's everybody's least favorite child's 10th birthday (I'm looking at you, Theo). Katherine and Eddie are still talking about having sex in that damn walk-in closet and I'm like, "Y'all, the sex couldn't have been THAT good in that tiny little space but it's also Eddie so go off." Katherine makes a comment about having never been to Arizona and Theo (ugh) corrects her because she did go visit the Grand Canyon for her last case. She's like, "Ahh yes, that big lie I'm telling you, almost forgot about it." This brings her to realize that all this lying is very, very bad for her relationship with Eddie and with Theo, and she wants to come clean to all the kids. Sounds reasonable.
Maggie is practicing for her driver's test and I'm getting confused because wasn't she like 22 when Chad died? Did she not have her license then? Oh wait, she's from Chicago, right? Maybe she used public transit? Am I writing this show now? Who knows. Anywho, she goes to take her driver's test but has a panic attack (I get it) so she bails, but Sophie passes and is SO excited. Danny and Delilah surprise her with a car that Jon bought the year she was born (dude thought of EVERYTHING) and the extreme focus on this car has got me thinking that something is going to go terribly wrong. *cue mysterious music*
PJ comes to Rome and Gina's anxiously awaiting his DNA test (spoiling it for you now: He just took a DNA test turns out he's 100% Jon's son! Or is he?). He also runs into Delilah and its awkward because Rome and Gina don't want her to know about PJ? I guess Jon fathering PJ wouldn't have been him cheating on Delilah but it would be another secret kept from her and everyone else.
Delilah tells Gina (who is babysitting Charlie while Delilah does...something) that Katherine wants to tell the kids the truth about the baby's paternity. At first, Gina is on Delilah's side for some reason("D, you're the best mom I know!" Really Gina? Really?), but later while baking a cake with Katherine, she realizes that Katie is right. I don't know why this line hasn't been uttered on the show yet, but the kids are going to find out eventually! They just are! This cannot be a secret forever and Delilah claims she's protecting her kids but in reality she's protecting herself from being resented and she is only setting them up for more emotional damage in the future.
While babysitting, Charlie spits up on her own outfit so Katherine changes her into something she saw at a store across from her work. It's moments like these when Katherine does the opposite of what anyone else would do in that situation that you realize she's the best character on this show. Gina tells Delilah that she is starting to agree with Katherine, and Eddie also tells Delilah that he is beginning to side with his wife. Delilah freaks the fuck out and wants nothing to do with any of them, grabbing her baby back and robbing her child of a meaningful relationship with her father.
Delilah's main line of defense here is that she and Eddie decided that this was the best plan prior to Charlie's birth. Remember when she and Eddie also decided they were in love and were gonna run away together and leave all of their children behind but then Jon killed himself and fucked up their plans? Katherine intervenes and says that Delilah and Eddie's decisions didn't give her a say and that isn't fair because her child (Theo) is involved in this too. He doesn't know he has a sister. He doesn't know why his mom keeps leaving. He doesn't understand and never will unless he is told the truth. Delilah remains selfish and angry and storms off.
All I can say here is congrats to Katherine just finally standing her ground and for also being a badass bitch. There's a line where a classmate of Theo's comes to the birthday party and the mom brings the kid's younger sibling and says she hopes that's okay. Katherine says, "Of course, siblings are always welcome," while looking Delilah directly in the eye. I was shouting YES from my couch.
I give props to Eddie (beautiful, beautiful Eddie) for taking Katherine's side here. It's hard to believe like nine months ago he was such a dumb fuck. It's also hard to believe he would ever want to run away with Delilah's dumb ass. He shuts her the fuck down when she starts coming for Katherine and I appreciate it.
PJ comes to the birthday party too as Sophie's plus one. Sophie and Eddie sing a song which makes Delilah raise the point of "Well, if Sophie knows what Eddie and I did her and Eddie's relationship will never be the same." Well bitch, that's kind of the point, isn't it? She's gonna be even more pissed if she finds it out ten years from now and that he was lying to her this entire time.
Sophie totally has a thing for PJ who may or may not be (DNA test says yes) her half-brother. She takes him for a spin in her new car and when she tries to kiss him and he stops her, she drives hits a pole. Delilah comes to the rescue and makes a big show of how much her kids need her right now. No! They need you to be HONEST. Trust me they will respect you so much more in the long run if you just do the right thing!
Maggie leaves Theo's party early to go do Gary a favor. Earlier in the episode Gary found Colin (Wesley's) old owner, a really sweet old lady who just lost her husband and decides to give her dog back. Maggie offers to do it with him, but Gary wants to do it alone. Maggie later (ubers?) herself to take her driver's test and passes (yay!) and tells Gary that she will be taking Colin back. They say their goodbyes, and it's really horribly sad and the tears won't stop coming. On the way there, Maggie decides she needs to make a pit stop and does but we don't see where she goes.
Gary meets her at the lady's house and decides to do it for himself (these people are really back and forth with their decision making skills) and says a tearful goodbye to Colin/Wesley. When he gets back in the car, he sees Colin/Wesley again. He's like "wait what?". Turns out Maggie went to the animal shelter and adopted the lost dog from last week's episode that looked exactly like Colin/Wesley and gave THAT dog to the old lady, thus letting Gary keep Colin because the woman would never know the difference.
Now, I don't know if I condone this because it's very, very wrong. HOWEVER, it's so savage and incredible and really just magnificent to watch. I love this side of Gary and Maggie. Not the malicious side of course, but the fun side where they do things (get their driver's license, switch out dogs) for one another. "You've done everything for me," Maggie tells Gary as she offers to do the big favor for him. It's true love.
Finally, the cake Katherine made earlier turns out not to be for Theo, but for Eddie! He's celebrating ten years of sobriety, so congrats on that! The day Theo was born was one of the best and worst days of Katherine's life because Eddie wasn't there to see the birth of his son, but it was the day he decided to go to rehab and get sober. Things are definitely heating up between this two, and I'm happy about it but also sad that so much has come between them in their time together.
So! What do we think? Is PJ REALLY Jon's son or did that DNA test go wrong? Are you Team Delilah or Team Katherine? Is there even a Team Delilah? Was the dog thing really morally wrong or perfect? Tell me in the comments!
Ugh. Y'all. Why is this show so depressing sometimes? Like why do we have to have an entire episode about a precious little innocent dog going missing? Then why does the episode have to take a really twisted, awfully sad turn? WHY?!?
Anyway, clearly I'm fine with the events that took place on this week's A Million Little Things (I'm not okay). I guess I'm now going to talk about it. So, ya know, SPOILER ALERT *SIREN NOISE*.
Maggie and Gary seem to be doing okay following last week. We learn pretty early on that Maggie didn't actually perform at open mic night, instead she went to her old apartment and played the piano there. Eric was at the open mic night though, and he did really see Gary there (who came assuming that Maggie was also there). This love triangle is hurting my SOUL.
After taking Colin the dog for a walk, Gary goes inside while Maggie takes him off the leash to follow Gary upstairs. While doing so, she takes a phone call from...Eric. He has sheet music to an Oasis song and wants to drop it off for her. He asks why she wasn't at open mic night, and then tells her that Gary came and Maggie is like "Shit! He saw the flyer I left out in plain sight!". Then Gary asks where Colin is, and he's nowhere to be found.
Naturally Gary is all sorts of pissed and Maggie feels really bad because SHE SHOULD. Gary calls his hot bff Eddie and asks him to come help and look for his dog, but Eddie is babysitting, ehrm, parenting his newborn daughter while Delilah goes and does a podcast about suicide. Eddie says that he can't help, Gary is pissed but undrstanding, and then Katherine steps in and is an unrealistic angel on Earth sent from Heaven above and says that she will watch baby Charlie. What. The. Fuck.
Gary (or Eddie, can't remember exactly) calls Rome and Regina and urges them to help on the dog search party too. And guess what? PJ is there, just hanging out. He wants to help too! This not weird at all.
One thing I like about this sequence of events: The people on this show use their phones! They're not just constantly going over to each other's houses which must take a ton of time but instead just have phone conversations. Thank goodness! One thing I dislike about this sequence of events: Does nobody have to work? Are y'all your own bosses? You can just dip in and out of work as you please? Sounds fake, but okay.
Also: I guess they're all pretty decent friends to one another, despite the affair between Eddie and Delilah that resulted in a child. They definitely always step up. It's just still weird. This friendship dynamic is just strange.
Maggie goes upstairs and Eric shows up at the door to drop off that Oasis sheetmusic and comforts her. Gary walks through the door and blows up at Maggie and Eric because their relationship is one that should not be anything! He says some really hurtful words, only about half of which are probably deserved. Eric leaves and agrees that he should've never responded to Patricia's letter. He ain't wrong, just because he has Chad's heart doesn't mean he can fill that void.
Since Katherine is apparently a Charlie's babysitter, Eddie, Rome, Gina, and PJ (???) meet up with Gary and Maggie to look for Colin. Gary is like "Who the hell are you?" to PJ which is totally fair, and then Maggie (being his therapist!) has to pretend like she doesn't even know him! This! Is! Weird! PJ talks about how his dog ran away when he was little, and Gary is like "uhhh does this story have an ending?" to which Rome is like, "Yup, they found him still alive and everyone's happy." I LOL'd.
They split off into groups and Eddie and Gary get stopped by a cop because Gary breaks traffic laws. Eddie explains the situation and the cop lets him off on a warning which I think is dumb and unnecessary but whatever I guess it was a sweet moment because then Eddie is like, "That's what Jon would've done." Aww?
Awkward subplot where PJ ("New guy, he probably has a name, he maybe even mentioned it earlier" - Gary) tells his dad that Sophie is his girlfriend and holds her hand and it's really bad because like, he might be her half-brother. SOMEBODY COME GET THIS CHILD. Rome tries to get him, but Gina thinks it's cute because she doesn't know all the details. So. awk.
Katherine takes Charlie to the park and they have a bonding moment because some lady asks if it's her daughter and Katherine is like "nope, it's my husband's daughter from the woman he cheated on me with who we're still friends with for some reason" and it's badass but also really odd once she puts it into words out loud.
Delilah does this suicide/depression awareness podcast because I guess that Andrew (Nathan as I call him) arranged it. Delilah realizes that lying to her kids is a terrible parenting move, but decides to continue to do it anyway. Andrew then unleashes a secret of his own; his wife isn't dead, she's just been on life support for a long ass time. So like...is he cheating on his wife? Are him and Delilah dating? I couldn't tell ya.
Maggie calls Gina about the fight with Gary about Eric and I'm pissed because GET YOUR OWN FUCKIN' FRIENDS, MAGGIE. Then this really bad Oasis cover plays while Eric looks longingly at a picture of his dead fiancé (it's Sutton Foster! I love Sutton Foster!) and Eddie and Gary go check to see if Colin's at a shelter but it's not him it's just another dog that looks like him. When leaving, Eddie finds a flyer for a lost dog from last October and it's...wait for it...Colin. Fuck.
Katherine drops Charlie off and Delilah gives her Jon's old office scotch set that he left for her. Instead of just leaving like a normal person, she has a drink with Delilah and it's dumb. Katherine wants to tell the kids the truth. Delilah doesn't think it's a good idea. That's it.
They find Colin (yay!) but Eddie shows Maggie the flyer and tells her that he doesn't know how to tell him. She's like, "You don't. I do." And I'm like WHY THOUGH? Let Eddie do it! Anyway, Maggie and Gary make up and he apologizes and says he "broke the rules" by attacking her like that and I'm crying even though she kinda deserved it.
She tells him about Colin and the flyer and he gets so fucking sad and now I'm fucking sad and I hate this show for making me so sad.
I don't have questions for y'all this week. Just tell me you feel sad though in the comments. Thanks.
Hi, y'all! This week I watched A Million Little Things with my mama in the room and she had a LOT of questions. It wasn't until watching it with someone else that I realized how truly complicated and weird this ABC drama is. Halfway through the episode she looked at me and said, "Why are they all fighting?" The only answer I have to that is, "Yes."
HERE IS YOUR SPOILER ALERT WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED SEASON TWO EPISODE FIVE OF A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, "AUSTIN", I SUGGEST YOU GO FIND A DIFFERENT BLOG POST TO READ.
If you were hoping to be less annoyed with Maggie's antics this week, I have bad news for you. I do give props to Allison Miller for playing this complex character so well, but it breaks my heart nonetheless to see her break Gary's. It's so hard for me to accept Maggie's role in the group when she and Gary are struggling. She didn't know Jon, she isn't married in like Katherine, and she isn't biologically related. It just feels strange.
Speaking of strange, Rome think it's totally okay to film a national car commerical showcasing a personal conversation between him and Regina. Even stranger, the actress playing his wife looks EXACTLY like her. It's the conversation they had in the family sized car about wanting/not wanting kids, and watching Gina watch another woman say her words is heartbreaking.
Theo continues to be the happiest and most annoying child on the planet when talking to Eddie and Katherine about mammoths and dinosaurs, and Eddie finds Katherine's interesting search history while proving his son right. Katie has been looking at homes and lawyer jobs in Austin, Texas. Eddie is terrified she's going to leave again.
Which brings me to my FAVORITE line in this entire episode, where Gary is discussing his issues with Maggie and Rome is talking about his fight with Regina and Eddie is there too. Gary says, "I'm uncomfortable with any conversation where he's in the best relationship," pointing to Eddie. Me too, Gary. Me too.
Also happening this week: Delilah is trying to pick the perfect photo for Charlie's birth announcement, but Sophie wants one of the whole family. Danny just wants to find his wallet. When the photographer comes over, Charlie and Danny are both throwing fits and a man comes to the door asking for Jon because he found his license in a wallet (Danny's!). Turns out, Danny just wanted his wallet in the picture so Jon would be in it too. Awww.
But Danny realizes he doesn't want a picture without alive Jon, so Delilah sends the photographer away and has a heart-to-heart with her kids (who she is still lying about with regards to Charlie's paternity). She brings everybody over to the house to take a new family picture, one with all the friends who are like family (Maggie and Katherine included hmm). It would be sweet if it wasn't so weird.
Post-commercial fight Regina and Rome are celebrating Rome's parents 50th wedding anniversary (hi, Rose from Lost!) with lunch at Gina's restaurant. The celebratory couple seem happy until Rome's dad gives Rose, erhm, Renee her anniversary gift; an Alaskan cruise she's always wanted to go on. She's excited, but then he makes a snide comment about how when it's over he never has to hear her talk about it again. Okay, rude. They get into a big fight, mostly about how Mr. Rome never wanted to go in the first place, and it's all very, very awkward.
Also awkward: Gina's conversation with Rome's dad about a partner asking you to do something and whether or not you would do it. Gina is reminded of her ongoing argument with Rome over the decision to have kids. Eventually, Rome's parents kiss and make up, but Rome and Gina continue to have their deepest conversations in their bathroom before bed. She doesn't want him to resent her. I just beg of her, don't give in and have kids if you don't want to.
Eddie confronts Katherine about the Texas search history, and she comes clean by admitting that she wants a fresh start. She wants to move somewhere where nobody knows their business. Yes, that sounds nice, but let's not forget Katie girl that you husband JUST had a baby with another woman and you're sticking by him through that so he should probably not move across the country right now.
Instead, they go look at the new house across the street that just went up for sale. Only they go look at it as Edward and Kat, a couple with no drama at all. They're from Austin. Edward was in the Space Academy. I don't know why I love this part so much, but I do. I really, really do.
Edward and Kat sneak away from sexy times in the new house's closet, and they seem to be thriving. At the end, Eddie tells Katherine that he loves her and oh my god Eddie is so hot. I know I've said it a million (pun!) times but seriously. The man is gorgeous and has a sexy voice and even though sometimes he's human garbage I still love him.
Gary wants Maggie to go with him to their cancer survivor support group, but she can't because she has plans (eye roll) and so he goes alone. While there, the group tells him that Maggie didn't come because she probably wants to move on from cancer. Gary seems scared because cancer is the only life him and Maggie know together. I'm getting worried.
Maggie talks to Delilah about the psychic saying a couple weeks ago that Chad lives on, and she takes this to mean that he lives on in Jason Ritter, erhm, Eric. She visits Eric at work (of course he owns a fucking music store) and tries to touch his heart which is super uncomfortable to watch. He talks about how Chloe (his fiancé that passed away) actually owned the music store and that he can't play any instruments himself. Maggie plays the piano for him, like she used to play for Chad. I get the impression that Maggie is drawn to people that have also experienced a lot of pain.
In an effort to figure out how to live a cancer free life, Maggie throws away her folders in which she made plans for her funeral, and plans on attending an open mic night to play for a crowd, something she's never done before. Gary asks her if they're okay, because it feels like she's slipping away. She says she loves him, but she has to figure out this part of her life on her own. On her own, or with Eric? I guess only time will tell.
For some reason, this entire Maggie storyline feels so selfish to me. After everything Gary has done for her in the past year, I guess she doesn't owe him anything, but it would be kind if she let him in a little more, or broke things off if she's not feeling it. Instead it seems like things are really going to hurt the both of them, especially when Gary shows up to open mic night and sees Eric in the front row. Maggie never even invited Gary, but wanted the man with her brother's heart there.
The whole Eric and Maggie relationship is so freaking weird to me, I can't even articulate it. Eric is a completely different person than Chad, and while he's beautiful and Jason Ritter he also isn't Gary. And he isn't going to bring her brother back. He just isn't.
So what did y'all think of this week's episode? It's been awhile since we've seen PJ, huh? What happened to that storyline? What do you think is gonna happen with Gary and Mags? Tell me in the comments.
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.
It was really hard to come up with a clever way to incorporate this week's episode title into the name of this post, okay? I was trying to be creative and I don't know if it worked, kind of how this show tries to get creative sometimes and it doesn't always stick the landing. (See what I did there? Perfect segway).
Let's dive in to a very messy episode of A Million Little Things. If you're dumb and haven't watched it yet but clicked on this link, please know that this is your spoiler warning.
Maggie is pissed at Gary because she thought that maybe, just maybe, her mama (Jan Levinson from The Office) came to Boston to see her. But last week when she saw her at a restaurant with Jason Ritter, she realized that everything is bad and nothing good ever happens. Relatable, however, not our precious Gary's fault.
Gary has a really phenomenal episode, which is good, because we deserve to see more of the best character on this show. Usually he takes a backseat to everyone else's stories. He's Rome and Eddie's sidekick or he's Maggie's punching bag. It's about time we got to see him deal with some of his own shit, and also be showcased for all the wonderful things he does for these kinda terrible people*.
*Terrible people on this show include Delilah (cheated on Jon, had an affair AND baby with Eddie, currently lying to her other two children about the identity of their sister's father), Eddie (super hot, BUT cheated on Katherine with Delilah, got Delilah pregnant, missed Theo's birth because he was drunk AF, makes bad decisions constantly), Mitch (PJ's "dad", an asshole), Barbara Morgan (lied to PJ about his birth father), Andrew (played Nathan on Big Little Lies and treats Regina like trash), Patricia Bloom (leaving Maggie's father, allegedly having an affair with Jason Ritter).
Regina gets an invitation in the mail for this women's shelter chairty event where they want to recognize our Gina for her generous donation. If you don't recall, last season Gina revealed she was sexually abused by her uncle and so she gave a bunch of what I believe to have been his money to a foundation. I love Regina for that. She doesn't want to go to this charity thing though because her donation was anonymous. Boooooo. Understandable, but still, booooooo for her being made to feel like she should have to hide.
Rome meets up with an old friend who tells him that his script is awesome, but he should get rid of the suicide and depression storyline. Welp. That's not gonna happen. So Regina and Rome both make strong breakthroughs in this episode. They decide that they both, "don't want to be anoymous anymore." MY HEART. Regina is giving back Andrew's (who constantly makes her feel small) investment money. Rome is going to keep the truth in his movie. He's also going to direct commercials again, even though he used to hate it. Why go back then? Because, he's "doing it for the love of his life". MY HEART AGAIN.
This week Delilah decides to go on a date even though she has a newborn and usually I wouldn't judge but because it's fucking Delilah I get to judge all I want. She goes on said date with Andrew, who is a giant prick. I guess they have a good time. I don't really care.
Danny is auditioning for Kenickie in Grease and Gary is giving out his best life advice! Danny is stressed and sad because his ex, Elliot, is also up for the same role. Gary knows how to handle this. My favorite line of his is, "I'm not very good at relationships, but I really hit my stride when they're over." (I just hope his relationship with Maggie never comes to an unhappy end)
Danny is scared of being himself, and of seeing Elliot again. Good news: Elliot can't sing for shit. Bad news: Danny doesn't get cast as Kenickie. Better news: He gets the role of Danny f'ing Zuko! And Gary tells him (as a I cry), "One day you're going to find someone who will never stop loving you." SOMEONE GET GARY A KID BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO BE THE BEST DAD EVER.
Also? Gary's mom LEFT HIM when he was a kid. AND NEVER FUCKING SAID GOODBYE. I'm really sorry for the all-caps but this mans, this amazing mans, got left by his mother. She knocked and tried to say goodbye after fighting with his dad but he didn't answer the door because he thought if he didn't then she couldn't leave. Child logic is my favorite, and my heart is broken into like seven thousand pieces. Thanks, AMLT, thanks.
He does call her at the end of the episode, but he hangs up when she answers. He's taking baby steps. I'm proud of him.
Eddie and Katherine go on a "date" while Theo goes to a sleepover (his first sleepover). They play pool and makeout a little but Katherine says that she's going to be giving Eddie a lot of mixed signals while they navigate these rocky waters. I think that that's super fair for someone who has been cheated on and whose husband had a baby with one of her closest friends. They have to pick Theo up before the night is over because he is an anxious mess (me) of a child and can't handle the sleepover. Side note: Next week it looks like Katherine finally gets the chance to bitch out Delilah and I hope she does it!!!
PJ sends in a paternity test this week to find out if Jon is his real dad. He wants that half a million dollars for college and I think he should get it but his parents are assholes so we'll see how that goes.
Maggie goes to her old apartment to talk to her mom about Jason Ritter, and at first she thinks her mom is crying about their strained relationship and separating from her father and so Maggie feels really guilty. But then she realizes her mom has fuckin' AirPods in and is talking to Jason Ritter (his name is Eric we learn, guess I should start calling him that) on the phone. Maggie is PISSED. She leaves. Jan comes over for breakfast a few days a later and brings Jason Ritter-Eric without telling Maggie and Gary and without telling Jason Ritter-Eric that Maggie and Gary don't know! Yay!
The preview for the next episode makes it seem as though there's more to Eric than meets the eye and Eddie is having a hard time not fully parenting baby Charlie. That should be great for his relationship with Katherine!
What did y'all think of this episode? Who is Eric? How much do you love Gary? Are we still rooting for Eddie and Katherine or are we tired? Let me know in the comments.
Hey, y'all. After a long week, here we go again back into the world of dramatics and friendships one can only dream of having. The comfort level of everyone with Maggie after knowing her for less than a year is truly baffling, but then again it's Maggie so I get it, she's the coolest. This week we get more of the same and a little bit of a cliffhanger, a recipe for perfection if you ask me.
SPOILER ALERT: HERE IS YOUR WARNING, PLEASE TAKE IT. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SEASON TWO, EPISODE TWO "GRAND CANYON" STOP READING THIS ARTICLE RIGHT AWAY! IF YOU HAVE, KEEP READING AND THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ME AND MY LIL BLOG.
So, where should we begin? Let's start with Maggie and Gary and the welcoming of Jan Levinson, um, I mean, Patricia Bloom. Patricia is in town to visit her daughter and her former hospital parking garage rival. When she arrives, Mags and GarBear are surprised by the amount of luggage in tow for a weekend getaway. That's when Patricia causally mentions, "I've left your father." Welp. Thanks, Jan.
Maggie is clearly taken aback, her parents have been married for 32 years. They've survived one child's death and another's battle with cancer. It doesn't make sense to her. It doesn't make sense to anyone, except maybe Gary, whose parents are divorced and whose mother doesn't visit him (I would like to have a word with Gary's mom right now). Patricia wants to move to Boston and is looking for apartments. "Am I too old to have a roommate?" She innocently asks Gary. By the end of the episode I'm not sure it's so innocent.
Elsewhere, Rome is getting ready to start his first day volunteering for a suicide hotline, and Regina is serving up brunch at the restaurant. Gina's got 70 people waiting for omelettes, and a grumpy James Tupper (I think his character's name is Andrew but he will forever be Nathan from Big Little Lies to me). James Tupper is a bit of a control freak (his character, not the actor, I don't know him) and thinks he knows what's best for the restaurant. I think his heart is in the right place, but he articulates everything like a raging asshole.
He's nicer to Delilah, who is an anxious mess struggling to remember the words to a song she used to sing to her other children as infants. She connects with Gina's old friend, Robbie from New Girl, who is a psychic and apologizes to her for her loss. Because she's also having a hard time remembering Jon, she books an appointment with him, much to Gary's dismay. Shockingly (not shocking at all), Gary doesn't believe in psychics. He tags along to the session anyway, presumably to keep an eye on baby Charlie while Maggie supports D.
At the session, Robbie from New Girl says that there was nothing Delilah could do to save Jon, and that the last thing he was thinking about before he died was her. When he mentions a car accident, Delilah becomes confused. She clarifies that her husband killed himself, and he says that he isn't connecting with a husband, but a brother. Delilah doesn't have a brother, but Maggie Bloom sure did/does. A brother named Chad who died in, you guessed it, a car accident.
Gary is even more frustrated now because Robbie has infiltrated Maggie's mind, especially at a time when she is so sensitive because her parents are splitting up and her mother is in town. In true Gary fashion, he redeems himself fully by telling her that he really hopes she was talking to her brother, and that her mother is here for her. To actually bond with Maggie, for once. It's just too bad that he might be wrong.
In case you were wondering, Eddie is still really hot and even hotter when he is being a fantastic dad to Theo (who has way too many lines). Katherine ends up coming home on Garden Day, and accompanies Eddie and T to the school, where a bunch of women are being gossipy bitches talking about how she left. I will slap them. I will slap a bitch for Katherine.
Theo assures them that she was just dealing with a high profile court case in the Grand Canyon, simply repeating a story that Eddie has been telling him while his mother was away. Katherine breaks down and says she can't do this, which I mean, who can blame her? They go home and it seems for a second like she's going to take off again. It's at this moment I'm realizing how fucked Theo's rememberence of his childhood is about to be.
But she doesn't leave. She stays and she asks Eddie to stay too. She doesn't know if they will ever get back to where they were, but maybe they can get somewhere new. When she asks him, "What did she have?" I'm assuming she's questioning what Delilah had to offer that she didn't, and it breaks my heart. But when Eddie answers, "A girl," and Katherine responds, "Congratulations" my heart breaks even more. The three of them snuggle in their Grand Canyon fort and read Where the Red Fern Grows. It's not going to be pretty, perfect, or easy, but it's going to be something.
Delilah remembers the song eventually, not that anyone ever cared.
PJ comes over to Rome and Gina's and questions who Jon is in the photo of Rome and his pals. Rome questions PJ's questions, and PJ blurts that he believes Jon is his father. God, I hate miscommunication. Somebody tell this child the truth and give him the half a million dollars his douche of a not father won't let him have.
In another cliffhanger, Maggie goes to a restaurant to bond with her mother. While she waits for her, she chats with the oh-so-handsome and charming Jason Ritter (Parenthood!). I don't want them to hit it off because it goes against the Maggie and Gary fairytale ending I so desperately believe in, but goddamn Jason Ritter is a charismatic beautiful son of a bitch. When she walks away for a moment, she realizes her mother has walked in and is touching Jason Ritter's arm in a way only lovers do. What the fuck, Jan Levinson? You and Mr. Cyr? This is just so...juicy and I need to know more ASAP.
What did y'all think? Are you still as fascinated with Season 2 as you were with Season 1? Do we miss the ominous Jon flashbacks? How we feeling about PJ? How we feeling about Jason Ritter? Tell me in the comments!
As this blog would suggest, I love a good sad show. A Million Little Things is no exception. The show, which premiered last Fall, has captured my heart and soul. I care so much more about these characters than I probably should, but it doesn't matter, because they are flawed and human and raw and that's my most favorite kind of television.
The show tackles serious issues such as suicide, mental health, relationships, affairs, and humans being humans. So let's recap Season 2 Episode 1, "Coming Home", shall we?
SPOILER ALERT: AS ALWAYS, IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE IN QUESTION YET I WOULD HIGHLY SUGGEST TAKING A BREAK FROM THE INTERNET AND SPENDING 40 MINUTES WATCHING THIS BRILLIANT TELEVISION SHOW. THANK YOU.
We left off with Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) going into labor and Maggie (Allison Miller) and Gary (James Roday) driving home from the doctor's and to their (now shared) apartment to celebrate the news that she is indeed cancer free. Meanwhile, Gina (Christina Moses) and Rome (Romany Malco) are mid-argument due to Rome's sudden urge to have a baby, something they previously agreeing upon not doing. Elsewhere, Eddie (David Giuntoli) is desperately trying to salvage his marriage with Katherine (Grace Park) after the revelation last season that he was having an affair with Delilah. Whoosh. That's a lot of information.
Oh, did I mention that Delilah's baby is NOT that of her late husband Jon (Ron Livingston), but actually Eddie's? So yeah, Delilah got knocked up by Eddie while being married to Jon, Jon committed suicide, Eddie and Delilah split when he decided to fix things with Katherine, Eddie and Katherine have a young son who is probably so confused by all of this and Delilah's kids don't even know that the affair happened in the first place.
Eddie decides he wants to come home to Katherine and their son Theo (Tristian Byon), but first has to tell her the truth about Delilah's baby. Of course at that exact moment Katherine receives a text from Gina that says Delilah is in labor. Eddie asks Katie what he wants her to do, and Park woefully tells him that it doesn't matter what she wants him to do, he needs to go to the hospital and be there for that baby like he wasn't for Theo. Ouch.
I don't think I can fairly articulate just how magnificent Grace Park is in this episode, but she is. Her breakdown is incredible, as she puts on the front of being totally okay in front of her and Eddie's young son. They bake cookies, he suggests they should take them up to the hospital, she loses it once more. She has Theo call Eddie and ask him to come home and as he rushes back from the hospital, she packs a suitcase and leaves. Am I rooting for Eddie and Katie to work it out? Yes? I think so? Eddie is just so beautiful and also a fuckboy. Katherine is graceful and a wonderful mom. She probably deserves better, but also, it's Eddie.
In Gary and Maggie world, Maggie notices that Gary has unpacked some of her things, and thrown away her cancer medication. She is pissed that he went through her stuff, and our poor Gary boy knows he messed up but doesn't know what to do about since Maggie has clients to see all day. One of those clients is Rome's new bff PJ (Chandler Riggs) who just found out his dad may not actually be his dad! Fun!
PJ also ends up sneaking into Delilah's house (?) and stealing the Harvard sweatshirt that Sophie (Lizzy Greene) and Danny (Chance Hurtsfield) gave Gary in memory of their father. Honestly this entire subplot confuses the heck out of me, but it's fine, it's all fine. PJ is most likely Dave's son, Dave being Jon's best friend who died on the 9/11 flight that Jon should've been on. There's a lot of Jon stuff that still needs to be unpacked on this show.
Anyway, Maggie later reveals to Gary that the reason she was so upset about him throwing out her meds was because last time she did that she found a new lump in the shower the next day. They make up, she goes to take a shower, he joins her. He kisses her bald head, she kisses his chest scar, I cry like a baby. Brandi Carlisle's "The Story" plays in the background. NOTHING IS OKAY BUT LOVE IS REAL.
Back at the hospital, Delilah is getting screamed at by the lactation specialist because she's having a hard time breastfeeding, and listen, I'm not a Delilah fan, in fact, I'm far from it, but seriously lady, SHUT YOUR FACE (Maggie's words, not mine). Regina, Sophie, and Maggie go to take Delilah home from the hospital and Maggie gives the speech that proves once again that she is the best character on the show. She tells the lactation specialist that one day she's going to have kids, and she won't be able to breastfeed them because of her double mastectomy and it won't matter, she will be a great mother anyway, because she has Delilah to look up to. I'd argue she's going to be a great mother because she's a kickass human, but sure, let's give Delilah a compliment she doesn't necessarily deserve.
In a flashback from before Delilah gives birth, we learn that the boys orginally had the great (sarcasm) idea to go pick up the crib from the store as Delilah is in labor. As they head out to the parking garage, Rome shouts that he wants a baby and instead of addressing that bombshell, Gary tells Eddie to get his ass back inside the hospital to be there for the birth of his child. Eddie is all like WHAAAT??? MY CHILD? BUT IT'S JOOOOOONNNNN'S. And Gary is like, "I'm not fucking stupid, Eddie. You might be beautiful, but you're also an idiot. And I drove Jon to get a vasectomy two fucking years ago. Also, we all know you were banging Delilah like nine months ago." (This is exactly how he says it, by the way).
So Eddie goes back to the delivery room and Gina also realizes that Eddie is the father and lets him comfort D as she gives one final push. Are these friends too forgiving of their other friends being total assholes? Probably, but since Jon died and Maggie's cancer came back and a lot of other traumatic shit happened to them I'm willing to look past it. Eddie and Delilah welcome a beautiful baby girl, and Sophie and Danny still don't know she's only their half-sibling. I'm really waiting for that bomb to drop.
A few days later when the boys finally go get (steal) the crib, Eddie gets a text from Katie's mom telling him that she's staying with her. This whole time he has been lying to Theo and telling him that his mom is working really hard on a court case and needs some time alone. Either Eddie and Katherine are great parents or they are royally fucking up their little boy. Only time will tell. Eddie races over there and says, "Katherine, look at me, I'm so hot, how could you not want to stay married to me?" And she's like, "If I close my eyes I can't see how hot you are, I just hear your sexy voice saying all these douchey things. Then I also remember you cheated on me and had a baby with our best friend so I think I'll stay here." He leaves the house all sad and such. Meanwhile, Gary and Rome talk about how Jon hid so many things from them, and how Rome may not get a baby of his own, but he will have a part in raising this new baby girl.
Speaking of which, Delilah decides to name her Charlotte (nicknamed Charlie) and everyone celebrates back at her house. The kids hang Jon's Bruins jersey above baby Charlie so that her not-Dad is looking over her always. This part would be sweet if it wasn't so awkward. Geez, these kids are going to be SO pissed once they realize that's Eddie's baby.
Rome tells Gina that he still wants a baby, but wants them to be together more, which idk sounds like it's going to prove to be problematic in the future. Everyone is super in love and happy at the end of the episode, except Eddie, who hears a knock at the door thinking it's his estranged wife. But it's not! It's just a gift for the baby that Theo ordered (free same day shipping!) earlier in the day. They both return inside the house sad, and somehow I'm still hoping Katie decides to come home.
What did you think of the season premiere of A Million Little Things? How much did you cry? How much do you hate Delilah? Tell me in the comments!