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.