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.